drums, percussion, keyboards
Born in 1985, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Fred Thomas studied jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music. As a member of the F-IRE collective and founder/curator of F-IRE Klang Codex, he now performs with a variety of CURRENT
PROJECTS: F-IRE Klang Codex (Founder/Curator/Performer) Fred Thomas/Oren Marshall Duo (composer, piano) Songs of William Blake (composer, MD, guitar, piano) The Magic Lantern (arranger/percussion) Sister Mary & the Choir Boys (MD/composer) Jiri Slavik/Fred Thomas Duo (piano) Fly Agaric (composition, percussion) KK Sound Archive (double-bass) F-IRE Collective Large Ensemble – piano
PAST PROJECTS/COLLABORATIONS: Mor Karbasi (MD/piano/bass/percussion) Barnaby Keen Band (arranger/keys/percussion) El Ultimo Tango (piano) Fernando Egozcue Quintet (double-bass) The Irreverents (electric bass) Ensemble Nuevo Tango (double-bass) Fred has also performed/recorded with Leo Abrahams, Iarla O Lionaird, Horacio Icasto, Phil Robson, Mark Lockheart, Nana Tsiboe, Gerard Presencer, Jason Yarde, Byron Wallen, Julian Siegel, Eduardo Vassallo, Christine Tobin, Billy Jenkins, Stephen Cracknell & the Memory Band, & Kammer Klang.
APPEARANCES: Aldeburgh Festival, TED, Womad, Glastonbury, LSO St. Luke’s, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, King’s Place, Birmingham Symphony Hall (with CBSO), Birmingham Town Hall, CBSO Centre, Ronnie Scott’s, extensive touring worldwide. RECORDINGS ‘A World in a Grain of Sand’ (Magic Lantern – Hectic Eclectic Records) ‘Daughter of the Spring’ (Mor Karbasi – Harmonia Mundi) ‘It’s Time’ EP (Fred Thomas Trio) ‘Repose’ (Slavik/Thomas Duo – F-IRE Presents) ‘Londo’ (KK Sound Archive) ‘Sister Mary & the Choir Boys’ ‘El Ultimo Tango plays Astor Piazzolla’ (Somm Recordings) ‘Le Grand Tango’ (El Ultimo Tango – Somm Recordings) ‘Patriots’ EP (The Magic Lantern) ’12 Tales From Abbey Rd’ (Shortcuts – Loop Records) ‘Mor Karbasi EP’ (Alama Records) ‘Cut From Stone’ Single (The Magic Lantern – Believe Digital) Fred studied composition and arranging with Newton Armstrong, Pete Churchill and Barak Schmool.