Last week I met with a new friend, fellow composer Peter Wetzler, to record a chat for his radio show. Apparently it’s finished, so I hope you’ll tune in!
Jan. 26, 2012: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(There’s a live streaming link on the top right of the page.)
Just wanted to let you know that I have begun to release new music (finally!!!) and will be doing so on my new bandcamp page.
I offer you two new songs. Well, actually one is a song, the other could be described as magic-ritual-acapella-disco-roller-skating music for the most adventurous of you..! So I figure there’s something for everyone here. Both of them will be premiered tonight on The Curve Ball, hosted by my favorite DJ and music afficianado, Chris Evans.
The first song is called A New Adventure, and it’s pop. Pure pop. Actually, the song is about the internet, and the odd second reality that we have created out of it. Sometimes I feel like we’re building a bubble around ourselves that reflects some aspects of reality but without it’s depth and vulnerability. That’s what the song is about.
On A New Adventure I have a special guest vocalist, Tabitha Zisser, and her pals Athena and Verity. Hope you all enjoy it! Also, my good friend Nancy Kokoro will be doing one of her fun, experimental videos to it on Thursday (I’ll let you know where once it’s ready!) and it is being used in an ad for the an upcoming Etsy Mobile app.
The second… errr… vocal ritual is a crazy one. It’s called Rain or Shine and it’s a completely live, completely improvised performance. For the past couple of years I’ve been developing a live compositional technique which has a pretty intense ritual aspect. Anyway, this is one of the best ones. I love it. It was written during a time that I was feeling very lost, very down, very grumpy! And the piece was a ritual to transform that sourness into something ecstatic and full of joy. The original improvisation was 27 minutes, so for sure it’s been abbreviated, the mix manipulated a bit and I even added the occasional hand clap. But aside from that there have been no other corrections. It’s live. Put on some headphones (and some rollerskates), crank up the volume and enjoy.
They are both for sale, and if you want to offer some encouragement, please buy! They’re only a dollar, or 63 pence in England, 0, 73 euros in Europe!Mar 30.2010
The broadcast of our performance on Taratata is this Friday (the 2nd)! Goodness! It will then be repeated on France 4 on Wednesday the 7th!Mar 30.2010
Tonight on France 4 please watch Fredo Viola performing with the members of I Am Your Autopilot and Scalde on Taratata. The show will play again April 2 on France 2!Jan 31.2010
The programers at Taratata have rescheduled our show and put us on their birthday special. It will now be airing on March 30 on France 4 and April 2 on France 2!Jan 18.2010
Fredo Viola will be appearing with his musician friends on Taratata on March 17th on France 4 and then again on March 19th on France 2.Dec 05.2009
The Turn has been named album album number 2 of the year by Les Inrocks Magazine! Also it has been included in the 10 pack of the best 10 albums of the year by Colette.
SEE 10 PACK AT COLETTE
My album, The Turn, has been nominated for a Prix Constantin award in France! On November 9th I will be performing with my friends from I Am Your Autopilot and with Scalde at the Olympia theatre for the awards television program. It is on that date that the winner will be decided from the 10 nominees.May 19.2009
Theturn.tv, has won a prestigious Laus Award in the category of Interactive.
Aside from winning the Grand Laus, which is the highest award of the whole “Interactive” category, the site also won Silver in “Corporate Websites” and Gold in “Interactive Innovation.”May 05.2009
The Turn album has been released today in the UK.May 04.2009
Fredo Viola’s show at Café de la Dance has been changed from June 11th to 7:30PM on June 22nd.Jan 17.2009
Theturn.tv has won two new awards: both designlicks.com and dopeawards.com made it site of the day. Dopeawards on January 16th, Designlicks on January 22nd.Dec 13.2008
Theturn.tv has won website of the day and website of the month at thefwa.com.Dec 01.2008
On December 1st the second EP, Red States, becomes available for digital purchase on iTunes worldwide. The EP includes the following tracks:
Oh My Love
Let the Sad Out (featuring Donavan Freberg)
Our Lips Are Sealed
The Turn (Fink remix)
November 10th, theturn.tv is launched.
This new site serves both as a tool to exhibit Fredo’s new experimental visual/audio works, as well as an interactive web-toy with which users can play.
Good news! iTunes US has finally accepted and is releasing the Sad Song EP! Sorry for the extremely long delay. I will also be releasing a second single in the first week of December digitally. More on that next month. Actually, I’ve got a string of announcements to make in the next few weeks, so keep tuned.Mar 28.2008
CMJ Spotlight sports a Fredo Viola interview done by Scott Oranburg:
For those who speak German, a second interview by Pascal Schulthess can be found here:
The Sad Song EP is released digitally and on 10” vinyl in the UK on February 18th. It features new tracks ‘Hogwash’ and ‘Ether’, and Tunng’s reworking of ‘The Sad Song’. The 12” vinyl features the Roland Appel and Prinz Thomas remixes of ‘The Sad Song’. The digital release features all tracks.Jan 29.2008
The Sad Song is iTunes France’s Single of the Week. The EP is n°22 in iTunes Alternative Album Charts.Jan 11.2008
The Sad Song EP is released digitally and 10” vinyl in the UK on February 18th.Dec 18.2007
A cover of Silent Night, which was created in collaboration with Norwegian basso, Nils Christian Fossdal, was released on iTunes all over the world on December 18th, 2007. A video Fredo made using footage shot in NYC and incorporating vocals footage sent to him from Norway, is available here.