As a string quartet, one of our great loves is the act of commissioning and performing new music, and this is where the Brooklyn Rider Almanac got started. We've already commissioned fifteen new works from a diverse list of musicians, all of whom operate mostly outside of the classical music world. We asked each composer to name a personally influential artistic figure active within the last 50 years, and incorporate the spirit of that influence into the piece. Every time a composer came back to us with their source of inspiration, our excitement mounted. We started to realize that there was a much deeper story to tell...
The Littlest Prisoner, the latest from critically-hailed singer, violinist, composer and arranger Jenny Scheinman, will be released May 6 on Sony Masterworks.
Her eighth studio album, The Littlest Prisoner follows Scheinman’s 2012 release Mischief & Mayhem, which All About Jazz called “a near-flawless package of musical craftsmanship.” Scheinman, whom The New York Times has called “full of playful ideas” and “a soulful, generous improviser,” will play several upcoming dates with Ani DiFranco.
Click HERE to see the 7-minute video including rare interview footage of Bill's friends and fellow musicians. Emma Franz launched a fundraising campaign with IndieGoGo to help fund the finishing touches of the documentary. She looking to raise $32k to help with expenses. You might have seen her video taping at live shows across the US and Europe.
Whether due to financial shortcomings, boredom, space constraints or restlessness, every guitarist has a tale of the “one that got away,” an instrument that we should have held onto, but, somehow, didn’t.
In the case of Bill Frisell, the one that got away was a custom 1968 Gibson ES-175. In his 20s, while the young musician was still discovering his singular voice, the Gibson was his main guitar and constant companion. And then, in a move he’d regret for decades, he sold it.
Click HERE for the full article by Fretboard Journal which also includes a VIDEO interview of Bill and his story.
Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by icons Bill Frisell, Ray Charles and Sir Mix-A-Lot, written by composers Luís Tinoco, Du Yun and Gabriel Prokofiev. Sonic Evolution is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.
Greg Cohen's new CD Golden State will be coming out soon. A collaboration duo with Greg Cohen on bass and Bill Frisell on guitar. This nine song CD produced by Greg Cohen & Mike Panico was recorded at Parkwest Studios, Brooklyn, NY on December 3rd, 2012 and will be released on Relative Pitch Records early 2014.
Click HERE for more info from Relative Pitch Records.
Uncle Paul's Closet Radio Show on 93.3 WRFR LP Rockland, Maine
Each week (the first 3 Fridays of the month, 9-11am), the show centers around a theme such as early influences, particular compositions, a time period or his work with specific players. The show also features short readings from his autobiography, journals and interviews.
Bill recently joined the UW community with his appointment as affiliate professor at the UW's School of Music Jazz Studies program. "This will give me the opportunity to make my roots here in town deeper", Frisell said. "And I feel like I can learn as much from the students as they can learn from me. Music is such an overwhelming thing. That's one of the first things that I tell students that there's not a point you reach where you're finished." - Click HERE to read the full article.
Charles Cajori, who passed away December 1, personified a kind of painter that has become increasingly rare, one who was not only highly accomplished and acclaimed as an artist, but extraordinarily generous and accessible as well.