Studio 33 Music & Art represents the talents and business of artist and musician Thomas Fridrich. Located in Harwood, MD, in beautiful rolling horse country, it includes a home-based project and demo recording studio, and a visual arts studio. His paintings and drawings are rooted in classical realism and impressionism and his musical activities are in roots-based rock, country, and blues. In addition to his art and music activities he offers individual and group instruction in both disciplines for children and adults as well as audio recording, engineering, and producing services.
Tom Fridrich has been drawing and painting since high school. After attending the University of Maryland in College Park for a Fine Arts degree he found his way to the impressionism classes of John Ebersberger in Annapolis, MD. Ebersberger brought him to study at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA where he was priveleged to attend the last years of formal instruction by the famed American Impressionist Henry Hensche whose color based studies advanced the ideals of the French Impressionists to a higher degree. Hensche's legacy included his time as teaching assistant for American realist Charles Hawthorne who was himself the teaching assistant of William Merrit Chase, the first person to open a plein air school of painting in America. This after his time painting alongside Claude Monet in France. Fridrich went on to study drawing with American portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli, sculpture with Steve Perkins and drawing with Texas illustrator Jose Perez.
Starting in 6th grade Tom Fridrich took drum lessons from Richard Bonenfant who was the drummer for the Naval Academy Band. He continued through high school competing in solo and quartet drum performance statewide while playing in a succession of folk and rock bands. Along the way he taught himself guitar, piano and mandolin. Throughout the 70's and
80's he not only performed but worked as an audio and lighting engineer for local and regional touring acts. With a focus on creating original music he joined Annapolis based Johnny Monet & The Impressionists and subsequently the power trio The Remnants recording and co-producing 7 successive albums. He currently is a member of DC's Americana act Ruthie & The Wranglers and Annapolis' swamp blues act The Racket led by Dean Rosenthal. Along with his performance on drums he has perfected the Jambourine style of percussion playing adapted from The Subdudes Steve Amadee. He remains actively on call for a variety of roots music acts in the Mid Atlantic region along with his producing and engineering projects at Studio 33.