“New Sonata,” By the Feminist Improvising Group

“New Sonata,” By the Feminist Improvising Group

  • Source: Feminist Improvising group
  • Year: 1980
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann

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The Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) were a five- to eight-piece English free improvising avant-garde jazz and experimental music ensemble formed in London in 1977 by Scottish vocalist Maggie Nicols and English bassoonist/composer Lindsay Cooper. Their debut performance was at a “Music for Socialism” festival at the Almost Free Theatre in London in October 1977, and they toured Europe several times in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

 FIG were the first publicly performing women-only group of improvisers and challenged the hitherto male-dominated musical improvisation community. The group consisted of women from different backgrounds with different levels of musicianship, and their concerts were a combination of music and theatre that dealt with everyday women’s issues. FIG also integrated “lesbian sexuality” into their performances that, Canadian academic Julie Dawn Smith said, “queered” the improvisational space and “demanded queer listening.” (source: Wikipedia)

This recording is of a live performance at NDR Funkhaus Studio 10 in Hamburg, Germany.

Georgie Born – bass, cello
Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, soprano sax, oboe
Corinne Liensol – trumpet
Maggie Nicols – voice, piano
Sally Potter – voice, tenor saxophone
Annemarie Roelofs – trombone, violin 
Irene Schweizer – piano, percussion

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