Fred Thomas

Born into a musical family in 1985, multi-instrumentalist and composer Fred Thomas studied jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music. He now performs regularly with a wide variety of creative projects: original and improvised music with his own band, the Fred Thomas Trio, featuring Robin Fincker and Ben Bryant; contemporary classical and improvised music with the Fred Thomas/Jiri Slavik Duo; Blues with Sister Mary & the Choir Boys; traditional and contemporary Senegalise music (on double-bass) with Kadialy Kouyate’s Sound Archive; folk (on percussion) with The Magic Lantern; Argentinian tango with El Ultimo Tango; contemporary tango with the Fernando Egozcue Quartet; and Ladino music with Mor Karbasi. Fred has also appeared with musicians such as Horacio Icasto, Oren Marshall, Phil Robson, Mark Lockheart, Gerard Presencer, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Jason Yarde, Julian Siegel, Eduardo Vassallo, Nick Weldon and Christine Tobin.

As well as having appeared in UK venues such as Symphony Hall and Town Hall (Birmingham), CBSO Centre, Warwick Arts Centre, Purcell Room, The Spitz, Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club, Cargo, St. Luke's, and The Vortex, Fred has performed extensively abroad at venues such as Teatro Liceo and Café Central (Spain), Czech Centre (Paris), and has toured the USA, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic with Madrid-based Ensemble Nuevo Tango and others groups.

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”Fred Thomas is a highly original talent” - Chris Parker

”The audience had already been eased into receptivity for subtle nuances by the delicate piano improvising...of Fred Thomas” - John Fordham, The Guardian

”The Fred Thomas Trio captures the imagination of the listener with hypnotic soundscapes, whilst challenging boundaries and traditional roles of the instruments within the genres of improvised music and contemporary composition. Most importantly though, it's beautiful music.” - Gerard Presencer

”most ear-opening of all, pianist Fred Thomas...providing an inexhaustible range of touch and colour” - Chris Morley, Birmingham Post

”first-class double-bass/pianist” - Charlie Gillett's Sound of the World

”Fred Thomas plays with a strutting, brooding tension” - Chris Morley, Birmingham Post

”very impressionistic” - Ian Lace, Music Web

”a highly cultured double-bassist/pianist” - elcorreodigital

About 'Repose':
“'Repose' is the debut CD of Jiri Slavik's music with the fine pianist Fred Thomas who, together, are in sync with a clear multiple vision of sonic beauty.”
- Mark Dresser

”this is music requiring patience and application, but it is rich and original enough to reward both” - Chris Parker

”There is a sense of spontaneity and originality which runs through this album” - Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

About Magic Lantern:

”Pretty special i think you'll agree” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

”Some of the lovliest music i have heard this year” - The Stool Pidgeon

”Warmly recommended, especially to anyone who thinks meaningful eccentricity and sheer originality are rare commodities in contemporary music” - Chris Parker, The Vortex

”Quirky and charming” - Timeout

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ECM Records
2020

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F-IRE Records
2009

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