Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Fred Frith

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Sep 2012 23:00

Music Played

  • New release

    • Django Bates' Belovèd

      Donna Lee

      • Confirmation.
      • Lost Marble.
  • Fred Frith & Henry Cow

    • Henry Cow

      Nirvana For Mice

      • The Henry Cow Legend.
      • Virgin.
  • Jez talks to Stuart Maconie about Fred Frith

    • Untitled

  • Fred Frith, John Edwards and Mark Sanders, recorded at Café Oto, London on 6 July 2012

    • Untitled

      Line up: Fred Frith (guitar), John Edwards (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums)

    • Fred Frith, John Edwards and Mark Sanders

      Untitled

      Composer: Frith/Edwards/Sanders

    • Fred Frith, John Edwards and Mark Sanders

      Untitled

      Composer: Frith/Edwards/Sanders

    • Fred Frith, John Edwards and Mark Sanders

      Untitled

      Composer: Frith/Edwards/Sanders

  • Steve Beresford celebrates John Cage's centenary

    • Alterations

      Berlin 2

      • Voila Enough!.
      • Atavistic.
    • John Cage

      HPSCHD

      Recorded at the 1972 Proms

    • John Tilbury

      Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: I

      Composer: John Cage BBC Archive recording from 1972

    • Herbert Henck

      Music of Changes: Buch IV

      • John Cage: Music of Changes.
      • Wergo.
    • Joseph Holbrooke

      Mappin

      • The Moat Recordings.
      • Tzadik.
    • Margaret Leng Tan

      Jazz Study

      • John Cage: The Works for Piano 4.
      • mode.
    • Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford & Tania Chen

      Indeterminacy

      • John Cage: Indeterminacy.
      • Knitted Records.
    • John Cage & Sun Ra

      Untitled

      • John Cage Meets Sun Ra.
      • Meltdown.

Broadcast

Jazz Now

Jazz Now

The new home of contemporary jazz on BBC Radio 3