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LINDSAY COOPER

RIO/Avant-Prog • United Kingdom


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Lindsay Cooper is a bassoon player from London who studied at the Royal College of Music. She began participating in the improv/rock music world in her 20s (early '70s). She is best know for her work with one of the original bands of the Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) movement, Henry Cow and its offshoot Art Bears. She had an extremely prolific career both during and after the Henry Cow years (1974-1978) also, working with many other musicians both in the studio and touring with numerous bands, while at the same time perusing her career as a solo artist. She left Henry Cow in August '74 after recording Unrest with them. Before long, she was to rejoin, remaining involved in the band's recording projects, notably both albums done with Slapp Happy. During that period, she played on Steve Hillage's Fish Rising, Comus' To Keep From Crying, Egg's Civil Surface, Robert Wyatt's Flotsam Jetsam, Jannick Top/Utopic Sporadic Orchestra's Nancy 75, and Hatfield and the North's The Rotters' Club. She was also in the theatre band for The City", a rock musical for which she was also the musical director, and started playing jazz with Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker. Eventually, she rejoined Henry Cow. Later in her career she began playing soprano sax and piano.

The 1970s did not end with Henry Cow for Cooper. She went n to form the "Feminist Improvising Group" with Irene Schweitzer, Maggie Nichols, Sally Potter and Georgie Born. The group remained active through 1982. During this same period she also worked with Mike Westbrook, Maarten Altena, David Thomas' Pedestrians, etc. She also formed her own group, the Lindsay Cooper Film Music Orchestra; they wrote and performed many film and TV scores, such as that for Sally Potter's debut feature film, The Gold Diggers.

The 1980s saw Cooper found the band News from Babel together with Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, and Zeena Parkins. The decade produced what is perhaps the best known of her works (1987), the song cycle Oh Moscow featuring Phil Minton, Sally Potter, Hugh Hopper, Marilyn Mazur, Alfred 23 Harth, and Elvira Plenar.

In 1991 Cooper was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She decided to concentrate on composing while continuin...
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Oh MoscowOh Moscow
Victo 1995
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Sahara DustSahara Dust
Import
Imports 2011
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Rags/GolddiggersRags/Golddiggers
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ReR 2004
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Music For Other OccasionsMusic For Other Occasions
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4.08 | 7 ratings
Rags
1980
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Gold Diggers
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Small Screen, Music For Television
1984
4.14 | 5 ratings
Music for Other Occasions
1985
4.00 | 1 ratings
Schrödinger's Cat
1991
5.00 | 1 ratings
Sahara Dust
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
Pia Mater (with Charles Gray)
1997
5.00 | 2 ratings
A View From The Bridge - Composed Works
1998

LINDSAY COOPER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Oh, Moscow
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
State of Volgograd (w/ Alfred 23 Harth and Phil Minton)
1994

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5.00 | 3 ratings
Rags / The Golddiggers
1991

LINDSAY COOPER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Pictures From The Great Exhibition (The Housewive's Nightmare) (EP)
1983

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 Music for Other Occasions by COOPER, LINDSAY album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.14 | 5 ratings

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Music for Other Occasions
Lindsay Cooper RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars The world of Prog music has suffered a recent and dear loss. Lindsay Cooper, is no longer in this emanation of life. Her pioneer work in the early , developing RIO/AG scene (Henry Cow, Comus, National Health, and the later and magnificent News from Babel, among others). Her continous explorations as a composer and performer with a completely and own aquired musical structure, that led her eventually to follow her own nature, beyond the borders of tags or genres, will remain in our collective memory and in this page. This "Music for Other Occasions", could turn out to be the best way to understand, her personal contributions to the now, very structured, RIO/AG language, which were many and varied. And also as a work which will come closer to the Prog world, than the more "classical" later works which are closer to the contemporary "Classical" music concept, (the same as Zappa's, it is like a normal course to be taken eventually by 'Classical Music" disciples, of course not by rule) Anyway!,... A twenty-one, rather short songs effort, it exemplifies the musical-structures, she developed, and the ones she was coming up with at that specific period (1985). But let me be not, misunderstood, 'Music for other Occasions", never loses that undercovered sense of humour (if needed), it is as subtle as good humour has to be. She as a performer, was more than accomplished, quiet daring indeed, but her dynamics (and the other musician's) never pervades the compositional structures, which is a very, very, thin line. This project, if you like, will be the perfect introduction, to a more mature and wise, contemporary music composer. Why? Because she never stopped searching, for her own way of expression. And that is a privelege to testify! ..........****4.5 close to excellence PA stars.

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 Rags by COOPER, LINDSAY album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.08 | 7 ratings

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Lindsay Cooper RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by HolyMoly
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4 stars After Henry Cow dissolved, reed player Lindsay Cooper stayed busy with such projects as the Art Bears, but released her first album under her own name in 1980, and it's a delight. She had already proven herself a composer of very high stature on Henry Cow's swan song "Western Culture" album, composing the music for the entire second side of that record. Here, she applies that skill to a series of miniatures, composed as the soundtrack to "Rags", a documentary about women textile workers at the turn of the century.

Former Henry Cow-mates Chris Cutler (drums) and Fred Frith (guitar) provide low-key musical support, letting Cooper's overdubbed reeds (bassoon, sax, oboe), as well as her piano, provide the foundation for the songs. Sally Potter and Phil Minton provide the vocals for the songs with lyrics (about one third of the songs), and their voices are dramatic and distinctive. Minton in particular (who also plays trumpet here) sings in a deep voice with the authority of a cranky schoolmaster.

Of the instrumentals, the multi-part "Women's Wrongs" is especially fine, with a sad piano line lifted up by Frith's gentle but firm guitar sustain. "Film Music" likewise reflects the grim but determined resolve of the film's subject. The vocal pieces are generally more animated, often borrowing old folk melodies that one imagines could have been sung by labor strikers in the picket line -- "General Strike", in fact, takes it's lyric from such a song ("Hurrah my boys, and make no noise / Stand firm in all disaster / United be, and you will see / We'll conquer all the masters"). On the opening "The Exhibition of Fashions", Sally Potter performs a woozily seductive vocal that builds rather impressively during its short length (1:29), becoming a frenzied shriek by the end!

This may be "just a soundtrack", but I've found it one of the most enjoyable and re-playable ones I've heard. Great balance of vocal and instrumental pieces, and a well-sustained melancholy mood that still manages to be uplifting. With Frith and Cutler on board, it certainly bears more than a passing resemblance to Henry Cow's later material, but Cooper puts her own unique stamp on it. Excellent.

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 Rags / The Golddiggers by COOPER, LINDSAY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
5.00 | 3 ratings

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Rags / The Golddiggers
Lindsay Cooper RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by tmay102436

5 stars Even though this is for those that seek out quite unique, and to some strange, this album is a miracle to own if you love the quaint, slightly RIO, slightly theatre style. And a cast of the best at the genre.

Lindsay Cooper - does anyone know how her health is? - is so talented, both writing and performance. The music here is very "small and powerful" to my ears. The unique style brings out this very special feeling of; everyone is quite tightly playing their performance, yet it seems to be a playful, loosely put together affair. Perfectly executed, and oh my the Fred Frith work is just what you love about his style of electric guitar playing (think his work with Henry Cow.)

If you can find this CD, it is worth every penny, as it is a document of "Rags" and almost all of "The Golddiggers."

Of interest, if you have the LP vinyl copy of Rags, look at the women sewing? Notice the sewing machines? My, how they look like a future device (very similar in actual construct) - our beloved Mellotron.

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