Festival 2021

Ongemang: exploring the spaces in between

Kit Downes with Tom Challenger & Lauren Kinsella, with visuals by Pedro Valasco

Thursday 8 July, 7:30pm & 9:30pm (2021)

Café OTO

World Premiere

PRICE: £15

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Kit Downes and Tom Challenger have created a collection of interpretive melodies connected by improvising singers – in this event, they are joined by Irish vocalist, improviser and composer Lauren Kinsella, as well as guest artist, Heloise Werner.

Ongemang started with many initial individual components – a midnight exploration of song in a church in Salzburg, to a trip to the misty Faroe Islands to witness Kingo singing, to collective improvisations with harmonium during a hurricane in Galway – and during this second phase of the project they add another musical meeting to this journey, in the in-between. 

Kit Downes  piano, harmonium, cello 

Tom Challenger  saxophonecassette player/sampler 

Lauren Kinsella  voice

Pedro Valasco  visuals

We’ve been working with our wonderful friend from Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob, on a series of podcasts for you to listen to pre (or post!) our events. We hope you enjoy listening!

Episode 1: What’s in the Spitalfields Festival 2021

Jon Jacob speaks to composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, Howard Goodall, and David Fennessey about their new works, including a tribute to those carers who lost their lives in the first wave of the COVID pandemic.


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Venue information

Café OTO

22, 18-22 Ashwin St
E8 3DL
United Kingdom

Underground & Overground

Dalston Junction Overground (1 min)
Dalston Kingsland Overground
(3 mins)

Walking times are given in brackets.


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