Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
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19.30 Doors
20.30 Programme begins

Fresh Klang: Cathy van Eck, Double Beat, 2013

Hanna Kölbel, plastic bags, two heart beats, breath and electronics


Elena Rykova, Life Expectancy. Experience #2. Your Moon, 2016 (UK premiere)

Down the Rabbit Hole
Filipa Botelho, objects on guitar
Kaja Farszky, percussion
Hanna Kölbel, cello and cable


Kathryn Williams, multiple pieces from the Coming Up For Air series, 2017-8:

Megan Beugger
Oliver Coates & chrysanthemum bear
Eleanor Cully (world premiere)
Larry Goves
Charlotte Marlowe & Chrissie Pinney
Amber Priestley (world premiere)
Lavender Rodriguez
& more!

Kathryn Williams, flute & objects


Ma La Pert: Jennifer Walshe & Tony Conrad, Roulette Concert Series, 19 Feb 2010 

Live set recording / diffusion. Ma la Pert (was) the duo of Jennifer Walshe and Tony Conrad. They use voice, violins, viola, bass, autoharps, autotune, keyboard, shells, broken plastic, words, parts of words, stories, chanting, jigs, screaming, shouting, broken drum skins, bells, green furry outfits, breastplates, wire, bird call and old lady dresses.

Jennifer Walshe

photograph by Blackie Bouffant

Jennifer Walshe is a composer, vocalist and performer. Her work has been performed all over the world by ensembles such as Alter Ego, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, The Rilke Ensemble, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Musica Nova Consort, and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques.

‘The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years’ – The Irish Times

‘The wild girl of Darmstadt’ – Frankfurter Rundschau (Cafe OTO)


Tony Conrad

Anthony Schmalz “Tony” Conrad (March 7, 1940 – April 9, 2016) was an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, sound artist, teacher, and writer. Active in a variety of media since the early 1960s, he was a pioneer of both structural film and drone music. He performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists over the course of his career, most prominently the 1960s New York experimental music group Theatre of Eternal Music. (Wikipedia)

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams is a flautist and educator based in the UK. A core member of The House of Bedlam, she has also performed with Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Voix Nouvelle, Ensemble 360, BBC Philharmoinc, The Hallé, Sinfonia Cymru, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and concertos with Manchester Camerata, Dayton Philharmonic, and Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

As a music educator Kathryn specialises in experimental performance practice and early-years education. Recently this has included guest lecturing at the Royal Northern College of Music and Ohio State University, contributing to courses for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and long-term residencies at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Manchester Museum, and a central Manchester nursery. Working for organisations including Live Music Now, Peoplescape Theatre, Theatre in Prisons and Probation, and Music in Hospitals, Kathryn regularly devises and delivers performances and workshops in a wide variety of settings including care homes, museums, special-needs schools, prisons, and hospitals.

Kathryn earned a BMus, MMus, and International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently studying for a PhD in Performance at Huddersfield University. Her current research, commissioning and performance project, Coming Up for Air, explores the creative possibilities that emerge when pieces are limited to one breath. Kathryn is also currently collaborating with composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh in the development PIXERCISE, a new solo piece for piccolo and exercise which brings together musical performance, physical theatre, performance art, and sport.

Upcoming releases and performances include Oliver Coates Shelley’s on Zenn-La on RVNG International, Coming Up for Air on Huddersfield Contemporary Records/NMC, PIXERCISE at HCMF, and Coming Up for Air for the Kammer Klang series at Café Oto.

Down the Rabbit Hole
(Filipa Botelho, Hanna Kölbel, Kaja Farszky)

Down The Rabbit Hole is a trio consisting of clarinetist Filipa Botelho (Portugal), percussionist Kaja Farszky (Croatia), and cellist Hanna Kölbel (Germany).
Hailing from throughout Europe, we are committed to the emerging scene within contemporary music that includes theater and performative movement. Our trio is oriented towards the latest developments in musical creation, especially those involving new modes of presentation.
Our repertoire leads us down new paths of extended techniques that transform traditional acoustic instruments. Our mission also involves the use of voice, body, touch, objects, and the many possibilities of stage and lighting design.

Elena Rykova

Born in 1991, in Ufa, Russia, Elena Rykova studied piano, composition and conducting at music college. After graduation in 2010, she decided to continue as a composer in Moscow State Conservatory with prof. Yuri Kasparov for the next five years. In 2015 she started her master program in composition at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with prof. Johannes Schöllhorn. And since Fall 2016 she is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, studying instrumental composition with prof. Chaya Czernowin and electroacoustic composition with prof. Hans Tutschku.

Cathy van Eck

Cathy van Eck (1979 Belgium/Netherlands) is a composer, sound artist, and researcher in the arts. She focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound. Her artistic work includes performances with live-electronics and installations with sound objects which she often designs herself. She is interested in setting her gestures into unusual and surprising relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called “performative sound art”, since it combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual arts. Her work transcends genres and is presented at occasions as diverse as experimental or electronic music concerts, open air rock festivals, sound art gallery venues, digital art events, or performance art festivals.

Hanna Kölbel

photograph: Alex Wunsch

The cellist Hanna Kölbel (Germany) is a chamber musician, contemporary music expert, and curator of her own concerts. For the year 2017 she received a scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg that supports her art.

She is a founding member of Pierrot Quartett, a classical string quartet based in Germany that is fed by the extensive repertoire of its genre, and Down the Rabbit Hole, a Trio that is committed to the emerging scene within contemporary music. With those formations she offers a broad sprectrum of expression from the classical cello sound through extended techniques and free improvisation to performance art with choreographies, electronic music and voice acrobatics.