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Artists Fred Frith

Guitarist, bassist, violinist, composer, inventor, orchestrator and do-it-yourselfer, Fred Frith is a musician whose contribution to the scene cannot be overstated. Sound material grinds, kneads, cracks and decomposes in his capable hands. Co-founder of the legendary British formation Henry Cow (1968-78), he moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he’s since been associated, including John Zorn, Ikue Mori, the late Tom Cora, Bob Ostertag and many others. In the eighties Frith began to write extensively for dance, film and theatre, and this in turn led to creating music for others to play. He has appeared on more than 200 CDs and has performed all over the world: Moscow, Santiago, Tokyo, Oslo, Montréal. He was the subject of a documentary by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel, Step Across the Border, and is featured in the film Touch the Sound, alongside percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Fred Frith currently teaches improvisation at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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Fred Frith

Heathfield (England, UK), 1949

Residence: Oakland (California, USA)

  • Composer
  • Performer (electric guitar)
  • Improviser

Associated groups

On the web

Main releases

Tour de bras / TDB 990004 / 2019
Victo / VICTO 128 / 2015
  • Temporarily out of stock
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 175 / 2008
Intakt Records / INTAKT 155 / 2008
Victo / VICTO 100 / 2006
  • Temporarily out of stock
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 113 / 2003
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 106, AM 106_NUM / 2002
Fred Records (Fred Frith) / FRA 01 / 2002
Fred Records (Fred Frith) / FRA 02 / 2002
Victo / VICTO 072 / 2001
Victo / VICTO 070 / 2000
ReR / Recommended Records / RER CCFF3 / 1999
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 063 / 1998
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 051 / 1997
ReR / Recommended Records / RER FF1 / 1997
Tzadik / TZ 7503 / 1997
  • Temporarily out of stock
RecRec Music / RECDEC 70 / 1996
ReR / Recommended Records / RER CCF2 / 1994
Victo / VICTO 001 / 1987
  • Temporarily out of stock