Impur (album)

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FredFrith AlbumCover Impur(2006).jpg
Live album by Fred Frith
Released 2006 (2006)
Recorded 30 May 1996
Venue L’Ecole Nationale de Musique, Villeurbanne, France
Length 54:56
Label Fred (UK)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
Eleventh Hour
The Happy End Problem

Impur is an album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It was composed in 1996 by Frith "for 100 musicians, large building and mobile audience" [1] and was performed on 30 May 1996 by students and teachers from L’Ecole Nationale de Musique, Villeurbanne, France. Frith directed the performance but did perform himself.

Impur is the first of two performances commissioned by L’Ecole Nationale de Musique while Frith was resident music professor at the institution. The second was Impur II (2009).


Between 1994 and 1996, Frith was Composer-in-Residence at L’Ecole Nationale de Musique in Villeurbanne, France. At the end of the two-year residency, Frith organised a musical event at the school involving as many students as possible. He grouped them according to their music disciplines and placed them in all the rooms of a music building. Each group of musicians then played music Frith had prepared for them or, when required, improvised. Using synchronized stopwatches, all the groups, who could not hear each other, played strictly according to a 55-minute time-score that Frith had written. During the concert the public was invited to wander from room to room, or sit in the courtyard and listen to the sounds from the open windows. The whole performance was recorded on four ADAT recorders and later mixed.[2]

Downtown Music Gallery wrote of this album:[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Impur" (Frith) – 54:56



  • Fred Frith – chamber orchestra section
  • Sophie Dufeutrelle – flutes section
  • Catherine Guinamard – recorders section
  • Pascal Pariaud – clarinets section
  • Nasser Saïdani – African percussion section
  • David Wood – Ensemble Hétéroclite


  • Samuel Chagnard – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Alain Chaléard – tabla
  • Patrick Charbonnier – trombone
  • Laurent Frick – trumpet
  • Bader Gharzouli – electric guitar
  • Stephane Grosjean – percussion
  • Joël Jorda – clarinet
  • Ghilem Lacroux – electric guitar
  • Stéphane Lambert – alto saxophone
  • Gilles Laval – electric guitar
  • Catherine Leuchter – recorder
  • Laure Michel – recorder
  • Claire Mollard – percussion
  • Guillaume Quemener – electric guitar
  • Franklin Riboud – electric guitar
  • Fatiha Semaïl – recorder
  • Laurent Vichard – clarinet
  • Denis Mariotte – drums
  • Jean-Michel Quoisse – bass guitar


  • Myles Boisen – mastering
  • Peter Hardt – mixing
  • Emmanuel Gilot – recording
  • Laurent Luci – recording assistant


  1. ^ Frith, Fred. "Fred Frith compositions". Fred Frith homepage. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  2. ^ Frith, Fred. Impur (Fred Records, 2006). CD booklet.
  3. ^ Gallanter, Bruce Lee. "Newsletter January 26th, 2007". Downtown Music Gallery. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 

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