‘… a solid ensemble with the music perfectly rehearsed but also with an unusual warmth ...

…a very emotional finale to the festival...' Victorio Calvo

'...Each sound they played was polished to the extent that no other sounds would have been suitable to play Lindsay Cooper's music’
'I was extremely impressed by this superior ensemble which recreated Lindsay Cooper's music in the best form imaginable. Osamu Sakamoto (EURO ROCK PRESS)

 

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

Miwazow: koto, ching-dong percussion, voice

Chlöe Herrington: bassoon, soprano sax, melodica

Dagmar Krause: voice

Wataru Okhuma: alto sax, clarinet

Nasuno Mitsuru: bass

Chris Cutler: drums

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)

‘Women hold up half the sky’ Mao Tse Tung

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Half the Sky have been supported by: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Arts Council Tokyo.

 

 

NEWS:

20 March 2017

 

Half the Sky concert review, 2 Dec 2016, Akihabara GOODMAN, by Osamu Sakamoto, EURO ROCK PRESS (vol. 72, Feb 2017 issue), photo by Kunimitsu Tsuburai

 

 

18 March 2017

 

Half the Sky will be playing at Cafe OTO, London, on 22 June 2017

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And Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany, 23-25 June 2017

Buy tickets HERE

 

27 Jan 2017

Half the Sky will be playing at Cafe OTO, London, on 22 June 2017

More dates to be announced in due course...we even have a date in 2018!!

 

4 Oct 2016

Half the Sky Tokyo dates announced:

 

30 Nov 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper with special guest
1 Dec 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper with special guest
2 Dec 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper with special guest

4 Dec 2016, Tokyo Sendagi BAR ISSHEE Chris Cutler & Yumi Hara, Music of Lindsay Cooper workshop

personnel: Yumi Hara (arr, p, keyboards, harp, vo), Chris Cutler (dr), Miwazow (vo, koto, ching-dong perc), Wataru Ohkuma (cl, a.sax, keyboard), Mitsuru Nasuno (b), Chlöe Herrington (bassoon, s. sax, melodica)

 

 

21 March 2016

Half the Sky artist page on RIO 2016 website is now live: http://www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/artists/half-the-sky

 

21 January 2016

Half the Sky will be playing at Rock in Opposition festival, carmaux, France, on Sun 18 Sept 2016

 

 

Half the Sky list of gigs

 

<JAPAN TOUR 2016>

personnel: Yumi Hara (arr, p, keyboards, harp, vo), Chris Cutler (dr), Miwazow (vo, koto, ching-dong perc), Wataru Ohkuma (cl, a.sax, keyboard), Mitsuru Nasuno (b), Chlöe Herrington (bassoon, s. sax, melodica)

30 Nov 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN

programme: Auschwitz/Babel, Dry Leaf, Black Gold, Arcades (of Glass), Banknote, The Empire Song (from The Golddiggers), Waited/Justice, Anno Mirabillis,

Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away, Slice

[Opening: 'Miwazow sings Brecht', Miwazow (voice, perc), Wataru Ohkuma (cl), Kazuto Shimizu (piano)]

 

1 Dec 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN

programme:

set 1 Auschwitz/Babel, Dry Leaf, Black Gold, Arcades (of Glass), Banknote, The Empire Song (from The Golddiggers), Waited/Justice, Anno Mirabillis

set 2 Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away, Slice

[Opening: 'Canterbury Favourites' part 1, Yumi Hara (vo, piano), Kazuto Shimizu (keys, vo), Chris Cutler (d), Mitsuru Nasuno (b)]

 

2 Dec 2016, Tokyo AKihabara GOODMAN

programme:

set 1 Auschwitz/Babel, Dry Leaf, Black Gold, Arcades (of Glass), Banknote, The Empire Song (from The Golddiggers), Heart of Stone, Waited/Justice, Anno Mirabillis

set 2 Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away, Slice

[Opening: 'Canterbury Favourites' part 2, Yumi Hara (vo, piano), Kazuto Shimizu (keys, vo), Chris Cutler (d), Mitsuru Nasuno (b)]

 

4 Dec 2016, Tokyo Sendagi BAR ISSHEE Chris Cutler & Yumi Hara, Music of Lindsay Cooper workshop, talk & performance

workshopped pieces: Half the Sky, Anno Mirabillis

talk & performance programme:

Auschwitz/Babel, Black Gold, Waited/Justice, Anno Mirabillis, Half the Sky, Slice

 

 

<Rock in Opposition Festival 2016>

18 Sept 2016 MAISON DE LA MUSIQUE, CAP' DECOUVERTE, LE GARRIC, FRANCE

personnel: Yumi Hara (arr, p, keyboards, harp, vo), Chris Cutler (dr), Miwazow (vo, koto, ching-dong perc), Wataru Ohkuma (cl, a.sax, keyboard), Mitsuru Nasuno (b), Chlöe Herrington (bassoon, s. sax, melodica), Dagmar Krause (vo)

programme: Auschwitz/Babel, Dry Leaf, Black Gold, Waited/Justice, Banknote, Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away, Slice, Anno Mirabillis

 

<JAPAN TOUR 2015>

3 Dec 2015 Osaka Ganz toi toi toi

4 Dec 2015 Nagoya TOKUZO

5 Dec 2015 Tokyo Akihabara GOODMAN

personnel: Yumi Hara (arr, p, keyboard, harp, vo), Chris Cutler (dr), Miwazow (vo, koto, ching-dong perc), Wataru Ohkuma (cl, a.sax), Mitsuru Nasuno (b), Keiko Komori (b.cl, s.sax), Yuriko Mukoujima (vn, melodica, keyboard)

programme:

set 1 Auschwitz/Babel, Dry Leaf, Black Gold, Arcades (of Glass), Banknote, Heart of Stone, Waited/Justice, Anno Mirabillis

set 2 Half the Sky, Gretel's Tale, Falling Away, Slice

 

 

 

 

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