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.
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.
"Jim Hall made such extraordinary, beautiful music...like nothing we had heard before. Absolutely one of a kind. A master. We all know that. But....what I'm thinking about now is the humanity, humility, generosity....STRENGTH. In all his interactions...whether on the bandstand...or in everyday conversation...it always seemed as if his energy and attention was directed outward....away from himself. He listened. LISTENED....in such a big way....and cared. He was so aware of what was going on around him and could transform it...bring it (us) together....lift it up. It wasn't about him. It was about all of us. He never looked back, never settled, uncompromising, kept going and going, stayed excited, curious, like a little kid. Wow. Jim Hall! Amazing.
Thank you Jim."
- Bill Frisell
Click HERE for Bill's interview with Jim for Fretboard Journal.
Click HERE for "Chico Hamilton and Jim Hall" - Spirits Rejoice
MASTER GUITARIST BILL FRISELL TURNS CURATOR FOR ROOTS OF AMERICANA SERIES WITH SAM AMIDON, JASON MORAN AND ALICIA HALL MORAN
by BEN GREENMAN photography ATISHA PAULSON
In his three decades as a recording artist, Bill Frisell has ranged across American music, from jazz to country to pop to folk. He has collaborated with everyone from Vernon Reid to Elvis Costello, created film scores and covered artists as diverse as Neil Young, Hank Williams and Madonna. Now he's taking on a new challenge, as the curator of Jazz At Lincoln Centerâ€™s Roots of Americana series. The first shows, opening this month, look at George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Stephen Foster and William Billings.
"THERES A BODY OF SONGS THAT WAS JUST SORT OF IN MY BLOODSTREAM. I DIDN'T REALLY EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM."
A little more than a week before the Lincoln Center event, Frisell was in a San Francisco hotel, putting the finishing touches on the program. Soft-spoken and circumspect, he admits that the notion of an Americana theme initially gave him pause. "From my side, that idea left it very wide open. There's a whole umbrella under that word, Americana, a world of music, and I just wanted to make sure we captured some part of it"
Being Here, a compilation of interviews with extraordinary New York City improvisational musicians on the values and practices that inform their music making. I ask them about composing, improvising and bandleading, andabout the relationship between art and the audience. The book is a resource on the creative process, and tells a story of jazz at this time and place. By Radhika Philip
Featured artists: Andy Bey, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Butch Morris, Chris Potter, Dafnis Prieto, David Binney, Dave Douglas, Gregoire Maret, Henry Threadgill, Jane Ira Bloom, Jason Moran, Kenny Wollesen, Maria Schneider, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Steve Coleman, Thomas Morgan, Vijay Iyer, William