FRED THOMAS

Fred Thomas (ARAM) studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers. A member of the F-IRE Collective, he recently embarked on a quartet of J.S. Bach recordings to be released on ECM, The Silent Howl and Odradek Records. 2018 will see the release of his ECM debut: a trio with Aisha Orazbayeva and Lucy Railton that plays Thomas’s transcriptions of Bach’s Chorale Preludes, the scores of which are published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

Other projects include The Beguilers, a sextet that interprets Thomas’s song settings of poetry; his Polyphonic Jazz Band, a quintet with Martin Speake that explores improvised polyphony; a quartet of original music with Ethan Iverson; a duo with his violinist father Peter Thomas; and a Richard Wagner tribute band with jazz pianist Benoît Delbecq.

Fred Thomas has appeared or collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Jarvis Cocker, Elina Duni, Tamara Stefanovich, Leo Abrahams, Kit Downes, Lisa Knapp, Mor Karbasi, CBSO, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford and Olivia Chaney, as well as record labels Harmonica Mundi and Realworld. He works regularly with the National Theatre and has toured worldwide with Filter Theatre and as musical director with Shakespeare’s Globe. He teaches at Trinity Laban and as a producer has recorded albums for many artists in Europe. His most recent compositions, for voice, string quartet and percussion, were commissioned by BitterSuite and Phaedra Ensemble and are being performed internationally and at the Royal Opera House, London.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Fred Thomas (BMus Lond. Royal Academy of Music) (ARAM)

07973832577

130 Jamaica Rd, London, SE164RX, UK

[email protected]

12.05.1985

www.fred-thomas.co.uk

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Solo Piano (J.S. Bach)

Polyphonic Jazz Band (MD)

Fred Thomas Bach Trio (MD)

Dick Wag: a Tribute to Richard Wagner, feat/ Benoît Delbecq – (MD)

Martin Speake/Ethan Iverson Quartet

The Beguilers (MD)

Elina Duni

Alice Zawadzki

BitterSuite

Chantilly Codex (MD)

F-IRE Collective

Lisa Knapp

Thomas Duo

Monk Spent Youth

Phelan Burgoyne Group

Kadialy Kouyate/Fred Thomas Duo

 

 

PAST PROJECTS

Electrofeit

Fred Thomas Jazz Trio

Mor Karbasi (MD)

Alex Bonney/Fred Thomas Duo

Jiri Slavik/Fred Thomas Duo

Basquiat Strings

Fly Agaric

The Magic Lantern (MD)

F-IRE Klang Codex

Fred Thomas/Oren Marshall Duo

Sister Mary & the Choir Boys (MD)

Barnaby Keen Band

Clara Sanabras

El Ultimo Tango

Ensemble Nuevo Tango

Fernando Egozcue Quintet

 

COLLABORATORS/APPEARED WITH

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Jarvis Cocker, Ethan Iverson, Elina Duni, Tamara Stefanovich, Leo Abrahams, Benoit Delbecq, Liam Noble, Elysian Quartet, Jeanne Added, Mor Karbasi, Native Dancer, Adriano Adewale, Kammer Klang, Phil Robson, Mark Lockheart, Jason Yarde, Maurizio Ravalico, Julian Siegel, Zac Gvi, The Memory Band, Christine Tobin, Byron Wallen, Liam Byrne, Resonance FM, BBC, CBSO, Seb Rochford, Kit Downes, Pete Flood, Alice Zawadzki, Phaedra Ensemble.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

‘Dance Suites’ by J.S. Bach – Fred Thomas (2017, Odradek)

The Beguilers’ – Fred Thomas (2015, F-IRE)

‘Duo’ – Peter Thomas & Fred Thomas (2015, F-IRE)

Electrofeit‘ – Fred Thomas (2015, The Silent Howl)

‘La Charme Impenetrable Des Artistes Tortures’ – Lily Luca (2016, Independent)

‘La Strategie de Foulard en Coton’ – Lily Luca (2015, Independent)

‘Lullaby of Bedlam’ – Sister Mary and the Choir Boys (2015, F-IRE)

“The Road Not Taken’ – Adam Beattie (Independent, 2016)

‘Daughter of the Spring’ – Mor Karbasi (2011, Harmonia Mundi)

“La Jeunesse’ – Jiri Slavik (2014, F-IRE)

‘EP Vol. 2’ – Native Dancer (2016, Independent)

‘Night Becoming’ – Ellie Rose Rusbridge (2014, Independent)

‘A World in a Grain of Sand’ – The Magic Lantern (2011, Hectic Eclectic)

‘In Search of Soma’ – Fly Agaric (2012, F-IRE)

‘Repose’ – Fred Thomas/Jiri Slavik Duo (2009, F-IRE Presents)

‘Foxlight’ – Iarla O Lionaird (2011, Realworld)

‘Living Standards’ – Fred Thomas & Zac Gvi (2013, F-IRE)

‘Below the Blue Whale’ – Alex Bonney & Fred Thomas (2013, Loop Records)

‘Twelve Tales from Abbey Road’ – Shortcuts (2009, Loop Records)

‘Sister Mary & the Choir Boys’ – Sister Mary & the Choir Boys (2008,Independent)

‘Musica Paradiso’ – Tina May & Guillermo Rozenthuler (2013, Quadrant Records)

‘El Ultimo Tango plays Astor Piazzolla’ – El Ultimo Tango (2006, Somm Recordings)

‘Le Grand Tango’ – El Ultimo Tango (2007, Somm Recordings)

‘Learnt from Love’ – Barnaby Keen (2011, Independent)

‘Londo’ – Kadialy Kouyate’s Sound Archive (2010, Independent)

It’s Time’ – Fred Thomas Trio (2006, Independent)

 

TEACHING

Trinity Laban

Chichester University

Prague Academy of Performing Arts

North London Music Academy

Christ’s Hospital School

Barbican Centre (with Michael Rosen)

Private Tuition

Teachers: Dave Holland, John Taylor, Avishai Cohen, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Pete Churchill, Barak Schmool, Oren Marshall, Gerard Presencer, Gwilym Simcock, Huw Warren, Billy Jenkins, Newton Armstrong.

 

PRODUCING

Alice Zawadzki

The Magic Lantern

Lily Luca

The Beguilers

Adam Beattie

Garance Louis

Simone Alexander

Ellie Rose Rusbridge

 

THEATRE/DANCE

Shakespeare’s Globe (MD)

The National Theatre

Filter Theatre

Everyman Theatre

Aldeburgh Festival

Spanish National Dance Company

The Yard Theatre

Richmix

Greenwich Dance Agency

 

PUBLISHING

‘J.S. Bach – 39 Chorale Preludes’ published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen

‘10 Bach Fugues for String Quartet, Volumes I and II’ – Spartan Press