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Clare Cooper

Clare Cooper (guzheng, harp) solo. Ausland, Berlin Germany 2007. Photo S.Langely

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"the kind of thrill-seeker the music world usually loses to the electric guitar”

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, most recently, the Splitter Orchestra - a 25 piece improvising ensemble. 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 (see concert Sept 17). 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)

Niwa + Clare Cooper

10 Mar 2004 - 21:00
Mayumi Fukuzaki

biegungen25: niwa mayumi fukuzaki - butoh-tanz (tokio) toshihiro koike - posaune (tokio) axel dörner - trompete (berlin) marcus heesch - eitempera (berlin) clare cooper (aus) solo - harfe + guzheng clare cooper solo - harfe + guzheng

Irtijal Benefiz - Konzert

18 May 2007 - 21:00

biegungen116: benefiz für irtijal Irtijal - Berlin Edition - 2 days of experimental music Sharif Sehnaoui (guitar), Christine Sehnaoui (saxophone), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Raed Yassin (bass), Jassem Hindi (electronics), Bec

Nine Lives: Volume 2

10 Jun 2009 - 21:00

NINE LIVES, Volume 2
two nights of spontaneous music & pre-determined combinations
in order of appearance:

Clare Cooper, guzheng / Alexander Babel, percussion / Andrea Neumann, Innen Klavier

Robin Hayward

Nine Lives: Volume 2

11 Jun 2009 - 21:00

NINE LIVES, Volume 2
two nights of spontaneous music & pre-determined combinations


"Soll-Ist-vergleich" (performance by Andrea Neumann & Diego Chamy)

Christof Kurzmann, G4 / Jean Luc Guion

The Devastation Menu

24 Mar 2010 - 21:11
25 Mar 2010 - 21:11

two nights of small, medium and large ensembles with

KEN VANDERMARK, (Chicago) reeds
ANDREA NEUMANN, inne klavier
LIZ ALLBEE, trumpet and electronics
VERA FISCHER (Vienna) flutes
EVA REITER (Vienna) viola da gamb

Nine Lives Vol IV

18 Jun 2010 - 21:00
nine lives vol 6
Miya Misaoka (Japan/NYC) koto and electronics
Okkyung Lee (NYC) cello
Clare Cooper, guzheng
Asi Foecker, guitar, voice & visuals
Monika Brooks (SYD) accordion
Sven Ake Johannson, percuss

echtzeitmusiktage - the struggle continues#1

8 Sep 2010 - 22:00

the struggle continues #1

Clare Cooper (harp, electronics)
Olaf Hochherz (book, contact mics, electronics)
Valerio Tricoli (revox, electronics)


Germ Studies

30 Oct 2010 - 21:00
Chris Abrahams & Clare Cooper

Clare Cooper - guzheng
Chris Abrahams - dx7

a conversation in time // the most delicate noises possible // a soundtrack to a digital planet // a study on the permanence of music // heartbeat pulses, digital gargling and mutoid

Splitter Orchester @ Radialsystem V

27 Nov 2010 - 21:00
Radialsystem V
Splitter Orchester, Photo by Tania Kelley

Splitter Orchester at Radialsystem V

Split Seconds

a night of new composition, improvisation and the instant of invention

enjoy the full 24 piece orchestra