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MOMUS - TWO DAY PASS

LONDON: Cafe Oto

FRI 12TH SEP, 2014 8:00pm

£18.00 + £1.80 Booking fee = £19.80

 

All ages
SOLD OUT

Friday September 12th 2014
MOMUS presents "An Evening with Harvard Momoto"
A cabaret featuring the songs of Howard Devoto

In an affectionate act of tribute to his greatest songwriting heroes and influences, Momus is presenting an exceptional mini-residency at Cafe Oto this autumn in which he devotes two consecutive evenings to the songs of Howard Devoto and David Bowie.

At the Friday night show Momus will appear in the persona of "Harvard Momoto", singing an hourlong selection of material performed by Howard Devoto during his time with The Buzzcocks, Magazine and Luxuria, as well as from the solo album released under his own name. The songs will be accompanied by "scratch videos" concocted in Osaka by Momus, with musical backings all freshly performed and recorded.

Devoto's songs have a thrilling darkness to them, a jaundiced yet sweeping vision, a mixture of cruelty and vulnerability. Sung against backgrounds of sarcastic fairground music, icy pomp rock, nervous neo-punk chugs, Dylanesque ballads and staggering drunken strums, Devoto's lyrics are peerless, turning cliches on their heads, shining bright torches into realms of madness and disaster, and sketching out acerbic love scenes that live on in the mind.

"An Evening with Harvard Momoto" promises to be a magical homage to a man Momus has described (in a tribute song he'll also be performing) as "the most important man alive", an artist accorded far less tribute and attention than he deserves.

Saturday September 13th 2014
MOMUS presents "An Evening with Dybbuk Momie"
A cabaret featuring the songs of David Bowie

In an affectionate act of tribute to his greatest songwriting heroes and influences, Momus is presenting an exceptional mini-residency at Cafe Oto this autumn in which he devotes two consecutive evenings to the songs of Howard Devoto and David Bowie.

At the Saturday night show Momus will appear as "Dybbuk Momie", singing a very eclectic and personal selection of his favourite material from David Bowie's discography.

David Bowie is the cultural figure without whom Momus simply wouldn't have existed: a genius, a massively liberating presence producing prolifically throughout five decades, an enthusiastic index of cultural connections, a sort of internet-before-the-internet. Like the dubbuk of Jewish mythology, Bowie is a sum of stolen souls, a collection of all the most impressive gestures, impressions, and talents of cultural figures he's encountered and been smitten by.

Unlike Devoto, Bowie isn't under-celebrated; we've seen the documentaries, read the books, toured the exhibitions, and attended tribute shows featuring ex-Spiders. At some distance from all this cultural noise, "Dybbuk Momie" will present an unashamedly dark and leftfield take on Bowie, concentrating on the early cabaret work, the demos, the whispery readings of Brecht, the avant-garde and eccentric moments, the symphonic poems. Songs Bowie has never performed live himself will be unfurled bravely by Momus in unexpected yet faithful new readings, accompanied by appropriate (and surprising) video projections.

This show promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans of both Bowie and Momus. Book early; tickets will fairly fly.

£18.00 + £1.80 Booking fee = £19.80

 

All ages
SOLD OUT