Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical
instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. A native of the
Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Cooper-Moore began studying
piano at age eight. Four years later, he was listening to the musics of Thelonius Monk,
Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and working on improvisation.
He earned a B.A. in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C. and later studied composition-arranging at the Berklee College of Music
in Boston, MA. Moving to New York in 1973, Cooper-Moore leased the five-floor 501
Canal Street building and transformed it into an artist live-in/work space, making possible
numerous experimentations between performing and visual artists.
While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring
abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played
them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and
in the streets of New York City.
He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as
paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic