Bill Frisell News
January 30, 2001 Bill released his newest CD. It's titled BLUES DREAM
Bill contributes guitar to one track of Duncan Sheik's new release PHANTOOM MOON
Arriving Soon! Bill Frisell and the Willies CD release. Check the listings for details
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Bill  is featured in the June 2001 Down Beat's Blindfold Test column by Ted Panken
Bill continues his Summer/Fall 2001 tour. Check Songtone/Tonefield for dates
Bill is featured on Aiko Shimada's new Tzadik release BLUE MARBLE
Bill is a special guest on Danny Barnes & Thee Old Codgers CD
A show review from a springtime 2001 apperance in Chicago's Old Town School of Music
Bill has recorded music for a companion CD to Jim Woodring's upcoming children's book
A Rare CHRIS MASSEY Group Lp (with Bill) was sold with a single bid on Ebay recently
Don't miss this excellent 2001 Seattle Times article on Bill
DownBeat's August 2001 issue has an excellent Woodshed pro session on Looping
Bill Frisell's Trio has spent 3 weeks at NYC's Village Vanguard last  fall
Check out Bill on one track of Laurie Anderson's Life on a String
Bills new release with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones is available now
Look for summer  releases featuring Bill from Robin Holcomb, & The Willies
Bill is featured on 8 tracks of Sarah Siskind's January 22, 2002 release Covered
Bill Frisell is a studio guest artist on Norah Jones new 2002 release
MYSTERIO SYMPATICO a new colaboration with cartoonist Jim Woodring. Check it out HERE
Tucker Martine has recorded duet  sessions  with Bill Frisell and Petra Haden
Bill is interviewed by Marc Ribot in the Spring 2002 issue of BOMB Magazine
Bill is on the cover of Acoustic Guitar's May 2002 issue
Bill has been commissioned to compose music in response to works by the German painter Gerhard Richter. More info at /
Bill's Nashville bandmate, Jerry Douglas has just released his 5th recording Lookout For Hope
Bill joins Ron Miles on his newly released duet record named Heaven
New Session photos from Bill 2002 session with guitarist Leni Stern Here
ECM has released Selected Recordings Bill's Handpicked ECM "Best Of"
Bill has recently  recorded at Litho in Seattle. This time around it's Sidiki Camara (Mali) , Vinicius Cantuaria (Brasil), Christos Govetas (Greece), Greg Leisz (LA) and Jenny Scheinman (Bay Area). Mixing in SF in September....probably released early 2003.
Work continues on a collaborative record between Wayne Horvitz and Tucker Martine.This record will include guests Bill Frisell, Danny Barnes, Robin Holcomb, Eyvind Kang, Doug Weiselman, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Reggie Watts, Dave Carter and OthersThis will be released by Terminus Records in Atlanta.
Bill Frisell's new sextet features Ron Miles, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen and Sidiki Camara. The group will tour Europe in the fall of 2002. A  quintet version of this band with Miles, Scheinman, Scherr and Wollesen will have its debut at the Jazz Alley in Seattle in early October.
Bill  has accepted an invitation by Gerard Mortier, artistic director of the Ruhr Triennale Arts festival in Germany, to be musical director of the "Century of Song" series for the festival throughout 2003 and 2004. More info at
Bill appears on Wayne Horvitz's latest from Tazidik "Film Music 1998-2002"
Bill appears on a vintage Naked City recording from The Knitting Factory 1989
The Derek Trucks Band has recorded a tribute track "Frisell"  on their Sept. 2002 release Joyful Noise
A recent Bill Interview with American Routes On-line magazine
Updated on Dec. 7, 2004
Bill is working on a project with producer Hal Willner that involves the use of samples as well as many of his musical colleagues, including Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang and Hank Roberts. Release in 2004 on Nonesuch Records.
A May 2003 Bill Interview on
Bill Frisell and Petra Haden have recorded a new CD with producer Lee Townsend and engineer Tucker Martine at Trillium Lane Studios on Bainbridge Island that is now released in Canada, Italy and Australia on True North Records with other territories to follow in 2004. 
Bill Frisell's trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen playied the Village Vanguard in New York City from Dec. 2nd through the 14th 2003. Producer Lee Townsend and engineer Tucker Martine recorded four nights (Dec. 9 - 12) for a live CD. Bill's other working trio with Viktor Krauss and Kenny Wollesen was recorded this past May at Yoshi's in Oakland by engineer Claudia Engelhart. Both recordings and groups will be featured on the two-volume live set to be released on Nonesuch Records.
Bill Frisell's latest Nonesuch release, The Intercontinentals, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Contemporary World Music
Bill will appear in concert with Boubacar Traore on February 21, 2004 at Bellingham University in Washington. Also, Bill will be touring the UK with the Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara and Sidiki Camara, (percussion), Greg Leisz (slide guitars) and Jenny Scheinman (violin) in late February and Early March 2004
Bill plays on upcoming releases by Rickie Lee Jones, trumpet player Dave Douglas and singer-songwriter Jesse Harris.
14-15  JAN 2004  The Bill Frisell Trio Bill Frisell (guitar), Kenny Wollesen (drums) & Tony Scher (bass)  The world premiere of new Bill Frisell film scores commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival®. The scores will accompany five early films by Georges Méliès, including “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) and “The Impossible Voyage” (1904). Plus, the New York premiere of a Frisell score to the 1935 Japanese film “Dkudan Hanayome” (“Bombshell Bride”), directed by Keisuke Sasaki. Bill Morrison’s “The Mesmerist” with live accompaniment by the Trio, will also be screened. Presented in association with WNYC/New Sounds® Live and broadcast on 93.9 FM. WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER WINTER GARDEN
Bill concert Alert!
Sunday 29 February 2004 - 7.30pm Barbican Centre London

Bill Frisell Group with Djelimady Tounkara featuring Greg Leisz (slide guitars), Jenny Scheinman
(violin) and Sidiki Camara (calabash, djembe, percussion).

Two of the world's greatest guitarists in a stunning collaboration that updates their sold out London debut of 2002.  'The gig was an inspiration' -The Guardian

American superstar Bill Frisell and his band join forces with Malian master Djelimady Tounkara for a stunning collaboration.  Bill Frisell's music draws on the full range of American music from rock to blues and country to jazz, whilst Djelimady Tounkara has developed his own quicksilver guitar style originating from the kora and balafon music of Mali, with strong Cuban, rock and blues influences.
Inspired by each other's music, Djelimady and Bill have created this explosive combination which brings together a select group of extraordinary musicians from Frisell's band, The Intercontinentals, each bringing acompelling and distinctive dynamic to the ensemble.

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Bill appears in the March 8, 2004 issue of Time magazine.  It's a one page special advertising feature which includes a profile of Bill and advertises NPR's Creators at Carnegie Radio Series.
Bill appears in the May 2004 issue of Jazziz magazine's monthly feature BEFORE AND AFTER
Clara Bley and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra will record Bill's tune Throughout for a  release in 2005.
Bill recently recorded with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano for the upcoming Paul Motian Trio CD to be released in the Spring of 2005 on ECM Records
Bill is a special guest on upcoming releases by Loudon Wainwright III, Renee Fleming, Vic Chesnutt and Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez.
Bill will be recording in early Dec 2004 with Jenny Scheinman. After an appearance at NYC's Tonic, the band will hit the studio. The line-up will be: Jenny Scheinman - violin, Bill Frisell - guitar, Doug Weiselman - clarinets, Russ Johnson - trumpet, Rachelle Garniez - piano, accordion, claviola, Tim Luntzel - bass, Dan Rieser - drums
Congratulations to Bill on his 2004 GRAMMY award nomination!
Details: Field 10 - Jazz Category 45 -  Best Contemporary Jazz Album(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.) 1/ Journey-Fourplay 2/ Unspeakable-Bill Frisell 3/ In Praise Of Dreams-Jan Garbarek4/ The Hang-Don Grusin 5/ Strength-Roy Hargrove