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STG Presents Bill Frisell “When You Wish Upon a Star”
November 5, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Frisell photo by Paul Moore
On his new release, the beguiling guitarist pays tribute to “the countless, anonymous, uncredited, unsung, extraordinary musicians” of the films and TV shows that are “embedded so deeply into the fabric of what fires up my musical imagination.” With Petra Haden (vocals), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Matt Chamberlain (drums), Frisell performs film and TV gems, some well-known, some obscure. (Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.)
It’s hard to imagine a more disarmingly authentic major artist than Bill Frisell. It is also kind of refreshing to know that a distinctive individual, like Bill, can continue to unveil new artistic output, with remarkable collaborators all around the world – especially on an instrument as ubiquitous as the guitar – and retain the purity and heart of his own artistic identity. It is entirely right that Bill Frisell should live here in Seattle. We’re happy to call him a friend, and pleased to join STG in presenting music from his recent recording, When You Wish Upon a Star.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Colorado, Frisell studied music at both the University of Northern Colorado and Berklee College of Music. His first big break came when Pat Metheny recommended him for a recording session that he was unable to attend. Following that successful session, Frisell became an in-house guitar player for prestigious ECM Label, where he released his thoughtful debut record, In Line, with Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, in 1983.
Since then, he has released over 30 albums as a leader, and has continually increased his list of remarkable collaborators to include Elvis Costello, Yo-Yo Ma, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Lucinda Williams, Joe Henry, Buddy Miller, and many more.
Released in early 2016 on Okeh Records, When You Wish Upon a Star pays tribute to “the countless, anonymous, uncredited, unsung, extraordinary musicians” of the films and TV shows that are “embedded so deeply into the fabric of what fires up my musical imagination.” Featuring Petra Haden (vocals), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Matt Chamberlain (drums), the album was given 4 ½ out of 5 stars on All About Jazz, who called it “music that will likely assume even greater freedom and collective/collaborative expansion in a live context.”