Jeremy Webster "Fred" Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist and improvisor. Best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow, he was a member of the groups Art Bears and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, the Residents, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Mike Patton, Lars Hollmer, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová, Jad Fair, the ARTE Quartett, Bob Ostertag, he has composed several long works, including Traffic Continues and Freedom in Fragments. Frith produces most of his own music, has produced many albums by other musicians, including Curlew, the Muffins, Etron Fou Leloublan, Orthotonics. Frith is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel's award-winning 1990 documentary Step Across the Border, he appears in the Canadian documentary Act of God, about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning. Frith has contributed to a number of music publications, including New Musical Express and Trouser Press, has conducted improvising workshops across the world.
Frith's career spans over four decades and he appears on over 400 albums. He still performs throughout the world. Frith is Professor of Composition in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California, he lives in the United States with his wife, German photographer Heike Liss, their children, Finn Liss and Lucia Liss. Frith was awarded the 2008 Demetrio Stratos Prize for his career achievements in experimental music; the prize was established in 2005 in honour of experimental vocalist Demetrio Stratos, of the Italian group Area, who died in 1979. In 2010 Frith received an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England in recognition of his contribution to music. Frith is the brother of Simon Frith, a music critic and sociologist, Chris Frith, a psychologist at University College London. Frith was born in Heathfield in Sussex, England into a family where music was considered an essential part of life, he became a member of his school orchestra. But at 13 he switched to guitar after watching a group imitating a popular instrumental band at the time, the Shadows.
He decided to learn how to get into a band. Frith taught himself guitar from a book of guitar chords and soon found himself in a school group called The Chaperones, playing Shadows and Beatles covers, but when Frith started hearing blues music from the likes of Snooks Eaglin and Alexis Korner it changed his whole approach to the guitar, by the time he was 15, The Chaperones had become a blues band. Frith's first public performances were in 1967 in folk clubs in the North of England, where he sang and played traditional and blues songs. Besides the blues, Frith started listening to any music that had guitar in it, including folk, classical and flamenco, he listened to Indian and Balinese music and was drawn to East European music after a Yugoslav school friend taught him folk tunes from his home. Frith went to Cambridge University in 1967, where his musical horizons were expanded further by the philosophies of John Cage and Frank Zappa's manipulation of rock music. Frith graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge with a BA in 1970, but the real significance of Cambridge for him was that, where the seminal avant-rock group Henry Cow were formed.
Frith met Tim Hodgkinson, a fellow student, in a blues club at Cambridge University in 1968. "We'd never met before, he had an alto sax, I had my violin, we just improvised this ghastly screaming noise for about half an hour." Something clicked and, recognizing their mutual open-minded approach to music and Hodgkinson formed a band there and then. They called it Henry Cow and they remained with the band until its demise in 1978. In the early 1970s Fred's grey Morris Minor sported the band's heraldic logo, much to the amusement of boys at his dad's grammar school in York where he was the headmaster. Frith composed a number of the band's notable pieces, including "Nirvana for Mice" and "Ruins". While guitar was his principal instrument, he played violin, bass guitar and xylophone. In November 1973, Frith participated in a live-in-the-studio performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells for the BBC, it is available on Oldfield's Elements DVD. After Henry Cow's first album, Frith released Guitar Solos in 1974, his first solo album and a glimpse at what he had been doing with his guitar.
The album comprised eight tracks of unaccompanied and improvised music played on prepared guitars. It was recorded in four days, at the Kaleidophon Studios in London's Camden Town, without any overdubbing; when it was released, Guitar Solos was considered a landmark album because of its innovative and experimental approach to guitar playing. The January 1983 edition of DownBeat magazine remarked that Guitar Solos "... must have stunned listeners of the day. Today that album stands up as uniquely innovative and undeniably daring." It attracted the attention of some "famous" musicians, including Brian Eno, resulting in Frith playing guitar on two of Eno's albums and After Science and Music for Films. In late 1974, Frith contributed a series of articles to the British weekly music magazine New Musical Express entitled "Great Rock Solos of Our Time". In them he analysed prominent
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Amanda Kramer is an American singer and composer. Kramer's music career spans more than 20 years, she came to prominence in the late 1980s as keyboardist and drummer of the new wave band Information Society. She soon left the band claiming personal issues, she joined the musical collective, The Golden Palominos, beginning with 1989's A Dead Horse, as a featured vocalist. She appeared on some 10,000 Maniacs albums as a guest artist, most prominently on their MTV Unplugged album. In 1993, she joined World Party, she has toured with Lloyd Cole, Julee Cruise, Siouxsie Sioux, La Roux, among others. While in London, she has composed music for the television series "Lonely Planet" renamed Pilot Guide and Globe Trekker. In 2003, Kramer is still a member of that group, she resides in London, England. Amanda Kramer official website
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David Moss is an American composer and self-taught vocalist, founder of the David Moss Dense Band. His performances are noted for their innovative style, multimedia improvisation. Moss has lived in Berlin, Germany since 1991, when he received a fellowship from the prestigious Berlin Artist Program of the DAAD. Between 1963 and 1968 Moss studied percussion at Hartt College of Music and Hartford Symphony with Joe Porcaro, Al Lepak, Richard Lepore. In the following years he took percussion with Tanjore Ranganathan at Wesleyan University and composition with Bill Dixon at Bennington College. From 1971 to 1973, Moss played percussion for the Bill Dixon Ensemble. In the early 1980s he played on the first album by The Golden Palominos. Since his education has finished, he performed in many cities worldwide. 1977: Coessential 1980: Terrain 1983: Cargo Cult Revival 1984: Full House 1985: Dense Band 1985: The Relative Band 1988: Dense Band: Live in Europe 1989: Direct Sound: Five Voices 1991: The Day We Forgot 1991: My Favorite Things 1998: Time Stories 1996: Moss Tales 1999: Fragmentary Blues 2001: Vocal Village Project: Live at the Rote Fabrik 2002: AsKo Ensemble with Peter Rundel, David Moss & Salome Kammer 2008: Namah by Peter MachajdíkWith Uri Caine Love Fugue: Robert Schumann The Goldberg Variations David Moss Official Homepage Institute for Living Voice David Moss discography
Syd Straw is an American rock singer and songwriter. The daughter of actor Jack Straw, she began her career singing backup for Pat Benatar took her distinct voice to the indie/alternative scene and joined the Golden Palominos, she released her first album, Surprise, in 1989. A second album and Peace, appeared in 1996. Recorded with a obscure Midwest rock group called the Skeletons, it chronicled a brief and unhappy romance. In 2008, she released a new album, entitled Pink Velour, on Earnester Records. According to an earlier interview, the title track “is about my family moving back and forth between the east and the west, my being kidnapped by my mother on Valentine's Day in 1969, about not seeing my dad for seven years.” A frequent backup singer and contributor to duets with other musicians, Straw has maintained an intermittent acting career, appearing on the television shows The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Tales of the City. Straw's role on "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" as a middle school math teacher was introduced in the episode "Valentine's Day Massacre," and was reprised in the episodes "Hard Day's Pete" and "x=why?"
Syd Straw can be heard singing harmony and backing vocals on the Rickie Lee Jones albums Traffic From Paradise and The Evening of My Best Day. She is featured on Leo Kottke's Peculiaroso, which Jones produced. Straw appears on. For a number of years she has given an annual "Heartwreck" live performance on Valentine's Day. In 1994, Straw teamed up with Wilco to contribute the song "The T. B. Is Whipping Me" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country, produced by the Red Hot Organization. 1989: Surprise - reissued in 2000 on Koch with two bonus tracks) 1996: War and Peace 2001: Live at the Triple Crown with The Adventures Of... 2005: Whole Wide World: Uncollected Songs 2008: Pink Velour 1985: various artists - Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon - track 13, "Listening To Elvis" 1988: various artists - Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films - track 4, "Blue Shadows on the Trail" 1990: various artists - Rutles Highway Revisited - track 1-7, "I Must Be In Love" 1992: various artists - Downtown Does The Beatles Live At The Knitting Factory 1992 - track 10, "Don't Let Me Down" 1993: Chris Stamey and Friends - Christmas Time - track 10, " Presents, Dear" 1994: various artists - Beat the Retreat - Songs by Richard Thompson - track 5, "For Shame Of Doing Wrong" 1994: various artists - Red Hot + Country - track 16, "The T.
B. Is Whipping Me" 1994: various artists - A Live Christmas Extravaganza - track 2, "X-Mas Twist" 1995: various artists - Live From Mountain Stage Volume 8 - track 9, "Golden Dreams" 1998: various artists - Real: The Tom T Hall Project - track 10, "Harper Valley P. T. A." 2000: various artists - One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen - track 12, "Meeting Across the River" 2001: various artists - Daddy-O Daddy! Rare Family Songs Of Woody Guthrie - track 8, "My Daddy" 1985: The Golden Palominos - Visions of Excess 1986: Beat Rodeo - Home in the Heart of the Beat 1986: The Golden Palominos - Blast of Silence 1987: The dB's - The Sound Of Music 1987: Victoria Williams - Happy Come Home 1988: Eric Ambel - Roscoe's Gang 1988: Face To Face - One Big Day 1989: Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith - Evidence 1989: Mark Bingham - I Passed for Human 1989: Marshall Crenshaw - Good Evening 1989: Van Dyke Parks - Tokyo Rose 1990: Peter Blegvad - King Strut And Other Stories 1990: Bloomsday - Fortuny 1990: Was - Are You Okay?
1991: Barkmarket - Vegas Throat 1991: David Sanborn - Another Hand 1992: Freedy Johnston - Can You Fly 1992: Marc Ribot - Requiem for What's His Name 1993: Dave Alvin - Museum of Heart 1993: Rickie Lee Jones - Traffic from Paradise 1993: Vic Chesnutt - Drunk 1994: Dave Alvin - King of California 1994: Doug Legacy with the Zydeco Party Band - King Cake Party 1994: Grant McLennan - Horsebreaker Star 1994: Leo Kottke - Peculiaroso 1995: Tony Trischka - World Turning 1998: Richard Buckner - Since 2000: John Greaves - The Caretaker 2000: The Schramms - 100 Questions 2000: Christy McWilson - The Lucky One 2002: Wayne Kramer - Adult World 2003: Rickie Lee Jones - The Evening of My Best Day 2004: One Ring Zero - As Smart As We Are 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 2015: Bill Wells & Friends - Nursery Rhymes 1990: David Halley - Stray Dog Talk - track 9, "Dream Life" Not The Last Straw Syd Straw Website Syd Straw at AllMusic Syd Straw discography at Discogs Discography: Syd Straw Syd Straw Group Fan mailing list LAist Interview PUNKCAST#397 Video from St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn - Feb 14 2004 PUN
Peter Blegvad is an American musician, singer-songwriter and cartoonist. He was a founding member of German/English avant-pop band Slapp Happy, which merged with Henry Cow, has released many solo and collaborative albums, he is the son of Lenore and Erik Blegvad, who were a children's book author and illustrator. Peter Blegvad's life began in America – he was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut; when he was 14, the Blegvad family moved to England in 1965, unhappy with the social climate of America following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the threat posed by the Vietnam draft to Peter and his younger brother Kristoffer. Blegvad was educated at St Christopher School, Letchworth, a boarding school where he met his musical collaborator Anthony Moore. Moore and Blegvad played in various bands during their schooldays, alongside fellow musicians such as Neil Murray. In 1972, Blegvad followed the itinerant Moore to Hamburg, where the two formed the avant-pop trio Slapp Happy with Dagmar Krause, Slapp Happy recorded two albums for Polydor Germany with krautrock group Faust as their backing band.
Polydor rejected the second, Casablanca Moon. This rejection prompted Slapp Happy to relocate to London where they signed up with Virgin Records and re-recorded Casablanca Moon, released in 1974 by Virgin as Slapp Happy. In 1974 Slapp Happy merged with avant-rock group Henry Cow, recording two albums in 1975, Desperate Straights and In Praise of Learning. Shortly after recording In Praise of Learning, first Moore and Blegvad left Henry Cow due to incompatibilities with the other musicians in the group. Blegvad has confessed that the technical demands of Henry Cow's music were beyond him but it was clear that there were crucial differences in artistic approach. Blegvad would reveal that "the piece that got me kicked out was "Living in the Heart of the Beast". I was assigned the task for the collective to come up with suitable verbals, I wrote two verses about a woman throwing raisins at a pile of bones. Tim Hodgkinson just said, I'm sorry, this is not at all what we want, and he wrote reams of this political tirade.
I admired his passion and application but it left me cold. I am to my bones a flippant individual, I don't know why I was created thus or what I'm trying to deny, but it clashed with the extreme seriousness. People who take themselves seriously make me giggle, unless they're pointing a weapon at me or my loved ones". Due to Krause's decision to remain with Henry Cow, Slapp Happy dissolved and the three members went their separate ways. Blegvad maintained his interest in music. In 1977 he reunited with Henry Cow bass player John Greaves to collaborate on the album Kew. Rhone. – an unusual cross-genre release combining elements of minimalism, avant-garde jazz and progressive rock. The album was notable for its personnel, which included celebrated New York jazz musicians Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Andrew Cyrille among the performers; as a musical document Kew. Rhone. remains both ambitious and unclassifiable. Blegvad would continue his collaboration with Greaves in 1995 on Unearthed, a collection of spoken word pieces set to Greaves' music.
In the 1980s, Blegvad released a number of commercially unsuccessful albums on the Virgin Records label, including The Naked Shakespeare and Knights Like This, both of which show the influence of external producers. By contrast, Downtime, an independent release in the late 1980s features very simple demos recorded cheaply in professional studios' "downtime". King Strut and Other Stories is a collection of short stories set to arranged, professionally produced music played in many cases by noted session musicians; the album features XTC's Andy Partridge while Orpheus – The Lowdown is a whole album in collaboration with Partridge. Many of Blegvad's albums feature former members of Henry Cow. Blegvad is a deft and literate lyricist whose lyrics feature word games, literary references and complex and extended rhyme schemes. From 1992 to 1999, The Independent ran Blegvad's strangely surreal comic strip, which received much critical praise for blending some of the most interesting elements of Krazy Kat with a coming-of-age-esque story akin to Calvin and Hobbes.
Some of the strips have been collected in the 2001 volume The Book of Leviathan. In 2013 the book was published as Le livre de Leviathan in French and received the "Prix Révélation" at the 41st Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2014. Other comics and illustrations by Blegvad have appeared in The Ganzfeld and Ben Katchor's Picture Story 2, he has conducted two- and three-week writing courses at Warwick University, England, in association with the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, the new University of Warwick venture for gifted and creative children, International Gateway for Gifted Youth. In 2011, Atlas Publishing published Blegvad's The Bleaching Stream, described as an "interview format biography." Blegvad'