Flirting with Flamingos – electroacoustic concert by Mike Cooper
FLIRTING WITH FLAMINGOS, an electroacoustic music concert featuring Andrea Deidda, Stefano Manconi, Giorgia Mascia, Valter Mascia, Andrea Scalas and Raffaele Tronci, will take place on the 11 of September 2015 at the Teatro Civico di Castello in Cagliari. Emerging from an encounter between internationally acclaimed British guarist and experimentor, Mike Cooper, and the city of Cagliari, the concert owes its genesis to Cagliari – Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2015. During a residency in the city, Cooper worked with students from the Conservatorio di Musica Pierluigi da Palestrina on the project Flirting with Flamingos, registering sounds in the Parco Molentargius in order to make music.
The concert will be followed by a discussion between Valerio Mannucci (NERO) and Mike Cooper. It will give the public the opportunity to gain insight into the experimental approach taken by the muscian who has always expressed an interest in what he refers to as ‘acoustic ecolology’ on the one hand, and the time he spent in residency in the city of Cagliari after being invited by Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2015 to work on the sounds in Parco di Molentargius, on the other hand.
For the past 45 years, Mike Cooper has been an international artistic explorer and constantly pushes the boundaries. Cooper’s experimetation reflects his multifacted character: he plays lap steel guitar and sings, is an improviser and composer, song-maker, a visual and installation artist; film and video maker and radio arts producer. Initially a folk-blues guitarist he is as responsible as anyone else–and more so than many–for ushering in the acoustic blues boom in the U.K. in the mid ’60s. For the past 20 years he has composed and performed Live Music For Classic and Contemporary Silent Film screenings worldwide and has given workshops at universities and colleges on scoring music for film and video, as well as improvisation and songwriting.
Teatro Civico di Castello – via De’ Candia, Cagliari
Friday 11 September at 9pm Mike Cooper in FLIRTING WITH FLAMINGOS, an electroacoustic music concert and at 10pm Valerio Mannucci (NERO) in conversation with Mike Cooper