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    Yumi Hara Cafe Oto residency

    I went to the first night of Yumi Hara's Cafe Oto residency last night, and have day 2 tonight. A great time was had last night. We started with the Itako Sisters, Hara + Atsuko Kamura, with an improvised set, with voice and some acoustic instruments over electronics and looping. Then The Watts, who are usually Hara, Tim Hodgkinson and Chris Cutler, but Cutler was isolating after a COVID contact, so Guy Evans stood in on drums -- not an easy things to do! This was the first time I'd seen Evans live and I thought he did well. The Watts' improvised set found its groove.

    Chlöe Herington did a solo set with, I think, material from her new solo album Silent Reflux, followed by her version of Maggie Holland's "Perfumes of Arabia". Then to finish there was a sort of Canterbury set, focusing on the music of Robert Wyatt and Lindsay Cooper, with a core of Hara, Evans and Pierre Chevalier (Présent, Faust, Univers Zéro), later joined by Hodgkinson and Herington. We got some Soft Machine, side 2 of Ruth is Stranger Than Fiction, a version of "Shipbuilding" with new lyrics, and some Cooper numbers ("Auschwitz/Babel", "Banknote", "Anno Mirabilis").

    Here's a not very good photo from the start of The Watts' set: 20210911_211920.jpg

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    Sounds wonderful.
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    Thanks for the review!
    Damn I wish I lived in the UK... just left there a week ago (still in quarantine) and planning to go next month to see Hackett Genesis Caravan and some more, had I known Guy Evans will be there I might have stayed so a good thing I did not know in time :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    What was the Softy stuff?
    "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still". I can't remember what was played before "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" now, maybe something else...

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    Day 2 began with a nice improv set from Yumi Hara and Guy Harries. Then we had Monobeat (Guy Harries and Zappi, I think): noise improv, didn't do anything for me, I'm afraid.

    Next up was The Artaud Beats with Yumi, John Greaves, Geoff Leigh and Guy Evans (still subbing for Chris Cutler). This was the first London show for the band, so I hadn't seem before. Intense, complex, improvised music: at best, all four were in full flow, somehow working together but seemingly on the edge of not being so! I particularly enjoyed Greaves' bass playing, always a delight. I like his recent albums where he's often focusing on piano and vocals instead, but his bass work remains so captivating.

    I had to leave at that point, so I missed the final act, Jump for Joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondegezou View Post
    Next up was The Artaud Beats with Yumi, John Greaves, Geoff Leigh and Guy Evans (still subbing for Chris Cutler). This was the first London show for the band, so I hadn't seem before. Intense, complex, improvised music: at best, all four were in full flow, somehow working together but seemingly on the edge of not being so! I particularly enjoyed Greaves' bass playing, always a delight. I like his recent albums where he's often focusing on piano and vocals instead, but his bass work remains so captivating.
    Very jealous! I just love The Artaud Beats and John Greaves.
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