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Cooper, Lindsay / Fred Frith / Gianni Gebbia / Lars Hollmer: Angels On The Edge Of Time (Angelica)

A superb concert recorded in 1992 at the Angelica Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna from a quartet of Rock in Opposition luminaries Lindsay Cooper & Fred Frith (Henry Cow), Lars Hollmer (Samla Mamas), and free improvising saxophonist Gianni Gebbia.
 

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UPC: 752725034524

Label: Angelica
Catalog ID: IDA031
Squidco Product Code: 21223

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Aula Absidale di S. Lucia, Bologna during AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica, May 30, 1992. Mastered by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrenees, November 2014, La Borde Basse, Caudeval, France.


Personnel:

Lindsay Cooper-sopranino saxophone, bassoon, electronics

Fred Frith-electric guitar, violin, sounds [radio], harmonica, voice

Gianni Gebbia-alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, sounds [bird calls], voice

Lars Hollmer-accordion, melodica, keyboards, voice

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track listing:


1. Retorisk Fraga 6:21

2. The Fountain And The Mirror 8:54

3. Elegy For An Angel 4:46

4. Mathesis 7:30

5. Indiscrezione 2:57

6. Conversazione 6:19

7. We Fall 2:01




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A exceptional concert recorded in 1992 at the Angelica Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna from a quartet of Rock in Opposition luminaries Lindsay Cooper & Fred Frith (Henry Cow), Lars Hollmer (Samla Mamas), and free improvising saxophonist Gianni Gebbia. The music tends to more reflective improvisation, beautifully unfolding music showing the subtle skills of all 4 players. With the passing of both Lindsay Cooper and Lars Hollmer, it's wonderful to hear something new from tobth, and especially something as touching and exquisite as this album. The booklet includes concert photos and liner notes from Fred Frith, who reflects on the loss of Cooper & Hollmer. We are fortunate to have such a sublime document to reflect alongside him.


Artist Biographies:

"Lindsay Cooper (3 March 1951 18 September 2013) was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News from Babel and David Thomas and the Pedestrians. She collaborated with a number of musicians, including Chris Cutler and Sally Potter, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group. She wrote scores for film and TV and a song cycle Oh Moscow which was performed live around the world in 1987. She also recorded a number of solo albums, including Rags (1980), The Gold Diggers (1983) and Music For Other Occasions (1986).

Cooper was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1970s, but did not disclose it to the musical community until the late 1990s when her illness prevented her from performing live. In September 2013, Cooper died from the illness at the age of 62, 15 years after her retirement."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Cooper)
6/23/2017

"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.

In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.

The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.

He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.

His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.

Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."

-Fred Frith Website (http://www.fredfrith.com/biography.html)
6/23/2017

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