News & Reviews
- Thursday, March 17, 2011
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.
- Monday, May 3, 2010
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
This release by celebrated guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell marks the recording debut of The Intercontinentals, a band he formed in 2001 and which made its performance debut at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival that fall. The recording, produced by Lee Townsend, features both the original band members—the Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist Vinicius Cantuária; Greek-Macedonian musician Christos Govetas on oud, bouzouki and vocals; and Mali’s Sidiki Camara on percussion and vocals—as well as subsequently added musicians Greg Leisz on pedal steel and various slide guitars and violinist Jenny Scheinman.
Blending Frisell’s own brand of American roots music and his inimitable improvisational style with the influences of Brazilian, Greek, and Malian sounds has enabled him to expand upon his compositional technique in unique ways. The resulting sound has been described by DownBeat as possessing “fine webs of guitar interlacings, swaying momentum, dense textures and rhythmic urgency.” The album’s 14 tracks also include compositions by Cantuária, Govetas, Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore, and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.
Frisell, in talking about this collaboration, has said, “With this group I’ve been finding all kinds of new musical connections. It’s been a challenge and an inspiration.”
In addition to Frisell’s ongoing performance and collaborative recording activities, he was honored at London’s Barbican Theatre not long before the release of the album with An Evening with Bill Frisell, where he performed with The Intercontinentals, the newly created Bill Frisell Sextet featuring Leisz, Ron Miles, Scheinman, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wolleson, plus special guests Djelimady Tounkara, the celebrated guitarist from Mali, and Eliza Carthy, the young singer and violinist from the UK.
Bill Frisell, electric guitar (1-7, 9, 10, 12-14), acoustic guitar (5, 7), nylon string guitar (8, 11), baritone guitar (4), bass (13), loop (1, 3, 5-7, 9, 12, 13)
Christos Govetas, vocals (7-9), oud (1-3, 5, 7-10, 12, 13), bouzouki (4)
Greg Leisz, Asher lap steel (1, 4, 12), pedal steel guitar (2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14), National lap steel (7), Scheerhorn resonator guitar (13), loop (1, 3, 5,12)
Vinicius Cantuaria, voice (1, 7, 9, 11, 13), electric guitar (5, 7, 9, 11), nylon string guitar (2), snare drum (1, 3, 12, 13), bass drum (1, 3, 12, 13), triangle (2)
Sidiki Camara, vocals (4, 12), calabash (1-5, 7, 9-13), shaker (1-5, 7, 9-13), cymbals (1-5, 7, 9, 11-13), djembe (2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12), congas (11)
Jenny Scheinman, violin (2-7, 9, 12-14), harmony vocal (7)
Produced by Lee Townsend
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tucker Martine
Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Pro-Tools Editing: Floyd Reitsma and Justin Lieberman
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
All compositions by Bill Frisell except track 4 by Boubacar Traore, track 7 by Gilberto Gil, track 8 Traditional, track 10 by Christos Govetas, track 11 by Vinicius Cantuaria
Design: Doyle Partners
Audio Equipment Photos: Tom Schierlitz