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.