Bill Frisell w/ Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell with Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen
For this special night, guitarist and Resident Artistic Director Bill Frisell mines the catalog of the largely instrumental guitar-based music from the 1950s and 1960s that first inspired him to pick up the instrument. Joining Frisell for this evening of musical memories are the members of his working trio, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, along with frequent collaborator Greg Liesz, a master of lap and pedal steel guitars. This superb quartet will explore the music of jazz icon Charlie Christian, rock pioneers Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Link Wray and The Wrecking Crew, surf music legends Dick Dale, The Ventures and The Astronauts, and country music stars Chet Atkins, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant and Merle Travis. This performance promises a rare look into Bill Frisell’s formative influences, from a time when the electric guitar was in its infancy and creating a startlingly new sound, pushing popular music into the future.
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.