From what originated as a solo project, performing mainly in art galleries, grew to include Elen Evans on harp. After moving from galleries back into music venues, my Chrome Hoof comrade, Emma Sullivan joined on bass, microkorg and vocals. Live, the music traverses the realms of noise and improv into songs, punctuated with found sounds and eases into spacey soundscapes.
"Absolutely beautiful." - John Doran
Yumi Hara formed Half The Sky in 2015 to perform Lindsay Cooper’s songs in Japan. The original group was entirely Japanese, with the exception of original drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler. This group - with small personnel changes - was later invited to Europe, when it was joined by the songs’ original singer Dagmar Krause. For these new European concerts the line-up adds two more members of Henry Cow, for whom much of this material was written, and we call ourselves Lindsay Cooper Songbook. As was true of the original bands Henry Cow and News From Babel - the new line-up retains an equal gender split.
bassoon/soprano sax/melodica/backing vocals 2016-present
A psychedelic 8-piece founded by Kavus Torabi in 2009, currently signed to InsideOut Records.
"Buried Alone is equal parts jumbo choruses, gossamer harmonies, tungsten riffs and psychotic timings...these songs rub unabashedly pretty, richly layered pop up against impossibly intricate structural madness"
bassoon/alto sax/backing vocals 2009-present
A largely improvisatory trio with Teeth of the Sea members Sam Barton (trumpet) and Mike Bourne (modular synth) pushing brass sounds with heavy live processing.
soprano sax/effects/vocals 2018-present