current projects


Photo credit: Monica Frisell

Photo credit: Monica Frisell

Bill Frisell Trio

With:
Bill Frisell - Guitar
Thomas Morgan - Bass
Rudy Royston - Drums


Photo credit: Jimmy Katz

Photo credit: Jimmy Katz

Bill Frisell Trio

With:
Bill Frisell - Guitar
Tony Scherr - Bass
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

"My trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen is probably the most flexible, spontaneous group I play with. The program can change from night to night depending on what kind of mood we're all in, the size or sound of the room, the audience, what we have or had not had to eat that day, how much sleep we've had recently, how far we've traveled, etc. etc. We never plan a set before hand. With Tony and Kenny I have the luxury of playing just about anything that comes into my head at any moment. This could be music from any of my albums, standard songs, folk songs, or whatever. These guys really inspire and challenge me every time we get together." -Bill Frisell


Photo credit: Monica Frisell

Photo credit: Monica Frisell

When You Wish Upon A Star

With:
Bill Frisell - Guitar
Petra Haden - Voice
Thomas Morgan - Bass
Rudy Royston - Drums

"I've been watching TV and movies my entire life. What I've seen and heard there is a huge part of, and is embedded so deeply into the fabric of what fires up my musical imagination. The music we play with this group draws from that deep well and hopefully pays tribute to the countless, anonymous, uncredited, unsung, extraordinary musicians who brought that wonderful world to life." - Bill Frisell


Photo credit: Monica Frisell

Photo credit: Monica Frisell

Bill Frisell - Solo


Photo credit: Claudia Engelhart

Photo credit: Claudia Engelhart

The Mesmerists

With:
Bill Frisell - Guitar, Composition
Bill Morrison - Film
Tony Scherr - Bass
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

mesmerist (plural mesmerists)
Noun

  1. One who mesmerizes.

mes·mer·ize
ˈmezməˌrīz/ 
verb

Hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or so as to transfix them. "She was mesmerized by the blue eyes that stared so intently into her own."

  • archaic
    hypnotize (someone).

synonyms:
enthrall, hold spellbound, entrance, dazzle, bedazzle, bewitch, charm, captivate, enchant, 
fascinate, transfix, grip, hypnotize: "the dancers mesmerized us"

The Mesmerists are a collaboration between Bill Frisell, his trio, and film maker Bill Morrison. This project combines the music of Bill Frisell with the films of Bill Morrison to create musical alchemy distilled through shards of forgotten nitrate.

Bill Morrison
The award-winning films of Bill Morrison often combine rare, degraded archival material with contemporary music.  The Great Flood, a collaboration with Bill Frisell was honored with a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for historical scholarship.  In addition to Frisell, Morrison has worked with some of the most celebrated composers and musicians of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Kronos Quartet, Vijay Iyer, Jöhann Jöhannsson, David Lang, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe, among many others.


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