Dagmar Krause

Dagmar Krause ( born June 4, 1950 in Hamburg ) is a German rock, jazz and avant-garde singer, who has spent most of her musical career in England. There she is considered one of the most important voices of the British progressive rock and the Rock In Opposition movement.

Life and work

Krause joined the age of 14 in clubs on the Reeperbahn. In 1968, she joined the popular folk-pop group The City Preachers, who was then, among other things Udo Lindenberg and Inga Rumpf belonged. The ensemble disbanded a short time later. Hull and Krause jointly published an LP under the name ID Company - actually it was two different solo projects, each of which accounted for a record page.

1972 Krause learned the British composer Anthony Moore (whom she later married ), and the Danish- American songwriter / musician Peter Blegvad know. Moore and Blegvad were looking for a singer for a band project, which should promote a new style: a " naive rock band ", the simple pop structures associated with complex texts. Together with Krause was the trio Slapp Happy. Since neither Moore nor Blegvad possessed experience as a rock musician, she brought the journalist Uwe Nettelbeck and producer along with his supervision band Faust, who acted initially as a backing band. In this constellation, Slapp Happy was given a recording contract with the German Polydor and recorded two albums: Sort Of (1972) and Casablanca Moon (1973). On the first album there was no great response, and the second album remained unreleased first.

Nettelbeck had meanwhile made ​​contact with the British label Virgin Records. Virgin took Slapp Happy under contract, but under the condition that the second album would be re-recorded. The band then moved to London and produced a new version of Casablanca Moon with various session musicians. Some of them were from the so-called Canterbury scene, whose musical network played a vital role in the coming years for Frizzy bands and projects.

The LP was released in 1974 without a title and was a moderate success for the then fledgling label. ( Later editions of the LP were also performed under the originally intended name, which occasionally led to confusion with the Polydor version, which came in 1980 under the title Acnalbasac Noom on the market. )

Slapp Happy toured thereafter successfully with another ensemble from the Canterbury scene, the political rock band Henry Cow, who was also at Virgin under contract. The tour led to a kind of merger of the two bands, and there arose the two projects Desperate Straights (1974) and In Praise of Learning ( 1975). However, musical and political differences made ​​for a break and Moore and Blegvad left the ensemble.

Krause stayed with Henry Cow and has toured with the band for two years through Europe. For health reasons, she returned back to Hamburg in 1976, but wanted to participate in the next studio album the band. Also during this shoot, there was in-band conflicts, so that the album Hopes And Fears was finally published as a project of a new band, the Art Bears, which still consisted of drummer Chris Cutler and Fred Frith on guitar next to Krause.

The Art Bears were originally intended only as a short-lived project, but published in the constellation Krause / Cutler / Frith two more LPs. After Cutler and Krause started with News From Babel, a new band project, which brought out two albums.

In the following years, however, Krause occurred mainly as a solo artist and as participants in other projects and collaborations in appearance. She worked example with Michael Nyman, Lindsay Cooper, Tim Hodgkinson. In 1978, she appeared in a London production of Bertolt Brecht's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In 1979 she released the album Babble as a duo with Kevin Coyne. In 1981 she worked with Heiner Goebbels and Alfred Harth and for the first time created this contemporary interpretations of Brecht songs.

1986 appeared the two solo albums Supply And Demand with songs by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and Tank Battles with songs by Hanns Eisler. Both LPs were also published in German versions under the titles of supply and demand and tank battle.

1991 Krause worked first time with Moore and Blegvad together: For the Channel 4 television opera Camera originated from an idea by Krause with music by Moore and lyrics by Blegvad, appeared as Melusine in the ruff. Some years later, Slapp Happy was officially reformed - the LP Ça Va appeared in 1997 -, and 2000 there was a tour in Japan, which was documented on CD. In 1992 she took part in a production of Lutz Glandien. 1996 also she worked with Dirk Raulf on his album with songs from the composer Friedrich Hollaender. With Marie Goyette she reflected in 1998 in a scientific dream and french kiss the classical works.

In 2010 she joined the ensemble Comicoperando, interprets the music of Robert Wyatt and the next to their old companions Chris Cutler also belong to Annie Whitehead and Karen Mantler.


The City Preachers

  • The pumpkin, the transportation problem and the Träumtänzer ( Decca, 1968)
  • Back To The City ( Hörzu, 1970)

With Slapp Happy

  • Sort Of (1972, Polydor )
  • Acnalbasac Noom (1973, Birds. Before 1980 Recommended Records )
  • Slapp Happy (1974, Virgin, also performed under the title Casablanca Moon )
  • Ça Va (1997, V2)
  • Live In Japan (2000, FMN)

As Slapp Happy / Henry Cow

  • Desperate Straights (1974, Virgin )
  • In Praise Of Learning (1975, Virgin )

With Henry Cow

  • Henry Cow Concerts (1976, Caroline )

The Art Bears

  • Hopes And Fears (1978, Recommended)
  • Winter Songs (1979, Recommended)
  • The World As It Is Today (1981, Recommended)

With News From Babel

  • Work Resumed On The Tower (1984, Recommended)
  • Letters Home (1985, Recommended)

Solo albums and other projects ( selection)

  • I. D. Company (1970, Hörzu, with Inga Rumpf )
  • Babble (1979, Virgin, with Kevin Coyne )
  • Bertolt Brecht: Time is running out (1981, with Heiner Goebbels & Alfred Harth )
  • The permeated human / Indians for Tomorrow ( 1981 Heiner Goebbels & Alfred Harth )
  • Supply And Demand / Supply and Demand (1986, Hannibal )
  • Tank Battles / Battle Tanks (1986, Iceland )
  • Camera ( 1991 Blueprint, with Anthony Moore and Peter Blegvad )
  • Voiceprint Radio Sessions (1993, Voiceprint )
  • A Scientific Dream and a French Kiss ( 1998 Resurgence, Marie Goyette )