- Mike Cooper (musician)
Infobox Musical artist
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Name = Mike Cooper
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Michael Cooper
Born = 1942
Origin = Flagicon|England
Musician, Songwriter, Historian, Broadcaster
URL = [http://www.cooparia.org.uk/ cooparia.org.uk]
Mike Cooper is a British
guitarplayer, singer and songwriter. Born in 1942 in Reading, Berkshire, UK, Cooper started playing guitar shortly after leaving school in 1958. In 1962, as a singer and harmonica player, he co-founded an R&Bband The Blues Committee, with guitarist Paul Manning, guitarist Dicky Reevesand drummer Eddie Page. They played alongside many visiting American bluesplayers in their home town: John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Howling Wolfand others as well as British r&b and blues bands such as Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated.cite web| title = Personal Homepage: Mike Cooper| url=http://www.cooparia.org.uk/
accessdate = 2007-04-19]
At the same time Cooper was playing and singing
folkand country bluesas a solo artist in local folk clubs. In 1966, together with singer/guitarist Derek Hall, they recorded their first record, a 7inch four track independent release, titled "Out Of The Shades". The title referred to the coffee housewhere Cooper and Hall played regularly during that period.
From the mid until the late sixties Cooper was one of the handful of players who pioneered the acoustic
British bluesBoom, playing with and alongside other British players such as Jo Ann Kelly, Dave Kelly, Tony McPheeand Ian A. Andersonand others, as well as with visiting blues legends such as Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowelland Bukka White. His 1969 l.p. "Oh Really!?" on Pye Recordsis widely acclaimed as one of the best acoustic blues albums of the period.
In the early 1970s, working with producer
Peter Edenfor Pye/ Dawn Records, he recorded four solo albums which chronicle, through his own songwriting, a fascinating shift from pure blues through to free jazz. Collaborating with jazz, improvisingand avant-gardemusicians, in particular South Africans Dudu Pukwana, Harry Miller, Louis Moholoand Mongezi Feza, Zimbabweancomposer and arranger Mike Gibbs and British saxophonist Mike Osbornehe produced perhaps some of the first and finest rogue folk. For the last of these albums he formed the band Machine Gun Companywith Geoff Hawkinson sax, Alan Cookon keyboards, Les Calverton bass and Tim Richardsonon drums. A group that mixed rock, folk and free jazz. Cooper moved to live in Spainbriefly before returning to the UK to record a fifth l.p. "Life and Death In Paradise" with Harry Miller, Mike Osbourne and Louise Moholo for Tony Hall's short lived Fresh Airlabel. He moved to live in Germany, Spain and Franceshortly after its release. 30 years later these recordings, along with those by Wizz Jones, Roy Harper, The Incredible String Bandand Davy Grahamhave inspired the recent 'New Weird America' or 'Free Folk' explosion in the U.S., with Thurston Mooreand Jim O'Rourke from Sonic Youthand the No-Neck Blues Bandconfessing to be fans.
Returning to the UK in the late 1970s he began to develop a parallel career and establish himself on the avant-garde and free-improvised music scene, working initially with members of the
London Musicians Collective, such as Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe, David Toop, Steve Beresford, Max Eastley, Paul Burwell, dancer Jo-Anna Pyne, and vocalist Viv Corringham. With saxophonist Lol Coxhilland drummer Roger Turner, they formed The Recedents, a free improvising trio now in its third decade.
Through the 1980s, as well as a short spell as rhythm guitarist in
GT Moore's reggaeband The Outsiders, he also played in a number of experimental groups that mixed live free improvisation with dance beats – The Mayhem Quartetincluded pianist Pat Thomas, saxophonist Tim Hilland Neil Palmerone of Europe's first turntable artists – Beating Timewith drummer Paul Burwell, Gary Jones on bass and Tim Hillsaxophone played punk no wavejazz. He also played Greek Rembetikamusic mixed with free improvisation in Avant Roots, a duo with longtime friend and singer Viv Corringham. Viv also joined Mike as a member of National Gallery, an acoustic country blues band that included guitarist/singer Mark Makin, and also as part of Mike's Continental Drift band. An electric blues based band that moved into free-jazz and improvised musical areas. It included Mary Geddis, also on vocals, Tim Hilland Geoff Hawkinson saxophones, Pete Beresfordand Pat Thomason keyboards, Gary Jones on bass and Simon Priceon drums.
In 1987, together with the extraordinary French slide guitarist
Cyril Lefebvreand incorporating the talents of Lol Coxhill, Steve Beresfordand Max Eastley, they formed the Uptown Hawaiiansto play and record a repertoire of Hawaiian, Exoticaand other lap steel guitarmusics, re-affirming a life-long passion for Pacificmusic and cultures, old, new and imagined. They still play together from time to time, often with Parisbased Tahitian musicians and dancers and the ' Ukulele Tiki Party'.
In 1994 Mike made his first trip through the Pacific via
Tahiti, Fijiand Hawaiito Australiaand New Zealandand has returned to tour every year since. This has resulted in a number of musical and artistic collaborations – Richard Nunnsfrom New Zealand, an improviser who plays traditional Maoriinstruments; Australian pianist Chris Abrahams(from The Necks) and Tu Fuego(a quartet with the New Zealanders Jeff Hendersonon sax, Tom Callwoodon bass and Anthony Donaldsonon drums); Sydneybased New Zealand Film maker Louise Curhamand visual artist John Wolseleyare among them. It was during the first of these tours in Australia that he began to make Ambient Field Recordings, which now figure as a part of most live concerts these days.
journalistMike has written extensively on Hawaiian slack-key guitar styles and performers and wrote the Hawaii chapter for the Rough Guideto World Music.
Ambient Electronic Exotica is the genre and subtitle of recent solo performances, often accompanied with
filmor video, and three c.d. releases, "Kiribati", "Globe Notes" and "Rayon Hula". Ambient field recordings collected in the Pacific, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, sampled, looped, treated electronically, and combined with acoustic or electric lap steel guitar improvisations to create Virtual Soundscapes.
Cooper credits the writing and recorded works of
ethnomusicologist Steve Feldas a major influence on this latest phase of his music, in particular Feld's work with the Kalulipeople in Papua New Guineaand the concept of what they call 'Lift Up Over Sounding'.
Ten years of scoring and performing live music for
silent filmsat festivals around the world has proven a rich and rewarding way of combining a variety of different musical styles and of seducing people into listening to music they might not normally encounter. Initiated by a commission from John McAuslan, director of the Brunswick Music Festivalin Melbourne, for a live performance of music for FW Murnau's Tabu in 1995, his program now includes more than a dozen silent classics as well as several more contemporary films such as the 1964 Japanese film Onibaba, his own scratch video 'Stolen Moments' and a body of original super eight films titled 'Those Final Adjustments'.
In 2000 he started HIPSHOT to produce limited edition
CD-Rs from his studio "The Steelworks" in Romewhere he currently lives. The first release Kiribati was chosen as one of the best 'Outer Limits' cds of the year by the prestigious UK magazine The Wire and Rayon Hula won an honorary mention at the 2005 Prix Ars Electronicafor Digital Music.
Cooper continues to play and sing acoustic music as well as improvising solo and with other musicians and artists.
* DNLS3005 Do I Know You LP
* DNLS3011 Trout Steel LP
* DNLS3026 Places I Know LP (With Machine Gun Co)
* DNLS3031 The Machine Gun Co with Mike Cooper LP (With Machine Gun Co) [http://www.vinylnet.co.uk/record-label-discographies.asp link]
* DNS1014 Country Water / Night Journey 7" (B side with Machine Gun Co)
* DNS1022 Time in Hand / Schaabisch Hall 7"
* DNX2501 Your Lovely Ways Parts 1 & 2 / Watching You Fall Parts 1 & 2 7"
* DNX2511 Too Late Now / The Ballad of Fulton Allen / Good Times 7" [http://www.vinylnet.co.uk/record-label-discographies.asp link]
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