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  • Bill Frisell Brings Multimedia "Disfarmer Project" to Europe

    Bill Frisell launches an 11-city European tour featuring the music of his last Nonesuch album, Disfarmer, in Hamburg, Germany, tonight. Joining him on tour are steel-guitar player Greg Leisz, bassist Viktor Krauss, and violinist Carrie Rodriquez. In the multimedia piece, inspired by the life, work, and subjects of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer, projected images of Disfarmer's portraits illuminate Frisell's musical perspectives on this fascinating character.

  • Bill Frisell Begins Two-Week Residency at New York's Village Vanguard; Film Featuring His Music Opens at Hot Docs Festival

    Bill Frisell is in New York City this week to begin a two-week residency at the Village Vanguard. This week's line-up features the Bill Frisell Trio, with Eyvind Kang on violin and Rudy Royston on drums. Next week, Frisell leads his 858 Quartet, with Kang returning on violin, Jenny Scheinman on violin as well, and Hank Roberts joining on cello. Tonight, Portrait of a Man, a new documentary film featuring Frisell's music, receives its international premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

About this Album

Downtown Manhattan avant-garde luminaries Julius Hemphill, Arto Lindsey, and John Zorn join Frisell on his Nonesuch debut. Declared the New York Times: "By following through on the implications of his unfettered sounds, Mr. Frisell has made his best album."


Bill Frisell, banjo (2-5), acoustic and electric guitars
Arto Lindsay, electric guitar (1, 7, 8), voice (8)
Peter Scherer, keyboards (1, 7), drum programming (1), keyboard bass (8)
Joey Baron, drums
Hank Roberts, cello (2-5, 6), voice (6)
Kermit Driscoll, electric bass (2-5, 6)
Julius Hemphill, Billy Drewes, alto saxophone (2-5)
Doug Wieselman, baritone saxophone (2-5)

Album produced by Lee Townsend
Mastered by Greg Calbi

Track 1, 7, 8 recorded at Skyline Studios, Platinum Island, and Creative Audio Recording, New York City, August 1988
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
Assistant Engineers: Pat Dillet, Oz Fritz, and Jason Baker
Produced by Peter Scherer and Arto Lindsay

Tracks 2-5 recorded at Power Station, New York City, September 1988
Recording and Mixing Engineer: James Farber
Assistant Engineer: Gary Solomon
Produced by Lee Townsend

Track 6 recorded at Sound on Sound Recording, New York City, September 1988
Mixed at Skyline Studios, New York City
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Roger Moutenot
Assistant Engineers: Michael McMackin and Paul Angelli
Produced by John Zorn

All songs composed by Bill Frisell. Tracks 1, 7, 8 arr. Bill Frisell, Peter Scherer, and Arto Lindsay; tracks 2-5 arr. Bill Frisell; track 6 arr. John Zorn. Track 8 lyrics by Arto Lindsay.

Art direction and design: Manhattan Design
Cover photography by Laura Levine

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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