Skip directly to content
Browse by:
  • Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Bill Frisell Brings Multimedia "Disfarmer Project" to Europe

    Bill Frisell launches a European tour featuring the music of his last Nonesuch album, Disfarmer, at NDR's Rolf-Liebermann-Studio in Hamburg, Germany, tonight. Joining the guitarist-composer on tour are two of the musicians heard on the album, steel-guitar player Greg Leisz and bassist Viktor Krauss, along with Carrie Rodriquez on violin. The 11-city tour continues to the end of the month, making additional stops in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark. See below for the complete list of dates.

    The multimedia piece Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project, inspired by the life, work, and subjects of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer, was commissioned by the Wexner Center & The Walker Arts Center in 2007. The photographs taken by Disfarmer in Heber Springs, a small Arkansas town in the 1940s and 1950s are now recognized for their hauntingly penetrating qualities, formal elegance, and stark observational poetry from major art museums who have acquired Disfarmer photographs for their collections throughout the United States. Frisell echoes their timeless, captivating qualites by balancing evocative atmospherics and traditional American musical forms to create his suite inspired by Disfarmer. These compositions draw in part on traditional Ozark fiddle music (Disfarmer was an avid fiddler himself). 

    During the performance, projected images of Disfarmer's portraits illuminate Frisell's musical perspectives on this fascinating character. This production features the set design of Alexander Nichols and was developed under the direction of Frisell’s long-time collaborator, Lee Townsend. Charles Helm, the Wexner Center's director of performing arts who introduced Frisell to Disfarmer's work, describes the musicians as "a uniquely American artist with a distinctive and singular musical voice like that of Thelonious Monk or Aaron Copland." Helm explains: "In his probing yet atmospheric evocations of American vistas I could hear parallels to the emotional truths of Disfarmer’s compelling photographs."

    Below are the currently scheduled stops on the Disfarmer tour. For more on the tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Frisell's Disfarmer or any of the albums in Frisell's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store now.

    BILL FRISELL'S DISFARMER PROJECT IN EUROPE

    Mar 17 Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, NDR Hamburg, GERMANY
    Mar 18 Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, NDR Hamburg, GERMANY
    Mar 19 Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Turin, ITALY
    Mar 20 The Fillmore Piacenza, ITALY
    Mar 22 Théâtre Brétigny Paris, FRANCE
    Mar 24 Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin Vaulx-en-Velin, FRANCE
    Mar 25 Pôle Sud Strasbourg, FRANCE
    Mar 26 Espace Paul Éluard Stains, FRANCE
    Mar 27 Allerheiligen Hofkirche Munich, GERMANY
    Mar 28 Kunsthaus Weiz Weiz, AUSTRIA
    Mar 29 Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Uppsala, SWEDEN
    Mar 30 Royal Library Copenhagen, DENMARK

    Journal Articles:On TourArtist News

Enjoy This Post?

Share This Post

Bill Frisell Brings Multimedia "Disfarmer Project" to Europe

Browse by:
nonesuch's picture
on March 15, 2011 - 12:24pm
Article Type: 
Publish date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 14:00
Excerpt: 

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.

Copy: 

Bill Frisell launches a European tour featuring the music of his last Nonesuch album, Disfarmer, at NDR's Rolf-Liebermann-Studio in Hamburg, Germany, tonight. Joining the guitarist-composer on tour are two of the musicians heard on the album, steel-guitar player Greg Leisz and bassist Viktor Krauss, along with Carrie Rodriquez on violin. The 11-city tour continues to the end of the month, making additional stops in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark. See below for the complete list of dates.

The multimedia piece Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project, inspired by the life, work, and subjects of eccentric photographer Mike Disfarmer, was commissioned by the Wexner Center & The Walker Arts Center in 2007. The photographs taken by Disfarmer in Heber Springs, a small Arkansas town in the 1940s and 1950s are now recognized for their hauntingly penetrating qualities, formal elegance, and stark observational poetry from major art museums who have acquired Disfarmer photographs for their collections throughout the United States. Frisell echoes their timeless, captivating qualites by balancing evocative atmospherics and traditional American musical forms to create his suite inspired by Disfarmer. These compositions draw in part on traditional Ozark fiddle music (Disfarmer was an avid fiddler himself). 

During the performance, projected images of Disfarmer's portraits illuminate Frisell's musical perspectives on this fascinating character. This production features the set design of Alexander Nichols and was developed under the direction of Frisell’s long-time collaborator, Lee Townsend. Charles Helm, the Wexner Center's director of performing arts who introduced Frisell to Disfarmer's work, describes the musicians as "a uniquely American artist with a distinctive and singular musical voice like that of Thelonious Monk or Aaron Copland." Helm explains: "In his probing yet atmospheric evocations of American vistas I could hear parallels to the emotional truths of Disfarmer’s compelling photographs."

Below are the currently scheduled stops on the Disfarmer tour. For more on the tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Frisell's Disfarmer or any of the albums in Frisell's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store now.

BILL FRISELL'S DISFARMER PROJECT IN EUROPE

Mar 17 Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, NDR Hamburg, GERMANY
Mar 18 Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, NDR Hamburg, GERMANY
Mar 19 Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Turin, ITALY
Mar 20 The Fillmore Piacenza, ITALY
Mar 22 Théâtre Brétigny Paris, FRANCE
Mar 24 Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin Vaulx-en-Velin, FRANCE
Mar 25 Pôle Sud Strasbourg, FRANCE
Mar 26 Espace Paul Éluard Stains, FRANCE
Mar 27 Allerheiligen Hofkirche Munich, GERMANY
Mar 28 Kunsthaus Weiz Weiz, AUSTRIA
Mar 29 Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Uppsala, SWEDEN
Mar 30 Royal Library Copenhagen, DENMARK

featuredimage: 
Bill Frisell "Disfarmer" [cover]

Submit Your Comment

Related Posts

  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Friday, February 24, 2017

    John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 is performed by San Francisco Symphony, violinist Leila Josefowicz … Timo Andres performs Adams, premieres new work at Barbican … Devendra Banhart is in Florida … Richard Goode plays Bach, Chopin in Texas … Tigran Hamasyan launches world tour in Los Angeles … Lake Street Dive heads south … Brad Mehldau Trio rounds out European run … Joshua Redman brings new quartet to Houston … The Staves play out West … and more …

    Journal Topics: On TourWeekend Events
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Conor Oberst has shared the music video for "Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out," from his forthcoming album, Salutations. The video, directed by Greg Marinaccio, was filmed at the very same bar in Manhattan's East Village that inspired the song. You can watch it here and download the track (and three others) now when you pre-order Salutations. Oberst, with The Felice Brothers as his backing band, will tour in support of Salutations beginning March 9 in his hometown of Omaha, including several just-announced new dates.

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsOn TourVideo
[{"parent":{"title":"Get on the list !","body":" Get exclusive information about NONESUCH tour dates, video premieres and special announcements ","field_newsletter_id":"14075483","field_label_list_id":"6389157","field_display_rates":"-1","field_preview_mode":"false","field_lbox_height":"","field_lbox_width":"","field_toaster_timeout":"6000","field_toaster_position":"From Bottom","field_turnkey_height":"400"}}]

Performs On