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Fred Frith / Shelley Hirsch Duo | Center for New Music

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Date(s) - 02/13/2016
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Center for New Music


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$15 General, $10 C4NM Members

Indescribably good interactive sometimes changing at break neck speed sometimes deliciously slow and melodic and sometimes pure noise – not forgetting levity and not shying from intensity …

Fred Frith is a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar that began with Guitar Solos in 1974.

He learned his craft as both improviser and composer playing in rock bands, notably Henry Cow, and creating music in the recording studio. Much of his compositional output has been commissioned by choreographers and filmmakers, but his work has also been performed by Ensemble Modern, Hieronymus Firebrain, Arditti Quartet, Robert Wyatt, Bang on a Can All Stars, Concerto Köln, and Rova Sax Quartet, among quite a few others.

Fred enthusiastically records and performs all over the place with icons of contemporary music, younger players you may never have heard of, and everyone in between. He is currently leading the Gravity Band, Eye to Ear (his film music group), and Cosa Brava, whose second CD—The Letter—was released to critical acclaim in 2012.

Fred teaches at Mills College in Oakland California and at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. He is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s award-winning documentary film Step Across the Border.

Shelley Hirsch is an award winning, critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller whose mostly solo compositions, staged multimedia works, improvisations, radio plays, installations and collaborations have been produced and presented in concert halls, clubs, festivals, theaters, museums, galleries and on radio, film and television on 5 continents.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, fellowships and residencies in the music composition, electronic music, performance, new forms, multidisciplinary work categories, including 4 from NYFA; a Creative Capital grant; the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin; The Ucross/Alpert residency Prize; 2 NEA grants and a record 5 Artist In Residencies from Harvestworks Studio PASS. The radio version of her autobiographical musical piece “O Little Town of East New York” won a 1st Prize in the Prix Futura International Media Competition in Berlin.

Hirsch can be heard on 70 recordings including her own projects . “Singing” (solos/ duos w/David Simons and Samm Bennett) ; the solo CD’s “States” and “The Far In Far Out Worlds of Shelley Hirsch”; her autobiographical musical “O’ Little Town of East New York” and “Haiku Lingo” (music for both composed with David Weinstein). Her most recent releases are “Where Were You Then?” a suite of songs and stories in collaboration with Swiss composer keyboard player Simon Ho; and improvised music w/guitarist Uchihashi Kasuhisa “Duets” and “Duets 10 Years After”; with turntable player Joke Lanz “Berlin-Brooklyn” and a soon to be released cd w/ Hans Koch, Martin Schuetz and Freddy Studor.

Renowned as an improviser she has performed with dozens of musicians worldwide, including Christian Marclay, Okkyung Lee, Fred Frith, Anthony Coleman, Michael Evans, The Shaking Ray Levis, Tony Buck, Billy Martin, Jon Rose, Butch Morris, Phill Niblock, Roger Turner, Chantal Dumas, Denman Maroney, Matthias Bauer, Ikue Mori, David Watson, Hans Reichel, David Moss, Phil Minton, Sven Ake Johansson, Paul Lovens, Jim Staley, John Zorn, Joey Baron, DJ Olive, Dennis DelZotto, Andrew Lafkas, Tom Cora, Min Xiao Fen.Fred Lyenn, Shahzad Ismaily.

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