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Dr Yumi Hara Cawkwell

Senior Lecturer in Music

CPAD, Arts and Digital Industries (ADI), Performing Arts

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

    Yumi Hara Cawkwell is composer and improviser (keyboard and voice). She is a member of board of directors of JASMIM (The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation) and she chaired a panel discussion Similarity and Difference in Performing Improvisation and Existing Composed Material: What Texts Bring about and Not, and performed with Chris Cutler at 2013 conference. She has written pieces for Contemporary classical ensembles such as PianoCircus, Ensemble Bash and Smith Quartet, but became increasingly known as an improvisor/performer in avant-rock/Canterbury/RIO since she released a CD with Hugh Hopper in 2008, subsequently formed duo with Geoff Leigh, Guy Harries, The Artaud Beats (with Geoff Leigh, Chris Cutler, John Greaves), you me & us (with Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler), Jump for Joy! (with Jean-Hervé Péron, Geraldine Swayne, Chris Cutler, Zappi, Geoff Leigh), and Half the Sky: Music of Lindsay Cooper (with Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Chloe Herington, Mitsuru Nasuno, Miwazow, Wataru Okuma).



    Overview

    Media/Art Outputs

    • 2016/ Performance at Rock in Opposition Festival in France (with Jump for Joy! and Half the Sky: Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Chloe Herrington, Wataru Ohkuma, Miwazow, Mitsuru Nasuno)
    • 2016/ CD album Bat Pullover by Jump for Joy! (with Jump for Joy!: Jean-Herve Peron, Chris Cutler, Zappi Diermaier, Geoff Leigh, Geraldine Swayne, Bonobo's Ark)
    • 2016/ Performance at Contra Pop Festival in Ramsgate, UK (with Jean-Herve Peron, Chris Cutler, Geraldine Swayne)
    • 2016/ Performance at Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival (with The Artaud Beats: Yumi Hara, Geoff Leigh, Chris Cutler, John Greaves)
    • 2015/ CD/digital album WHEELS within WHEELS by Guy Harries & Yumi Hara (Sombre Soniks)
    • 2015/ CD album LOGOS by The Artaud Beats (Bonobo's Ark)
    • 2015/ Performance at Jazz is Dangerous Festival in Sweden (with Jump for Joy!)
    • 2014/ LP/digital album Sonic Rituals by Yumi Hara & Guy Harries (Migro)
    • 2014/ CD album by you me & us (Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler, Yumi Hara, Bonobo's Ark)
    • 2014/ Performance at AvantGarde Festival (with Jump for Joy!), RIO 2014, RIO JAPAN (with The Artaud Beats)
    • 2013/ The Artaud Beats Japan Tour, you me & us Japan Tour
    • 2013/ Performance at JASMIM (The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation), Hiroshima University with Chris Cutler watch video
    • 2012/ Performance at Druskomanija Festival in Druskininkai, Lithuania with Guy Harries
    • 2012/ The Artaud Beats Japan Tour
    • 2011/ CD album Statement Heels by Yumi Hara Cawkwell (London, Academy Recordings/ Bonobo's Ark)
    • 2010/ CD album Ride a White Rabbit by Yumi Hara Cawkwell & Sato Yukie (Tokyo, KOOTOWN)
    • 2010/ CD album Mitsugi (Esoteric Rituals) by Mammal Machine (Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Mitsuru Tabata, Rie Miyazaki & Yasuyuki Watanabe) (Tokyo, Captain Trip Recordings)
    • 2010/ album Dream of the Gryllidae by Yumi Hara & Tony Lowe (London, Academy Recordings, digital distribution)

     

    Member of the board of directors, The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation (JASMIM)
    British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)
    Performing Right Society (PRS for Music)
    Musicians Union (MU) 

    Conference papers

     
    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 disccusion '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 disccusion '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
    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 disccusion '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 disccusion '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

    Yumi Hara Cawkwell has been supported by:

    AHRB
    Arts Council Tokyo
    Bliss Trust
    City University
    EAST
    The Gen Foundation
    Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
    The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
    Hikone City, Japan
    JAPAN 2001
    JAPAN-UK 150
    MakingMusic
    PRS Foundation
    spnm
    Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
    University of East London

    Funding

    Composition, Improvisation and performance.



    Interests

    Portfolio

    Teaching:

    Programmes

    Music Performance and Production
    Music Technology

    Modules

    PA 4301 Music Skills 1
    PA 4303 Performance Skills 1: Musical Collaboration and Improvisation (module leader)
    PA 5308 Performance Skills 2

    Teaching