Gazing Ahead to The Space Between Nothing And Desire + Celebrating Kate Bush with The Kick Inside Launch and a Live Session on the DeXter Bentley Show

February 11, 2018 § Leave a comment

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It’s 2018 and we’re kicking off with live activities again!

Kate Bush has given music lovers something to treasure: a great musician and producer, a brilliant composer and an amazing most unique voice. This year and month marks the 40th anniversary of Kate and her debut album. Adopting their name from this album,TKI or The Kick Inside, a tribute to Kate Bush by Raf and O (see previous blog), perform tracks from her early albums fully live, elegantly and stylishly capturing the energy, excitement and fragility of Kate’s music on vocals, piano and double bass. Celebrating Kate, The Kick Inside Launch, promoted by the always excellent Kaparte, is in London at Bar & Co, the club on a boat, Temple Pier, on Sunday 25th February. It is also O Richard’s birthday and Raf, will keep celebration on hold till then.

‘We’ll be playing a full show of Kate’s beautiful songs from the early part of her career. Triple celebration. Come!’

The launch is also featured on Kate Bush News and TKI has been described as:

’Strikingly individual’ Kate Bush News

 TICKETS
 FACEBOOK EVENT

And to kick start it all off, The Kick Inside will be playing live in session on the mighty deXter Bentley Show on London’s Resonance 104.4 FM, Saturday 17th February, 12pm which is the date marking Kate’s debut album 40 years ago!

We’re now gazing ahead to … and we’re very excited to introduce ‘The Space Between Nothing And Desire’. That is the title of Raf and O’s new album and it’s set to be released later this year!
A slice from the album was aired yesterday for the very first time on the  deXter Bentley Show: an edit preview of a brand new Raf and O song, ‘Your Gazing Stare’. The album will also include our version of David Bowie’s ’The London Boys’. We can’t say too much more at this stage, but keep your ears and eyes peeled, social media is always the quicker way to get fresh news!

Last November we even got to say thank you in person for the support Mike Garson had given to our version of Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul back in 2013 after he played a magical show at the Camden Underworld!

Raf and O are now on Instagram too and we have unveiled a new logo, a moon-light reworking from our previous. Come and follow our new Instagram page here and here

See you down at THE KICK INSIDE LAUNCH. Come!

Raf and O Xx

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Raf and O Celebrate David Bowie’s 70th Birthday Covering ‘The London Boys’

January 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Raf and O – The London Boys (David Bowie Cover)
Photo by Wendy Woo.

Today would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday.
Last year was tough and performing at the Union Chapel in his honour felt right, even if strange. We then released ‘Win’ on our last album ‘Portal’ and by the time of Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity (The Beckenham Free Festival Remake) it was easier to smile. Always an influence, we’ve been featuring his tracks in the live sets for a few years and getting a thumb up from Mike Garson for our take on ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ was very special – so to celebrate this special day we have recorded our version of ‘The London Boys’, a Bowie gem from 1966! And leaving electronics aside, this is us at our most acoustic: I play piano and sing and O plays guitar.
Happy birthday David!

With much love.
Raf and O X
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Original press release for David Bowie’s Rubber Band/ The London Boys

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The Man Who Fell To Earth Returns to Space, Starman at Union Chapel, Overground Festival and Pennyblack Shows, Interview + Portal View

February 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

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David Bowie, Starman, a Celebration at Union Chapel

Raf and O live at Starman Bowie Celebration, Union Chapel
Raf and O live at Starman, a celebration of David Bowie, Union Chapel. Photo taken by Ange LM Photography.

Two months into 2016, it’s time for a blog. It seems respectful to start with Bowie.
David Bowie, fell off our Earth on January 10th and the Earth was mourning. It was all so sudden two days after the release of his brilliant new album, he was gone, leaving us with Blackstar, an outstanding piece of work, daring and unafraid, revealing more than its fair share of brilliancy and courage in the aftermath of his death. Later, O and I went to Beckenham, we laid flowers on the bandstand, everything was flickering as clouds raced across greying skies. Those who have been following us know that Raf and O, a few years ago had been reworking Bowie’ s Lady Grinning Soul, included in our album ‘Time Machine’, celebrating our long-standing love for Bowie alongside our original material. We performed it at Memory Of A Free Festival (MOAFF) on the bandstand and received praise from the wonderful Mike Garson and David Bowie Official.
A week after his passing, we celebrated the Starman at the stunning Union Chapel,  performing before an audience unified, together alongside many other artists including the Magic Numbers and David McAlmont. It was an honour tinged with great sadness. The event was broadcasted live. More photos of our performance can be found HERE courtesy of Ange LM photography.
And Garson just returned to the UK to pay tribute to David with Lorde and his old band, a beautiful surprise.
I was recently asked to describe my feelings on Bowie’s legacy and his passing. Here is a transcript from an interview I did with Dominic Simpson for Pennyblackmusic Magazine, as we are about to play Pennyblack first show of 2016. Find the full interview on the photo below.

PB: You’ve covered Bowie songs in the past live. Do you have any comments about his legacy on your music (and in life generally), and how you felt when he died recently?

RM: Okay, I’ll be honest with you, it felt like a great big punch in the stomach, I cried a lot and I was a mess. Many people felt a great deal of grief. One could say, is this an over-reaction? When you have felt empathy, an affinity since almost as early as you can remember towards someone you feel has been the catalyst that shaped your artistic perception, someone who was your biggest inspiration and a general obsession in the nicest possible connotation of the word, then you feel something has blown apart. I never tried to emulate Bowie, but in a sense, I feel like he has given me access to an approach and never fear to dare or to experiment. The way he worked harmonic progressions, for example, directly influenced me as a songwriter, he concocted the element of surprise and excitement, which I crave in music and then served it on a stage through performance, drama, allure and damn good singing. As I said, we performed last Sunday at the Starman celebrations at Union Chapel; it was an honour, but it felt unreal, unreal that he had gone. The man who fell to Earth returns to space but his music is everywhere.

Raf and O Interview for PennyblackMusic
Raf and O interview for Pennyblackmusic

Raf and O Bowie Starman Celebration Union Chapel 2
Raf and O live at Starman a celebration of David Bowie, Union Chapel. Photo by Ange LM.

2016 will see our follow-up to ‘Time Machine’, we are excited to soon be presenting our latest work. Raf and O‘s new album will be called ‘Portal’ featuring Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 62’ which we’ve set music to; a special edit preview was aired last Saturday on the Dexter Bentley show, Resonance FM. The album will also feature ‘Win’ our new take on Bowie’s classic from ‘Young Americans’. We recorded drum takes on January 10th…My heart sinks now when I think about the lyrics. As well as this, we will unveil some of the work stemmed by our collaboration with electronicist  and Grace Jones’ s collaborator, Robert Logan. This will be part of a split EP released between ourselves and our collaboration ahead of the album. Lots more to come on these fronts, we will keep you updated, but watch out for latest news on our Facebook page.

On the live front, as well as Union Chapel, we recently guested at a private party,  having previously played at Whisper and Hurricanes and Kaparte Oxjam.

“They had the room literally transfixed’ Miss Gish Blog

Recently DJ and journalist Joe Muggs from the Boiler Room has been spinning some early Raf and O album tracks and Mary Finnigan talks about our performance in her new book about Bowie, the time with him in 69, the Arts Lab, Beckenham Free Festival and Memory Of A Free Festival (its reprise in 2013 and 2014)

“Most impressive were Raf and O, a talented avant-garde duo influenced by David Bowie but no copycat.” Psychedelic Suburbia, Mary Finnigan.

Here is a video of Raf and O’s ending show of 2015 at Whisper and Hurricanes. Thanks to the Chaos Theory team. Continues below

Coming up shortly …some great gigs! Very much looking forward to March 12th, first Pennyblackmusic gig of 2016. Do join us, Raf and O support Nick Garrie, sixties British singer songwriter, at Sebright Arms, London. More details and TICKETS available HERE.
FACEBOOK EVENT

And then March 18th, Crystal Palace Overground Festival presents this festival fund-raising concert at Anerley Town Hall, a specially curated sonic line up including the great Metamono, who we shared a bill with last year, Raf and O, Sculpture, Brother G and the Trouble plus Junkshop Disco. An excellent audio visual event not to be missed! Strictly TICKETS advance only available HERE
FACEBOOK EVENT

Much love

Raf and O x
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Raf and O Bowie Starman Celebration Union Chapel
Raf and O setting up at Starman, a celebration of David Bowie, Union Chapel. Photo taken by David McAlmont

David Bowie Official Features Raf and O’s New Album; ‘Time Machine’ is Out Now!

April 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Raf and O’s new full-length second album is OUT NOW!!!
Finally, we’re so proud to present Time Machine, self-released on Telephone, available on Bandcamp, iTunes and all good digital stores.
Latest press says:
“A beguiling slice of noir-pop…a total treat.”
The Girls Are

“Tripped-out hypnotic Raf and O embody the exploratory art school/mime period Bowie from bent out of shape Air meets folkloric avant-noir to ESG and Radiohead’s Hail To The Thief”
Monolith Cocktail

A special gig was staged at the beginning of the month to celebrate its release.
“She’s a tongue twisting storm, she will sing at the show tonight…
David Bowie Official featured the launch for our new album.
We are absolutely thrilled !!!

“One of the more memorable events of the Beckenham Festival in September 2013 was RAF AND O’s haunting performance of David Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul (http://smarturl.it/liveRAFnOlady)… Lady Grinning Soul is included on that new LP: Time Machine” David Bowie Official

The front cover captures Raf and O performing on the Beckenham Bandstand
GET IT HERE!

See picture to read in full. Continues below

Raf and O featured on David Bowie Official

The album ‘Time Machine’  was launched within the majestic setting of Shoreditch Church. And inside the dark, beautiful reverb haven, free from the outside bustle, a focused audience gave wonderful support to a special evening of songs and sonics. Also, playing solo upon the grand piano in this fantastic space, Raf gave a very rare performance of a very old song, ‘Fatzer’. Adam Donen with Roger O’Donnell and band performed beautifully not long after. 
We’d like to thank all who came down and once again Kaparte for the wonderful hosting.

More live performances are scheduled. Today we’re off to play at the ‘genuinely alternative after-office’ Scaledown. For more details, address etc, see our LIVE PAGE. Then next up is South East London in May; we shall be performing at Vinyl in Deptford. Details again will be added HERE.

Raf and O x

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Raf and O Launch of Time Machine at Shoreditch Church

Pictures by Angelique Le Marchand, Adam Donen and Lee Winter

Full Stop Gig, Nedry Remix of ‘The Fog’, ‘Strange’ Live Video

May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Hi all,

May greetings!
We have a gig coming up in the heart of Brick Lane, East London.
Raf and O will be joining the lovely Foulkestone on Sunday 26th May at The Full Stop Coffee Bar, thanks to Jude Cowan Montague, for a night of live music and poetry.
For this occasion, we thought about presenting a couple of different songs, one super fresh, written last week!
It won’t be the full set up, but not fully stripped down either!

Come join us this Sunday, see/ hear for yourself. Details on the LIVE PAGE.
Facebook event

Here is one more video courtesy of Luigi Altilia from our launch at Cafe OTO back in April.

Ditch the laptop speakers for this one! 😉 Enjoy!

LADY GRINNING SOUL / THE FOG OUT NOW
‘Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot’ Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist/ collaborator since 1972)
‘Awesomely bizarre’ God Is In The TV Zine
‘Raf and O caress Bowie’ Bowie Wonderworld

Raf and O x

Lady Grinning Soul / The Fog Out Now + News From Launch at Cafe OTO

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment


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Lady Grinning Soul / The Fog

Hello!
our single is coming out today!! Very excited about it, it’s a self-release, please support us by getting yourself a copy HERE

It includes our version of David Bowie‘s Lady Grinning Soul (studio take)
The Fog’ and a remix of The Fog by electronic trio Nedry.
The  LIVE VIDEO has reached 1000 plays in just over a month and the feedback so far has been fantastic!

‘Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot’
Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist/ collaborator since 1972)

‘Awesomely bizarre’
God Is In The TV Zine

‘Raf and O caress Bowie’
Bowie Wonderworld

News from our recent Launch at Cafe OTO … it was a wicked night! You can watch a video HERE  and there’s more to come.
Thanks to all who came down to this brilliant venue; so many people and such an attentive audience! Promoted by our wonderful friend, the very excellent Klarita from Kaparte, we supported Larsen with Little Annie – they did a fantastic show.
And thanks to Angelique Le Marchand for these and other brilliant shots! (Below)

Get yourself a copy of our single, it’s going for a song, quite literally on iTunes!
LADY GRINNING SOUL / THE FOG – BUY HERE

Raf and O x

 

Raf and O Launch of Lady Grinning Soul : The Fog at Cafe OTO - 1

Raf and O Launch of Lady Grinning Soul / The Fog at Cafe OTO - 2 

Mike Garson And Bowie Wonderworld Praise Raf and O’s Version Of Lady Grinning Soul!

March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Raf and O are thrilled to have received this endorsement from David Bowie’s creative collaborator since 1972 and stunning pianist on the original ‘Lady Grinning Soul‘!
‘Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot’  Mike Garson. Raf is buzzing, as this era of Bowie was central to her initial musical development.
Our live video has also been featured in the Bowie Wonderworld website and has been described as ‘Raf and O caress Bowie’.    

The upcoming single ‘Lady Grinning Soul/ The Fog will soon be available to pre-order.  To be updated on this, please join our mailing list; just send an email to info@rafando.com
By joining you will also be entitled to periodic freebies only available to this list.
We are really excited and your support is absolutely invaluable.

Tickets for the launch at Cafe OTO are still available HERE

Raf and O x

'Raf and O caress Bowie'  Bowie Wonderworld

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