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Frith, Fred: Big Picture (Intakt)

Two cycles of compositions from Fred Frith: "The Big Picture - For Saxophone Quartet and Two Improvising Soloists" and his legendary 90s copositions: "Freedom in Fragments".
 

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UPC: 7640120191566

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT156
Squidco Product Code: 11341

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in January 2008 at the studios of Swiss Radio DRS2, Zürich by Ron Kurz.


Personnel:

Fred Frith-electric guitar

Beat Hofstetter-soprano sax

Sascha Armbruster-alto sax

Andrea Formenti-tenor sax

Beat Kappeler-baritone and alto saxes



With special guests:



Katharina Weber-piano

Lucas Niggli-drums

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track listing:


1. The Big Picture Part 1 2:05

2. The Big Picture Part 2 2:49

3. The Big Picture Part 3 2:41

4. The Big Picture Part 4 2:07

5. The Big Picture Part 5 2:25

6. The Big Picture Part 6 1:40

7. Introduction: The Power Of Prayer 1:51

8. Some Assembly Required (Soloist: B. Hofstetter) 1:46

9. Hopscotch (For John Zorn) 4:52

10. Confess 0:16

11. Song And Dance 4:21

12. Void Where Prohibited (Soloist: S. Armbruster) 2:31

13. Rosali's Song 6:11

14. Red Rag 3:58

15. Significant Restrictions Apply (Soloist: A. Formenti) 1:51

16. Boyan's Problem 4:07

17. Kick It 3:48

18. Nostalgia 2:02

19. Batteries Not Included (Soloist: B. Kappeler) 1:44

20. T. Square Park Lark (For Frank Zappa) 8:33

21. The Power Of Prayer: Coda 1:43
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"Two cycles of compositions by Fred Frith. There is on the one hand The Big Picture - For Saxophone Quartet and Two Improvising Soloists and then there is the legendary series of compositions Freedom in Fragments that Fred Frith wrote in the nineties.

On The Big Picture the improvisations of pianist Katharina Weber and drummer Lucas Niggli contrast with the notated choir for saxophone of the Arte Quartet.

Fred Frith wrote Freedom in Fragments originally for the Rova Quartet. Here the series of compositions - comprising 23 different pieces that can be played in various arrangements - exhibit brilliant new forms and new interpretations.The two CDs Still Urban and The Big Picture show the uniqueness of Fred Frith's sound world, his range and mastery in composition."-Intakt


Artist Biographies:

"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.

In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.

The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.

He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.

His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.

Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."

-Fred Frith Website (http://www.fredfrith.com/biography.html)
12/13/2017

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"Katharina Weber - Pianist & Composer

Born 1958 in Bern. She has studied piano in Basel and Bern with Jürg Wyttenbach, Urs Peter Schneider, Erika Radermacher and Jörg Ewald Dähler.Masterclasses with Tatyana Nikolajewa and Hubert Harry (piano); Yehudi Menuhin and György Kurtag (chamber music); Vinko Globokar, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith and Barre Phillips (improvisation).1987 Soloist Award of the Swiss Musicians Association (AMS)2000 awarded with the Buergi-Willert Prize (assigned by Heinz Holliger to 5 other composers)2001 Large Music Prize of the Canton of Bern

In Switzerland and abroad, Ms. Weber has given concert as a soloist with conductors such as Jürg Wyttenbach and Heinz Holliger and as a member of chamber music ensembles.

As a pianist she works jointly with composers (Erika Radermacher, Urs Peter Schneider, Peter Streiff, Sandor Veress, György Kurtag, Gunnar Berg, Thomas Mueller, Erich Schmid, Christian Henking, Edu Haubensak etc.).

She has made recordings for the national radio and for CDs and been active as an organizer/co-ordinator for the local section of the International Society for New Music (IGNM) and the association Workshop of Improvised Music (WIM) in Bern.

As an improvising pianist Ms. Weber plays improvised solo concerts and has worked together with musicians such as Erika Radermacher, Irene Schweizer, Jürg Solothurnmann, Alfred Zimmerlin, Franziska Baumann, Fred Frith.

She is also involved with intermedia projects combining music with pantomime, eurhythmy, theatre, painting and poetry which often are improvised, too.

Presently, Ms.Weber is active in a program with the Butoh-dancer Pia Maria, in a trio with the percussionist Balts Nill and the bass-player Barry Guy and in the duo with Christian Kobi.

Since 1994 she is also writing individual compositions, both in the form of improvisational concepts as well as through composed solo and chamber music pieces. Katharina Weber teaches piano and improvisation at the Music School of the Art University and at the Conservatory of Bern."

-Katharina Weber Website (http://www.katharinaweber.ch/biography/)
12/13/2017

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"Lucas Niggli was born in a thunderbolt in 1968, West Kamerun. He lived there before he moved to Switzerland. Today he lives in Uster with his three children, Felix, Gaudenz and Emilia and his partner Annette Meier.

IntroHis affinity to Music, especially to percussion instruments, was quite strong at a very young age. Between 1987 and 1995, he played at the experimental New Jazz formation "Kieloor Entartet". The group published three CDs, conquered many stages in diverse countries, formed a not every day orchestra, "ENAO91 and ENAO93", and connected to other artists and composers. After that, Lucas Niggli took charge of the management of the alternative Swiss label "UNIT-Records" until 1998; he was the president of the Swiss Professional Association of Jazz and Improvisation Musicians, SMS, and a long member of the board of the WIM (werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Zurich).

Working Bands

In 1995 he founded the avant-core band "Steamboat Switzerland" with Dominik Blum and Marino Pliakas. More than 150 concerts, 4 cd and 2 vinyl recordings testify to the group's intense and hard work. "Lucas Niggli's Zoom" was founded in 1999 (with Nils Wogram And Philipp Schaufelberger) They performed at all of Europe's big festivals, (Moers, Saalfelden, Willisau, Le Mans) as well n Vancouver and they recorded a first cd in 2001 followed by a CD in 2003. As an extension of this trio, Lucas Niggli created "Big Zoom", a quintet with Claudio Puntin and Peter Herbert as guests, with two releases (Big Ball, Sweat). Since 2002 he plays regularly in the Piano Trio with Jacques Demierre and Barry Guy. Since 1994 Lucas Niggli has played in a variety of different bands with Pierre Favre as his partner. These are, amongst others, "Singing Drums", "European Chamber Ensemble", "The Drummers", as well as a duo.Since 2006 he is composing for and performing with the international Drum Quartet Beat Bag Bohemia (with Kesivan Naidoo (SA), RolandoLamussene (MZ), and Peter Conradin Zumthor (CH). The Duo Black Lotos with chinese Guzheng Player Xu Fengxia is also a long lasting working band, like the Drum Duo Lucas Niggli and Peter Conradin Zumthor. Since 2011 the Trio Biondini - Godard - Niggli with Luciano Biondini and Michel Godard tours extensivly in Europe with two CD Productions for Intakt Records. Since 2013 regulary also in Projects with the Drum Trio Klick with Fritz Hauser and P.C.Zumthor and in a Duo with Swiss Singer Andreas Schaerer.

Other World

Lucas Niggli was always musically active. He toured through all of Europe with different musicians, played on stages in Russia and America, Egypt and Canada, China and Southafria, Taiwan and m.o. He performed on major Jazz festivals in Vancouver, Berlin, Moers, Saalfelden, Willisau, Rome, Nürnberg, Capetown, Le Mans, Münster and Zurich. And New Music Festivals like Huddersfield (UK), Donaueschingen ( D) , Ultima (N), MaerzMusik (D). He is always being tempted into different corners of the music business. If he doesn't perform a contemporary piece by David Dramm, Michael Werthmüller, Felix Profos, Sam Hayden, Kagel, Polanski, Cage, or Rzewski; he will regularly improvise in the Zurich "Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik." And he plaied in several Bands from Swiss Singer Erika Stucky, like "Bubble and Bangs".

In Best Memories

In his bands and projects, Lucas Niggli had the chance to work hand in hand with musicians from all over the world, from all kinds of different scenes. People like Barry Guy, John Cale, Pierre Favre, Butch Morris, Trevor Watts, Fred Frith, Hans Koch, Peter Kowald, Peter Waters, Samul Nori, Tom Cora, Ikue Mori, Tenko, Michel Doneda, Michel Wintsch, Collegium Novum, Urs Leimgruber, Arkadij Shilklopper, Jean-Luis Matinier, Martin Schütz, Irene Schweizer, Susanne Abbuehl, Wu Wei, Phil Minton, the filmmaker Peter Mettler , Susanne Abbuehl, Erika Stucky, ARTE Quartet, Andrew Cyrille, Andreas Schaerer, Tim Berne and many more."

-Lucas Niggli Website (http://www.lucasniggli.ch/english/0300_biografie/index.asp)
12/13/2017

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