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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Jazz / Americana / Other Seattle, WA  US
Surfer Girl
Surfer Girl
The Music of Glen Deven Ranch
The Music of Glen Deven Ranch
Show Me
Show Me
Probability Cloud Reprise
Probability Cloud Reprise
Heal
Heal

Discography

  • Billfrisell-guitarinthespaceage-cover
    Guitar In The Space Age! Released on Oct 7, 2014
  • Big sur 300
    Big Sur Released on Jun 18, 2013

Shows

  • Fri

    Jun 19

    Minneapolis, MN, US | 5:00pm

    Bill Frisell About Bill FrisellBill Frisell is one of the true giants of the jazz world. With his unique sound and singular approach to his craft, he has nearly single-handedly established a new genre of music. He has lent that sound to a diverse array of musicians on recordings: John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Vic Chestnut and Gus Van Sant have all hired Frisell for their projects. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well.While he has long been revered as one of the great artists in modern jazz, the breadth of his original work extends far beyond the reaches of jazz. His recordings have covered country swing, reggae, quasi-heavy metal, backbeat rock, 1970s pop and more, all with Frisells signature twang.

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  • Sun

    Jun 21

    Chicago, IL, US | 8:00pm
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  • Tue

    Jun 23

    Fairfield, CT, US | 3:00pm

    Bill Frissell Consistently one of the most interesting instrumentalists around, Bill Frisell pairs unparalleled taste with audacious use of equipment. with a deft hand and a nimble ear, Frisell uses his skill as a player and a bit of sonic bushwhacking to create new sounds and turn old ones on their heads. His latest record, Guitar in The Space Age looks at back at classic guitar work through the lens of modern perspective and technology. Artists like The Byrds, Beach Boys, Chantays, and Link Wray all get the kind of update that only Bill Frisell can deliver. Decked out in pitch shifters and sonic retainers, these songs are presented in a way never possible before. This tonal chaos is all held together by Bills elegant legato playing and judicious arrangement. With the vision to explore and the skill to hold it all down, he is truly a master of his craft.

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  • Wed

    Jun 24

  • Thu

    Jun 25

    Portland, ME, US | 2:00pm

    Bill Frisell Blue's BIG NAMES small room SERIES presents Grammy award winning guitarist, BILL FRISELL TWO TICKETED SHOWS! WEBSITE: http://www.billfrisell.com/ "Its 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." The New York Times. Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Van Dyke Parks, Vic Chesnutt, Rickie, Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Vinicius Cantuaria, Marc Johnson (in "Bass Desires"), Ronald Shannon Jackson and Melvin Gibbs (in "Power Tools"), Marianne Faithful, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Lyle Mays, Vernon Reid, Julius Hemphill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Hal Willner, Robin Holcomb, Rinde Eckert, The Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, David Sanborn, David Sylvian, Petra Haden and numerous others, including Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Daniel Lanois. This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety. "Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his (guitar)...His music is not what is typically called jazz, though it turns on improvisation; it's not rock'n roll; and it sure ain't that tired dinosaur called fusion. In one of the biggest leaps of imagination since the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix, Frisell coaxes and slams his hovering split-toned ax into shapes of things to come...But besides being a guitar genius, he's turned into a terrific songwriter. Like Monk, Frisell's harmonic and melodic ideas form a succinct, seamless mesh with outer sonic and rhythmic ideas about his ax." - Spin Special notes: Blue is now a 21+ club, but anyone underage is allowed if accompanied by their legal guardian. As with all ticketed shows, 100% of tickets sales go to the artist. In order to maintain the viability of the venue, we respectfully ask that each ticket holder make a minimum purchase of two items (food and/or beverage). We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. Doors will open one hour prior to each show time.

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Behind The Scenes with Bill Frisell on GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!

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  • Sami (Artist)
    Sami
    love & respect ....................have a great & awesome day
  • Dead End Lane (Artist)
    Dead End Lane
    Surfer Girl-excellent!!!
  • Rebecca Bruni (Artist)
    Rebecca Bruni
    Your touch and tone mark you out as a master, a true virtuoso. Bravo Bill!
  • Amelia (Artist)
    Amelia
    I'm loving your music on a cloudy and cold Minnesota day. It makes me miss Seattle so much. Wonderful, thanks for sharing such beauty and talent!
  • Sami (Artist)
    Sami
    Amazing …..It’s a great pleasure for me to have the chance to listen to your great tracks.....Wishing you all the best, love & respect
  • Tessie "Enchanted MusicBox" (Artist)
    Tessie "Enchanted Mu...
    Thinking of & missing the ocean:-) Wonderful music! Best wishes, _Tessie <3

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About

Sounds Like: Brad Mehldau, Bad Plus, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, McCoy Tyner

Label: Sony Masterworks

Manager: Songline / Tone Field Productions, Songline / Tone Field Productions

Bio: “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 ...See Full Bio

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"The electric guitar sound of the decade - oozing, cloudy enveloping - belongs to jazz renegade Bill Frisell…Like the best artists in any field, Frisell is not a slave to his tools; he's the creator who gives them new validity...His guitar sound is unmistakable - billowing, breathlike, multi-hued, immense at times, almost palpable. Frisell's music is accessible and avant-garde, a lyrical victory of man over machine, of personality over mechanics, of message over mathematics."

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

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