Yumi Hara    photo by Tetsuya Hirose

NEWS (updated 14 August 2023) 

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  GIG DATES 2023 (updated 4 August 2023) 


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DISCOGRAPHY & SHOP (updated 14 August 2023: Groove Study)

Yumi Hara's 2nd solo album GROOVE STUDY OUT NOW!

   photos of packing process (11 Oct 2016)

REVIEWS, PRESS, BROADCAST  (updated 29 January 2023)
(created 3 Feb 2019)


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

THE WATTS performed at Yumi Hara GROOVE STUDY launch, Sun 6 August 2023 matinee (2pm) at cafe OTO, with Toshiaki Sudoh (bass, from Japan)

Debut CD 'Decoherence' out now!

     THE WATTS Decoherence

Lindsay Cooper Songbook 2019 tour (updated 29 June 2020) 

Lindsay Cooper Songbook Alone+ will perform at Yumi Hara Residency Day 1, Sat 11 Sept 2021
personnel: Yumi Hara, Tim Hodgkinson, Guy Evans, Chloe Herington, Pierre Chevalier, Atsuko Kamura.
We’ll also play Side B of 'Ruth is Stranger Than Richard' as a whole, Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road, Shipbuilding (text changed as 'Face-to-Face', about university lecturers who are skilled in teaching face-to-face, facing reopening the campus), As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still, Box 25/4 Lid, several Lindsay Cooper tunes and just a bit of mine

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

The Artaud Beats will perform at Yumi Hara Residency Day 2,
Sun 12 Sept 2021 with Guy Evans

 Nodutgang Bodo jacket

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

Rain Check jacket

(updated 7 Oct 2016)

Jump for Joy! will perform at Yumi Hara Residency Day 2, Sun 12 Sept 2021 with Guy Evans

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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