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Three day Maya Dunietz residency at Cafe Oto

Performances span works by Alvin Lucier, Dieter Schnebel and Emahoy Tsegue Mariam Guebrou, plus a night of improvised music with Yoni Silver and Tom White

Pianist, composer, improvisor and singer Maya Dunietz takes up a three day residency at London Dalston’s Cafe Oto between 22–24 July. Her programme will include solo performances of works by Alvin Lucier and Dieter Schnebel (23) and duo sets with Yoni Silver and Tom White (24). The opening night offers a rare chance to see Dunietz perform works by Emahoy Tsegue Mariam Guebrou, the Ethiopian nun and composer whose amassed sheet music Dunietz help get published. “Emahoy, 88 at the time, handed me three old ragged plastic bags of Air Ethiopia, containing hundreds of pages of music that she wrote in the past 80 years,” Dunietz told a Counterflows audience in 2014.

“The manuscripts from her whole life, including her first ever music book from when she was sic years old...” she continues. “The scores were in a big mess – a first page of one piece in one bag, the second in the other, the third lost [...] the manuscripts were written as sketches she wrote to herself, like little memory notes, and not in a clear way so that one can sight-read it on the piano. So we had to translate this personal notation system she wrote for herself into a more accurate coherent score that can be understood by anyone.”

Three-day tickets cost £26 (£20 for members). Individual day tickets are also available.