Fred Boyce Händl was born in Bliesdorf (Germany) in 1972 and grew up in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
He started playing the piano at an early age, taught by his father. Later he received private lessons and attended the Conservatory of Music in Tilburg.
Then he switched instruments and played guitar/bass and trumpet in several punk and avant-garde bands in the early 90s. However, he soon turned back to the piano and in 1996 recorded his first album entitled “Moon and Stars and Moon and Stars and All That Jazz”.
Most of the time between 2003 and 2014 Fred took on various office jobs. Time for music was left only in some of the evenings at the time, when he was giving piano lessons. Since he liked this much better than the constant alternation between unemployment and one of those crappy jobs, he decided to move over to teach piano full-time. Today he has a successful piano practice in The Hague.
As an avid fan of Frank Zappa's music, Fred decided to make some arrangements for piano solo. In 2015 he joined the band Zappatika and toured with them and Ike Willis several times over the next two years. He also played several times at the Zappa festival Moo-Ah! and in 2016 he performed on the main stage together with Denny Walley, Ike Willis, Craig "Twister" Steward, Jeff Hollie and Ed Mann.
Also in 2016 he left Zappatika and started touring with the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra (Z.E.R.O.) Since 2020 Fred has been performing his “Zappa for Piano solo show” in the Netherlands and is touring twice a year solo mostly in the UK.
In 2021 he released Tovarishchi, an album which contains his own compositions. He is currently working on his fourth CD with the music of Frank Zappa, which should be released in the summer of 2023. The same time when he will perform again at Zappanale.
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