Major Statement Man
ON 'MAJOR STATEMENT MAN': '...a darker Jonathan Richman. More often I would say, 'male Marianne Faithfull,' if I were a pop critic looking for frames of reference, as they all do: John Cale...Leonard Cohen. These are all meant as high praise (these all being gods to me)... - Edmund Cardoni 'Fred is going for an anti-folk thing, crossing punk and country in a manner first devised by Mr William Bragg back in the heady days of the Divine Ms Thatcher, diva par excellence, but when he puts politics to one side, and writes a love song, it's all rather splendid ('Will You Marry Me?). I'm also rather partial to the amusing tale that is 'Best Damn Eulogizers', a job I am thinking of applying for.' -Zeitgeist 'A coninuous flow of words roaring over you like an intermittently angry and hilarious tidal wave.' - Art Voice SHORT HISTORY OF THE ARTIST: Bacher purchased an old Gibson guitar in a pawn shop in Ottawa in 1981. He began playing songs on the streets of the Byward Market after dropping out of a career in journalism, living at the nearby Chateau Lafayette tavern, a place he calls 'the esteemed lowlife capital of Bohemian life' in Canada, that stands only blocks away from Parliament Hill. The tavern was the center of exile for American draft dodgers who had left the U.S. during the War in Vietnam. They lived very difficult lives in Ottawa. Though Fred was several generations younger, he became friends with many of them and shared their love of American folk music (Bacher later wrote about this time in his performance work DRESS REHEARSAL FOR A REQUIEM FOR RICHARD NIXON, a smoldering, theatrical rant with Squid, a grunge band from Buffalo). He also played with Canadian folk singers Jim Layeux and Melwood Cutlery, both on the street and inside bars. Later in Toronto, he sang his own songs and played in coffee houses. After what he jokes as 'years of depression that followed a bout of graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo,' Bacher began to emerge as a an artist, musician and poet working in several mediums. Throughout the 1980's and 90's, Bacher launched a long insurrection of more than 20 multi-media assaults on galleries, performances spaces and clubs in the U.S. and Canada. His early solo performances, mixing text, original songs and improvised rants, and his own experimental films, gained international attention from audiences and critics and received numerous awards. In solo and ensemble works such as VOMIT, SERENADE TO CNN, CONTEST OF PHANTOMS and THE HUNCHBACK OF TELEVISION, which were created and performed at the height of that era's performance art explosion in New York, Buffalo and Toronto, Bacher reshaped language for new theatrical and electronic environments. Bacher developed dramatic and musical works that were rich in pop cultural references and smashed the boundaries between mass media and high art. He is also the author of two novels, RESUME OF A PERFORMANCE ARTIST and THE CLASSIFIED POETICS. Bacher says that his Gibson guitar is 'still at the heart of everything I do.' MAJOR STATEMENT MAN is the first recorded collection of his songs.