Arp Frique is someone we were very keen to bring in to this year’s ADE to help with our 100 years of electronic musical instruments theme, because he has a unique relationship to his synthesiders. As well as his own fantastic global-dancefloor records for Rush Hour and his compilation of rare Cape Verdean disco records of past decades, he has also released “Improvised Suites For Analog Machines”: a tribute to the classic synths of the 1970s and 80s made with keyboardist Erik “Keysie” Ritfeld, focused on creating songs each with a single sythesiser accompanied only by the Elka Drummer One rhythm box and reverb/delays from the Roland Space Echo. Arp and Erik have been playing together for no less than 15 years, and together they bring together an extrarodinary melting pot of influneces. Arp brings his Cape Verdean heritage and Brazil, Nigeria, Surinam, Jamaica and Malian influences, while Erik, the son of legendary Surinamese sax player Kid Dynamite, has played with the likes of Lee Scratch Perry, Eek-A-Mouse, Aston Barrett, Michael Franti, Beenieman, Elephant Man and Ghanain highlife star Adomako Nyamekye. Preposterously it was only after Erik joined Arp Frique & Family that he disovered that one of his fellow members was Melissa Nyamekye, daughter of Adomako. With all of this experience and hardware knowledge to boot, Arp Frique’s talk promises to be a brilliant insight into the place of classic synths in the global scene.
Please bear in mind that ADE Sound Lab tickets receive priority access. In case there are still a few seats available ten minutes before the session, we will open the doors for ADE Card holders.