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Fred Frith with Sudhu Tewari

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Normal is Fred Frith and Sudhu Tewari, playing manually & electronically manipulated
home-made instruments. Not really instruments in the sense of beautifully crafted art
objects requiring Extended Techniques, so much as de-constructions and re-
constructions using the simplest of means, and requiring only minimal exertion to
produce sound. Fred’s “planks of wood with strings” were almost all built in the early
1980s, when for a period of several years he abandoned the guitar as his primary
vehicle for improvising.

The birth of this duo in 2001 marked the first time he had
performed with them in many years. The fact that he is doing so again is the
responsibility of Sudhu, a tinkerer of genius who plunders garages and junkshops and
the street outside for the sources of his sound world, turning the smallest spring into
a potential orchestra. In 2020 Sudhu and Fred were invited to present their work in a
virtual exhibition at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. This gave rise to a
number of new creations including the Portable Street Piano, the Post Hole Tone
Music Box, the No Strings Guitar, Sudhu’s Infernal Spring Thing and the Superstrut
Bandsaw Bass. The first Normal CD—Moving Parts—was released on the Foc’s’le
label in May 2023.

Fred Frith is a pioneer of the extended electric guitar. He learned to compose in
Henry Cow, developed his song-writing skills in Art Bears, explored his multi-
instrumentalism in Skeleton Crew, rocked the house with Massacre and is still doing
all of those things, having been in one band or another continuously since 1964!
Meanwhile his work has been performed by ensembles, string quartets, chamber
orchestras, and a whole range of groups and artists in the ever-expanding field of
semi-popular music. Fred also composes extensively for film and dance, and taught
improvisation for years at Mills College in Oakland, California and the Musik
Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. His passion for improvising, evident from the
beginning, has increasingly led him to work with artists who don’t necessarily define
themselves as improvisers.

Sudhu Tewari has been described as “bricoleur”, “junkyard maven”, and “audio-
gadgeteer”.  He invents, designs and builds musical instruments from whatever
materials are to hand—kinetic and sound sculptures, interactive installations, audio
electronics, and wearable sound art. He has performed with Normal and in other
configurations in Europe, Japan and the USA. His visual and interactive art has been
exhibited in spaces large and small, including the Exploratorium and the Museum of
Modern Art in San Francisco, the Tech Museum in San Jose, the Oakland Museum of
California, and PROGR and the Laboratoire Village Nomade in Switzerland. Sudhu
teaches electronics and sound art, and continues to build and perform with self-
governing musical systems and self-built musical instruments. Relentless curiosity
and delight in unlikely solutions to intractable problems are manifest in all of his

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