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Round Dance 03:26
Pour Albert 04:37
R. D. Burman 04:20
Tall Story 03:50
For Tom Zé 04:49
Market Day 06:42


Intakt CD 161

Cosa Brava is a quintet formed in March 2008 in Oakland, California by multi-instrumentalist and composer Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog). Fred Frith's career began as a folk and later rock musician – he co-founded Henry Cow in 1968 – but has since diversified into a number of different genres, from avant-jazz to contemporary classical music. He has written scores for film and dance, and music for orchestras and string quartets. But, like a lot of musicians, the idea of "genre" is not really very interesting to him anyway!

The motivation behind the formation of Cosa Brava arose out of Frith's love of rock music in general and songs in particular. He said, "Over the years I’ve done a lot of improvising, and composed a lot of music on paper. I’ve written for orchestras and string quartets, directed ensembles of improvisers of all descriptions, produced scores for dance and film. I even somehow became a Professor of Composition! But I really miss what you can do with a rock band. I miss developing material through the push and pull of cooperative rehearsals, I miss what happens when you move away from “the parts” and start formulating things with a collective ear, I miss the single-minded commitment to a group identity. The musicians in Cosa Brava can improvise, read scores, AND rock the house. … Like I say, if you pick the right players, chances are the music will take care of itself.”

Frith had previously worked with Zeena Parkins in Skeleton Crew and Keep the Dog, and had collaborated with Carla Kihlstedt on several albums.


released April 15, 2010

Fred Frith: guitar, bass, voice
Carla Kihlstedt: violin, nyckelharpa, bass harmonica, voice
Zeena Parkins: accordion, keyboards, foley objects, voice
Matthias Bossi: drums, percussion, sruti box, voice
The Norman: Conquest sound manipulation

Special guest:
Anantha Krishnan: mridangam and tabla on "For R. D. Burman"

Recorded to 24 track analog at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco between December 17th and 21st, 2008. Engineer: Scott Solter. Assistant engineer: Laura Dean. Digital transfers, track rationalization, and additional recording by The Norman Conquest. Mixed at Jankowski Soundfabrik, Esslingen in July/August/December 2009. Engineer: Peter Hardt. Mastered at Headless Buddha, Oakland on January 11th, 2010. Engineer: Myles Boisen. All compositions by Fred Frith. * Words by Fred Frith & Rebby Sharp. Cover image: Heike Liss. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced by Fred Frith and Intakt Records. Published and copyright by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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Fred Frith Oakland, California

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.

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