WHO WE ARE
Frid & Frid is a musical partnership between the brothers Pär and Karl Frid.
After sharing a childhood filled with music they sought different paths within the world of music creation. Years later and richer with experience, they re-united, bringing their collective knowledge together.
With varied backgrounds in composing, performing and producing various musical styles and genres, the brothers form a unique team. Articulating sound to bring clarity, edge and magic to film and art is simply what drives them.
Recent works include Finland’s 2015 nomination for the Oscars, Concrete Night by Pirjo Honkasalo and the worldwide selling 1950’s Swedish crime series Crimes of Passion. In 2016 they created the music for Upp i det blå (Up in the sky) which was in competition at the 2017 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin as part of the section Generation Kplus.
Together they are working on several commissions and productions for 2017 and 2018.
Pär Frid (b. 1977) works in intersectional areas between sound, temporality and space using different media and staging. He often collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists, performing artists and music soloists. Pär’s classical compositions have been played throughout Europe by soloists, ensembles and orchestras such as Norway Radio Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche, New European Ensemble, Stockholm New Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the virtuosic double bass player Barry Guy to name a few.
Pär is trained as a classical composer with a deep knowledge in computer and electro- acoustic music. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Composition in 2002 after studying at The Göteborg University School of Music and Musicology and at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris. He also completed the composition and computer music course Cursus at IRCAM in Paris with full scholarship from the French State and the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2003-04.
At present Pär is also involved with interdisciplinary projects and ideas; he has realized several large-scale projects involving new technologies.
Pär tends to work beyond the conventional separation of musical genres and art forms. During the last year his interest has been drawn to sophisticated approaches of spectral tracking of acoustic signals deriving from endangered languages and ecosystems.
One of his recent pieces - Déjà vu, over and over again - recorded by The Sonanza Chamber Ensemble released on the CD Unheard of Again at Phono Suecia, won the Swedish Grammy Award in 2010.
Karl Frid (b. 1979) has written numerous arrangements and compositions ranging from soloists to larger brass bands and string ensembles for different albums, radio and television shows as well as concert productions for artists such as: John Martin (Swedish House Mafia), Jasmine Kara, Pauline, Eva Dahlgren, Louise Hoffsten,Calle Real, Rasmus Faber, Jessica Folcker, Magnus Carlson & the Moon Ray Quintet , The Platina Jazz Orchestra and the Karl Frid Sextett.
As a trombonist, percussionist and singer Karl has performed with various constellations on radio and television in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. He has also been recording and performing world-wide with groups and artists such as Koop, Calle Real, Maia Hirasawa, Hoffmaestro & Chraa, Vincent Pontare, Ahmadu Jah Highlife Orchestra, Bob Hanson, Jasmine Kara, Calixto Oviedo, Marit Bergman, Platina Jazz Orchestra, RaFa Orchestra, John Scofield, Ivan Lins and the Blue House Jazz Orchestra, and The BBC Big Band.
Karl studied classical music at the Royal College of Music in London. He then went to Cuba to study Afro-Cuban music at the CNSEA in Havana before finishing his studies in Afro-American music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Since then he has worked as a full time freelance musician, arranger, composer and producer. His vast knowledge in music ranges from classical and jazz music to Latin American and popular music.
Karl’s Latin group Calle Real has received acclaimed reviews and attention around the world for their concert shows and albums and is today considered as one of the world’s most sought-after Latin groups emerging from Europe.