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Cosa Brava is an experimental rock and improvisation quartet formed in March 2008 by multi-instrumentalist and composer Fred Frith, with members Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Shahzad Ismaily, William Winant, &c.

Cosa Brava (Frith / Kihlstedt / Parkins)
The Letter

Cosa Brava (Frith / Kihlstedt / Parkins): The Letter (Intakt)
Label: Intakt    
Released in: Switzerland    

"Cosa Brava is about storytelling. I don't think about it too much. It just turned out that way. Some of the stories have words and some don't, but they share a sense of scenes glimpsed in passing. Torn photos, fragments of movies, distant shouts. One of my earliest memories is of a long drive north, as our family moved away from London to start a new life in the Yorkshire dales. I remember the smell of the car, and passing our broken down removals lorry in the middle of night. I was four years old, and sometimes it feels like I've been on the road ever since. I need to travel, and now my life depends on it, so there's never a shortage of stories. The musicians of Cosa Brava are fellow nomads and experienced collaborators, and some of the best storytellers around, so my stories also become their stories. It's been an exhilarating journey, and I still have no idea where we're going. In the end it doesn't seem very important."-Fred Frith, from the liner notes

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Product Information:

UPC: 7640120192044

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT204
Squidco Product Code: 16192

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by The Norman Conquest at Chateau de Faverolles, France between June 1st-4th, 2010 and at New Improved Recording, Oakland, between August 9th-11th, 2011.


Fred Frith-guitar, voice

Carla Kihlstedt-violin, bass harmonica, voice

Zeena Parkins-accordion, keyboards, Foley objects, voice

Shahzad Ismaily-bass, voice

Matthias Bossi-drums, percussion, mayhem, voice, whistling

The Norman Conquest-sound manipulation

Michael Elrod-tambura

William Winant-concert bass drum, crotales

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Track Listing:

1. Soul Of The Machine 2:12

2. The Eyjafjallajökull Tango 6:48

3. Drowning 4:04

4. The Wedding 6:07

5. The Letter 3:40

6. Slings And Arrows 7:23

7. Jitters 5:13

8. For Lars Hollmer 8:03

9. Emigrants 4:06

10. Nobody Told Me 4:10

11. Common Sense 7:15

12. Soul Of The Machine (Reprise) 2:05