Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell
& Bill Morrison

The Great Flood

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Bill Frisell
Music & Film Series: Art of the Song  

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell
& Bill Morrison

The Great Flood

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Bill Morrison
Music & Film Series: Art of the Song  

Performance includes a Pre-Concert Talk that begins one hour before show time. > See all PCTs

Bill Frisell & Bill Morrison

Jazz and country music have long been seen as antithetical cultural forces, but don’t try telling that to guitar wizard Bill Frisell. Even before his pilgrimage to Music City to record the classic 1997 album Nashville, he’s long explored American roots music. Widely regarded as the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist to emerge in the 1980s, the restlessly creative Frisell has launched dozens of unique projects since, from his renowned 858 String Quartet to All We are Saying, his recent Savoy Jazz album exploring the music of John Lennon. But, Frisell always returns to the mysterious realm of the rural past. His latest project, The Great Flood, is a multimedia investigation into the 1927 Mississippi River flood, an epic disaster that killed over 200 people across seven states. Featuring Frisell regulars Ron Miles (cornet), Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), the piece examines how the flood transformed American society and culture, jump-starting the Great Migration that eventually led millions of African-Americans to depart from the South. With big-screen film and staging by Bill Morrison, The Great Flood draws on rarely seen historical footage. Morrison is a Guggenheim Fellow, best known for his heralded collage film Decasia and his collaborations with visionary musicians including Dave Douglas, Vijay Iyer, Steve Reich and Henryk Gorecki.

The Great Flood was commissioned by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (World Premiere); Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; Carnegie Hall; Symphony Center Presents, Chicago and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College. The Great Flood was commissioned through Meet The Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund. Additional support made possible by USA Projects, an online initiative of United States Artists.

Artist Personnel

Bill Frisell guitar
Bill Morrison film
Ron Miles cornet
Tony Scherr bass
Kenny Wollesen drums

Artist Website

"Frisell has become one of the most influential jazz guitarists of his generation while for the most part abandoning music that sounds… anything like jazz. " — JazzTimes
"It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. " — The New York Times
"(Bill) Morrison is a master of combining archival material with original footage to create unique visual tapestries that are set to contemporary music. " — No Depression