Nils Frykdahl

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Nils Frykdahl
Birth name Nils James Larson Frykdahl[1]
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Avant-garde rock, theatre, performance art, experimental rock, art rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, bass guitar, saxophone
Years active 1985–present
Labels The End Records
Tzadik Records
Drag City
Vaccination Records
Associated acts Charming Hostess
Darling Freakhead
Faun Fables
Free Salamander Exhibit
Idiot Flesh
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
The Two Dimensions[1][2]

Nils Frykdahl is an American musician most known for his work with the bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Idiot Flesh. He has a bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley, which he received in 1989. He also is a member of the bands Free Salamander Exhibit, Faun Fables, and Darling Freakhead, and used to be a member of Charming Hostess. Along with bandmates Carla Kihlstedt and Dan Rathbun, Frykdahl also is active with the performance company Ink Boat.[3] He is also the voice of Tigtone in the 2014 animated movie The Begun of Tigtone.[4]


With Idiot Flesh[edit]

With Faun Fables[edit]

With Sleepytime Gorilla Museum[edit]

With Free Salamander Exhibit[edit]

As a guest musician[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nils Frykdahl @ nndb
  2. ^ Nils Frykdahl Bio @
  3. ^ "Nanos Operetta, Nils Frykdahl Join Absurdist Opera". ALARM Magazine. July 16, 2007. Starring Frykdahl of abstract prog-rock pioneers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, the opera is performed in absurdist vignettes against a backdrop of surrealist imagery relating the strange fairytale of a man’s ill-fated love for a bird. 
  4. ^ "'The Begun of Tigtone' - Finishing Funds for Animated Fantasy Parody". Indiegogo. Tigtone's somewhat aimless ferocity is brought to us courtesy of the formidable voice of Nils Frykdahl, known best as the magical barking madman at the forefront of the band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. 
  5. ^ Barbez CD @ CD Universe
  6. ^ Cod Liver Oil CD @ CD Universe