Bill Frisell, solo
Bill Frisell, solo
Resident Artistic Director Bill Frisell presents an evening of guitar invention in the most expressive and intimate setting possible – a very rare solo performance. Free from the confines of a group, Frisell’s singular artistry as an improviser, composer and radical musical re-interpreter becomes crystal clear. Widely considered one of the “big three” guitarists in jazz (along with six-stringers John Scofield and Pat Metheny), Frisell was described best by The New Yorker: “Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals." For his solo shows, Frisell’s choice of material may roam freely from his own compositions and jazz chestnuts by Thelonious Monk to wildly unconventional takes on Bob Dylan, Madonna and the Americana of Stephen Foster, often utilizing layers of loops, delays and other effects to expand the sonic possibilities. This expansive solitary approach was captured on his 1999 Nonesuch album Ghost Town, a superlative recording that offers only a hint of the invention and spontaneous creation marking his solo performances. This night is required attendance for all guitar players, and all lovers of jazz at its most unconventional.
About Bill Frisell
Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions. From Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Buster Keaton and Bob Dylan, from urban thrash and American Songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang, Frisell distills the essence of the American experience.