Yumi Hara    photo by Tetsuya Hirose

NEWS (updated 14 June 2021) 

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GIG DATES 2021 (updated 14 June 2021)

 GIG DATES 2020 GIG DATES 2019 Gig Dates 2018  Gig Dates 2017

Gig dates 2016 Gig dates 2015  Gig dates 2014  Gig dates-2013


DISCOGRAPHY & SHOP (updated 21 August 2020: Limited edition disks back in stock)
   photos of packing process (11 Oct 2016)

REVIEWS, PRESS, BROADCAST  (updated 29 June 2020)
(created 3 Feb 2019)


THE WATTS (Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cutler, Yumi Hara) (updated 26 Oct 2019)

Debut CD 'Decoherence' out now!

     THE WATTS Decoherence

Lindsay Cooper Songbook 2019 tour (updated 29 June 2020) 

The Artaud Beats (Geoff Leigh, Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, John Greaves) (updated 10 Feb 2016 )

 Nodutgang Bodo jacket

you me & us (Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler, Yumi Hara) (updated 25 December 2018)

Rain Check jacket

(updated 7 Oct 2016)

COMPOSER : List of Works Performance Dates (updated 8 April 2016 )  Order score

RESEARCH (updated 25 Dec 2018)Teaching (updated 25 Dec 2018)  Workshop Leader (updated 25 Dec 2018) Books


Bonobo's Ark

'Jazz meets performance art, as her amazing voice headed off into dog-whistle territory, but there was such good humour and warmth in her performance. You couldn't help but love her' (Jazzwise Duncan Heining).

photo by Seán Kelly

'Yumi’s keyboard playing is generally one of a kind, her wonderful ability to jump from pure improvisation to strict compositional accuracy within the same thematic storyline, let alone the piece, making me scratch my head wondering how, why and to where the border between those two, completely different, styles disappears?' (Uzbekistan Progressive Rock Pages Vitaly Menshikov)

'The composer who tries hardest to address the Cargo audience' (The Guardian John L. Walters).

'How should I describe the unique world of 'Cool Down for Pole' and 'Improvisation on Japanese Lullabies' by Yumi Hara Cawkwell, composer based in London? To view her performance, improvisatory singing of Japanese lullabies, was a truly unique and mysterious experience' (Ongaku Gendai).

'Yumi Hara Cawkwell's Groove Study - a piece which, despite its title, was much more unhinged, jazzy and violent than the minimalist stuff around it' (The Times Richard Morrison).

'The other works leavened Reich and Riley's austerity with traces of pop in one form or another. The fractured rhythms of Yumi Hara Cawkwell's Groove Study amounted to a kind of electro-funk fantasia' (Evening Standard Nick Kimberley).


  photo by Lutz Diehl

Yumi Hara has been supported by:


Arts Council England, Lottery Grant Award

Arts Council Tokyo

Bliss Trust

City University


The Gen Foundation

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Hikone City

JAPAN 2001



PRS Foundation


Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust

University of East London



For general enquiries: info 'at' yumiharacawkwell.co.uk


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