A good head-cutter knows it’s not what you play, but how you play it.”
Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, which is also founded on a practice of inventing and building electronic instruments. He teaches electronic music at Mills College, in Oakland, California, where he is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).
Fred Frith, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and fellow-explorer, creates music for and with acoustic and electric instruments, using the recording process as his primary compositional medium and working with film and video-makers, choreographers, painters, and sculptors, as well as musicians. Collaboration and improvisation are insistent themes in his work, which is also founded on a practice of re-invention and de-construction. He teaches composition and improvisation at Mills College, in Oakland, California, where he is continually inspired by his activities as football coach and avid bird-watcher.
released June 1, 2007
Fred Frith: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Chris Brown: Piano & Electronics
All music by Chris Brown and Fred Frith. Recorded in January 2002 and August 2004, in Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland. Mixed and edited at See a Dog, Hear a Dog Studio, Berkeley in May 2006. Engineer: Philip Perkins. Mastered at Headless Buddha, Oakland, October 2006. Engineer: Myles Boisen. Cover photo: Heike Liss. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced and published by Intakt Records. Executive production: Patrik Landolt
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser Fred Frith has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years. Fred is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, song-writer, and composer for film, dance and theater.
The guitarists first solo album (like the actors first Hamlet) is a hoop that eventually has to be jumped through...and Mary Halvorson has finally risen to the challenge...a truly brilliant improviser and technician (I remember being knocked out by a performance she gave with Anthony Braxton in London),she has added layers of emotional and spiritual patina to those skills...the pre-release track here demonstrates all those qualities in spades...I see this release will include work by Noel Akchote (whose music plays a key part in my listening regime)...
So,until its release "I eat the air,promise crammed"...
Update! This album is now released and I can "count myself King of infinite riches"...this release catapults Mary Halvorson into a different league for me...wonderful,wonderful,wonderful! John Cratchley