May 28,2002
        CELEBRATED GUITARIST BILL FRISELL TO RELEASE THE WLLIES ON NONESUCH JUNE 11, 2002

ARTIST PERFORMS BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC WITH SHOWS IN LONDON MAY 18, 2002 AND BROOKLYN JUNE 7 & 8, 2002 
        THE WILLIES PRESS RELEASE
Guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell releases his sixteenth Nonesuch recording The Willies on June 11, 2002. Taking the unique sound that the L.A. Weekly described "...as unmistakably American as that of Charles Ives or Duke Ellington..." deeper into Aural explorations of American traditional music. The Willies is Frisell's characteriscally inimitable and modern take on bluegrass and country blues.

The collection features eight traditional offerings including Cluck Old Hen and Cold, Cold Heart as well as eight original compositions. Produced by Lee Townsend and engineered by Tucker Martine, The Willies was recorded in Seattle at Flora Avenue Studio and features Frisell on electric and acoustic guitars and loops, Danny Barnes (Bad Livers) on banjo and guitar and Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, David Sylvain and Wayne Horvitz's Zony Mash) on bass.

"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." The New York Times

Frisell's career spans more than 20 years and 100 recordings as guitarist, composer, bandleader and collaborator. His Nonesuch discography was recently cited as "the best recorded output of the decade" by Downbeat Magazine, and he has joined forces with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Marianne Faithful and John Scofield. Frisell has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis (the German equivalent of a Grammy award). In 1998 and 1999 he received both a Critics Award and the Industry Award in the category of "Best Guitarist" in the Annual Jazz Awards.

On May 18, 2002 there will be a very special concert at the Barbican Theater in London called "An Evening with Bill Frisell" where he will perform with his two newest groups, featuring some of his long-time musical cooleagues and more recent collaborators:

Bill Frisell's Intercontinental Quartet featuring Vinicius Cantuaria, Sidiki Camara and Christos Govetas.

Bill Frisell Sextet featuring Greg Leisz, Ron Miles, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen

and special guests: Djelimady Tounkara, the celebrated guitarist from Mali and Eliza Carthy (the young singer and violinist from the U.K.).

Folowing the London show, Frisell will premire his newest collaboration with visual artist Jim Woodring at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. June 7 and 8. Commisioned by St. Ann's, the new performance piece entitled Mysterio Simpatico: an illumined musicale, features Frisell's score written for trio (Frisell, with Jenny Scheinman and trumpeter Ron Miles) and Woodring's artwork. Woodring's past work includes the covers of Gone, Just Like a Train and Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones. It will also be presented on July 16, 2002 at the University of Washington's Summer Arts Festival.

Bill Frisell's Intercontinental Quartet with Vinicius Cantuaria, Sidiki Camara, and Christos Govetas will perform in a week-long engagement at Yoshi'd in Oakland, CA from June 18-23.
Danny Barnes and Keith Lowe
Photographed by Bryan Aaker