this week: 2013/05/20 - 2013/05/26

2013/05/23 | alexander tucker & ashtray navigations - bridget hayden | cafe oto | 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £8,5 £10 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

Ashtray Navigations is an English psychedelic noise group centered upon Phil Todd, active since 1991. Colloquially referred to as "Ash Nav", The group operate out of Todd's home in Stoke-on-Trent, England, from which he also ran the record labels Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers and, subsequently Memoirs Of An Aesthete. The project has also released music through labels such as Siltbreeze, Jewelled Antler, American Tapes, Fargone Records, Menlo Park, E.F. Tapes and Freedom From. Whilst the music evades easy categorisation due to variations in sound, approach and personnel, it often incorporates extended droning and lengthy guitar pieces. James Blackshaw described the Ashtray Navigations sound as "sub-aquatic synth bubble, busted-up cassette-tape hiss and distorted electric guitar hover that sounds like a mythical god banished from the realm of light and trying desperately to clamber his/her way out of a dark bottomless void where time itself stands still." The Wire's David Keenan has described Phil Todd/Ashtray Navigations as "a trashcan antidote to LaMonte Young."

2013/05/23 | evan parker | the vortex | 11 gillett square, london N16 8AZ | 8:30pm | £10 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

"A solo Parker performance is unforgettable, regardless of what one takes from the experience. However, observing the constituent parts of an assembled crowd at a Parker gig can also be an enlightening experience. Many will be regulars, noticeably swaying, eyes closed, lost in the madness. Then there are those that will listen once but will never return, driven away by the unlikely musical compound of the free and the uncompromising." Henry Cooke, All About Jazz, 2012

2013/05/24 | the bohman brothers - dog chocolate - glti.ch karaoke - ewa justka - new noveta - lorah pierre - tom white | power lunches | 446 kingsland road, hackney, london E8 4AE | 8pm | £5 £6 | www.powerlunchesltd.co.uk

"London based Jonathan and Adam Bohman aka the Bohman Brothers, are known for their unique experimental sound based live performances which use found objects, text and an innumerable array of sound sources. Their humourous visual set-ups which resemble hard-wired flea markets, are the basis from which the duo, in the spirit of Fluxus, musique concrète and sound poetry, create their often grotesque soundscapes freely quoting from any source available to them. Found texts such as advertising spiel is juxtaposed with sounds ranging from amplified shoe brushes to a tape cutup of seventeenth-century instruments."

2013/05/25 | eli keszler - john chantler - jennifer allum | cafe oto | 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £7 £8 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

"Mr. Keszler’s work presents several paradoxes. A percussionist with roots in punk rock and free improvisation, he fuses chaos and order in his drumming: a burble and clatter akin to what European drummers like Tony Oxley and Han Bennink invented in the late 1960s to distinguish their work from American free jazz. Mr. Keszler’s penchant for pealing, ringing metal evokes another European percussionist, Eddie Prévost of the English collective AMM." Steve Smith, The New York Times, June 2012

2013/05/26 | chris abrahams & fai fagaschinski: the dogmatics | cafe oto | 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £8 £10 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

"Solo sets from The Necks' pianist Chris Abrahams and clarinetist Kai Fagaschinski of The International Nothing and The Magic ID. The duo will also perform together as The Dogmatics. The Dogmatics LP 'The Sacrifice for the Music Became Our Lifestyle' was released in summer 2012 on Monotype Records."

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