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Laura Cannell starts new event series

The fiddler and recorder player to host Modern Ritual nights at London's Cafe Oto

The Norfolk overbow fiddle and double recorder player Laura Cannell is to start a new series of events at London's Cafe Oto in March. Called [Modern Ritual], the night's description runs in line with Cannell's old-meets-new folkloric storytelling. It’ll be, in her words, a “night of new performances exploring ideas of ritual through music and words, evoking real and fictional landscapes”.

The first session, happening on 17 March, will feature a 30 minute snare drum roll from Charles Hayward, Cannell performing works from her new album Simultaneous Flight Movement, electronic improvisation from Hoofus, and a new collaboration between Cannell and Hayward. In addition, [Modern Ritual] will include a new performance-cum-talk by The Wire's foghorn scholar Jennifer Lucy Allan. Called Foulis’s Daughter: A Short History Of The Foghorn In 30 Interrupted Acts, her piece traces a rhythmic history of the foghorn at the edges of the Atlantic. There will also be a reading from The Quietus's Luke Turner.

“[Modern Ritual] is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric,” says Cannell, expanding on her theme via email. “It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual, through live improvisation and provides a platform to premier new works.”

The first [Modern Ritual] night will take place on 17 March at London's Cafe Oto.