21 Mar 2014 20:00
Gurun Gurun at Café Oto
Czech experimental quartet Gurun Gurun is coming to the legendary Café Oto in Dalston to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Japanese record label Home Normal who released the band’s debut album in December 2010. Comprising of Tomáš Knoflíček, Jára Tarnovski, Ondřej Ježek and Federsel, Gurun Gurun’s musical work combines guitars, analogue synthesizers and acoustic instruments to span musical spaces ranging from hypno-minimalist to slow moving, repetitive melodic stanzas.
Special guests feature Gareth Davis, Ithaca Trio, Brighton-based software designer and composer Christopher Hipgrave, and the latest Hibernate addition, Gideon Wolf. Alongside them will also be small DJ/improv sets by Ekca Liena (Plurals), and film by Ian Hawgood and Ben Jones, the curators of the Home Normal label.
NOTE: Advanced tickets will include an exclusive compilation from the Home Normal label to celebrate their 5th anniversary. All profits from the show and the accompanying CD will go to the Habitat for Humanity charity in Japan. Habitat Japan builds houses and conducts community development projects for "A World Where Everyone Has a Decent Place to Live." They continue to support those in Fukushima who are still without homes after the 2011 earthquake, as well as disaster relief around the world.
Ondřej Ježek – musician, composer, sound engineer, producer, www.jamor.org
Member of alternative rock band OTK (twice awarded as 'Best Czech Alternative Record') and well-respected sound engineer (The Ecstasy Of St. Theresa, Paramount Styles, Enon, Lvmen..) Ondrej won the 'Best Original Music' award for the film 'Alois Nebel' at the Czech Film Critics Awards (2011).
Jara Tarnovski – musician, composer, sound
Jara is one of the founding members of experimental pop band Miou Miou (Minty Fresh, Rallye Label). He has collaborated with aus, Dot Tape Dot, Maps and Diagrams, Asuna, Kiddycar, Kora et le Mechanix, Longital among others. He works as a music composer for radio, animated film, multimedia and art installations.
Tomáš Knoflíček – musician, composer,
sound artist, VJ
Tomas played in shoegaze/ambient band The Violine and has been a member of Miou Miou (Minty Fresh, Rallye Label) since 2005. Apart from his music activities, he teaches history of fine arts at the University of Ostrava.
Federsel – musician, composer, sound artist, actor,
Since 1999 a member of the Buchty a Loutky Theatre Company. In the same year he founded improvisational music band B4. Federsel also plays no-input mixing board in easy-listening noise project Radio Royal and is one of the founding members of the art group Handa Gote. Federsel cooperated with many contemporary dancers, theatre artists and film makers.
Gurun Gurun shared stage with Tim Hecker, Boduf Songs, Lichens, Trespassers William, Grails, Scott Kelly, Anna Zaradny…
“Very very special in so many ways!” (Daniel Crossley, Fluid Radio)
"This totally hits the spot. Recommended!" (Electroacoustic Tales)
"Honestly, I haven’t heard something that ephemeric from Europe for a long, long time (since múm in 2004, perhaps?), which for me makes this music even more valuable and worth checking." (Refreaked)
"Definitely a contender for album of the year!" (Soundscaping)
"Gurun Gurun’s tracks strike a nice balance between natural sounds and computer deconstruction." (Foxy Digitalis)
This event is organised as part of the YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC 2014 programme
2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries – from Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Josef Suk to Rafael Kubelík and Milada Šubrtová to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.
Years ending with the number 4 have been traditionally recognised as years of music since 1924.
The Year of Czech Music 2014 programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry for Regional Development with the objective to support projects promoting Czech music in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Café OTO, 18 - 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
21 Mar 2014 20:00
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event