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Fred Frith


Within the ’60s and ’70s, very much (otherwise most) contemporary improvisation was jazz-based. That started to switch in the ’80s, whenever a great number of rock and roll musicians began discovering the options of free of charge improvisation and fresh traditional forms. Fred Frith is among the even more prominent. Co-founder from the underground English music group Henry Cow in 1968, composer/improviser/guitarist Frith relocated to the U.S. in the past due ’70s, where he started organizations with such New York-based experimental music artists as cellist Tom Cora, harpist Zeena Parkins, saxophonist John Zorn, and percussionist Ikue Mori. Frith resided in NY for 14 years; a few of his well-known endeavors in that period included Massacre (with Expenses Laswell and Fred Maher), Skeleton Team (with Cora and Parkins), and his sextet Keep carefully the Dog. Within the ’80s, Frith’s compositional actions increased; he started composing for dance, film, and movie theater, as well as for such ensembles because the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Outfit Modern, Asko Outfit, and his very own Guitar Quartet. Mainly called an improvising guitarist, Frith in addition has performed on bass (with Zorn’s Nude Town) and violin (with Lars Hollmer’s Looping House Orchestra). Frith provides performed on albums with the Citizens, Brian Eno, Amy Denio, and René Lussier, to mention just a couple. Frith was the main topic of Step Over the Boundary, a documentary film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzels. By 2000, Frith was a teacher of structure at Mills University in Oakland, CA, and continuing release a a bevy of albums including Eleventh Hour in 2005. In 2007, Frith started the entire year by launching Impur as well as the Happy End Issue on ReR, and implemented them with Glucose Factory along with a live record (recorded on the N.Con.C. place The Rock) over the Tzadik label, and completed it with Cutter Minds with Chris Dark brown on Intakt. Frith was much less prolific in 2008 but non-etheless released the great To Sail, to Sail on Tzadik. He found the pace in ’09 2009, as Still Urban and THE BIG PICTURE saw concern on Intakt. He continuing with three produces this year 2010, including Dictée/Liber Novus and Eyes to Hearing, Vol. 3, which made an appearance on Tzadik, and Reside in Japan for ReR.

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Full Name Fred Frith
Date Of Birth February 17, 1949
Profession Educator, Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Film Score Composer
Education University of Cambridge, Christ's College, Cambridge
Nationality British
Spouse Heike Liss
Children Finn Liss Frith, Lucia Liss Frith
Siblings Simon Frith, Chris Frith
Music Groups Henry Cow, Naked City, Art Bears, Skeleton Crew, Massacre, Cosa Brava, Material, The Golden Palominos, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Death Ambient, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Keep the Dog, Maybe Monday, Duck and Cover, Tone Dogs, The Orckestra
Music Songs Morning Song, Norrgarden Nyvla, Too Much Too Little, Same Old Me, Spring Any Day Now, Sparrow Song, Some Clouds Don't, Cap the Knife, Dancing in the Street, Hands of the Juggler, Heart Bares, Don't Cry For Me, Laughing Matter / Esperanza, Nirvana Again, Walking Song, Kick the Can, Part 1, Ahead in the Sand, The Ballad of Melody Nelson, Gnawa Express Tanger, Carnival on Wall Street, Scratch Opera, Heart Beat Faster, Domaine de Planousset, Absent Friends, A Spit in the Ocean, The Welcome, This Old Earth, Person to Person, Accidental, Sadness, Its Bones Bleached Behind Us
Albums Gravity, Killing Time, Guitar Solos, The Technology of Tears, Late Works, Cheap at Half the Price, The Art of Memory II, Speechless, Eye to Ear, Step Across the Border, Traffic Continues, Rivers and Tides, Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air, Stone, Brick, Glass, Wood, Wire, To Sail, to Sail, Live in Japan, Eleventh Hour, The Previous Evening, Dropera, Eye to Ear III, Quartets, Field Days (The Amanda Loops), Guitar Solos 2, Pacifica, The Sugar Factory, Propaganda, Back to Life, Live Improvisations, The Art of Memory, 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5, Another Day in Fucking Paradise, Freedom in Fragments, The Top of His Head, The Happy End Problem, Clearing Customs, Middle of the Moment, Impur, Allies, Eye to Ear II, Nous Autres, Edge of the Light, Backscatter Bright Blue, Still Urban, Prints, Impur II, Clearing, Friends & Enemies (disc 1), Accidental, Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
Movies Step Across the Border, Touch the Sound, Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time, Before Sunrise, The Tango Lesson, Gambling, Gods and LSD, Zen for Nothing, The Top of His Head, Act of God, Rage, Last Day of Freedom, Ostkreuz, Middle of the Moment, Journey in Sensuality: Anna Halprin & Rodin, Drei gegen Troja, L’Amour, l’Argent, l’Amour, Traum(a), Eastern Avenue, Discontinuity, Une Rencontre, Between Two Worlds

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Traum(a) 2014 Short completed
Journey in Sensuality: Anna Halprin and Rodin 2016 Documentary
Zen for Nothing 2016 Documentary
Discontinuity 2015 Short
Between Two Worlds 2011 Documentary
Woman on a Swing 2010 Video
This Moment Is Not the Same 2010 Documentary
Rage 2009/I
El tiempo que se queda 2007
Mr. Kurzweil Is Dead 2006 Short
Kononga 2006 Documentary short
El sol del movimiento: El principio 2006 Short
Drei gegen Troja 2005 TV Movie
Candid 2005 Short
Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie 2004 Documentary
Thirst 2004 Documentary
Returning Home 2003 Documentary
Gambling, Gods and LSD 2002 Documentary
Rivers and Tides 2001 Documentary
Love, Money, Love 2000
The Tango Lesson 1997
Middle of the Moment 1995 Documentary
Before Sunrise 1995
Thea und Nat 1992
Une rencontre 1991 Short
Ostkreuz 1991 TV Movie
The Top of His Head 1989
Wolfsgrub 1986 Documentary

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Music Department

The Party 2017 guitars post-production
Yes 2004/I composer: additional music / musician: guitars
Rivers and Tides 2001 Documentary musician
The Man Who Cried 2000 musician: guitars
The Tango Lesson 1997 musician: guitar and violin
Orlando 1992 composer: additional music
Step Across the Border 1990 Documentary musician
Song of the Shirt 1979 musician: guitar



Unlimited 23 2010 Documentary performer: "Unlimited 2009 extract" / writer: "Unlimited 2009 extract"
Yes 2004/I arranger: "FAWN"
The Tango Lesson 1997 performer: "Now", "Red. Yellow, Blue", "Rage", "Danse de Cuisine", "Jacob and the Angel", "Libertango Reprise" / writer: "Now", "Red. Yellow, Blue", "Rage", "Danse de Cuisine", "Jacob and the Angel"



Unlimited 23 2010 Documentary Himself
Attwenger Adventure 2007 Documentary
Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie 2004 Documentary Himself
A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky: 12 Stories About John Zorn 2002 Documentary Himself
Step Across the Border 1990 Documentary
Top of the Pops 1974 TV Series
2nd House 1974 TV Series Himself

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