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Bill Frisell

Opening Concert
Fri, Sept 14 at 8pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Early (Not Too Late)
Sat, Sept 15 at 8am
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church

Close Your Eyes
Sat, Sept 15 at 8pm
The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn

Bill Frisell has collaborated with a wide range of artists, filmmakers and legendary musicians. But it is his work as a leader that has garnered increasing attention and accolades. The New York Times described Frisell’s music this way: “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.”

Frisell’s recordings over the last decades span a wide range of musical influences. His catalog, including 20 recordings for Nonesuch, has been cited by DownBeat as “the best recorded output of the decade.” It includes original Buster Keaton film scores to arrangements of music for extended ensemble with horns (This Land, Blues Dream); compositions originally written as soundtracks to Gary Larson cartoons (Quartet); interpretations of work by other classic and contemporary American composers (Have a Little Faith); and collaborations with the acclaimed rhythm section of bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Jim Keltner (Gone, Just Like a Train; Good Dog, Happy Man).

Other releases include an album with Nashville musicians (Nashville), the solo album Ghost Town, an album of his arrangements of songs by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach (The Sweetest Punch), a trio album with jazz legends Dave Holland and Elvin Jones, and a collection of American traditional songs and original compositions inspired by them entitled The Willies. The Intercontinentals, nominated for a Grammy in 2004, combines Frisell’s own brand of American roots music and his unmistakable improvisational style with the influences of Brazilian, Greek, and Malian sounds. His 2004 release, Unspeakable, won a Grammy Award. His two-CD set East/West features his two working trios recorded in concert on both coasts.

 
Artist Profiles

Bel
Borba

C. Boursier-
Mougenot

Jonathan
Caouette

Tony
Conrad

André
Costantini

Annie
Dorsen

DD
Dorvillier

Jack
Ferver

Jim
Fletcher

Bill
Frisell

Raimund
Hoghe

Gérald
Kurdian

Joris
Lacoste

Steven
Ladd

William
Ladd

David
Levine

Faustin
Linyekula

April
March

Sarah
Michelson

Kate
Moran

Pascal
Rambert

Brian
Rogers

Peter
Sellars

Burt
Sun

Lotte van
den Berg
   

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