Basquiat Strings

Basquiat Strings is a strings-based jazz quartet led by the cellist Ben Davis. Released in 2007, their first album, entitled simply Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford, was one of the 2007 Mercury Prize nominees. The second incarnation of Basquiat Strings now features: Ben Davis … Continued

Fred Thomas Jazz Trio

This trio produced sounds that were a synthesis of Fred’s compositions and free improv, exploring those made possible by delving into the bowels of a grand piano – using bluetac, rubbers, pegs, coins, plectrums, mallets, and cymbals – and uniting … Continued

Kadialy Kouyate

Born into the great line of Kouyate Griots in southern Senegal, Kadialy plays original songs inspired by his traditional repertoire. Old friends, Kadialy and Fred have been playing together for over 10 years.   “Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases … Continued

Sister Mary & the Choir Boys

  Fred Thomas formed this band as MD and pianist with Emine Pirhasen back in 2006. Having started out as a raucous, whisky-drinking blues band, Sister Mary and the Choir Boys gradually evolved into a more original outfit whose second … Continued

Mor Karbasi

Fred Thomas was Musical Director for Mor Karbasi between 2008 & 2011. He wrote the arrangements for Mor’s album “Daughter of the Spring”, released on Harmonia Mundi, as well as playing piano, bass, percussion and cello on the record and … Continued

Fly Agaric

FLY AGARIC draw their inspiration from the Kingdom Fungi, also known as the Mushroom World: these curious growths which appear within a very short space of time, pushing their way up through the undergrowth with great force, containing the heavy … Continued

Thomas/Marshall Duo

The Fred Thomas/Oren Marshall Duo, a London-based F-IRE Collective project, draw on their deep experience in classical, jazz and improv to conceive a music at times highly structured and composed, at others boundless and playful. Their performances employ an abundance … Continued

The Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician Jamie Doe. Since their teens, Fred Thomas and Jamie Doe have made music together, with Fred as instrumentalist, arranger of producer. His EP ‘My Soul Is A Strange Country’ for solo … Continued

The Beguilers

Fred Thomas’ album ‘The Beguilers’ weaves crafted song-writing into the narratives of poems by William Blake, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Walter Savage Landor and Thomas Carew. Drawing on a wonderfully strange repository of musical influences – English folk, … Continued

F-IRE Klang Codex

A New Series presented by F-IRE Collective and Kammer Klang, curated by Fred Thomas. Fourteenth century France was a place of radical musical developments, particularly in rhythmic structures, polyphony and notation systems. The greatest testament to this style is the Chantilly … Continued