Events - Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Atkins Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 5:00 PM
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For a second consecutive season, the Harriman-Jewell Series will join with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to present guitarist Bill Frisell and ensemble to Kansas City audiences.

Frisell’s celebrated collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison features ensemble musicians Ron Miles (cornet), Tony Scherr (bass, guitar) and Kenny Wollesen (drums, vibraphone) reflecting both visually and musically on the devastating Mississippi River Flood of 1927. The disaster spurred the mass-exodus displacement of rural black southern sharecroppers to northern cities, and saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues, more urbane forms of Jazz, and Rock & Roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialogue, Morrison and Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in America through a collection of silent-film footage matched to an original live soundtrack. LA Weekly reviewer Chuck Wilson wrote that The Great Flood "is cinema as art, and a classic."

Described as being at "the very epicenter of modern American Music” by BBC, Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and 250 recordings, including 40 of his own. Frisell’s recording catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” including his recent albums Sign of Life with the 858 Quartet, Beautiful Dreamers with his trio, and All We Are Saying, a new collection of John Lennon interpretations.

Presenters: Harriman-Jewell Series; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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