Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air

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Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air
Studio album by Fred Frith
Released September 2009 (2009-09)
Recorded 2000, 2001, 2007
Genre Experimental music
Length 76:38
Label Fred (UK)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
Impur II
(2009)
Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air
(2009)
Eye to Ear III
(2010)
Music for Dance series chronology
The Happy End Problem
(2006)
Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz favorable[1]

Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air (Music for Dance Volume 6) is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith, and is the sixth of a series of Music for Dance albums he made.

Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air consists of three commissions by three choreographers, each sharing, according to Frith, "a certain obsession with melodic deconstruction".[2] "Nowhere" and "Sideshow" were written by Frith for violinist Carla Kihlstedt, and are performed by Frith, Kihlstedt and others. "Thin Air" features Frith, Hande Erdem (violin) and Threresa Wong (cello).

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Fred Frith.[3][4]

  1. "Nowhere" – commissioned by choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton and performed at The Hague in November 2000
    1. "Nowhere to Run" – 5:17
    2. "Nowhere Near" – 3:19
    3. "Nowhere to be Seen" – 3:10
    4. "Nowhere Else" – 1:43
    5. "Nowhere Can Compare" – 2:21
    6. "Getting Nowhere" – 2:27
    7. "Going Nowhere" – 2:25
    8. "Nowhere to Hide" – 3:08
  2. "Sideshow" – commissioned by choreographer and director Peggy Piacenza and performed as part of the Northwest New Works Festival in 2001
    1. "Clearing the Throat" – 3:34
    2. "Show Time" – 7:24
    3. "On Or in the Wing" – 3:13
    4. "Act Two" – 3:31
    5. "Angels With Thirty Faces" – 5:17
    6. "In Which All May Have Been Resolved" – 5:27
    7. "Ghost of BB" – 1:48
    8. "Ms. Mac Drinks and Goes Home" – 1:19
  3. "Thin Air" – commissioned by choreographer Uchizono Donna Norton and performed in New York in October 2007
    1. "Ladders" – 6:52
    2. "Screened" – 1:35
    3. "Plastic" – 3:01
    4. "Running" – 3:51
    5. "Falling" – 3:27
    6. "Fast Feet" – 2:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Fred Frith – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, computing, samples, radio, running, bass mbira, low-grade violin, voice
  • Carla Kihlstedt – violin ("Nowhere", "Sideshow")
  • Fred Guiliano – samples ("Sideshow")
  • Gail Brand – trombone ("Sideshow")
  • Hande Erdem – violin ("Thin Air")
  • Theresa Wong – cello ("Thin Air")

Recording and production[edit]

  • "Nowhere" recorded September – October 2000 at Guerrilla Recordings, Oakland, California by Myles Boisen
  • "Sideshow" recorded January – February 2001 at Guerrilla Recordings by Myles Boisen
  • "Thin Air" recorded May 2007 at Guerrilla Recordings by Myles Boisen
  • Mixed 2008 at Guerrilla Recordings by Myles Boisen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelman, John. "Nowhere / Sideshow / Thin Air". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Frith, Fred: Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air". ReR USA. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Frith, Fred: Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air". SquidCo. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air". Orkhestra International (in French). Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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