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Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer, best known for her work with
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,
Henry Cow Henry Cow were an English experimental rock Musical ensemble, group, founded at University of Cambridge, Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. Henry Cow's personnel fluctuated over their decade toge ...
, and
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. She is also noted for her coverage of songs by
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. Her unusual singing style makes her voice instantly recognisable and has defined the sound of many of the bands with whom she has worked.


Biography


Bands and projects

Dagmar Krause was born in
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on 4 June 1950. She began her professional career at the age of 14 as a singer in Hamburg clubs on the
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. In 1968 she was invited to join the , a contemporary
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she once half-jokingly described as a German version of
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. She contributed vocals to their 1968 album ''Der Kürbis, das Transportproblem und die Traumtänzer'' (''The Pumpkin, the Problem of Transport and the Dream-dancers''), a spin-off from a German TV show. The City Preachers broke up in 1969, but their lead singer Inga Rumpf and Krause reunited in 1970 to record ''I.D. Company'', the name of a studio project where each vocalist sung lead on and determined the direction of one side of the LP (Krause's side indicated her future direction with its
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slant). Hamburg had a thriving avant-garde scene that attracted numerous European musicians interested in pursuing aesthetic freedom and
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. It was here that Krause met, and later married, British experimental composer
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. In 1972, Moore, Krause and Moore's visiting American friend, singer-songwriter
Peter Blegvad Peter Blegvad (born August 14, 1951) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, writer, and cartoonist. He was a founding member of German/English avant-pop band Slapp Happy, which later merged briefly with Henry Cow, and has released many sol ...
formed
Slapp Happy Slapp Happy was a German/English avant-pop group, formed in Germany in 1972. Their lineup consisted of Anthony Moore (keyboards), Peter Blegvad (guitar) and Dagmar Krause (vocals). The band members moved to England in 1974 where they merge ...
, a self-described "naive rock" group which mixed simple pop structures with obfuscatory lyrics drawing equally from Semiotics, semiotic and symbolist traditions. Slapp Happy was the beginning of Krause's international musical career. They recorded two albums in Germany for Polydor Records, Polydor with Faust (band), Faust as their backing band, ''Sort Of'' (1972) and what subsequently became known as ''Acnalbasac Noom'' (not released at the time). Then they moved to London where they recorded a new arrangement of ''Acnalbasac Noom'' for Virgin Records, released as ''Slapp Happy (album), Slapp Happy'', also known as ''Casablanca Moon'' (1974). The original ''Acnalbasac Noom'' only saw the light of day in 1980 when it was released by Recommended Records. In 1974, Slapp Happy merged with Virgin Records, Virgin label-mates
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, a politically oriented
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group, and they made two albums, ''Desperate Straights'' (1974) and ''In Praise of Learning'' (1975). But differences in approach caused Moore and Blegvad to withdraw Slapp Happy from the merger. Krause, however, elected to remain with Henry Cow, which led to the end of Slapp Happy. Krause's singing added a new dimension to Henry Cow's repertoire and their tricky time signatures enhanced her vocal powers. Henry Cow toured Europe for two years, during which time they released a live album ''Concerts (Henry Cow album), Concerts'' (1976) which included Krause singing duos with Robert Wyatt. But in May 1976 she was forced to withdraw from Henry Cow's hectic tour schedule due to ill health and returned to Hamburg. In October 1977, still unable to tour she left Henry Cow, but agreed to sing on their next studio album ''Hopes and Fears (Art Bears album), Hopes and Fears''. ''Hopes and Fears'' began in 1978 as a Henry Cow album but differences of opinion in the group about its content resulted in it being credited to
Art Bears Art Bears were an English English usually refers to: * English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language first spoken in History of Anglo-Saxon England, early medieval England, which has eventually become t ...
, a new band consisting of Krause, Chris Cutler and Fred Frith. Art Bears went on to make two more albums of songs, ''Winter Songs (Art Bears album), Winter Songs'' (1979) and ''The World as It Is Today'' (1981). In 1979, she collaborated with Kevin Coyne on the album ''Babble'', released on the Virgin Records label. The work courted controversy when Coyne suggested, in the theatre presentation of the piece, that the destructive relationship between the two lovers could have been based on Moors murders, The Moors Murderers. Two performances at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London were cancelled at short notice by Newham London Borough Council, Newham Council following negative press reports in ''The Sun (United Kingdom), The Sun'' and ''Evening Standard, The Evening Standard''. The show was eventually staged, for four nights, at Oval House in Kennington. Reviewing the show for the ''NME'', Paul Du Noyer wrote: In 1983, Krause joined a new band News from Babel, featuring core members Krause, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper and Zeena Parkins. They recorded two albums ''Work Resumed on the Tower'' (1984) and ''Letters Home (News from Babel album), Letters Home'' (1985). After News from Babel, Krause was involved in a number of projects and collaborations. She performed on the Michael Nyman/Paul Richards (artist), Paul Richards art song, "The Kiss" with Omar Ebrahim on the Michael Nyman Band album ''The Kiss and Other Movements'' (1985). She also featured on ''Music for Other Occasions'' (1986) with Lindsay Cooper, ''Domestic Stories'' (1992) with Chris Cutler and Lutz Glandien, ''Each in Our Own Thoughts'' (1994) with Tim Hodgkinson, and ''A Scientific Dream and a French Kiss'' (1998) with Marie Goyette. In 1984, Krause sang backing vocals on "Here & There" by The Stranglers. The song appeared on the b-side of their single, "Skin Deep". It was subsequently added to the 2001 remastered edition of the parent album, ''Aural Sculpture''. In 1991, Krause, Moore and Blegvad reunited to work on a "Camera" (Italian for "Room") a specially written television opera, made by the UK production company After Image and commissioned by Channel 4 Television. It was based on an original idea by Krause, with words by Blegvad and music by Moore. Krause played the lead character "Melusina" and the opera was broadcast two years later on Channel 4. Slapp Happy reformed briefly in 1997 to record ''Ça Va'' and they toured Japan in 2000. In 2010, Krause joined Comicoperando, a tribute to the music of Robert Wyatt whose line-up has included Richard Sinclair, Annie Whitehead, Gilad Atzmon, Alex Maguire, Chris Cutler, John Edwards (musician), John Edwards, Michel Delville, Karen Mantler and Cristiano Calcagnile. Krause, Moore and Blegvad reformed Slapp Happy again in November 2016 to perform with Faust at the Week-End festival in Cologne, Germany. The two groups also played together on 10–11 February 2017 at Cafe Oto in London. On 24 February 2017 Slapp Happy, without Faust, performed at Mt. Rainer Hall, Shibuya in Tokyo.


Solo work

Krause's fascination with Weimar Republic, Weimar-era cabaret and her love for the work of playwright
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Bertolt Brecht
and his musical collaborators
Kurt Weill Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900April 3, 1950) was a German (later American) composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his ...
and
Hanns Eisler Hanns Eisler (6 July 1898 – 6 September 1962) was an Austrian composer (his father was Austrian, and Eisler fought in a Hungarian regiment in World War I World War I or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, was a glob ...
produced some of her most satisfying work. In 1978 she starred in a London art-theatre production of the Brecht and Weill play ''Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'', and in 1985 she sang Brecht and Weill's "Surabaya Johnny" on the Hal Willner-produced ''Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill''. John Dougan wrote at AllMusic that Krause's "elegant alto was perfectly suited to the emotionally and politically charged music of Brecht and Weill". In 1986, Krause made two solo albums: ''Supply and Demand (Dagmar Krause album), Supply and Demand: Songs by Brecht/Weill and Eisler'' and ''Tank Battles, Tank Battles: The Songs of Hanns Eisler''. These albums were also sung in German and released as ''Angebot und Nachfrage'' and ''Panzerschlacht: Die Lieder von Hanns Eisler''. Lyrically they continued the trend of earlier songs of social conscience Krause had performed, for example on
Henry Cow Henry Cow were an English experimental rock Musical ensemble, group, founded at University of Cambridge, Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. Henry Cow's personnel fluctuated over their decade toge ...
's "Living in the Heart of the Beast". ''Supply and Demand'' and ''Tank Battles'' are seen by many as Krause's best work, while the latter is considered to be one of the finest interpretations of Eisler's work. She performed selections from these albums live at various venues, most notably the Edinburgh Festival, which was documented on ''Voiceprint Radio Sessions'' (1993).


Singing style

As a vocalist, Krause has been described by some as an acquired taste. Her singing style is highly original and idiosyncratic. Her "husky, vibrato-laden alto" voice can range from a sweet melodious croon to the love-it-or-hate-it Armageddon style typified on albums like
Henry Cow Henry Cow were an English experimental rock Musical ensemble, group, founded at University of Cambridge, Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. Henry Cow's personnel fluctuated over their decade toge ...
's ''In Praise of Learning''. Part of the intrigue of Krause's singing are her German phonology, German-inflected vocals, "... but whether she sings in German or English (which she often does on the same record), she retains her impeccable phrasing and ability to inject the most oft-heard lyric with almost palpable emotion." In a review of ''The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set'' (2009), critic John Kelman at ''All About Jazz'', wrote that "the kinds of intervallic leaps and harmonic sophistication required of a singer [in Henry Cow] make Krause an undervalued and underrated singer in this history of modern music."


Discography

This is a selection of albums Krause has performed on, showing the year they were recorded.


Bands and projects

;With The City Preachers *''Der Kürbis, das Transportproblem und die Traumtänzer'' (1968, LP, Decca Records) *''Back to the City'' (1971, LP, Hörzu) ;With I.D. Company *''I.D. Company'' (1970, LP, Hörzu, Electrola) ;With Slapp Happy *''Sort Of'' (1972, LP, Polydor Records) *''Acnalbasac Noom'' (1973, LP, Recommended Records) *''Slapp Happy (album), Slapp Happy'' (also known as ''Casablanca Moon'') (1974, LP, Virgin Records) *''Ça Va'' (1997, CD, V2 Records) *''Live in Japan (Slapp Happy album), Live in Japan'' (2000, CD, FMN Records) ;With Slapp Happy/Henry Cow *''Desperate Straights'' (1974, LP, Virgin Records) *''In Praise of Learning'' (1975, LP, Virgin Records) ;With Henry Cow * ''Concerts (Henry Cow album), Concerts'' (1976, 2xLP, Caroline Records, UK) * ''The Virgin Years – Souvenir Box'' (1991, 3xCD, East Side Digital Records, US) * ''Henry Cow Box'' (2006, 7xCD, Recommended Records, UK) * ''Stockholm & Göteborg'' (2008, CD, Recommended Records, UK) * ''The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set'' (2009, 9xCD+DVD, Recommended Records, UK) * ''The Henry Cow Box Redux: The Complete Henry Cow'' (2019, 17xCD+DVD, Recommended Records, UK) ;With Art Bears *''Hopes and Fears (Art Bears album), Hopes and Fears'' (1978, LP, Recommended Records) *''Winter Songs (Art Bears album), Winter Songs'' (1979, LP, Recommended Records) *''The World as It Is Today'' (1981, LP, Recommended Records) *''The Art Box'' (2004, 6xCD, Recommended Records, UK) ;With Kevin Coyne *''Babble'' (1979, LP, Virgin Records) ;With Commuters *''Commuters'' (1983, EP, Amphibious Records) ;With News from Babel *''Work Resumed on the Tower'' (1984, LP, Recommended Records) *''Letters Home (News from Babel album), Letters Home'' (1985, LP, Recommended Records) ;With Michael Nyman Band *''The Kiss and Other Movements'' (1985, LP, E.G. Records) ;With Duck and Cover (German band), Duck and Cover *''RēR Quarterly, Re Records Quarterly Vol.1 No.2'' (1985, LP, Recommended Records) ;With Lindsay Cooper *''Music for Other Occasions'' (1986, LP, No Man's Land (record label), No Man's Land) ;With
Anthony Moore Anthony Moore (also known as Anthony More) (born 13 August 1948) is a British experimental music Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions . Experimental compositional practice is ...
and
Peter Blegvad Peter Blegvad (born August 14, 1951) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, writer, and cartoonist. He was a founding member of German/English avant-pop band Slapp Happy, which later merged briefly with Henry Cow, and has released many sol ...
*''Camera'' (1991, CD, Voiceprint Records, Blueprint Records) ;With Chris Cutler and Lutz Glandien *''Domestic Stories'' (1992, CD, Recommended Records) ;With Tim Hodgkinson *''Each in Our Own Thoughts'' (1994, CD, Woof Records) ;With Marie Goyette *''A Scientific Dream and a French Kiss'' (1998, CD, Resurgence) ;With The Orckestra *"Unreleased Orckestra Extract" (3" CD single, 2006, Recommended Records, UK)


Solo

*''Supply and Demand (Dagmar Krause album), Supply and Demand: Songs by Brecht/Weill and Eisler'' (1986, LP, Hannibal Records) **''Angebot und Nachfrage'' (1986, LP, Hannibal Records) – The above in the original German *''Tank Battles, Tank Battles: The Songs of Hanns Eisler'' (1988, LP, Island Records) **''Panzerschlacht: Die Lieder von Hanns Eisler'' (1988, LP, Island Records) – The above in the original German *''Voiceprint Radio Sessions'' (1993, CD, Voiceprint Records)


Other contributions

*The Grid: ''456 (album), 456'' (1992, LP, Virgin Records) – Krause sings on one track


References

*Chris Cutler, Cutler, Chris, ed. (2009). ''The Road: Volumes 1–5'' (book from ''The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set''). Recommended Records.


Footnotes


External links


Dagmar Krause: Last.FM Group


''Calyx: The Canterbury Website''. * ().
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''Satoshi Nishihara homepage''.

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