Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet

Dec 07, 2013 08:30 PM - 11:59 PM

Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
w/ Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts, and Rudy Royston

Advance $35 // Day of Show $40

8:30PM doors // 9:00PM show // 18+

($25 student/standing room tickets available at the door only)


Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet

Born of a Monterey Jazz Festival commission in 2012, Bill Frisell’s Big Sur features an hour of original music, 19 compositions that explicitly reference the coastal-mountain environment. Titles such as “A Good Spot,” “Going to California,” “A Beautiful View,” “Big Sur,” and “On the Lookout” evoke the remote and pastoral setting with musical blends of chamber jazz, country, classical, folk, and rock. Joined by violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang, cellist Hank Roberts, and drummer Rudy Royston, the group premiered the music at the festival in September 2012. Six months later, the quintet recorded Big Sur at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, with longtime Frisell collaborators Lee Townsend and Adam Muñoz producing and engineering, respectively.

The commission included a residency at Glen Deven Ranch, an 860-acre property bequeathed to the Big Sur Land Trust. Glen Deven’s beauty and quietude provided Frisell with both inspiration and something even more rare: time to be alone with his muse (for the first ten day stay in April 2012).

“I’ve been so lucky playing and working so much,” reflects Frisell, “but it’s become rare in the past 20 years to actually have time to reflect on things and to let them percolate or simmer. In Big Sur, I never knew what time it was, my phone didn’t work, I slept whenever I wanted, and I woke up whenever I wanted. The idea was to just write music.

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