Lindsay Cooper

Lindsay Cooper ( born March 3, 1951 in Hornsey, England, † September 18, 2013 ) was a British bassoon and soprano saxophone player and composer of rock music, jazz and new music.


Lindsay Cooper was known for her work with the band Henry Cow 1974-1978. In addition, she was also active with the National Health and Artrockgruppen News from Babel. In 1978 she was one of the founders of the Feminist Improvising Group. She wrote film music, including for films of filmmaker Sally Potter, and the cycle Oh Moscow which was performed live in 1987 in many countries. She has recorded a number of solo albums, of which Rags (1980 ), The Gold Diggers (1983) and Music For Other Occasions (1986 ) are among the best known. Her unconventional, partially electrically amplified way to play the bassoon, the enthusiastic, inter alia, Heiner Goebbels, the use of this instrument opened up interesting possibilities.

In her 1991 Multiple sclerosis was diagnosed; In 1998, the disease means that she could no longer occur. In recent years it has primarily through compositions - among other things for the California Rova Saxophone Quartet - can draw attention to themselves.