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Mike Cooper


For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has been an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. Initially a folk-blues guitarist and singer songwriter his work has diversified to include improvised and electronic music, live music for silent films, radio art and sound installations. Throughout his career he played and worked continously with people as different as  Bukka White, Louis Moholo, Roger Turner, John Lee Hooker, Dudu Pukwana.He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, a visual artist, film and video maker, collector of Hawaiian shirts and appears on more than 60 records to date.
"Cooper stands out as the man who truly made something of his own out of Country-Blues..." (The Guardian)
"Cooper was forging connections between folk and experimental musics long before America got New or Wierd.." (The Wire)

Cowards bend the knee: Thieke/Cooper/Venitucci

27 May 2009 - 21:00

Cowards bend the knee

-live music with the film of Guy Maddin-

Michael Thieke [clarinet, sax, zither]

Mike Cooper [guitar]

Luca Venitucci [accordio