To celebrate 20 years of Stream Records;
CD of all Genie Cosmas's instrumentals is being released called 'Cry
from the City' Genie Cosmas. 'Music 4 film, TV & Radio' with unreleased
tracks featuring Robert Wyatt, The Cd is available on this website in
its entirity and individual tracks can be bought on itunes.
'Genie Cosmas, a London based jazz musician. Her songs are deeply moving,
touching and observant' Kevin Pearce-Your Heartout 2008.
Review of' Song for Satie Part 2' in the Winter edition of Musician
Ricky Edwards' beautiful flute dances over MS sufferer Genie Cosmas' well-constructed and thoughtful piano in this lighter-than-air instrumental. Released by Stream Records, which was established in 1989 as the first major outlet for talented disabled musicians, this is a special recording and to be treasured as an example of homegrown and nutured triumph in difficult circumstances.
Quote 'The London Nobody Sings'
Cry From The City' with some neat scat vocals in the background by Robert Wyatt......led by Genie Cosmas with a great reggae, jazz, classical, rainscoatsy vibe' May/June 2010
The following 'Readers Digest' article appeared in September's edition:
|Photographed by Pal Hansen|
'It took 5 or 6 years before my MS was diagnosed, and I was quite relieved in the end. It was like having a golfball in the back of my head. I thought I was going insane! MS affects people in different ways. It affects my balance and my senses. I don't use a wheelchair, but it's obvious something is wrong with me. The doctors said things like, "well you're going to have to learn to live with this". It's not easy, but music helped. I started to write songs to express what I was feeling. I came across a disability magazine that was advertising for musicians and put together a band called 'Fish Out Of Water'. We got loads of gigs, became involved with Disability Arts, and I got funding. It was great. And I was a workng musician!
But the mainstream music industry doesn't want to know about disabled musicians. That's why I started to get their music out there. Some people suggested that I should register as a charity, but why does disability always have to be about 'charity'? I want to engage with the world on its own terms. I don't want it to do me any favours. Stream Records is now 20 years old. Operating on the musical fringes hasn't been easy, but I have found inspiration from people like `Robert Wyatt who worked on my last album -- and Ian Drury. Sadly disabled musicians don't break into the mainstream very often. But you can't give up. You have to make the world take notice.
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