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Joan La Barbara performs at London’s Cafe Oto

Vocal performer and composer to appear at Cafe Oto in April while featuring in This Is A Voice at The Welcome Collection, London

Legendary vocal performer and composer Joan La Barbara will perform at London’s Cafe Oto for the first time this April. It’s presented in conjunction with This Is A Voice exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection, which aims to explore the material qualities of the voice and the emotions that resonate within it. “Her vocal techniques extend across an extraordinary range from whispers to screams, from high trills and ululations to deep slurring groans, from bold gestures of acoustic calligraphy to elusive vaporous sighs and whimpers,” writes Julian Cowley in his article on La Barbara in The Wire 301.

La Barbara will appear at London’s Cafe Oto on 16 April. This is A Voice will run between 14 April–31 July featuring La Barbara’s works alongside that of Marcus Coates, Matthew Herbert and Imogen Stidworthy.