Audio Samples & Notes: Coat Cooke
1. Agua Azul – (2007) (9′)
Danbau, Ud, Zheng, World Percussion
Agua Azul is a piece about a perfect place. A place that exists in solitude, and in friendship. Great simplicity and complexity simultaneously. Ever constant-ever changing. The piece features a latin-influenced melody, unaccompanied solos on zheng, danbau, a trio of voice, zheng and danbau, and improvisation on ten cells by the ensemble.
2. Invocation for S’Unduda – (2012) (19′)
Danbau, Dizi, Erhu 1 & 2, Oud/Santur, Zheng, Tar, Pipa
Coat Cooke is one of Canada’s most lyrical and inventive saxophonists and composers. His work has included a wide selection projects with dance, theatre, multi-media and film over the last thirty years.
Coat has toured Canada, the USA and Europe performing in major festivals in Berlin, Lisbon and Chicago, and his collaborations include work with George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, Marilyn Crispell, Oliver Lake and most recently with Diane Labrosse, Pierre Tanguay and John Oswald. As saxophonist/composer and leader of the NOW Orchestra you can hear him on a number of critically acclaimed recordings. His most recent Coat Cooke Trio recording, Up Down Down Up is available on Cellar Live Records (www.cellarlive.com)