|Studio album by|
|Recorded||July and November 1996|
|Studio||Studio 12, Maison Radio-Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genre||• Contemporary classical music |
• Experimental music
• Free improvisation
|Label||Ambiances Magnétiques (Canada)|
|Fred Frith Guitar Quartet chronology|
Ayaya Moses is a 1997 studio album by the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, a United States-based contemporary classical and experimental music guitar quartet comprising Fred Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky and Mark Stewart. It is their debut album and was recorded in Radio-Canada's Studio 12 at Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, seven years after the ensemble was formed in 1989. It was released by Canadian record label, Ambiances Magnétiques.
The Fred Frith Guitar Quartet was a United States-based contemporary classical and experimental music guitar quartet comprising Fred Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky and Mark Stewart. The group was formed in 1989 by Frith and they performed extensively across North America and Europe for the next ten years, including at the 14th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada in May 1997. They recorded their first album, Ayaya Moses in 1996 and released a live album, Upbeat in 1999.
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Contemporary classical music is classical music relative to the present day. At the beginning of the 21st century, it commonly referred to the post-1945 modern forms of post-tonal music after the death of Anton Webern, and included serial music, electronic music, experimental music, and minimalist music. Newer forms of music include spectral music, and post-minimalism.
The fourteen-track album comprises three pieces by external composers and arranged by the quartet, a piece composed by each of the four members of the quartet, and seven short pieces improvised by the group. Lussier's piece includes music he composed for La Manière des Blancs, a film by Bernard Hémond. Frith's track "Freedom Is Your Friends II" is taken from Freedom in Fragments , an album composed by Frith and performed by the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Didkovsky's piece "She Closes Her Sister With Heavy Bones" comes from Their Eyes Bulged With Sparkling Pockets, a larger work he composed for chamber orchestra.
Freedom in Fragments is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It was composed by Frith in 1993 as "a suite of 23 pieces for saxophone quartet", and was performed by the Rova Saxophone Quartet between February 1999 and January 2000 in San Francisco. The album was released on Tzadik Records' Composer Series in 2002. Frith does not perform on this album.
Rova Saxophone Quartet is a San Francisco-based saxophone quartet formed in October 1977. The name "Rova" is an acronym formed from the last initials of the founding members: Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt, and Bruce Ackley. When Voigt left in 1988, he was replaced by Steve Adams, but the group did not change the acronym.
In a review at AllMusic, François Couture said Ayaya Moses "showcases four gifted avant-garde guitarists" negotiating "demanding compositions".He called Lussier's title track, "Ayaya Moses" "the strongest piece", and described the album as a whole as "[m]ore serious and industrious" than the quartet's next album, Upbeat .
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Upbeat is a 1999 live and studio album by the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, a United States-based contemporary classical and experimental music guitar quartet comprising Fred Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky and Mark Stewart. It is their second album, after Ayaya Moses (1997), and was released by Canadian record label, Ambiances Magnétiques. The live material was drawn from concerts the quartet had performed in Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain in November 1997. The studio tracks were recorded at Tonstudio Amann in Vienna, Austria, also in November 1997.
Reviewing the album in The Wire , Mike Barnes described it as "a dazzling display of… well, virtually everything that electric guitars can produce in the right hands."He said the music swings from "clean strumming and delicate melody ... to blocks of atonal noise and all points in between". Barnes remarked that while the electric guitar in this chamber ensemble is far removed from its traditionally role in rock music, the "spirit of rock 'n' roll" still surfaces from time to time.
The Wire is a British avant-garde music magazine publishing out of Hackney, London, which has been issued monthly in print since 1982. Its website launched in 1997, and an online archive of its entire back catalog became available to subscribers in 2013. Since 1985, the magazine's annual year-in-review issue, Rewind, has named an album or release of the year based on critics' ballots.
James Hale wrote in the Ottawa Citizen that the album's diverse range of musical styles gives the quartet an opportunity to display their skills. He said Frith's "Freedom Is Your Friends II" has "shimmering harmonic overtones", and Stewart's "Trummings" is "thrashing [and] heavily electronic".Hale remarked that Didkovsky and Lussier's contributions are "atypical" of their usual rock and blues repertoire: Didkovsky's "She Closes Her Sister with Heavy Bones" is "suffused with melancholy beauty", and Lussier's "Ayaya Moses" "shifts from brooding to brutal" with none of his usual "loopy humour". But Hale called the quartet's performance of Vivier's "Pulau Dewata" the highlight of the album, adding that it "allows the four guitarists to range from chime-like percussion to a majestic electric chorus."
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Michael Rosenstein also felt that "Pulau Dewata" is Ayaya Moses's high point. Reviewing the album in Cadence magazine, he said the quartet performs Vivier's complex work "with poised energy, stepping quietly through hushed sections ... then attack[ing] [the] percussive punctuations with chiming vigor." Rosenstein opined that "through intriguing compositions [and] thoughtful improvisations", the quartet is opening up new possibilities for the electric guitar.
Cadence: The Independent Journal of Creative Improvised Music is a quarterly review of jazz, blues and improvised music. The magazine covers a range of styles, from early jazz and blues to the avant-garde. Critic and historian Bob Rusch founded the magazine as a monthly in 1976 and served as publisher and coordinating editor through 2011. Musician David Haney became editor and publisher in 2012.
All music by the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, except where noted.
|1.||"Ayaya Moses" (René Lussier)||1994||10:42|
|2.||"The Stinky Boy Suite" ||1996||2:39 |
|5.||"Geco Retile Mialgico" (Olivia Bignardi)||1995||2:12|
|7.||"Pulau Dewata" (Claude Vivier, arr. Jean René, Lussier)||1977||13:40|
|8.||"Trummings" (Mark Stewart)||1989||8:01|
|9.||"Freedom Is Your Friends II" (Fred Frith)||1994||5:00|
|10.||"The Why Me Suite" ||1996||3:06 |
|13.||"She Closes Her Sister with Heavy Bones" (Nick Didkovsky)||1995||3:57|
|14.||"Uruk's Tablets" (Bignardi)||1995||3:55|
Sources: Liner notes,Discogs.
Sources: Liner notes,Discogs.
Sources: Liner notes,Discogs.
Nick Didkovsky is a composer, guitarist, computer music programmer, and leader of the band Doctor Nerve. He is a former student of Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros and Gerald Shapiro.
René Lussier is a jazz guitarist based in Quebec, Canada. He is a composer, guitarist, bass guitarist, percussionist, bass clarinetist, and singer. Lussier has collaborated with Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Jean Derome, and Robert M. Lepage. He combines elements from several genres and is often referred to within the discourse of contemporary classical music or Musiques Actuelles in French.
Le trésor de la langue is an album of music released by the guitarist René Lussier on the Ambiances Magnétiques label in 1989. Many consider it to be Lussier's greatest album.
Ambiances Magnétiques is a Canadian record company and label started by Jean Derome, René Lussier, and others.
Fred Frith appears on over 400 recordings. This is a selection from bands he was/is a member of, collaborations with other bands and musicians, and his solo recordings. The year indicates when the album was first released. For a comprehensive discography, see the Discography of Fred Frith by Michel Ramond, Patrice Roussel and Stephane Vuilleumier.
Jean Derome is a French Canadian avant-garde saxophonist, flautist, and composer. A prominent figure in the Montreal musique actuelle scene, Derome has been a member of experimental, jazz, and rock groups, and has appeared on over 30 albums, including seven solo albums. He has written scores for over 30 films and co-founded Ambiances Magnétiques, a Canadian musical collective and independent record label.
Quartets is a 1994 studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It consists of two compositions by Frith, "Lelekovice, String Quartet #1", performed by the Violet Wires String Quartet, and "The As Usual Dance Towards the Other Flight to What is Not", performed by an electric guitar quartet. Frith performs with the guitar quartet, but not with the string quartet.
Mark Stewart is a New York City-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and instrument designer.
Nous Autres is a live album by Fred Frith and René Lussier recorded in October 1986 at the 4th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada. The live mixes were later enhanced with additional material recorded by Frith and Lussier in December 1986 at a studio in Montreal, Quebec, and the resulting album was released on LP in 1987. The album was released on CD in 1992 with four additional studio tracks recorded by Frith and Lussier in January 1992 in New York City.
Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar, also known as Les Quatre Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar was an electric guitar quartet founded by André Duchesne in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1986. It was one of the first electric guitar quartets and was billed as a band from post-apocalypse Canada "inspired by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix".
André Duchesne is a Canadian experimental music guitarist and composer. He was a co-founder of Ambiances Magnétiques, a Canadian musical collective and record label, and formed several experimental music bands, including Conventum, Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar and Locomotive. Duchesne has also released five solo albums.
Helter Skelter is a 1992 rock opera by Fred Frith and François-Michel Pesenti. It was their first collaborative album and was recorded in Marseille, France in February 1992. The music was composed by Frith, with libretto by Pesenti, and was conducted by Frith and Jean-Marc Montera. Frith and Pesenti do not perform on this album.
Angels on the Edge of Time is a 2015 collaborative live album of musical improvisations by Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia and Lars Hollmer. It was recorded on 30 May 1992 at the AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Italy, and released by I Dischi di Angelica in January 2015. This is the only album released by the quartet.
Live in Prague and Washington is a 1983 live album of improvised experimental music by Chris Cutler and Fred Frith. It was recorded at the 8th Prague "Jazz Days" Festival in Prague in former Czechoslovakia on 25 May 1979, and at the DC Space in Washington, D.C. on 20 December 1979. The album was released by Recommended Records in 1983 on a 45 rpm 12" LP. It was Frith and Cutler's first collaborative album.
Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 is a 2006 live album of improvised music by Anthony Braxton and Fred Frith. It was recorded on May 20, 2005 at the 22nd Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec, Canada, and released in May 2006 by Les Disques Victo, the festival's record label.
Dalaba Frith Glick Rieman Kihlstedt, also stylized as DalabaFrithGlickRiemanKihlstedt, is a 2003 studio album of improvised experimental music by Lesli Dalaba, Fred Frith, Eric Glick Rieman and Carla Kihlstedt. It was recorded at Guerrilla Recording in Oakland, California, and was released by Accretions Records in San Diego, California in 2003.