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Cafe Oto to host eight day Luc Ferrari celebration

Stereo Spasms Festival will run from 7–14 February

East London venue Cafe Oto has announced the line-up of Stereo Spasms, an eight day festival celebrating what would have been Luc Ferrari’s 90th birthday – he was born on 5 February 1929 and died on 22 August 2005. Featuring performances of Ferrari’s compositions, talks, films, readings, installations and exhibitions, Stereo Spasms is co-presented by his widow, the composer Brunhild Ferrari, Close-Up Cinema, Presque Rien, Maison Ona and Ecstatic Peace Library. The festival also coincides with Ecstatic Peace Library’s English language publication of Luc Ferrari: Complete Works.

The Stereo Spasms programme includes Tania Chen, David Toop, Jon Leidecker, Thurston Moore and others performing Madame De Shanghai (1996); Erikm & Scanner
 (Exploitation Des Concepts N°1, 2000); Erikm & Thurston Moore (Les Protorythmiques, 2004–05); Xenia Pestova (Collection De Petites Pièces); Apartment House (Didascalies, 2004, and Cellule 75, Force Du Rhythme Et Cadence Forcee,1975); Aine O’Dwyer & Graham Lambkin (Unheimlich Schön,1971); Ashley Paul Ensemble (Les Emois D’aphrodite, 1998); David Grubbs & Apartment House (Tautologos III, 1969, Chicago Version, 2001, Et Tournent Les Sons Dans La Garrigue, 1977); a Jim O’Rourke pre-record (Ephemere, 1974); and on 14 February Brunhild Ferrari will be in conversation with David Grubbs. Full listings can be found on the Cafe Oto website.