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|Born||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Free jazz, avant-garde jazz, electronic, art rock|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, singer, songwriter, producer, musician|
|Labels||ironic US, ECM|
|Associated acts||Paul Bley|
Annette Peacock (born 1941) is an American composer, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and musician. She is a pioneer in electronic music who combined her voice with one of the first Moog synthesizers in the late 1960s.
Annette Peacock was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was writing music by the time she was five-years-old. She is self-taught except for her time as a student at Juilliard in the early 1970s. She grew up in California. Her mother was a violist in the San Diego and Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestras who studied at the Curtis Institute of Music.
She moved to New York to marry jazz bassist Gary Peacock. During the early 1960s, she was an associate and guest of Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) at their mansion and psychedelic center in Millbrook, New York. She was among the first ten students to study macrobiotics with Michio Kushi.
She toured Europe with avant-garde jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. She was married to bassist Gary Peacock, then pianist Paul Bley. Around 1965, she began to compose for Bley and invented a style she called "free-form song". Her compositions appeared on his album Ballads and influenced the style of ECM Records. She was a pioneer in synthesizing electronic vocals after being given an early model of the Moog synthesizer by its inventor, Robert Moog. She performed with the Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show at Town Hall in November 1969 and the next month at Philharmonic Hall. The show ran from 1968–1971 with Bley, Gary Peacock, Barry Altschul, and Han Bennink. They released three albums, beginning with Revenge. From 1972–'74, she attended Juilliard.
In 1972, Peacock released her debut solo album, I'm the One (RCA Victor). With Bley and Bennink she recorded two live albums: Improvisie (America), and Dual Unity (Freedom). She mixed, edited, and produced both albums.
In 1974, she moved to London. After a hiatus of six years, she released two rock albums, X-Dreams and The Perfect Release on Aura in the U.K. and Tomato in the U.S. While she played several instruments on her debut albums, she used only her voice, backed by British progressive rock musicians Chris Spedding, Mick Ronson, Brian Godding, Bill Bruford, and Peter Lemer.
She started her own label, Ironic Records, from the UK, distributed in Europe by Rough Trade. The first release on her label was the single "Sky Skating", followed by the albums Sky Skating (1982), Been in the Streets Too Long (1983), I Have No Feelings (1986), and Abstract-Contact (1988).
In 1997, ECM Records released Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock, a double-album tribute to her compositions from 1964–1969 by Marilyn Crispell, Paul Motian, and Gary Peacock. During the same year, Manfred Eicher, head of ECM, commissioned her to compose for string quartet, piano, and voice. The album, An Acrobat's Heart (ECM, 2000), took three years to compose and arrange and broke her twelve-year hiatus from recording.
In 2006, she restarted her label, renamed 'ironic US', and released 31:31, a signed, numbered, limited edition. During the same year, she collaborated with Coldcut on the song "Just for the Kick" for their album Sound Mirrors. In 2013, she was invited by The Whitney Museum of American Art to perform.
Peacock's music has been recorded by David Bowie, Brian Eno, Mick Ronson, Al Kooper, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Frisell, Chris Spedding, Mary Halvorson, Nels Cline, RZA, Busta Rhymes, J-Live, Ghostface Killah, and Morcheeba.
The U.K. magazine The Wire named her solo album one of the top 100 records that "set fire to the world", and she appeared on the cover of The Wire for the December 2015 issue.
- 1972 Dual Unity with Paul Bley (Freedom)
- 1972 I'm the One (RCA Victor) (reissued in 2010 on ironic US)
- 1978 X-Dreams (Aura Records)
- 1979 The Perfect Release (Aura)
- 1982 Sky Skating (ironic)
- 1983 Been in the Streets Too Long (ironic)
- 1986 I Have No Feelings (ironic)
- 1988 Abstract-Contact (ironic)
- 2000 An Acrobat's Heart (ECM)
- 2005 31:31 (ironic US)
- 2014 I Belong to a World That's Destroying Itself [aka Revenge] (ironic US)
- "Don't Be Cruel" / "Dear Bela" (Aura, 1978)
- "Love's Out to Lunch" / "Rubber Hunger" (Aura, 1979)
- "Sky-skating" / "Taking It as It Comes" (ironic, 1981)
As co-leader or sidewoman
- 1971 The Paul Bley Synthesizer Show, Paul Bley
- 1971 Improvisie, Paul Bley (America)
- 1978 Feels Good to Me, Bill Bruford
- 1997 Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: The Music of Annette Peacock, Marilyn Crispell
- 2006 Sound Mirrors, Coldcut
- 2015 Nursery Rhymes, Bill Wells
Compositions appeared on
- 1965: Paul Bley Trio - Touching ("Touching", "Both" & "Cartoon")
- 1966: Paul Bley Trio - Closer ("Cartoon")
- 1967: Paul Bley - Ramblin' ("Both", "Albert's Love Theme" & "Touching")
- 1967: Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Barry Altschul - Virtuosi (all compositions: "Butterflies" & "Gary")
- 1968: Paul Bley - Mr. Joy (all compositions: "Kid Dynamite", "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "El Cordobes", "Touching", "Blood" & "Mr. Joy")
- 1968: Paul Bley - Turning Point ("Mr. Joy" & "Kid Dynamite")
- 1968: Karin Krog and Friends - Joy ("Mr. Joy")
- 1970: Paul Bley & Gary Peacock - Paul Bley with Gary Peacock (all compositions: "Gary" & "Albert's Love Theme")
- 1971: Paul Bley - The Paul Bley Synthesizer Show (all compositions:"Mr. Joy", "The Archangel", "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "Gary", "Snakes", "Parks" & "Circles")
- 1971: Paul Bley - Ballads (all compositions:"Ending", "Circles" & "So Hard It Hurts")
- 1972: Paul Bley - Open, to Love ("Open, to Love" & "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway")
- 1973: Al Kooper - Naked Songs ("Been and Gone")
- 1973: Paul Bley & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Paul Bley/NHØP ("Gesture Without Plot")
- 1974: Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue ("I'm the One") & (7 Days)
- 1974: Paul Bley & Jaco Pastorius - Jaco ("Blood")
- 1975: Paul Bley – Alone, Again ("Dreams")
- 1978: Bill Bruford - Feels Good to Me ("Back to the Beginning", "Seems Like a Lifetime Ago (Part One)", "Adios A La Pasada (Goodbye to the Past)")
- 1986: Paul Bley - Fragments ("Nothing Ever Was, Anyway")
- 1992: Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary Peacock - Annette ("Touching" (2 takes), "El Cordobes", "Cartoon", "Albert's Love Theme", "Kid Dynamite", "Miracles", "Blood (2 takes), "Both", "Mister Joy")
- 1996: Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock & Paul Motian - "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock" (all compositions: "Nothing Ever Was, Anyway", "Butterflies That I Feel Inside Me", "Open, to Love", "Cartoon", "Albert's Love Theme", "Dreams (If Time Weren't)", "Touching", "Both", "You've Left Me", "Miracles", "Ending" & "Blood")
- 2006: Coldcut - "Just For The Kick" ft. Annette Peacock
- 2016: Nels Cline - Lovers medley of ("So Hard It Hurts/Touching") arranged by Michael Leonhart
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