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Bill Frisell LIVE!
Water Street Music Hall
Rochester, NY
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Bill Frisell LIVE!
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Rochester Contemporary Arts Foundation is proud to present Bill Frisell in concert. The concert will raise funds to support Rochester Contemporary Arts Foundation (RCAF). RCAF is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to greater Rochester arts community by providing funds for: 1) aspiring musical artists to pursue contemporary music education; 2) public, private, and charter schools to subsidize their music programs, enhance existing programs with contemporary music education, or to start programs in schools that do not currently have a music program; and 3) to professional artist to produce collaborative works of art involving music and various art forms.


Described as being "at the very epicenter of modern American music" (BBC), Bill Frisell's career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and over 250 recordings, including 40 albums of his own. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, filmmakers and legendary musicians, but it is his work as a leader that has garnered increasing attention and accolades. Frisell's recording catalog, has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade." It includes his most recent albums for Savoy - Sign of Life with the 858 Quartet, his trio recording Beautiful Dreamers and his new collection of interpretations of the music of John Lennon, entitled All We Are Saying.

Frisell's Nonesuch output spans a wide ranging wellspring of musical expression - from original Buster Keaton film scores to arrangements of music for extended ensembles with horns and strings (the grammy nominated History/Mystery, the grammy-winning Unspeakable, Blues Dream and This Land); interpretations of work by other classic and contemporary American composers (Have a Little Faith); collaborations with the acclaimed rhythm section of bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Jim Keltner (Gone, Just Like a Train, Good Dog, Happy Man). Other releases include an album with Nashville musicians (Nashville), the solo album Ghost Town, an album of Frisell's arrangements of songs by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach (The Sweetest Punch), two trio albums with jazz legends  Dave Holland/Elvin Jones and Ron Carter/Paul Motian; and a collection of traditional American folk songs and original compositions inspired by them, entitled The Willies. The grammy nominated The Intercontinentals is an album that combines Frisell's own brand of American roots music with the influences of Brazilian, Greek, and Malian sounds. His album, Disfarmer, was inspired by the work of the mid-century rural Arkansas photographer Mike Disfarmer.

Floratone II  is Frisell's newest offering released in March, 2012, with the cooperative group of the same name featuring collaborators Matt Chamberlain, Lee Townsend and Tucker Martine.  Their debut album was described as a "studio-collaged musical masterpiece"  (Guitar Player) and "some of the most riveting music to emerge this year."  NPR.

In 2006, Frisell was named a USA Rasmuson Fellow grant recipient offered by United States Artists. He is also a recipient of grants from Meet the Composer and National Performance Network.

Recognized as one of America's 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was identified as an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in April 2012.
"After decades of trodding such a brave and singular path, maybe Frisell deserves his own genre. How about 'friz'?" Financial Times (London)

**NOTE** Ticket prices will remain $35 at the door.



Water Street Music Hall (View)
204 North Water Street
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

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