Interview: Bill Frisell’s Big Year

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with guitar legend Bill Frisell

WHO: Bill Frisell

WHAT: TD Toronto Jazz Festival (Sold Out) & Bill Frisell: A Portrait (film)

WHERE: The Church of the Redeemer (Jazz Fest) & Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

WHEN: Saturday June 24th (12:30pm – Hot Docs Cinema) (8pm – Church of the Redeemer)





Bill Frisell: A Portrait

One of the most influential musicians of the last 30 years, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has 46 albums under his belt—as well as countless collaborations with artists including Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Mike Gibbs, Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Hal Willner, Joey Baron and Jason Moran (all featured in this doc). Having contributed his creative touch to jazz, country, folk, rock, pop, blues and more, Frisell has built a worldwide reputation as a versatile genius, with a handful of awards to prove it. This documentary features stunning live performances and revealing interviews with Frisell and fellow musicians.

Bill Frisell will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival:

Frisell is a guitarist whose minimalist aesthetic colors each carefully chosen note he plays, and he can coat a room in mysterious yet strangely warming tones. Bill is joined by a sympathetic partner, bassist Thomas Morgan, a familiar figure from recent Frisell ensembles, in a duo format that harks back to Frisell’s very first recording as a leader, “In Line,” from 1983.

“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 up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often avoided subject, tenderness.” – The New York Times

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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