Phil Fried, Minnesota composer/performer and 2008-09 McKnight Artist Fellow, was part of the exciting free jazz scene in the 1970's as a founding member of the New York City Artists Collective at 501 Canal Street. There he met and then performed with Tom Bruno, Ellen Christi, and Ray Anderson and others. This experience was crucial to his musical development as it placed musical and harmonic freedom above all. Music was all about listening, feeling, and reacting. Tonality then seemed to be without a context and out of place. Improvizational composition also seemed untenable at the time, and this is what lead Phil to compose serial (notated) music and also to perform completely improvised performances.
Besides his membership in the Music and Art and the Queens College Jazz bands, Phil's first professional jazz experience was performing with Ray Nance and Brooks Kerr. Of course Phil also performed bass and lead guitar with many rock bands. After a hiatus to study performance and composition he returned to composer/performing. Phil's studies include: a B.M in string bass performance with Julius Levine and composition with: Henry Weinberg, Hugo Weisgall, George Perle, Ralph Shapey and Brian Ferneyhough.
He also studied with Luigi Nono at Centre Acanthes in Avignon France.
Fried has performed solo at Roulette in NY, Chicago (most recently at the International Society of Improvising Musicians convention), and all over the mid-western states. As classical composer he has received a centennial commission from the Minnesota orchestra for Episodes, and a commission for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist for their 30th Anniversary concert and recording. One of his piano works, I remember the 60's..or was it the 70's,? is featured on a recent Innova label release, Melville's Dozen," by New Zealand pianist Nikki Melville. Phil is an active "blogger" on http://philipfried.blogspot.com/ and classicallounge.com where he recaps his comments from newmusicbox.org. Phil Fried has maintained a free music composition lesson page since 1999 which can now be found on Http://Philfried.com/compositionlessons. Log in as a "Guest."
Recent commissions include: A Centennial Commission from the Minnesota Orchestra for Episodes, and a work for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist in honor of their 30th Anniversary concert and recording. One of his recent piano works, I remember the 60's..or was it the 70's?, is featured on the Innova label release, "Melville's Dozen," with pianist Nikki Melville. Phil has had performances and residencies with The Minnesota Orchestra, The Camargo Foundation, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Festival at Sandpoint, June in Buffalo, Music of Our Time, and Centre Acanthes, Avignon France. As a Jazz musician, Mr. Fried was a founding member of the New York Artists Collective. His first professional Jazz experience was performing with Ray Nance. Mr. Fried comes from a noted musical family. His father, Louis Fried, was an original cast member in several Broadway shows including Brigadoon and Carousel. His cousin was the noted composer Isadore Freed. Second to music is Dr. Fried's passionate interest in literature. He has written several texts and librettos including the text for his opera, The Dungeon of Esmeralda, and an adaptation of Hemingway's short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Phil Fried completed his musical studies at the University of Chicago receiving his Ph.D. in Music Composition in 1985.
Phil is an active "blogger" on http://philipfried.blogspot.com, http://classicallounge.com and on http://newmusicbox.org. Besides blogging for music education, http://keepinstrumentalmusicinsaintpaul.blogspot.com/ Since 1999 he has maintained a free music composition lesson Page which can now be found on: http://philfried.com/compositionlessons/ Log on as a "guest."
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