Experimental folk musician Mike Cooper was in Beirut for a few days last week, to take part in the Johnny Kafta Summer Extravaganza live event, alongside some renowned musicians from Canada and Lebanon. On a whim, I asked Mike if, instead of the traditional interview – songs – performance format, he would agree to play live for a full hour, uninterrupted… With his usual calm, he replied ‘Sure, I can do that for you’.
And there you have it: a full hour of Mike Cooper improvising live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, with whatever instruments and materials he disposed of, on that evening. Fadi Tabbal engineered the whole thing, and it was rather splendid.
Thank you, Mr. Cooper.