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date: 05 December 2019

Cooper, Lindsay (Charlotte)locked

  • Val Wilmer
  •  and Gary W. Kennedy

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(Charlotte)

(b London, March 3, 1951; d London, Sept 18, 2013). American bassoonist, sopranino saxophonist, and composer. She took up bassoon after starting on violin at the age of nine and piano at the age of 11, played with the National Youth Orchestra, and trained as an orchestral musician at Dartington College of Arts and the Royal Academy of Music. Her first work was with the experimental rock bands Comus and Henry Cow (1974 – September 1978), then with Maggie Nicols she founded the radical Feminist Improvising Group (1977–87), which was influential in bringing improvised music to a wider audience; it was at the beginning of this association that she began to play saxophone. She worked with the cult rock singer David Thomas (1982–5) and in improvised music circles with Maarten Altena (1981–4), Lol Coxhill, Joëlle Léandre, George Lewis (ii), Phil Minton, Irène Schweizer, John Zorn, and others. Also in the 1980s Cooper toured with Derek Bailey’s Company, led her own ensemble, collaborated with the harp player Zeena Parkins in the group News from Babel (...

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