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Dr Yumi Hara Cawkwell

Senior Lecturer in Music

CPAD, School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI), Music, Writing and Performance, Arts and Digital Industries (ADI), Performing Arts

Yumi Hara Cawkwell is a composer and improviser (keyboard, harp, voice)

    Yumi Hara Cawkwell (piano, keys, vo, harp). Her compositions have been performed by contemporary classical musicians such as the BBC Singers, PianoCircus, Michael Bonaventure and Jane Chapman, and was a finalist for British Composer Awards 2006, but became increasingly known as an improviser/performer in avant/experimental rock/Canterbury/RIO since she released a CD album 'Dune' with Hugh Hopper (ex-Soft Machine) in 2008, subsequently formed bands and projects including The Artaud Beats (with Chris Cutler, John Greaves, Geoff Leigh, all from Henry Cow), you me & us (with Daevid Allen of Gong, Chris Cutler), Half the Sky/Lindsay Cooper Songbook (with Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Dagmar Krause, Chloe Herington, Mitsuru Nasuno), Jump for Joy! (with Jean-Hervé Péron, Zappi and Geraldine Swayne of faUSt, Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh) and THE WATTS (with Tim Hodgikinson, Chris Cutler).


    Yumi is a member of:

    • The committee of The Ivors Composer Awards (British Composer Awards)
    • Ivors Academy (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)
    • Performing Right Society (PRS for Music)
    • Musicians Union (MU)
    • 2018-2019: member of Judging panel, The Ivors Composer Awards (British Composer Awards), Ivors Academy (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)
    • 2015-2017: member of the board of directors of JASMIM (The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation)

    Overview

    Media/Art Outputs

    Discography

    • 2020/ ‘Slice’ (written by Lindsay Cooper, performed by Yumi Hara on clavichord) in CD compilation album MINIATURES2020 (London: The 62nd Gramophone Company)
    • 2020/ ‘Nota Bene’ for jinashi shakuhachi and clavichord, performed by kiku Day and Frank Denyer in CD album Wild Ways by Kiku Day (Copenhagen, Gateway)
    • 2019/ CD album Decoherence by THE WATTS (with Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cutler)
    • 2018/ CD album Nodutgang, Bodo 28.10.11 by The Artaud Beats (with Chris Cutler, Geoff Leigh, John Greaves) (London: Bonobo’s Ark
    • 2018/ DVD Rain Check by you me & us (with Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler) (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
    • 2017/ CD album Schema*Sukima by Tim Hodgkinson & Yumi Hara (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
    • 2017/ CD album Keeping Score by Jump for Joy! (with Jean-Herve Peron, Zappi, Geraldine Swayne, Chis Cutler, Geoff Leigh) (London: ReR)
    • 2017/ DVD Rock in Opposition Japan 2014 compilation, with The Artaud Beats (Tokyo: DiskUnion)
    • 2016/ CD/LP album Bat Pullover by Jump for Joy! (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
      Two tracks were played on Battiti, RAI Radio 3, Italy.
    • 2015/ CD album LOGOS by The Artaud Beats (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
    • 2015/ Digital album WHEELS within WHEELS by Yumi Hara & Guy Harries (London: Sombre Soniks)
    • 2014/ CD album Poesy at Play by you me & us (with Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler) (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
    • 2014/ LP & digital Sonic Rituals by Guy Harries & Yumi Hara (London: Migro)
    • 2013/ CD album Statement Heels by Yumi Hara, Japanese version (Tokyo: DiskUnion)
    • 2011/ CD album Statement Heels by Yumi Hara, (London: Bonobo’s Ark)
    • 2010/ CD album Ride a White Rabbit by Yumi Hara & SATO Yukie (Tokyo: KOOTOWN)
    • 2010/ CD album Mitsugi by Mammal Machine (with Mitsuru Tabata, Rie Miyazaki, Yasuaki Watanabe) (Tokyo: Captain Trip Records)
    • 2009/ CD album Upstream by Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara (New York: MOONJUNE)
    • 2008/ CD album Dune by Hugh Hopper & Yumi Hara (New York: MOONJUNE)
    • 2006/ ‘Hibernal’ (Organ) performed by Michael Bonaventure (Edinburgh: Delphian Records)
    • 2006/ ‘Cool Down for Pole’ (electronic version) in a pole dancing instruction DVD (London: Polepeople)
    • 2005/ ‘Soran’ in compilation album Shenanigans (Paris: La Mue 01, 12” vinyl) produced as DJ Anakonda
    • 2002/ ‘Yume no Yo ni’ in CD album Iyashi no Melody (Tokyo: jac.Music TCD-0103) recorded by Yoriko Sasaki (pf), Hiroaki Matsuno (Vn), Hirochika Chimoto (Vc)
    • 1996/ ‘Sugar Frosted Charcoal Scene’ in David Toop’s CD Pink Noir (London: Virgin, AMBT18) lead vocal featured
    Selected Festival Performances
    • 2019/ THE WATTS, Rock in Opposition Festival, Bourgoin-Jallieu, France
    • 2018/ Lindsay Cooper Songbook, Zappanale, Bad Doberan, Germany
    • 2017/ Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper, Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany
    • 2016/ Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper, Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux, France
    • 2016/ Jump for Joy!, Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux, France
    • 2016/ The Artaud Beats, Copenhagen Vinterjazz Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 2015/ Jump for Joy!, Jazz Is Dangerous, Jazz Är Farligt, one day jazz festival, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • 2014/ The Artaud Beats, Rock in Opposition Japan, Tokyo, Japan
    • 2014/ The Artaud Beats, Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux, France
    • 2014/ Jump for Joy!, Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany
    • 2012/ Yumi Hara & Guy Harries, DruskoManija, Lithuania
    • 2011/ The Artaud Beats, Nodutgung Festival, Bodo, Norway
    • 2009/ The Artaud Beats, Avantgarde Festival, Schiphorst, Germany

    Selected broadcast

       

    • 4 Feb 2019/ ‘Fahrenheit’ (from CD Decoherence by THE WATTS, with Chris Cutler & Tim Hodgkinson), RAI Radio 3, Italy Battiti
    • 3 March 2019/ ‘LATIFUNDIA’ (from CD Schema*Sukima by Tim Hodgkinson & Yumi Hara), BBC Radio 6 Stuart Marconie’s Freak Zone
    • 4 Feb 2019/ ‘The Revealed - The Hidden’ (from CD Schema*Sukima by Tim Hodgkinson & Yumi Hara) BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
    • 14 Feb 2018/ Three pieces from Fortean Songs, BBC Radio 3 performed by The BBC Singers, live recorded at St Gabriel's Pimlico, on 6 October 2017
    • 16 Nov 2016/ ‘Birds at the Dentist’ (from CD BAT PULLOVER by Jump for Joy!), RAI Radio 3, Italy Battiti
    • 14 Nov 2016/ ‘Put Put Epidemik’ (from CD BAT PULLOVER by Jump for Joy!), RAI Radio 3, Italy Battiti
    • 24 April 2016/ ‘Logos’ (from CD LOGOS by The Artaud Beats), BBC Radio 6 Stuart Marconie’s Freak Zone
    • 17 Sept 2015/ ‘Prefab Wreckage’ (from CD LOGOS by The Artaud Beats), RAI Radio 3, Italy Battiti
    • 16 Sept 2015/ ‘Logos’ (from CD LOGOS by The Artaud Beats), RAI Radio 3, Italy Battiti
    • 18 Aug 2015/ ‘Power’ (from CD LOGOS by The Artaud Beats), BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
    • 21 Sept 2015/ ‘Madamme Zero’ (from CD Poesy at Play by you me & us, with Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler), NHK-FM, Japan Kyo wa Ichinichi Progre Zanmai
    • 24 June 2006/ ‘Groove Study XL’ (piano duet version), BBC Radio 3 Hear & Now Recorded at ‘Many Hands’, FuseLeeds06 on 7th May 2006, performed by Sarah Nichols & Daniel Becker

    Conference papers

    September 2017
    Presentation at The First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, Bangor University, 'Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper'. Attendance supported by University of East London.


    December 2014
    Presentation at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Kyoto Seika University, Japan. 'Sonic Rituals' with Guy Harries Attendance supported by School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London


    November 2013
    Chair of panel discussion 'Similarity and Difference in Performing Improvisation and Existing Composed Material: What Texts Bring about and Not'
    Members of Panel: Chris Cutler, Akiko Ochi, Kazuya Ishigami, Yasushi Sakai at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Hiroshima University, Japan.


    September 2011
    Presentation at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Kobe University, Japan. 'Setting Assessment task in Musical Improvisation in Education'


    September 2010
    Presentation at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Kobe University, Japan. 'Crossing the Border within: Improvisation as a Meeting Point'.


    September 2009
    Chair of panel discussion 'Evaluation of Musical Improvisation in Education' at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Kobe University, Japan.


    September 2008
    Speaker at The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, Kobe University, Japan. ' Teaching Musical Improvisation at HE level'. Attendance supported by University of East London.


    March 2007
    Presentation at 'Music of Japan Today 2007'
    UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Baltimore, USA
    'Japanese Composers in the multicultural UK: identity tactics and self-exoticism'


    July 2004
    Presentation at 'Orality & Improvisation in East Asian Music'
    9th International CHIME (European Society of Chinese Music) Meeting, University of Sorbonne, Paris
    'The Oral Tradition of Japanese Blind Mediums, considering their calling of dead spirits as Musical Improvisation'
    Attendance was supported by City University and Open University


    April 2003
    Presentation at 'Music of Japan Today 2003'
    UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Baltimore, USA
    'Childminder of Takeda'
    Attendance supported by City University


    September 2001
    Presentation at 'Music and Meaning in China and East Asia'
    CHIME (European Society of Chinese Music), Venice, Italy'Lullaby as Worksong, Popular Song and Protest Song'
    Attendance funded by AHRB


    Collaborators

    • Senior Lecturer
      Guy Harries

    Research

    2020/ Sustain my Practice: research & development project to stabilise, think and plan my future practice
    Funded by Arts Council England


    2019/ Lindsay Cooper Songbook (with Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Chloe Herington, Mitsuru Nasuno, Atsuko Kamura). Research, transcription, arrangement, direction and performance of compositions by Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013) to celebrate International Women's Day 2019 in London, Canterbury, Bonn and Münster
    Funded by Arts Council England


    2018/ Lindsay Cooper Songbook (with Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Chloe Herington, John Greaves, Dagmar Krause). Arrangement, direction and performance of compositions by Lindsay Cooper at Café OTO, London
    Funded by Arts Council England


    2017/ Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper (with Chris Cutler, Chloe Herington, Dagmar Krause, Mitsuru Nasuno, Wataru Ohkuma, Miwazow), at Café OTO, London
    Funded by Arts Council England


    2016/ Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper (with Chris Cutler, Chloe Herington, Dagmar Krause, Mitsuru Nasuno, Wataru Ohkuma, Miwazow), three performances in Tokyo
    and a performance at Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux, France
    Funded by Arts Council Tokyo


    2011/ Japan Tour with The Artaud Beats (with Chris Cutler, John Greaves, Geoff Leigh) 
    supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


    2009/ ‘Kaikoku Live’ with Akira Sakata, Tatsuya Yoshida and Yoshihide Otomo, supported by Hikone City Council, Japan


    2008/ Japan tour, supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


    2008/ Six Flowers for clarinet and piano, commissioned by Christopher Bush & Carol Minor, 
    funded by Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls, NY, USA


    2007/ Nota Bene for jinashi shakuhachi and clavichord, commissioned by Kiku Day
    funded by Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust and PRS Foundation/Bliss Trust 


    2006/ Luminous for prepared piano and clavichord, commissioned by Jane Chapman & Kate Ryder
    funded by The Gen Foundation 


    2006/ Fortean Songs for mixed choir, commissioned by Chantage
    funded by the PRS Foundation/spnm/MakingMusic


    2006/ That is So a Good Look for 2 pianos, commissioned by Kate Ryder & David Appleton
    funded by the PRS Foundation


    2005/ Cool Down for Pole for Guitar, Violin, Cello and Piano, travel grant for rehearsal and first performance in Japan supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

    Funding

    Composition, Improvisation and performance.



    Interests

    Portfolio

    Teaching:

    Programmes

    Music Performance and Production
    Music Technology

    Modules

    PA4018 Music Performance & Production Technique 1: Establish (Module Leader)
    PA4013 Collaboration 2 (Music Performance & Production, Performance Skills 1) (Project Leader)
    PA5013 Public Project 2 (Music Performance & Production, Performance Skills 2)
    PA5012 Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
    PA6303 Performance Skills 3: Live Electronics

    Teaching