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MIKE COOPER – plays lap steel guitar / electronics and sings. For the past 40 years he has been an international musical explorer pushing the boundaries of his music. Initially a folk-blues guitarist he is as responsible as anyone else — and more so than many — for ushering in the blues boom in the U.K. in the late ’60s.

With his roots lying in acoustic country blues he has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better known contemporaries Davy Graham Bert Jansch John Renbourne etc. by pursuing it into the more avant-garde musical areas, also occupied by contemporary guitar innovators such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot, with an eclectic mix of the many styles he has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through his own idiosyncratic original songs,traditional country blues, folk, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended guitar techniques.

He also composes and performs Live Music For Silent Films and as well as presenting screening/concerts he has been a guest lecturer and given workshops at festivals, universities and colleges worldwide.

As a film and video maker in his own right  his work, is often featured in his live music performances. Recently he premiered his first 40 minute feature video Hotel Hibiscus City, which he wrote, photographed, edited and scored music for.

His discography now stretches into the 100s.

His favored instruments are a vintage 1930’s National tri-cone resophonic guitar , a custom made  Allen Timmins F1 Carbon Fibre resophonic guitar, played acoustically and/or ‘treated’ through a series of digital sampling and looping devices, and his voice.
He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, and a collector of Hawaiian shirts.
Happy surfing.

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