Oral history of jazz in Britain

Cooper, Lindsay (3 of 3). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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    Women jazz musicians, Improvisation (Music)

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    Lindsay Cooper's flat, central London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Cooper, Lindsay, 1951- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilmer, Val, 1941- (speaker, female)

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    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

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    Mike Westbrook (1976), SIGMA festival Bordeaux. Cathy Berberian. Westbrook and Henry Cow as Mike Westbrook Orckestra. 'Cortege' (Bracknell Jazz Festival, 1979). 'Westbrook-Rossini' well-organised and successful touring group. Composed film score 'Song of the shirt', 1979 Edinburgh Film Festival. Dance pieces, The Gold-diggers (Sally Potter). Rose English collaboration. 1982 London gigs with Maggie Nicols. Drill Hall Women's Jazz Festival. Julie Tippetts. George Lewis, Company Week at LMC (1981 or 1983?). Derek Bailey. John Zorn. Sleazy basements on New York lower East Side. Polly Bradfield, Ikue Mori, Elliott Sharpe. 1985 NY festival at Roulette. European fixers go for New York fraternity as fashionable input to festivals but free improvisation more popular in Europe. David Thomas. 'Schubert dances' for Maddy Du PrĂ¢e. Phil Minton 'Cholera' and 'Oh, Moscow' (composed for him by Lindsay). Bloomsbury Festival. Most pleasing achievements. Lontano, programme obscurities. Best recordings 'An angel on the bridge' and 'Oh, Moscow'. Current [i.e. 1992] projects, film music, Robyn Schulkovsky, Paul Jayasinha, 'An angel on the bridge'.

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