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March 1951, London, England. Multi-instrumentalist Cooper studied at Dartington College and the Royal Academy of Music, becoming proficient on bassoon, sopranino and alto saxophones, oboe, flute, piano and accordion. After working briefly as a classical bassoonist, she turned her attention to theatre, pop and improvised musics. From 1974-78 she was a member of experimental rock group Henry Cow; in 1977 she co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group, its name indicating the primary concern of much of her subsequent work, notably in projects with other FIG and EWIG (European Womens Improvising Group) artists such as Maggie Nicols, Anna Marie Roelofs, Joëlle Léandre and Irène Schweizer. In the early 80s she was a regular performer on the European jazz scene, playing on various Mike Westbrook projects (The Cortege, Westbrook-Rossini) and joining the Maarten Altena Octet (Tel). She also kept a foot in the rock camp, recording with David...