Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell is widely hailed as a national treasure, and is uniquely qualified to create a suite of music drawing on the disparate origins of blues, folk and jazz, transforming them into mid-century rhythm based guitar music, and culminating in the progressive interpretations and experimentation of the form.
"It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness." - The New York Times
The project will mark the third collaboration between Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison, who has worked with some of the most important compsers of our time including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Henryk Gorecki, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award. “Decasia”, his feature length collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, is described by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice as “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle.”
“Tony Scherr has a few different profiles as a musician, each of them sharp-honed…and generously melding into the others.” - New York Times
Born in New Haven CT, Tony Scherr is arguably one of the most in-demand sidemen in New York City. The list is long; as a bassist, guitarist, or singer Tony has worked with: Bill Frisell Trio, Sexmob, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Willie Nelson, Rickie Lee Jones, Ani DiFranco, Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian, Sasha Dobson, Shawn Colvin, The Abrams Brothers, and Teddy Thompson to name a few.
Tony has made two records of his own music released on Smells Like Records titled "Come Around" (2001), and "Twist in the Wind" (2008). His current band; Tony Scherr Trio, (with Anton Fier on drums and Rob Jost on bass) has been playing various steady Monday night residencies in NYC since 2006 at different venues. They currently play every Monday at The Living Room, where they have recently recorded a live album. A ubiquitous presence on the New York downtown scene, drummer Kenny Wollesen's latest projects include collaborating with Cyro Baptista on the Sound of Community Project, playing bass drum with the marching band Himalayas, playing vibes in a plethora of John Zorn bands, playing drums regularly with Sexmob, Love Trio, Bill Frisell, U-Roy and he is a founder member of Wollesonic Laboratories.
A Denver, Colorado native, cornetist Ron Miles has played with Bill Frisell in a number of recording and live situations including his current quintet, the celebrated quartet of the mid-nineties, groups that perform in Frisell’s collaborative multi-media pieces with artist Jim Woodring’s, Mysterio Sympatico and Probability Cloud, his septet and with the group that interpreted Frisell’s arrangements of songs by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. He has appeared on such recordings as Blues Dream, Quartet and The Sweetest Punch. Ron has recorded as a leader for Gramavision with two releases, Woman’s Day and My Cruel Heart. More recently he recorded a CD, entitled Heaven, a duo recording for Sterling Circle Records on which Bill is his guest, Laughing Barrel and Stone/Blossom with his quartet featuring Brandon Ross, Anthony Cox and Rudy Royston. Ron also plays with clarinetist Don Byron, vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, and has worked with drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist Charlie Hunter. When not on the road, he serves as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Metropolitan State College in Denver.