Janet Feder

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Janet Feder is a Denver, Colorado based composer and guitarist. She is a classically trained guitar player best known for her work in the prepared guitar genre.[1]

Solo projects include Songs with Words (2012), Ironic Universe, a CD & DVD featuring Fred Frith (AdHoc Records/USA 2006), and Speak Puppet (Recommended Records/UK 2001), as well as many compilations for Zerx Records (Albuquerque, NM; 1999-07).[2][3] She also appears on 156 Strings produced by Henry Kaiser for Cuneiform Records (USA, 2002) and I Never Meta Guitar produced by Elliott Sharp for Clean Feed Records (Portugal, 2010), both featuring guitar players from around the globe.[4][5][6]

Feder was one of several contributors to Paul Riola's Bottesini Project, where her work was featured alongside Nels Cline, Keenan Wayne, CacheFlowe, Glenn Taylor, and Mark Harris on the 2009 album Naima's Grass Pajamas. The album began as "collective improvisations recorded live in the studio" which "were then later reconstructed."[7][8][9]

The most recent album by Feder, Songs With Words, was recorded live at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado in 5.1 Surround Sound "using fifteen microphones" and is currently available on both vinyl and SACD.[10][11][12] A reviewer noted that Songs With Words "explores the outer reaches of sonic possibility yet never loses the thread of melody and beauty." [13]

Previously the Chair of the Music Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Feder has performed and collaborated with Fred Frith, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Bill Frisell, Elliott Sharp, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Amy Denio, Chris Cutler, Mike Johnson/Thinking Plague, Susie Asado, Nikmat Hatraktor, Paolo Angeli, Wu Fei, Thomas Dimuzzio, Tatsuya Nakatani, Erin McKeown, and poet Anne Waldman.[14][15][16][17]

Feder's solo work was featured in a June 2012 Tiny Desk Concert on NPR.[18] Feder is also currently half of Denver-based duo Cowhause with Colin Bricker.[19][20]


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  4. ^ "156 Strings". Cuneiform Records. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Clean Feed Records". Clean Feed Records. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Corroto, Mark. "Album Review: I Never Meta Guitar". All About Jazz. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Solomon, Jon (19 Oct 2009). "Over the Weekend: The Bottesini Project at Notably Fine Audio". Westword. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Solomon, Jon (22 Oct 2009). "Review: The Bottesini Project - Naima's Grass Pajamas". Westword. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Bottesini Project live in Studio". radio 1190. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
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  11. ^ Solomon, Jon. "Janet Feder - Songs with Words". Westword. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bandcamp - Janet Feder". Bandcamp. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Epstein, Paul. "Album Review: Janet Feder - Songs With Words". Twist and Shout Records. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Feder, Janet. "Janet Feder". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mike Johnson (guitarist)". Wikipedia. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Wu, Fei. "Wu Fei - Past Concerts and Performances". Wu Fei. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "SWP Launch Concert". Naropa's Summer Writing Program. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Janet Feder: Tiny Desk Concert". National Public Radio. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Cowhause". Reverb Nation. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "MediaLive 2012: Exploring Live Audiovisual Arts". Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 29 May 2012.