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Vergara, Benjamin / Fred Frith: Fanfarrisimo [VINYL] (Tour de Bras)

Recording in Chile at the University Austral in 2018, trumpeter Benjamin Vergara and guitarist Fred Frith take us on two extended journeys through free electroacoustic improvisation, Frith's providing diverse and intense sonic environments over which Vergara's virtuosic and intuitive approach to the trumpet soars; impressive, creative, cathartic.
 

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Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TDB90004LP
Squidco Product Code: 28769

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Canada
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Estudio Acustica Uach at the Universidad Austral de Chile in April 4th, 2018, by Jorge Cardenas.

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Recording in Chile at the University Austral in 2018, trumpeter Benjamin Vergara and guitarist Fred Frith take us on two extended journey through free electroacoustic improvisation, Frith's providing diverse and intense sonic environments over which Vergara's virtuosic and intuitive approach to the trumpet soars; impressive, creative, cathartic. Fred Frith is well represented in our catalog, from his Henry Cow roots to his incredible discography of improvisation, experimental and rock albums — our catalog alone has listed 169 albums that he has participated in! Chilean trumpeter Vergara is known to us through the 2018 trio album The Hallowed Plant recorded in Chicago with Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker and Phil Sudderberg.


Artist Biographies

"Benjamin Vergara: Trumpeter, improviser and educator, born in Santiago de Chile in 1982, based in the city of Valdivia, Chile.

His work focuses on improvised music, written contemporary music, free jazz and experimental music.

Director of Festival of experimental music -Relincha- occurring since 2014 in the city of Valdivia."

-Benjamin Vergara Website (https://www.benjaminvergara.com/bio)
11/29/2023

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"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)
11/29/2023

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Perlandose, Encontrandose 22:21

SIDE B



1. A Due Voci 20:48

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