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Release date: 13.01.11
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Clare Cooper"the kind of thrill-seeker the music world usually loses to the electric guitar”- TIME OUT, CHICAGO.

Clare Cooper (born Sydney, Australia in 1981) plays pedal harp and guzheng (large chinese zither). Over the past 10 years she has performed in 16 countries both as a soloist and collaborator, notably the Musee des Beaux Arts (Nantes), AMAT Festival (Valencia), Strasbourg Contemporary Art Museum, Blaest (Trondheim), Offsite (Tokyo), Volksbuehne (Berlin). Cooper's compositions have been featured on Germany's SWR, Australia's ABC Radio and UK's BBC Radio.

She's ferocious with strings and sticks, her sound inspired by synthesisers and broken boom boxes. In 2007 she relocated to Berlin where she has been a founding member of several ensembles. Cooper has also been a guest programmer and curator at ausland and Radialsystem V.

Aside from solo performance Clare’s key projects are Germ Studies (with pianist Chris Abrahams), LVSXY (with bassist Clayton Thomas), Nevers (with electronics musician Jean-Philippe Gross) and Hammeriver. She is also a member of the Splitter Orchestra (Berlin), The John Butcher Group (UK), Kim Myhr's Trondheim Jazz Orkestra (Norway) and the Splinter Orchestra (Sydney).

With partner Clayton Thomas, Cooper founded and directed the concert series 'If you like improvised music, we like you' and 'the NOW now festival of spontaneous music' from 2001-2007, and started Smack Bang Alive FIlm Soundtracks Festival. She has collaborated with internationally acclaimed improvisers, pop and hip-hop groups, butoh dancers, animators and film makers. Her music has been described as 'awes inspiring in it's patience, quiet confidence and beauty' (REALTIME ARTS). (text collected from Ausland)

Clayton Thomas is a double bassist and grass roots organiser working in the broad spectrum of improvised music. Equally at home playing at high, medium and starkly reduced energy levels, he finds inspiration in creative music and musicians of all generations. He is the founder of The Splinter Orchestra, the NOW now festival and the concert series 'if you like improvised music, we like you." in Sydney, Australia.

"I'm trying to work out a physical activity equally engaged in electronic and acoustic music aesthetics, while maintaining the kind of transitional and transformative energy of the music that changed my life. I draw inspiration from creative music of all eras, happily learning from and engaging with improvisers, sound artists, composers and thinkers alive and kicking in the 21st century. I have been inspired and pushed by many great musicians, but would especially thank Jon Rose, Jim Denley, Andrew Meisel, Cooper-Moore, Tony Buck and Hollis Taylor for doing some real work on the topic. All my music is dedicated to my first teachers, Wilber Morris and Peter Kowald." (text collected from Ausland)



Clare Cooper, guzheng and percussion
Clayton Thomas, contrabass and percussion

Recorded by Pablo Rega at Altes Finanzamt, Berlin, December 17, 2010.
Picture and Design by Aniana Heras

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