Johannes Bergmark's "Playing Cousins"

The concept "playing cousin" appeared on a Norwegian tour when we were talking about who we've played with and who those had played with. The kind of step-family that appears between musicians and artists you have collaborated with. A playing cousin is someone you haven't played with but that person has in turn played with someone you have played with: you have a "playing brother" or "playing sister" in common. This is of course just a funny concept with no credentials whatsoever. It just makes you feel like a part of something you are still outside, like a cousin from the country. So, here's a list - naturally far from complete! - of some of the people I've never played (or performed) with, but who have, at some point, played or otherwise worked with someone I've played with:


   australia:
Tony Buck, Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart

   austria:
Olaf Rupp.

   canada:
Zev Asher, CCMC, André Eric Letourneau, bp Nichol, John Oswald, Michael Snow (CCMC), Nihilist Spasm Band, Six Heads

   czechia:
Ida Bittová (=Ida Kellerova), Pavel Fajt, Jan Švankmajer

   england:
Derek Bailey, The Bill Posters Will Be Banned, John Butcher, Chris Burn, Bob Cobbing, Lol Coxhill, Chris Cutler, Rhodri Davies, Phil Durrant, John Edwards, The Electro-acoustic Cabaret, Simon Fell, Fred Frith, Clive Graham, Barry Guy, Paul Hession, Tim Hodgkinson, Shabaka Hutchings, John Lennon, Graham Lewis, Lene Lovich, Paul Lytton, Morphogenesis, Maggie Nicols, Dylan Nyoukis, Yoko Ono, Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost (AMM), John Russell, Paul Rutherford, Richard Sanderson, Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), John Stevens, Roger Turner, Phil Wachsmann, Veryan Weston, Tony Wren

   france:
Le Quan Ninh

   germany:
Die Audio-Gruppe, Blixa Bargeld, Burkhard Beins, Peter Brötzmann, Günther Christmann, Einstürzende Neubauten, Ensemble Modern, Wolfgang Fuchs, Johnny Griffin, Nina Hagen, Tristan Honsinger, video artist Thomas Kiesel, Peter Kowald, Joachim Kühn, Thomas Lehn, Torsten Müller, Andrea Neumann, Jaan Patterson, Hans-Karsten Raecke, Ignatz Schick, Tony Scott, Harri Sjöström (germany/finland), Karlheinz Stockhausen, Birgit Ulher

   holland:
Han Bennink, Kapotte Musiek

   iceland and ?:
The Hafler Trio

   italy:
7k Oaks, Alberto Braida, Mike Cooper (/england), Eco d'alberi, Nobel price winner Dario Fo, Ossatura, Massimo Pupillo, Edoardo Ricci, Eugenio Sanna, Sebi Tramontana, Luca Venitucci, Zu

   japan:
butoh dancer Yoko Ashikawa, Tetsuo Furudate, Sachiko M, Merzbow (Masami Akita), dancer Min Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide

   mongolia:
Mongolian National Folk Song and Dance Academic Ensemble, Davaasuren Bayarbaatar.

   norway:
And The Balcony Fell, Lars Beckstrøm, Mari Boine Persen, Jon Christensen, Cikada, Circulasjon Totale, Coleman Five, Dog Age, Dusty Cowshit, Sidsel Endresen, Grusomhetens Teater, Terje Isungset, Jazzpunkensemblet, Lasse Marhaug, Eivind One Pedersen, Supersilent, actor/director Lars Øyno

   poland/japan:
Zbigniew Karkowski

   russia:
Sergei Kuryochin

   sweden:
Anitas Livs, Anti Cimex, Arbete och Fritid, Archimedes Badkar, The Ark, Robert Aschberg, Audio Laboratory (with Ebbot Lundberg, Henrik Rylander, Per Svensson), Lasse Berghagen, film director Ingmar Bergman, Kjell Bergqvist, Andreas Berthling, Eric Bibb, Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Boppers, Bromine Mage Dub (with Jesper Dalhbäck), Johannes Brost, Brus Trio, Burken, Carola, Neneh Cherry, Chihuahua, Cirkus Cirkör, Commando M Pigg, Thomas DiLeva, Dr. Alban, Elise Einarsdotter, actor Gösta Ekman, choreographer Björn Elisson, Lotta Engberg, Enteli, Öyvind Fahlström, Fattaru, Stefan Forssén, Dan Fröberg & Köksensemblen, Gert Fylking, Little Gerhard, Gul 3, Hallingkvartetten, Jarl Hammarberg, poet Bob Hansson, Harpo, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jonas Hellborg, Louise Hofsten, John Houdi, Iskra, Niels Jensen, Sven-Åke Johansson, dancer Per Jonsson, KammarensembleN, Kayo, Peter Kihlgård, Kungen & Silvia, Tommy Körberg, actress Marika Lagerkranz, Linda Lampenius, Lill-Babs, Anita Livstrand, Lucky People Center, Ola Magnell, Erik Malmberg, Max Martin, Medborgarna, Ale Möller, Charlie Norman, Nursery Rhymes, Ocsid (with Carl Michael von Hausswolff and ex-Wire bassist Graham Lewis), actress Amanda Ooms, comedian Lasse O'Månsson, playwright Suzanne Osten, Hans Parment, Charlotte Perelli, Mats Persson, Erik Petersen, Lena Philipsson, Plura, Position Alpha, Povel Ramel, Reagänget (Anders Lundin, Janne Åström, Anders Nilsson, Rakel Molin, Sussi Eriksson), Rena Rama, Mikael Rickfors, Sabbath Hela Veckan, Salamander, Stefan Sauk, Janne Schaffer, Kristine Scholtz, Helene Sjöholm, Björn Skifs, Skull Defekts (with Daniel Fagerström, Joachim Nordwall, Henrik Rylander and Daniel Higgs), Spjärnsvallet, Bobo Stenson, The Stonefunkers, Mattias Ståhl, Stefan Sundström, Johan Söderberg, actress Lena Söderblom, Teatermaskinen, Texas Instruments, Eje Thelin, Timbuktu, Träd Gräs och Stenar, Magnus Uggla, Urban Turban, Urga, Vargavinter, Varieté Velociped, Vibafemba, Voice Boys, Freddie Wadling's Cortex, Pernilla Wahlgren, Robert Wells, Lasse Werner, Kjell Westling, Putte Wickman, Jack Wreeswijk, Lasse Åberg, Morgan Ågren, Änglaspel

   usa:
Ron Anderson, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Eugene Chadbourne, Don Cherry, Roger Cleier, John Coltrane, Curlew (with George Cartwright, Tom Cora, Ann Rupel, Pippin Barnett), Hamid Drake, John Duncan, Lisle Ellis, Henry Flynt, Reeves Gabrels, Slim Gaillard, Harry The Hipster Gibson, Helen Gillet, Greg Goodman, Annie Gosfield, Lou Harrison, Tristan Honsinger, Susie Ibarra, Ted Joans, Henry Kaiser, Frank Lacey, Anne LeBaron, George Lewis, Alan Licht, Frank Lowe, Madonna, Bobby McFerrin, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Moondog, Ikue Mori, Butch Morris, David Moss, Pauline Oliveros, Jim Pepper, The Residents, Terry Riley, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, George Russell, Tony Scott, the Shaking Ray Levis, Elliott Sharp, Johnny Shines, Ken Simon, Blaise Siwula, Wadada Leo Smith, Britney Spears, Sonic Youth, Sun Ra Arkestra, Cecil Taylor, John Tchikai, James "Blood"Ulmer, Tom Waits, John Wiese, LaMonte Young, Frank Zappa, John Zorn

   vietnam:
The Khak Chi ensemble


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