combines an ihnerent psychedelic spirit (in the original sense of "mind expanding") with a celebration of the more anarchic, imaginative and uncompromised aspects of our popular culture. The ensemble is conducted by a Tele-Conductor, in video format, which structures and leads the collective's improvisations. This form of conducted improvisation, tested in several environments— concert halls, art galleries and open air venues— has been described by F.R.I.C.S. as a "metaphor for post-modernity: a group of people stares at a TV screen, convinced that they are free, because they can improvise... as long as they follow the instructions on screen". The colective has a core of 8 musicians (wind and brass, strings, keyboards, percussion and analogue synth) and regularly features invited guests. The project was founded in late 2006, in Porto, Portugal, and has a CD-R released by Soopa Server (Abraço Vivo). Presently they're committed to a tour by the 18 major cities in Portugal in alphabetical order, where they perform in conventional concert format or on the streets, in marching band format. The tour started on February 2007, in Aveiro and will run until July 2008, in Viseu. Besides this tour, that was covered on the 17th number of the bimonthly Portuguese Jazz magazine jazz.pt, F.R.I.C.S.
was invited to several events, notably, Festival Heineken Paredes de Coura 2007 and the Multicultural Festival of Santo Tirso, STCULTERRA. In September 2007, F.R.I.C.S. was invited to inaugurate the exhibition season at Sala Alterarte (Ourense Campus of the University of Vigo, Spain), with a particular installation and an inaugural concert and procession. The installation combined several elements of the Portuguese traditional and popular icons of the wine production rites with other psychedelic references and a TV set where the concert and procession footage was showed. At the same time, the local authorities in Ourense, invited F.R.I.C.S.
to head the procession of the First Dionysiac Feast, at the Fall Equinox. In 2008, F.R.I.C.S. was invited by the Serralves Museum for Contemporary Art to perform at the presentation of "Foray Fôret", a choreography by the Trisha Bown Dance Company, as part of Robert Rauschenberg's exhibition. For that event, F.R.I.C.S. collaborated with S.
Bernardo Fanfare, a genuine Fanfare from Aveiro, with whom future collaborations are being planned. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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