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  • Ahead of the long-awaited world premiere of Omar, the opera composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, next Friday, Giddens has released her own recording of the song “Julie’s Aria” from the opera. The recording was made by Giddens with guitarist Bill Frisell and her frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi. Omar is based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807. “My work as a whole is about excavating and shining a light on pieces of history that not only need to be seen and heard," Giddens says, "but that can also add to the conversation about what’s going on now. This is a story that hasn’t been represented in the operatic world—or in any world.” Omar will also be performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

  • Cornetist, composer, and educator Ron Miles died at his home in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, March 8, due to complications from polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, at the age 58. He can be heard on several Nonesuch recordings, performing with Joshua Redman on the 2018 Grammy-nominated album Still Dreaming and with Bill Frisell on History, Mystery (2008), Blues Dream (2001), and Quartet (1996).

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    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.

     

     

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    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)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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

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Frisell’s band of world-music adventurers hails from Greece, Mali, and Brazil—“as diverse a lineup as any musical globalist could wish for,” says the Los Angeles Times. “The great beauty of this album is the consistent surprises it offers.”

Description: 

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.

 

 

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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

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79661

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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MUSICIANS
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)

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