|Years active||1978 – 1981|
|Associated acts||Henry Cow,|
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Art Bears were an English avant-garde rock group formed during the disassembly of Henry Cow in 1978 by three of its members, Chris Cutler (percussion, texts), Fred Frith (guitar, bass guitar, violin, keyboards) and Dagmar Krause (vocals). Chris Cutler (born January 4, 1947) is an English percussionist composer lyricist and music theorist Fred Frith (born February 17, 1949) is an English Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and improvisor. Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer best known for her work with Avant-garde rock groups like England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Avant-progressive rock is a style of Music based on rock music that explores unconventional territory often incorporating non-standard Chord progressions Experimental rock or avant-garde rock is a type of music based on rock which experiments with the basic elements of the genre and/or which pushes the boundaries In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Recommended Records ( RēR) is a British Independent record label and distribution network founded by Chris Cutler in March 1978 Ralph Records was The Residents ' original Record label, the name coming from the somewhat colorful phrase "calling Ralph on the porcelain telephone Henry Cow were an English Avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred News from Babel were an English Avant-garde rock group founded in 1983 by Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Zeena Chris Cutler (born January 4, 1947) is an English percussionist composer lyricist and music theorist Fred Frith (born February 17, 1949) is an English Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and improvisor. Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer best known for her work with Avant-garde rock groups like England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Avant-garde (avɑ̃gaʁd in French) means "advance guard" or "vanguard Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. A musical ensemble is a group of two or more Musicians who perform instrumental or vocal Music. Henry Cow were an English Avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Chris Cutler (born January 4, 1947) is an English percussionist composer lyricist and music theorist Fred Frith (born February 17, 1949) is an English Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and improvisor. Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer best known for her work with Avant-garde rock groups like The group released three studio albums between 1978 and 1981, and toured Europe in 1979. A studio album is an original collection of new tracks by a recording artist
Art Bears were formed during the recording of Henry Cow's last album after disagreements arose over the album's content. Frith and Cutler favoured song-oriented material, while others in the band wanted instrumental compositions. As a compromise, Frith, Cutler and Krause agreed, early in 1978, to release the songs already created on their own album, Hopes and Fears, under the name Art Bears, with the rest of Henry Cow credited as guests. Hopes and Fears is the first Album by English Avant-garde rock group Art Bears. The instrumental material appeared later on the final Henry Cow album, Western Culture (1979). Western Culture is an album by British Avant-garde rock group Henry Cow, recorded at Sunrise Studios in Kirchberg
Hopes and Fears (1978) thus consisted of Henry Cow songs plus new Art Bears material recorded later by Frith, Cutler and Krause to complete the album. Towards the end of 1978, Art Bears returned to the studio to record their first "true" album, Winter Songs (1979). Winter Songs is the second Album by English Avant-garde rock group Art Bears. It comprised fourteen short songs composed by Frith around texts by Cutler that were based on carvings on the stylobate of the Amiens Cathedral in France. In classical Greek architecture, a stylobate ( Greek: στυλοβάτης is the top step of the Crepidoma, the stepped platform on which colonnades of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (French Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens) or simply Amiens Cathedral, is the tallest complete Cathedral in This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics.
In December 1978, Art Bears joined Rock in Opposition (RIO), and toured Europe in April and May 1979. Rock in Opposition or RIO was a movement representing a collective of progressive bands in the late 1970s united in their opposition to the Music For the tour, they added Peter Blegvad (ex-Slapp Happy, guitar, bass guitar, voice) and Marc Hollander (Aksak Maboul, keyboards, clarinet) to their line-up, and rehearsed at the Cold Storage Recording Studios in Brixton, London before leaving for Italy in late April. Peter Blegvad (born 14 August 1951) is an American Musician, singer-songwriter and Cartoonist. Slapp Happy was a German / English Avant-garde pop group consisting of Anthony Moore (keyboards Peter Blegvad (guitar Marc Hollander is a Belgian musician producer and creator of the Belgian Independent record label, Crammed Discs. Aksak Maboul (also spelt Aqsak Maboul for a while ¶) were a Belgian Avant-garde rock Brixton is an area of the London Borough of Lambeth, in inner - South London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest They performed in Italy, France, Belgium and Czechoslovakia, including an RIO festival on the 1st of May in Milan. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those Czechoslovakia may also refer to what is now the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Milan (Milano Milan (listen) is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. Some of the songs recorded during the tour were later added to the CD release of Hopes and Fears and The Art Box (2003), a box set of Art Bears material. The Art Box is a six- CD Box set by English Avant-garde rock group Art Bears. A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is a compilation of various musical recordings Films Television programs or other collection
The band returned to the studio in 1980 to make one final album, The World as It Is Today (1981), before splitting up. The World as It Is Today is the third and last Album by English Avant-garde rock group Art Bears. In October 1983 Frith, Cutler and Krause reunited again when they joined Duck and Cover, a commission from the Berlin Jazz Festival, for a performance of the "Berlin Programme" in West Berlin, followed by another in February 1984 in East Berlin. Duck and Cover were a multinational Avant-progressive rock Septet founded in Germany in 1983 comprising Chris Cutler ( UK) JazzFest Berlin (also known as the Berlin Jazz Festival) is a Jazz festival based in Berlin, Germany. Duck and Cover were a multinational Avant-progressive rock Septet founded in Germany in 1983 comprising Chris Cutler ( UK) West Berlin was the name given to the western part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990 East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990 The "Berlin Programme" included fragments of three Art Bears songs. In 1993 Frith, Cutler and Krause worked together again on a song project, Domestic Stories (1993) by Chris Cutler and Lutz Glandien, with saxophonist Alfred Harth. Lutz Glandien (born 1954 is a Berlin -based German Avant garde Composer and Musician. Alfred 23 Harth is a German Multimedia artist band leader musician and composer who mixes genres in a polystylistic manner While similar to Art Bears, the addition of Glandien's electronic music made Domestic Stories a distinctly different album.
An Art Bears "review" took place in May 2008 at the world premiere of the Art Bears Songbook at the 25th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada. The Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville is an annual international music festival held in Victoriaville Quebec that showcases contemporary music Victoriaville (nicknamed "Victo" is a city in central Quebec, Canada, on the Nicolet River. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page It was performed by Cutler (drums), Frith (guitar, bass guitar, violin, piano), Jewlia Eisenberg (voice), Carla Kihlstedt (violin, voice), Zeena Parkins (keyboards, accordion), Kristin Slipp (voice) and The Norman Conquest (sound manipulation). Jewlia Eisenberg is an American composer As founder and bandleader of Charming Hostess she coined the term "Nerdy-Sexy-Commie-Girly" to describe her genre of Carla Kihlstedt, a violinist vocalist and multi-instrumentalist is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (now renamed Tin Hat Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and The Zeena Parkins is a Harpist active in Rock music, Free improvisation and Jazz.  Krause had been unable to participate and Frith and Cutler decided to rework the trio's repertoire for an expanded group, with the voices of Eisenberg, Slipp and Kihlstedt replacing Krause's "eccentric and idiomatic delivery".  The project was so-named because Frith and Cutler did not want it to be seen as an Art Bears reunion. According to All About Jazz the Art Bears Songbook was "not just a highlight, but the highlight of the [five day] festival. All About Jazz is a leading Jazz music Website for enthusiasts and industry professionals based in Philadelphia in the United States "
Art Bears's music was often deeply political in content, reflecting the band's socialist leanings, and frequently avant-garde and experimental. Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the Means of production and distribution Avant-garde music is a subjective term that can be used in different ways Experimental music is a term introduced by composer John Cage in 1955 Art Bears were more "song oriented" than Henry Cow, although much of the material that comprised their debut album release was actually written with the intention of being performed by the latter band.
Their music was "very dark in concept and in atmosphere".  Reviewing The Art Box, the BBC described it as: "Carefully wrought dissonances, angular folk tunes, sudden shifts in dynamics, dense layers of spectral drones, slabs of noise, topped off with Dagmar's strange, elastic Sprechstimme. " 
Krause's voice contributed significantly to the mood and character of the songs. Cutler described her singing on the albums: 
|“||I don't write simple or obvious words, [. . . ] they are not easy to sing. Dagmar had the amazing ability to make them make sense, to make them sound obvious. She sings from the inside and her accent helps to lift words out of their slots and give them a slightly resonant displacement. No one else could have done what Dagmar did on those LPs. I'm still amazed by her.||”|
In "progressive" circles, the Art Bears were generally well received. Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved All Music Guide wrote: "Their life was fleeting, but the Art Bears wrote and recorded bold, challenging, idiosyncratic music that, despite its occasional difficulty, is ultimately very rewarding. allmusic (previously All Music Guide) is a Metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. " 
Art Bears took their name from a sentence in a Jane Ellen Harrison book Ancient Art and Ritual (1913): "Even to-day, when individualism is rampant, art bears traces of its collective, social origin. Jane Ellen Harrison ( September 9, 1850 &ndash April 5, 1928) was a ground-breaking British classical scholar linguist "  Chris Cutler explains that it was a deliberate out-of-context quote, transforming "bears" from a verb to a noun, but that ". . . not too much should be read into this; it just sounds intriguing, has an animal in it, plays with ambiguity and is mildly ridiculous. "