Fred Frith


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New Fred Records releases coming soon!
Propaganda and Field Days
Long awaited and completely remade version of the missing side from the original Technology of Tears double LP, and a never before released dance composition for Amanda Miller, featuring reconstructions of older work in the form of loops with additional material added.
And let's not forget Kwangsi Quail..
Vinyl release by Shhpuma, Portugal
with the artist Helen Mirra: "....sounds like a Lilliputian world magnified by a microscope. A mysterious, intriguing and fascinating world with only two citizens – one emphasizing a different perspective of what we think is “sound art”, and the other revealing a less known side as a noise producer."
More new releases!!
With quixotic abandon in the era of the demise of the record industry some more new releases: Hello I must be Going, live duo with Evan Parker, now available on the Victo label / Angels on the Edge, historic recording with Lars Hollmer, Lindsay Cooper and Gianni Gebbia, now available from Angelica / It Rolls, trio with Katharina Weber and Fredi Studer out on Intakt!!
NOW AVAILABLE on Intakt Records
Fred Frith/Barry Guy: Backscatter Bright Blue and Fred Frith/Lotte Anker: Edge of the Light
"a convincing portrait of elevated imaginations at play" Wire Magazine
"with gestural elegance, linguistic acuity, intellectual spontaneity, and conceptual depth, demonstrates mastery from start to finish.." JazzMag France
Photos on this page © Heike Liss except as marked
What River Is This
Award-winning composition by Lotte Anker
Now available on the ILK label, and features Lotte Anker (saxophones), Phil Minton (voice), Anna Klett (clarinets), Garth Knox (viola), Jesper Egelund (double bass), Fred Frith (guitar), Ikue Mori (electronics), Chris Cutler (drums)
Debut album from Elisa Arciniegas Pinilla
with Mina Fred (viola), Olga Marulanda (oboe), Jean-René Mourot (piano), Sam Duehsler (drums) and Fred Frith (guitar)
"A challenging and beautiful exploration of sounds and sonic energy" AllABoutJazz
The Natural Order
duo with John Butcher
Now available on the Northern Spy label!
"two masters with fiery imaginations and formidable performing talents who go past conventional thought and..keenly articulate their wild ideas into sound"
The Pulse
"makes me think of two welders comparing and arguing the merits of different ways to manipulate dangerously hot metal."
photo © Myles Boisen
New dates added for 2015 - see concert page for details
Fred Frith Trio European tour
Tour dates for our February 2015 tour are now pretty much set, with performances in Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Brussels, and more to be announced soon. Trio features Jason Hoopes (bass) and Jordan Glenn (drums)
Lindsay Cooper Memorial Concerts
Three shows—at London's Barbican Theatre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and with Area Sismica in Forlí, Italy—will celebrate the life and work of the late multi-instrumentalist, composer, and activist Lindsay Cooper. With performances by members of Henry Cow, News from Babel, Music for Films, and the Oh, Moscow Band.
Gravity Live at Moers
Arte TV are streaming the entire concert at
Check it out!
Massacre Love Me Tender
The new Massacre CD Love Me Tender, consisting of extracts from concerts in 1999 (Moers and Zurich) and 2008 (Ferrara) is out!! More performances to be announced soon...
COSA BRAVA: THE LETTER: now available on Intakt Records
More songs, stories, and joyful noise from FF, Carla Kilhstedt, Zeena Parkins, Shahzad Ismaily, Matthias Bossi and the Norman Conquest.
"Anyone who is searching for a masterpiece: The Letter is one"
Klaus Hübner, Westzeit
"Courageous, wild, beautiful.....funny, unorthodox, oblique, rowdy, poetic." Roland Spiegel, BR-Klassik
On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder
Karen Clark, contralto + Galax Quartet
Compositions by Fred Frith, W.A. Mathieu, Robert Morris, Roy Whelden
"The meld between poet, composers and performers is as close to ideal as you are going to find today....a masterpiece..."
Classical-Modern Music Review
Contretemps etc
with Jean-Pierre Drouet and Louis Sclavis
A memorable concert recording now available on the French In Situ label.
"Ils sont libres comme une eau de spasme, indemnes de toutes les tempêtes. Guerre et paix chez eux, alarmes et fracas. Mais surtout : une improvisation qui ne ressemble à aucune autre. Un miracle?" Le Son du Grisli
"One of the best improv recordings I've ever heard" William Winant
NOW AVAILABLE on Ninth World Records:
Long as in short, walk as in run
A new CD of duos by Annie Lewandowski (piano, preparations) and Fred Frith (electric guitar, preparations)
"Curiosity, tenderness, mischief"
From the liner notes by Ben Piekut
NOW AVAILABLE on Intakt Records
Clearing Customs
Live and studio recordings for SWR's 2007 New Jazz Meeting project, with Daniela Cattivelli, Wu Fei, Marque Gilmore, Anantha Krishnan, Tilman Müller, & Patrice Scanlon
"It is not the grand, flaunting gestures that define the quality of his music but the interaction, the listening to each other, the fine tuning of sounds."
From the liner notes by Reinhard Kager
COSA BRAVA: Ragged Atlas
with Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi and The Norman Conquest
"Frith's ideas never stray far from joyous music making" All About Jazz, May 2010
"...reveals another form of beauty" Harry Lachner, WDR 5
"A masterpiece that draws from the contemporary musical cosmos of song, rock, folk and improvisation to create wonderfully strong-willed atmospheres."
Christoph Jaritz, Woche
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