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Created on: 13 Mar 2010
People who simply admire multi-instrumentalist Nils Frykdahl and his extraordinary vocal skills.

Nils Frykdahl is an American musician most known for his work with the bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and the now-defunct band Idiot Flesh.

He has perused music and its applications in continuous bursts of public activity since his boyhood in the 1970's, when he studied the flute and music theory with childlike intensity. The 80's saw the transferring of this devotion to the guitar, which by the 90's had been superceded by the voice. All of these loves (and numerous affairs with percussion and winds) were united in the realization of the Great Work: composition, in which he received a Bachelors Degree from UC Berkely in 1989, studying with venerable Andrew Imbrie.

He then turned to the world, falling headlong into a love that has at times threatened to eclipse all else: the show, an empty moment shared with the almost possible. All manner of possibles announced themselves in the years to come under the flowering auspices of a show called Idiot Flesh, a difficult and viceral rock band which embraced intrusions of theater, puppetry, and dance, collaborations which have led to inkBoat.

The 90's saw many tours of a portable Idiot Flesh around the US and work with a related ethnomusicalogical group: Charming Hostess. Nils performed in Europe in '97 and '99, the latter as a musician and "dancer" in the Ex-it! 99 International Butoh Festival. He has also worked with the Berkeley Reperatory Theater and the Underworld Opera. His compositions have been performed at UC Berkeley and Stonybrook.

The close of the millenium saw the founding of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and the music/theater duo - The Faun Fables.

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  • Eshuei

    Giddily awaiting the debut from Free Salamander Exhibit

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ArtificialLeech

    This man is an unrecognized virtuoso. If he directed his talent toward something more... Mainstream? I'm sure he'd be hailed as nothing less than a rock god by the masses. But then I suppose he wouldn't be the Nils we all know and love.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GasolineTree

    an incredibly inspiring man! I wish I could sing like him, so I'm gonna work on it more.

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • BeauxJangles

    I definitely will if I get the opportunity

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • punxtr

    BeauxJangles, you should buy it off the band. Best way to get one.

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • BeauxJangles

    i've been wanting to see that movie. haven't been able to find it anywhere though.

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • punxtr

    I like his appearances in Oakland Underground. I'll take some screencaps of him for possible use.

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BeauxJangles

    Few people are as intelligent and charismatic as this gentleman is.

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • punxtr

    It must be the rather bland profile pic. There are better ones out there.

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BeauxJangles

    10 members? Nils deserves better

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • punxtr

    The true epic beard man.

    18 Mar 2010 Reply