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Raf and O Livestream
July 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
One event on June 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm
One event on July 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm
RAF AND O – South-East London Avant-Pop duo Raf and O AKA Raf Mantelli and O Richard Smith have marked out their unique and widely acclaimed song and sound world over the last decade with the release of four albums, A Giant In The Snow (2010) Time Machine (2014), Portal (2016) and The Space Between Nothing And Desire (2019). Hailed by The Quietus, FACT (Time Machine was Top 10 albums of 2014 picked by Joe Muggs), Electronic Sound and praised by many for their unique live set-up and detailed blend of electronic and acoustic sonic landscape, emotional depth of songwriting and intensity of performance, their explorations to date also include setting music to Shakespeare, composing for theatre, performing entirely acoustic interpretations of early Kate Bush and with special collaborations under their belt, Raf and O have played venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall where they were special guests in Richard Strange’s production for William S. Burroughs Centenary and The Union Chapel where they were invited to celebrate Bowie’s life and work. Contributing tracks and remixes to releases including Mitra Music For Nepal alongside Ryuichi Sakamoto and Nick Cave, the pair have collaborated with Gagarin (Pere Ubu, Nico), Robert Logan (Grace Jones), Blk Tag, Kumo (Irmin Schmidt, Can) released a number of EPs and were remixed by legendary Charles Hayward of This Heat fame.
In 2019 Raf and O returned with their fourth full length album ‘The Space Between Nothing And Desire’, theatrical and arty, the album earned accolades from the press and was described as sublime, astonishing, enthralling and irresistible. The leading track ‘A Bow To Bowie’ is a heartfelt song written by the duo dedicated to the artist himself. Raf and O celebrated Bowie several times, they played the remake of legendary Beckenham Free Festival, were featured on David Bowie Official and amongst their supporters, Mike Garson, David Bowie’s pianist and long term collaborator praised Raf and O for their version of Lady Grinning Soul. Over the years the duo have expressed their affinity with Bowie taking on the task to reinterpret some of his songs and in November 2020 they launched their ‘Children Of The Bewlay Brothers’ alter-ego live on The Tour Online immersing themselves in renditions and interpretations of ‘the man who sang himself to Earth’.
Raf and O are currently performing on one year long virtual tour, “The Tour Online 2020 – 2021” as Raf and O, The Kick Inside – The Songs of Kate Bush and Children Of The Bewlay Brothers (to David Bowie with Love).
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