Sunday 7 April 2019
Cafe OTO
Curated by
Jennifer Lucy Allan




Fresh Klang:
CRiSAP students
Yoshi Wada




Laura Cannell
Peter Hannan




Annea Lockwood & Nate Wooley

Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
£7 advance / £6 Oto members / £9 door / £5 students
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A Q&A session with Annea Lockwood and Nate Wooley (free entry, Oto Project Space)


19.30 Doors
20.30 Programme begins

Fresh Klang:

Yoshi Wada, Lament for the Rise and Fall of Handy-Horn, 1990s

Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre students, air horns
Kevin Logan
Matt Parker
Kamil Sznajder
Artur Vidal
Ed Waller
Jennifer Lucy Allan


Peter Hannan, RSRCH 4/83, 1983/2019

Interpreted by Laura Cannell, recorder


Annea Lockwood & Nate Wooley, Becoming Air, 2018 (EU premiere)

Nate Wooley, trumpet, tam tam


Annea Lockwood, Water & Memory, 2017 (EU premiere)

The Cafe Oto Experimental Choir
Sami Fitz, choir leader
Barack Alsane
Isabella Bock
Melinda Bronstein
Dom Cooper
Brigitte Hart
Zara Miller
Philomen Pirecki
Gionatan Scali
Artur Vidal
Jennifer Lucy Allan

Annea Lockwood

photograph by Ruth Anderson

Annea Lockwood’s compositions range from sound art and environmental sound installations to concert music. Recent works include bayou-borne, for Pauline, for 6 improvising musicians based on a map of the bayous in Houston, TX; Streaming, Swirling, Converging, an electroacoustic collaboration with Christina Kubisch for the 2018 Kubisch/Lockwood release on the Gruenrekorder label (The secret life of the inaudible), and Wild Energy, with Bob Bielecki – a multi-channel outdoor installation focused on geophysical, atmospheric and mammalian infra and ultra sound sources, commissioned by the Caramoor Festival of the Arts.

Her music has been presented in many venues and festivals including the  Tectonics/BBC Festival Glasgow, the Henry Moore Institute Leeds, the Lab, San Francisco, the Israeli Center for Digital Arts, Holon Israel, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and the London Contemporary Music Festival 2018. Her works have been issued on CD, vinyl and online by Gruenrekorder, Black Truffle, Superior Viaduct, Lovely Music, New World, 3Leaves, XI, EM and other labels.

Nate Wooley

photograph by Ziga Koritnik

Nate Wooley (b. 1974) grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13, performing in big bands with his father, before studying jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the US and abroad.

His work as an interpreter, improviser, and composer exists within the contemporary conjuncture of contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music. While a large part of his work has consisted of solo improvisation and composition, he has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.

Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschingen, Musica Polonica Nova, Wroclaw Jazztopad, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A’larme Berlin, Music Unlimited, and numerous international jazz festivals. He has been an artist in residence at London’s Café Oto and Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award in Music/Sound.

Wooley is the founder of the For/With Festival which commissions and premieres works created through collaboration between composer and perfomer, all with an emphasis on radical timbral techniques and improvisation within composition.

Wooley is also the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to provide demystified information on contemporary experimental music to its readership with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and teaches at the New School for Social Research.

Peter Hannan

Peter Hannan has completed more than 60 commissions, both acoustic and electronic for widely diverse musical situations, including pieces for the Vancouver Symphony; the Winnipeg Symphony, the CBC Orchestra and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra;  works for the experimental large ensembles Icebreaker (London) , the Hardrubber Orchestra, and Toronto based Hemispheres. His piece for the Vancouver Symphony, side with entropy received a raucus reception at its premiere in March 2005.  Writing for singers is a major interest. His recent recording of vocal music Rethink Forever, won “Best Classical Recording” at the 2011 Western Canada Music Awards. This interest in writing for singers also extends to opera.

A very fruitful and inspiring collaboration of recent years has been with the director and playwright Peter Hinton. Hannan and Hinton have created three new opera/music theatre works together . 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade  opened in Vancouver in March 2002, and The Diana Cantata appeared in February 2003, both works produced by Modern Baroque Opera . A new work Beautiful Beast  which was commissioned by the National Arts Centre is currently in development. Hannan also wrote the music for Peter Hinton’s 2006 production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

As a performer, Hannan spent many years performing as an electronic instrumentalist and recorder soloist, in particular with Toronto composer Henry Kucharzyk in the duo PHH!K.  He has performed as a soloist on many major new music events and series including :  Ijsbreker Amsterdam,  the Holland Festival,  Almeida Festival, Freunde Guter Musik Berlin, the   Bourges Electronic Music Festival, New Music America, New Music Concerts and Arraymusic.

Laura Cannell

Straddling the worlds of experimental, folk, chamber, early & medieval music, performer/composer Laura Cannell is a unique and important artist whose original and singular vision sets her apart from her contemporaries, whilst her music exists as a culturally vital exploration of the link between medieval, traditional and modern musical idioms.

As founder of the independent record label Brawl Records and creator/curator of the Modern Ritual performance series, Laura has built an impressive and nurturing platform for the release and performance of music that sits outside of the contemporary mainstream.

Now based in rural East Anglia, Laura’s semi-composed, semi-improvised compositions draw on the emotional influences of the landscape and explore the spaces between early and experimental music that is rooted in but not tethered to the past, but rather forges a new space for her minimalist chamber music.

Laura has released five albums since 2014, successfully carving out a unique path with her work, receiving critical acclaim from the contemporary music press and regularly being included in numerous Album of the Year lists (including The Guardian, MOJO, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, The Wire and The Quietus).

Yoshi Wada

Photograph by Marilyn Bogerd

Yoshimasa “Yoshi” Wada (born November 11, 1943), is a Japanese sound installation artist and musician living in the United States. He lived in New York City for many years but now lives in San Francisco, California.

Born in Japan, Wada joined the Fluxus movement in 1968 after meeting George Maciunas. He also studied with the North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. Wada’s works often incorporate the use of drone and are usually performed at very high volume, allowing for the overtones within the sound to be heard very clearly.

He frequently performs his own compositions, which feature much freedom of improvisation, on Scottish highland bagpipe and voice, and also employs a number of homemade instruments. These include “pipe horns” (very long horn-type instruments made from metal plumbing pipe) as well as large reed instruments involving multiple bagpipe-like pipes connected to a large air compressor; due to their appearance, Wada named these latter instruments “Alligator” and “the Elephantine Crocodile”. His music has been scarcely released on recordings, having seen only two LP releases, on the India Navigation (1982) and FMP labels. Lament For The Rise and Fall of Elephantine Crocodile, The Appointed Cloud and Off the Wall were reissued by Japanese labels EM Records and Editions Omega Point in 2008.

Wada is also known for his mechanical and robotic installations. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s, he performed a whimsically entitled piece, Lament for the Rise and Fall of Handy-Horn, in which several compressed-air “auditory flare” signals used for nautical emergencies (the “Handy Horn” brand named in the title) were sounded for the duration of their usefulness, giving rise to an alarmingly high-decibel air-pressure environment and charged psychoacoustic environment. (Wikipedia)

“Yoshi Wada by Tashi Wada”, BOMB Magazine

Performed by Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre students

Jennifer Lucy Allan

Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher. She is currently working on a PhD at CRiSAP (UAL) on the social and cultural history of the foghorn, and is also a freelance music journalist specialising in underground and experimental music. Previously she was online editor for The Wire, and now freelances for The Wire, The Quietus, The Guardian and others. She runs the reissues label Arc Light Editions with James Ginzburg, and is a core member of Laura Cannell’s Modern Ritual Collective. She has recently guested on BBC3’s Late Junction, and written a series on life living in a lighthouse for Caught By The River.