Alfred Harth, Hans Koch


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, 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, Fred Frith, Clive Graham, Barry Guy, Paul Hession, Tim Hodgkinson, Graham Lewis, Paul Lytton, Morphogenesis, Maggie Nicols, Dylan Nyoukis, Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Paul Rutherford, Richard Sanderson, John Stevens, Roger Turner, Phil Wachsmann, Veryan Weston

   france:
Le Quan Ninh

   germany:
Die Audio-Gruppe, Blixa Bargeld, Burkhard Beins, Peter Brötzmann, Einstürzende Neubauten, Ensemble Modern, Wolfgang Fuchs, Günther Christmann, Nina Hagen, Tristan Honsinger, video artist Thomas Kiesel, Peter Kowald, Joachim Kühn, Thomas Lehn, Torsten Müller, Andrea Neumann, Hans-Karsten Raecke, Ignatz Schick, 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:
Isak Andersen, 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, film director Ingmar Bergman, Andreas Berthling, Neneh Cherry, Chihuahua, Cirkus Cirkör, Thomas DiLeva, Dr. Alban, choreographer Björn Elisson, Öyvind Fahlström, Stefan Forssén, Dan Fröberg & Köksensemblen, The Great Learning Orchestra, Gul 3, Hallingkvartetten, Jarl Hammarberg, poet Bob Hansson, Harpo, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jonas Hellborg, Jean-Louis Huhta, Iskra, Peter Jansson, Niels Jensen, Sven-Åke Johansson, dancer Per Jonsson, KammarensembleN, George Kentros, Peter Kihlgård, actor Marika Lagerkranz, Anita Livstrand, Erik Malmberg, Max Martin, Nursery Rhymes, actress Amanda Ooms, comedian Lasse O'Månsson, playwright Suzanne Osten, Hans Parment, Mats Persson, Position Alpha, Povel Ramel, Sabbath Hela Veckan, Salamander, Janne Schaffer, Kristine Scholtz, Johan Söderberg, Teatermaskinen, Eje Thelin, Träd Gräs och Stenar, Urban Turban, Urga, Vargavinter, Vibafemba, Lasse Werner, Morgan Ågren, Änglaspel

   usa:
Ron Anderson, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Eugene Chadbourne, Don Cherry, Roger Cleier, John Coltrane, Tom Cora, Curlew, Hamid Drake, John Duncan, Lisle Ellis, Henry Flynt, Slim Gaillard, Harry The Hipster Gibson, Helen Gillet, Greg Goodman, Annie Gosfield, Lou Harrison, Tristan Honsinger, Susie Ibarra, Ted Joans, Henry Kaiser, George Lewis, Alan Licht, Madonna, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Moondog, Butch Morris, David Moss, Pauline Oliveros, The Residents, Terry Riley, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, George Russell, Elliott Sharp, Johnny Shines, Ken Simon, Blaise Siwula, Wadada Leo Smith, Britney Spears, Sonic Youth, Cecil Taylor, John Tchikai, James "Blood"Ulmer, Tom Waits, John Wiese, Jack Wright, LaMonte Young, Frank Zappa, John Zorn

   vietnam:
The Khak Chi ensemble


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