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

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Bill Frisell is in New York City this week to begin a two-week residency at the Village Vanguard, starting Tuesday. This first 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. For more on these and other upcoming performances, visit


Tonight, before the residency begins, Portrait of a Man, a new documentary film featuring the music of Bill Frisell, receives its international premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto. The documentary, which first screened in Helsinki in January, is the final film in a trilogy by Finnish director Visa Koiso-Kanttila.

Like the two earlier films in the trilogy, Portrait of a Man explores a Finnish man’s role in a changing world. It tells the story of Kalle Rissanen, whose life has recently fallen into crisis, and who, as a result, has decided to change the path of his life. Kalle awakens to the fact that his own father committed suicide at exactly the same age as he is now and under circumstances similar to those he is experiencing in his own life. Portrait of a Man follows Kalle in his search for answers: what led his father to that fateful decision and how can he avoid the same path?

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