Jez Nelson and Stuart Maconie introduce a concert given by avant-garde guitarist and composer Fred Frith, with bassist John Edwards and drummer Mark Sanders.
Jez Nelson and Stuart Maconie introduce British guitarist and composer Fred Frith in a first-time collaboration with leading UK free-improvisers John Edwards (bass) and Mark Sanders (drums). Frith co-founded the avant-rock band Henry Cow in the late 1960s and cemented his reputation on the improvisation scene with the landmark album Guitar Solos a few years later. He has spent much of the last 30 years living in the US, playing with the likes of John Zorn's Naked City and experimental rock band Massacre, and composing for contemporary music ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet and Bang On A Can All-Stars.
The programme also explores the influence of American composer John Cage on jazz, in the centenary year of his birth.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.
Fred Frith & Henry Cow
Jez talks to Stuart Maconie about Fred Frith
Fred Frith, John Edwards and Mark Sanders, recorded at Café Oto, London on 6 July 2012
Line up: Fred Frith (guitar), John Edwards (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums)
Steve Beresford celebrates John Cage's centenary