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April 22nd, 2011: Fred Frith

@instants chavirés

Time for another burst of short notes in this extremely busy spell.

I had never seen Fred Frith live, but I didn’t expect much; it would have been so easy to get unreasonable expectations from his body of work. Truth is, it was a great set. His sound wasn’t all that special, there are a lot of people doing this kind of thing, and a bunch are just as proficient. But few can sustain such creativity for so long. He didn’t linger on anything, going from one idea to the next before any one had a chance to go stale. And the changes were constant and varied, be it in sound, rhythm, speed or just the overall feel of it. Sometimes it was a gradual shift, but often there was an about-face that somehow felt like it had to happen right then. There’s no question he’s the real deal.

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