ORGAN PREVIEW: Van Der Graaf’s Guy Evans steps in for Chris Cutler at this weekend’s much anticipated Yumi Hara residency at London’s Cafe Oto…

Yumi Hara, Half The Sky, Cafe Oto, June 2017

Ahead of Yumi Hara’s much anticipated two day residency at North London’s Cafe OTO, Yumi has just sent us this bit of almost last minute information.

“Chris Cutler has had to withdraw from the Yumi Hara Residency at Cafe Oto to self-isolate. We are glad to announce that we’ve been able to persuade Guy Evans to leap to the rescue. Guy is best known as the drummer for Van Der Graaf Generator. He also played with The Misunderstood, Arthur Brown, Amon Düül 11 and Mother Gong. He is a founder member of Echo City, a band of musician-designers who perform on giant self-made instruments, collectively known as sonic playgrounds. He now regularly plays in the improvising collective, AMM All Stars, whose live performances and xenochronic compositions are broadcast weekly on Resonance FM’s Late Lunch With Out To Lunch. We are all looking forwards very much to working with him this weekend”.

Here’s what OTO has to say about this weekend’s events –

“OTO presents a special Yumi Hara retrospective focusing on the past 10 years of her activities, and launch of her second solo album.  Yumi Hara’s compositions have been performed by contemporary classical ensembles such asPianoCircus and the BBC Singers, but she has become increasingly well known as an improvisor and performer in the avant rock, Canterbury and RIO scene since releasing CD ‘Dune’ with Hugh Hopper in 2008. She has formed bands and projects such as The Artaud Beats (with Geoff Leigh, Chris Cutler, John Greaves), you me & us (with Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler), Jump for Joy! (with Jean-Herve Peron, Zappi, Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh, Geraldine Swayne), THE WATTS (with Tim Hodgkinson and Chris Cutler) and Half the Sky / LindsayCooper Songbook. She is senior lecturer in music at University of East London”.

The bill for the two days runs like this

Saturday 11 September 2021, 7.30pm – Yumi Solo Material / Lindsay Cooper Songbook Alone+ / Canterbury Favourites + Itako Sisters + The Watts + Chloe Herrington (Solo) + DJ Marina Organ
Sunday 12 September 2021, 7.30pm -The Artaud Beats (Yumi Hara, Geoff Leigh, John Greaves, Guy Evans) + Monobeat + Jump For Joy! + DJ Lumpen Nobleman

Cafe OTO

Yumi performs ‘Dynamate/I am Your Animal’ at Kanda Isolde, 2013, (photo: Hideki Matsumoto)

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