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The 2nd part of a composition commissioned by L'Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne as a 2 year residency and performed by a large group conducted by Frith.
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Label: ReR/ Fred Records
Catalog ID: ReR/FRFC 2
Squidco Product Code: 12278
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded in concert at RamDam, Lyon on December 20, 1997 by Emmanuel Gilot.
Fred Frith-composition, conductor
Fred Smith-guitar solo
Denis Mariotte-drums, melodica
Claire Mollard-marimba, percussion
Stephane Grosjean-marimba, percussion
Cyril Cambon-marimba, percussion
Philippe Madile-piano, synthesizer
Gilles Laval-electric guitar
Guillaume Quemener-electric guitar
Ghilem Lacroux-electric guitar
Bader Gharzouli-electric guitar
Stephane Lambert-baritone sax, shenai
Serge Sana-klaviers, echantillonage
Samuel Chagnard-soprano sax
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• Show Bio for Fred Frith
"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)
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1. Invitation/Invocation 6:41
2. Affront National 3:27
3. Dead Sea 4:07
4. Waiting For God 1:55
5. Danses Avec Les Rats 3:32
6. Nueve 1:40
7. Now We Know 2:16
8. Gaga-Kun 1:53
9. Don't Say 1:16
10. Cuts Up 1:18
11. Le Sursis 4:04
12. Ses Habits De Dimanche 4:48
13. Finger On The Pulse 2:26
14. La Dernière Valse (Pour Mie) 4:19
sample the album:
"Essentially a pretty great concert by a large 19 strong ensemble with Fred conducting as well as playing. Lots of rhythm, harmony, rock noise, exotic instrumentation, power, complexity and melodic writing, with stretches of chaos, eccentricity and theatre. Totally different, then, from Impur Part I which was a deconstructed, spatialised simultaneity of musical events heard through open windows or by wandering through rooms; Impur Part II was an unannounced performance upon which audience members had to stumble (and then collect their friends - or not). The record ing here was in fact made a little later, by the same people in a different artspace and has been edited and re-mastered by Fred for this release. It fits well in the aesthetic of earlier group records from Fred: Gravity, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog."-ReR Megacorp
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