Fred Frith

(Fred Frith /Trouble with Traffic)

> Intro

Let’s be honest. We didn’t know anything about Fred Frith. Until one day, Marika Vaarik phoned and said that we have a chance to bring a man such as Fred Frith – FRED FRITH!!! – to the Straw Theatre, and he is an exceptionally engaging improviser, one of the best in the whole world to be honest, and Marika has liked him for years already, and if we want to invite any music improviser to Estonia at all, then it should be Frith, and that right now there is a slight chance that Frith would agree to come to Estonia, and that if there were any chance at all to fit him into the Straw Theatre programme, then it would be…incredibly cool, and a once in a lifetime chance. Us? We agreed, of course.

Fred Frith (1949) is a British multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser who feels relatively comfortable in avant-rock music (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre) and freely improvisational music (Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins. And an endless list of the world’s top improvisers could be added here.) Creative cooperation has also brought him together with Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno, Iva Bittova, the Residents, Skeleton Crew, Henry Kaiser, Keep the Dog...

As a composer, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Ensemble Modern, the Arditti Quartet and many others have performed his works.
Frith has participated in the recording of about 400 records. He has been an active and topical person in the music scene for forty years already. Frith has been living in the USA in Oakland, California for some time already, where he works as a professor of composition at the Mills University Department of Music.

Frith will appear with the band Trouble with Traffic, where Estonian improvisers will be his partners, at a concert that will take place at the Straw Theatre within the framework of the Improtest 2011 Festival.
(By the way, Marika said that it isn’t only music that Frith makes. It is improvisation that should be of interest to everyone who has come in contact with improvisation at all. Very cool.)

> Duration

Approximately 1 hour and10 minutes

> Time

R 20/05 19:00

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