Guitarist Bill Frisell, a relentless explorer of American roots traditions, was selected last summer for the first annual FreshGrass Composing Commission, given yearly to an artist whose work reflects the FreshGrass mission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music. For the world premiere performance at the Strand in San Francisco, Frisell convened a new ensemble consisting of vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Bergman to perform the work, a sprawling and evocative trip through the landscape of American music of the last century. We are proud to reprise it on FreshGrass’ flagship stage at MASS MoCA.
Bill Frisell: Sugar Baby
Bill Frisell: Good Dog, Happy Man