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    Posted: September 24 2017 at 08:35
Curious to know if there has been any female prog bands?

I know there are female artists in bands,  but I've never heard of an all female prog act!!....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 08:37
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 10:15
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 10:45
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 10:56
Yep, Ars Nova were the first to come to mind for me. They were an all female prog trio from Japan in the 90's who sort of disappeared at some point. They were heavily influenced by ELP and Il Baletto di Bronzo from what I've read and you can hear the ELP influence although I'm not that familiar with them(just based on the little I have heard).

There was also a rather obscure all female proggish band from the early 70's called Mother Superior.

Other than those two I can't think of many. I think there was one other all female Japanese band but I don't remember the name. 

The modern band Bent Knee has two female members though. One is the lead singer who plays keys and the other is the bass player(I think). Great band that you should check out. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 11:27
Rasputina. Actually on most albums it was three women up front backed with a male drummer, but they cut at least one album with an all-female lineup.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 11:29
Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

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...and they are AWESOME.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 11:37
Ars Nova still exists, but their activity has slowed due to personal life commitments. Not long ago, they held a concert which featured the original/current formations. 

Japan seems to have no shortage of bands with at least two female players in prog rock, fusion and metal circles. But till they added ex-Gerard drummer Masuhiro Goto (who has since been replaced), Ars Nova was the only completely all-girl prog rock group. 

Mother Superior was indeed a British all-girl jazz-prog-folk rock quartet. They had one album, in 1975, but I suspect it was recorded a bit earlier. It has a late 60s/early 70s sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 12:06
Originally posted by Mascodagama Mascodagama wrote:

Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

OOIOO


...and they are AWESOME.

Will have to check them out..Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 13:01
^ The album Gamel  is a good place to start. It's some out-there avant-tribal madness though!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 14:45
Angel'in Heavy Syrup is a pretty interesting all girl from Japan that released some cool albums in the 90's. There's a spacy and almost shoegazy quality to their music.

For math rock madness, there's all girl trio Tricot from...guess where...Japan. There's a few other all-girl math rock bands from that country (not to mention the slew of all-girl power metal and indie bands there). Japanese women know how to rock out.

Tricot...great use of a small drum-kit, vocals are an acquired taste thoughBig smile.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 15:16
^  Not prog, but in the vein of completely rocking all-female Japanese bands, Nisennenmondai deserve to be mentioned. They play minimalist banging techno using guitar, bass and actual drum kit, and do so with tremendous precision. Never had the opportunity to see them live but I understand that there is usually sweat dripping off the ceiling.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2017 at 18:06
Originally posted by Prog Sothoth Prog Sothoth wrote:

Angel'in Heavy Syrup is a pretty interesting all girl from Japan that released some cool albums in the 90's. There's a spacy and almost shoegazy quality to their music.

They're my go-to band for dreamy psych. Too bad they called it a day so abruptly after four albums. Love 'em!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2017 at 07:55
The Feminist Improvising Group, consisting of Lindsay Cooper (bassoon), Maggie Nicols (vocals), Georgie Born (cello and bass), Cathy Williams (piano, vocals) and Corinne Liensol (trumpet).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2017 at 08:18
Big fan of OOIOOs Krautrock album Green & Gold
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2017 at 15:09
^Yeah, Green & Gold is definitely my favorite of theirsBeer

Digging into the Japanese music scene, I was surprised as to how many all-girl pop/rock/indie/metal/prog/punk bands there are (hell...some of those bands venture into quite a few of those genres at once!). There's even all-girl grindcore bands there such as Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation, an unsurprisingly wacky take on the  genre. 

It's also common for co-ed bands to form such as Octaviagrace, featuring a female vocalist but also a virtuoso guitarist (she's really good). I'm guessing a lot of it has to do with a fair amount of schools in Japan that cater specifically to the arts. Music is emphasized there, and these girls learn instruments...hang out together and start jamming. The ratio of female musicians recording stuff in Japan seems to be at a higher ratio than any other country, and that's not just per-capita. Especially for drummers. Lots of great exuberant female drummers there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2017 at 18:36
Man, Tricot are amazing!! thanks for bringing them up!
I think I will quite like them. the ther bands are too crazy for my taste though^^
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 03 2017 at 11:58
Fantastic all-female prog album from 1975.  Don't miss this one.

Some of their songs have a Nektar feel to it.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 03 2017 at 15:12
Sophya Baccini's Aradia are at least 4 girls and only one guy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2017 at 17:59
Originally posted by Vompatti Vompatti wrote:

Ars Nova

Managed to pick up a few albums today!!  Smile
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