“Come and see Cafe OTO as a homemade spaceship womaned by Robyn Rocket space trumpeter, performing alongside the great drummer, singer, composer and founding member of This Heat, Charles Hayward, plus Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something.
Robyn’s Rocket is a homemade spaceship for experimental music and art, aiming to be an inclusive, conscious space – meaning inviting in people who may not normally feel welcome, asking for feedback and acting on it”.
This event will be live streamed via youtube, it is free to view if you choose, it happens on Thursday January 6th, 8pm UK time, Robyn would like you to buy a ticket if you can though, not sure if I can afford an eight quid ticket just to watch a gig on-line from my own home? I know these things cost money to put on, we know all that more than most, done it enough ourselves, but Cafe Oto is a damn expensive place. Maybe a donation with a suggested price might have worked for this on-line event? Money is tight for a lot of people right now, hey Oto, get in to the real world. Gawd, I’d make the short walk to excellent Cafe OTO a hell of a lot more if it didn’t always cost an arm and a leg to get in and this is rather expensive a price to ask if I don’t even get to go stand in the room. Do love Oto, they put on some brilliant gigs, it is a unique and special place (we often preview Oto gigs we can’t afford to get in to!), this event does look particularly exciting and Charles Hayward is always going to be worth whatever you can afford and we do rather like the look and sound of Robyn..
More details of the gig and the link to watch it live here via the Oto website, your choice if you buy a ticket or watch it for free.
“I am a musician author and educator , I play Trumpet through guitar effect pedals, I was classically trained age 8-15 but didn’t get anywhere as I have always been into Avante Garde minded, but in January 2016 I saw a band called spaceheads. I also joined Tony Douglas MBE’s beginners big band and learnt how to use my ears.” – Robyn Steward
Charles Hayward has of course been covered lots by us on line, in print and on air via our weekly Resonance FM radio show (that returns this Sunday night, 9pm January 9th after a short Christmas break). Those This is not This Heat gigs a few years back were rather specia.l
Here’s what the Oto site has to say about Charles – “Charles Hayward is an English drummer/singer/composer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with early European improv group Mal Dean’s Amazing Band and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in Quiet Sun as well as a short stint with Gong. Since the late 80’s he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre (with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith), Monkey Puzzle Trio and Albert Newton (with Pat Thomas and John Edwards). The project This Is Not This Heat has recently completed a 3 year series of performances in UK, Europe, US and Japan.
Throughout a nearly 50 year career Charles has developed idiosyncratic attitudes and insights into a wide range of soundwork, spanning improvisation, song, sound as sound, using order and chaos as creative energies. He curates a six monthly series of performances, workshops and installation called Charles Hayward Presents on behalf of Lewisham Arthouse for Albany Theatre. Recent releases include ‘Objects of Desire’ cassette on Blank Editions and the piano centred song cycle ‘Begin Anywhere’ on Klanggalerie & God Unknown Records”.
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something – “Known previously for their song writiing with dreamy psych band Landshapes (Bella Union) Jemma has tinged this with energetic glam rock. Lush guitar tones and introspective psychedelic lyrics bound together with unbounded energy. Colliding themes of secret worlds, hidden agendas, apathy and anxiety, Jemma’s sonorous voice tells a story of unravelling completely and tying yourself back up again”.
And there you have it, consider this a public service, we don’t get paid for any of this either by the way, most of the time we don’t even get a thanks, it is a indeed a dirty job but someone’s got to do it, we care a lot…