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Fred Frith Fred Frith

I’m a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, violin) and an improviser performing mostly on various permutations of the electric and acoustic guitar. Occasionally I use crude home-made string instruments of my own invention. I learned how to compose in rock bands, starting with Henry Cow in 1968. This meant writing for and with people that I knew, and then arriving at the final result through a collective rehearsal process. During the Henry Cow years I fell in love with the recording studio and its endless possibilities. I embrace the idea of the “work” as an unfinished and constantly mutating entity. Collaboration, improvisation, sculpting sound in the studio, and treating composition as an open-ended process remain central to how I make music. You can find more information on my website (fred


“Few contemporary musicians have explored as many different – and frequently overlapping – genres as Fred Frith: traditional folk, indie rock, free improv, chamber composition, po-mo retro, graphic scores, and several…that may not have a name yet.” Art Lange, Point of Departure (USA)

“At once familiar yet like nothing you’ve heard before or since.” Peter Marsh, BBC

“An extraordinary sound source for decades, and he isn’t letting up.” John Fordham, Guardian

“It might be…useful, perhaps, to think of him as a folk musician who makes miniatures of the world around him using scraps torn from corners of the map.” Mark Dery (Guitar Player) (USA)

“a nuts and bolts way to heaven” Downtown (USA)



Album Lantskap Logic by Fred Frith

Lantskap Logic

Clean Feed Records

Album Everybody's Somebody's Nobody by Fred Frith


Clean Feed Records

Album Another Day in Fucking Paradise by Fred Frith

Another Day in...

Intakt Records

Album Backscatter Bright Blue by Fred Frith

Backscatter Bright...

Intakt Records

Album Backscatter Bright Blue by Fred Frith

Backscatter Bright...

Intakt Records


The Letter

Intakt Records




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