Farida Amadou – Reading eyes and facial expressions

Farida Amadou is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from the free-improvisation/experimental scene in Europe, having treated us to some explosive performances with Steve Noble and Thurston Moore here over the past few years.

Farida's own solo bass playing takes centre stage here, utilising the metallic timbre & rhythmic potential of her strings as the basis for two exploratory improvisations. Terse melodies, harmonic shards and rumbling patterns are sewed together in elapsing incendiary phrases, like Jamaladeen Tacuma's playing if he joined an industrial punk band instead of Ornette Coleman's group circa Body Meta.

With fx pedals Farida is able to open the possibilities of her instrument open, exploring thick fuzzed-phrases, spacious harmonic interplay, drones and more. We look forward to hearing more of this sort of thing from Farida in OTO, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.


Farida Amadou - bass & electronics


Recorded and mixed at Les Ateliers Claus - Brussels, by Christophe Albertijn august 19th 2020
Picture - Laurent Orseau

Artwork design - Oliver Barrett

Thanks to Tommy, Christophe, Laurent and Jérôme.


1 - MIX 001 : observe [18:13]
2 - MIX 006 : instability [20:36]

Farida Amadou

As autodidact, Farida Amadou draws the most exciting sounds out of her bass without losing sight of the musicality. In her, to date, short musical career, she makes her mark (inter)nationally in challenging collaborations with people such as Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Mette Rasmussen and Julien Desprez.