"Cosa Brava is about storytelling. I don't think about it too much. It just turned out that way. Some of the stories have words and some don't, but they share a sense of scenes glimpsed in passing. Torn photos, fragments of movies, distant shouts. One of my earliest memories is of a long drive north, as our family moved away from London to start a new life in the Yorkshire dales. I remember the smell of the car, and passing our broken down removals lorry in the middle of night. I was four years old, and sometimes it feels like I've been on the road ever since. I need to travel, and now my life depends on it, so there's never a shortage of stories. The musicians of Cosa Brava are fellow nomads and experienced collaborators, and some of the best storytellers around, so my stories also become their stories. It's been an exhilarating journey, and I still have no idea where we're going. In the end it doesn't seem very important."
All songs composed by Fred Frith and arranged by Cosa Brava, (* words by Zeina Nasr & FF). Recorded by The Norman Conquest at Chàteau de Faverolles, France, between June 1-4, 2010 (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12) and at New Improved Recording, Oakland, between August 9-11, 2011 (tracks 3, 7, 9, 10). Mixed by Peter Hardt at Jankowski Tonfabrik, Esslingen, on April 9-11, 2011 / July 4-5, 2011 / January 31, February 3, 2012. Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha, Oakland, on February 10, 2012. Cover art: Heike Liss. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced by Fred Frith and Intakt Records. Published and copyright by Intakt
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.
I was delighted to find Cuneiform's weekly deal to be an album by Stephan Thelen's band Sonar from Switzerland. This album is very much in keeping with Cuneiform's mission to provide adventurous music: Tritonic harmonies, poly- and isorhythms, hell, yeah! And most important, listening to this adventurous stuff is a great delight :-) Carsten Pieper
Jazz fusion-y avant-garde goodness! Like if the Mahavishnu Orchestra did a bunch of acid and just jammed freely (and replaced the fiddle with saxes). The progression of the music is a trip in itself. Deidre House