16 giugno 2018

Debutta questa sera al Cafe Oto londinese il Lindsay Cooper Songbook, precedendo di qualche settimana la partecipazione al festival Zappanale a Bad Doberan (Germania). Del gruppo fanno parte, come è noto, Yumi Hara, Chlöe Herington, Dagmar Krause, Tim Hodgkinson, John Greaves e Chris Cutler. Il programma odierno si avvale anche delle esibizioni di Greaves e Herington in solo, di un momento riservato al trio The Watts (Yumi con Hodgkinson e Cutler) e delle preparazioni sonore di Marina Organ. L'inizio è per le 19.30.

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.

Yumi Hara formed Half The Sky in 2015 to perform Lindsay Cooper’s songs in Japan. The original group was entirely Japanese, with the exception of original drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler. This group - with small personnel changes - was later invited to Europe, when it was joined by the songs’ original singer Dagmar Krause. For these new European concerts the line-up adds two more members of Henry Cow, for whom much of this material was written, and we call ourselves Lindsay Cooper Songbook. As was true of the original bands Henry Cow and News From Babel - the new line-up retains an equal gender split.