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Peter Brötzmann For Café Oto Shows
The Quietus , April 19th, 2011 09:31

Dates starting from tonight...

Power skronk legend Peter Brötzmann and a phalanx of hard-blowing (and hitting, plunking and scraping) free-jazz troupers are in residence at London’s Café Oto this week, and they’re all playing at the same time.

The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet is exactly what it says on the tin: a ten-piece group that improvises fiercely and furiously, brought together by noise pioneer Brotzmann, whose 1968 recording Machine Gun is a landmark piece of extreme music and still sounds pretty blistering today. Brötzmann, who was involved in the Fluxus movement before teaching himself sax, has continued to work on the outer edges of free jazz and noise, performing with musicians including Keiji Haino, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry and many more.

The Tentet includes Chicagoan scene instigator Ken Vandermark and veteran multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee alongside Scandinavian renegades Mats Gustafsson and Paal Nilssen-Love of The Thing. Smaller sub-groups of the Tentet will open each night’s performance, before progressing to a full-group freakout later in the evening. Wednesday’s show includes a free Q&A session at 6.30 with Jez Nelson from the BBC’s Jazz on 3, but if that sounds a bit refined, rest assured that the Tentet will also blow the minds and possibly dislodge the vital organs of fans of Zu, Colin Stetson, Borbetomagus and The Ex. Don’t miss.

For details of Tuesday 19 April and Wednesday 20 April lineups, check the Café Oto site.

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