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Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper
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22 June 2017, Cafe OTO, London, 19.30 https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/half-the-sky/

25 June 2017, Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany, 14.15 http://www.avantgardefestival.de/TICKETS.html

Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper (Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, Miwazow, Wataru Ohkuma, Mitsuru Nasuno, Chloe Herington, Dagmar Krause)
plus DJs (at Cafe OTO only)
James Larcombe (North Sea Radio Orchestra, William D. Drake, Stars In Battledress etc)
Marina Organ (The Other Rock Show)

‘… a solid ensemble with the music perfectly rehearsed but also with an unusual warmth ...…a very emotional finale to the festival...' Victorio Calvo

ABOUT LINDSAY COOPER:Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013) brought the bassoon and the compositional techniques of 20th century art music into the world of ‘70s experimental rock. She was a musical polyglot, equally fluent in classical, rock, jazz, and free improvisation and the author of many film and theatre soundtracks. She was a member of the groups Comus, Henry Cow, National Health, David Thomas and the Pedestrians and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra. She co-founded News from Babel and the Feminist Improvising Group and led her own projects Music for Films and Oh Moscow. She lived for many years with multiple sclerosis, which eventually forced her to retire from performing in the 1990s.

PROGRAMME:A selection of Lindsay’s compositions for the groups Henry Cow and News From Babel and Music for Films, 1978 – 1982.

ENSEMBLE:
Yumi Hara: arrangements, piano, keyboards, lever harp, voice (The Artaud Beats, you me & us, Jump for Joy! etc)
Miwazow: koto, ching-dong percussion, voice (CICALA-MVTA)
Chlöe Herrington: bassoon, soprano sax, melodica (Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof, VÄLVĒ)
Dagmar Krause: voice (Henry Cow, News from Babel, Slapp Happy etc)
Wataru Okhuma: alto sax, clarinet (CICALA-MVTA)
Nasuno Mitsuru: bass (Korekyojinn, Altered States, etc)
Chris Cutler: drums (Henry Cow, News from Babel, The Artaud Beats, etc)

HISTORY:
In 2013, soon after Lindsay Cooper passed away, Matthew Watkins made a call for arrangements of her mini-composition Slice for a special edition of his podcast ‘Canterbury Sans Frontières: Episode 8’. I made a transcription of the piece and recorded it for solo clavichord. Chris Cutler and I also played it in Japan and NY. A little later, inspired by the three memorial concerts Chris Cutler organised in 2014 with the original bands, I put Half the Sky together to play Lindsay’s music in Japan. The gender split follows Lindsay’s general practice and the example of the original bands - Henry Cow (50% female) and News from Babel (75% female).

SOURCES:
With the exception of Slice, it was only after - and because of - the 2014 concerts that any working scores for the Henry Cow pieces became available, having been painstakingly assembled from Lindsay’s notebooks, original band-members’ surviving parts and careful analysis of the recordings. A handful of the News from Babel songs – none of which had ever been performed live – had already been reconstructed for the memorial concert by Zeena Parkins; the rest I had to work out from scratch – as well as rearranging everything for a mixture of occidental and oriental instruments. This programme is approached very much as a music of the present - and not as an academic reconstruction. (YH)

photos and audio/video recordings policy for Half the Sky:
Members of audience are allowed to take photos and make audio/video recordings as long as they:

don't use flash and make any shutter sound
don't cause any disturbances for other members of audience (i.e., no standing and walking around)
give us raw data immediately and allow us to use the data whatever we like for no charges
don't sell
if they want to upload on the internet, they must let us know and if we don't like, they must take them down



‘Women hold up half the sky’ Mao Tse Tung

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At our forthcoming London (22 June) and Schiphorst (25 June) performances, we will be playing UK/Germany premieres of News from Babel pieces including Dry Leaf, Arcades, Heart of Stone, Banknote and Auschwitz/Babel which were transcribed by myself and specifically arranged for Half the Sky which includes Japanese instruments (koto and ching-dong percussion) and three parts vocal harmony by Dagmar Krause, こぐれ みわ and myself, not only truthfully recreating the original multi-track recording, but also extending it...you have never heard anything like this...don't miss!!

Now we are very pleased to announce that we will have brilliant DJs to set the mood and atmosphere, before, after and in between our sets...and not too loud so that the music will not intervene your socialising (well, this will surely become a big socialising opportunity for our audience!) ... Please welcome Marina Organ of The Other Rock Show (Resonance FM) and James Larcombe of Stars In Battledress, North Sea Radio Orchestra, William D. Drake, etc! Expect music that you want to hear but "The music the record companies don't want you to hear", of course
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by YumiHaraCawkwell | 2017-06-13 06:24 | Half the Sky | Comments(0)
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