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Sunday 20 September 2015, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm)

On the occasion of British musician MIKE COOPER‘s three concerts in Beirut, organized by Ruptured, here is a radio show dedicated to his numerous releases of the last decade, as well as a generous side-order of American blues singers and guitar players, added for good measure!

1. Mike Cooper, from Elio Martusciello: Concrete Songs
2. Mike Cooper, from Various artists: I Never Meta Guitar
3. Mike Cooper, from Beach Crossings – Pacific Footprints
4. Mike Cooper, from Truth In The Abstract Blues w/ Leila Adu & Fabrizio Spera
5. Skip James
6. Leadbelly
7. Mike Cooper, from Spirit Songs
8. Mike Cooper, from Rayon Hula
9. Mike Cooper, same as #4
10. Mike Cooper, same as #3
11. Mike Cooper, from Blue Guitar
12. Mike Cooper, from Finding Other Worlds
13. John Fahey
14. John Renbourn
15. Blind Willie Johnson

Listen to Part 1: decalages mike cooper (part 1)

16. Son House
17. Bukka White
18. Mississipi John Hurt
19. Robert Pete Williams
20. Karen Dalton
21. Mike Cooper, same as #1
22. Mike Cooper, from Avant Roots w/ Viv Corrigan
23. Mike Cooper, from Oceanic Feeling Like w/ Chris Abrahams
24. Mike Cooper, same as #4
25. Robert Johnson
26. Blind Lemon Jefferson
27. Blind Willie McTell
28. Little Willie John
29. Howlin’ Wolf
30. John Lee Hooker
31. Mike Cooper, same as #11
32. Youmna Saba

Listen to Part 2: decalages mike cooper (part 2)

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In collaboration with Irtijal Festival and Tunefork Studios,
Lebanese independent label RUPTURED is proud to present three concerts with renowned British folk/blues singer & performer MIKE COOPER,
Held in Beirut in different venues in September 2015.

SEPTEMBER 18, 8.30pm: Solo set @Dawawine, followed by Mike’s ‘exotica’ Dj set
Tickets 10,000 LL
For Facebook event, click here

> SEPTEMBER 20, 8.30pm: “Beach Crossings” ensemble performance @Beirut Art Center, with guest musicians from Beirut
Tickets 15,000LL

Line-up: 
Mike Cooper (guitar, conduction)
with
Paed Conca (clarinet)
Tony Elieh (electric bass)
Abed Kobeissy (buzuk)
Ghassan Sahhab (kanoun)
Sharif Sehnaoui (drums)
Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar)
Raed Yassin (synth)
and
Ahmad Ghossein (narration)

Facebook event here

-> SEPTEMBER 22, 8.30pm: Duo set with Youmna Saba @Onomatopoeia The Music Hub, followed by an informal Q&A with Mike
Tickets 10,000 LL
For Facebook event, click here
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[Poster design by Maya Chami]

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We support the peaceful protests against the corruption and paralysis of Lebanese politics, and would like to encourage everyone to join in this historical movement.
We also believe that music and arts should go on.
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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Mike Cooper (musician)
http://www.cooparia.com/

– THE MAGIC I.D.: I’M SO AWAKE (STAUBGOLD VINYL ANALOG 4)

– EL INFIERNO MUSICAL [CHRISTOF KURZMANN, KEN VANDERMARK, EVA REITER, CLAYTON THOMAS & MARTIN BRANDLMAYR]: SELF-TITLED (MIKROTON CD 20)

– JOHN FAHEY: FARE FORWARD VOYAGERS (SHANACHIE CD)

– LUCA VENITUCI: INTERSTIZIO (BRIGADISCO VINYL BRG031)

– VAN DYKE PARKS: HOLD BACK TIME / AMAZING GRACE (SEVEN INCH VINYL SINGLE)

– VARIOUS ARTISTS: LISTEN WHITEY / THE SOUNDS OF BLACK POWER (LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS, LITA 081 CD)

– THE HENRYS: SO THIS IS TOMORROW (CD+DVD, HEN 2009)

– SUN RA: MAYAN TEMPLES (BLACK SAINT CD)

– VARIOUS ARTISTS: REMBETIKA 1850-1960 (26 CD BOXSET, MINOS-EMI)

– SCOTT WALKER: BISH BOSCH (4AD CD)

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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 & 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.

Listen here: Kupa on Ruptures / 27 August 2012
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

The wonderful Mike Cooper chose to share with me some of the travel music playing on his iPhone in the past year:

– Robert Pete Williams: Louisiana Blues
– Elliott Sharp: Live in Dachau
– John Zorn: Interzone
– Rova Saxophone Quartet: Electric Ascension
– Marc Ribot: Spiritual Unity
– Dele Abiodon: Time for JuJu Music
– John Zorn: IOA
– Elliott Sharp/Frances Marie Uiti: Live
– Fennesz: Black Sea
– Adrian Sherwood & Dub Syndicate

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Early in September 2011, I had the good fortune of traveling to Rome for work. I had the even better fortune at staying at my friends’ Mike Cooper and Maria Galante’s house (more like a cavern of Ali Baba, actually)… Mike arranged for us to appear on a Italian radio program that he likes, called BATTITI [Beats].

A lovely fellow by the name of Pino Saulo interviewed the two of us for an hour or so, and I played music from both the Ruptured catalogue, and other Lebanese labels that I’m fond of (Al Maslakh, Annihaya, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu, etc.).

The show was broadcast on RAI3 on October 16, and can be listened to here, or by clicking on this link: BATTITI_del_16_10_2011

Playlist:

1. MUNMA: Bits and Dust, from “Previews & Premises” – Ruptured  #002
2. TAREK ATOUI: Un-drum #3, from “The Ruptured Sessions #2” – Ruptured #003
3. DISCIPLINE: Drone 1, from “Je Veux Voir (OST)” – Incognito
4. SCRAMBLED EGGS: See You In Beirut, from “Peace Is Overrated But War Misunderstood” – Ruptured #004
5. MASHROU’ LEILA: Imbibillilah, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005
6. EILEEN KHATCHADOURIAN: Sari siroun yar, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005
7. MIKE COOPER: If I Get Lucky, from “Radio Paradise” – Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu #003
8. SHARIF SEHNAOUI: Trane, from “Old and New Acoustics” – Al Maslakh #011
9. YOUMNA SABA: Tehfi, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001
10. THE INCOMPETENTS: Urinal Blues, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001
11. RAED YASSIN: All About Siham, from “The New Album” – Annihaya #001

Photos courtesy of Mike Cooper’s mighty iPhone:

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British guitar player extraordinaire MIKE COOPER was the guest of RUPTURES to present two concerts scheduled to take place in Beirut on May 24 at EM chill (along with Scrambled Eggs, Beirut’s punk/experimental rock musical activists), and on May 26 at Beirut Art Center.

Cooper has established himself in the past decade or so as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. His roots and inspiration range freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing.

Cooper was accompanied on this impromptu session by Lebanese musician Sharif Sehnaoui.

Audio links: Mike Cooper 21 May part 1 + Mike Cooper 21 May part 2

Playlist: Mike Cooper / Steffan Basho-Junghans / Son House / Charley Patton / Jack Rose

And, to find out more about Mike Cooper and his long, exquisitely diversified career and activities:

http://www.myspace.com/cooparia

http://web.mac.com/cooparia

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