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BILL FRISELL Music for Strings featuring Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang and Hank Roberts
Guitarist Bill Frisell’s Music for Strings - featuring violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts - will perform music from “Electricity", Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, along with compositions from their Woody Guthrie project as well as music drawn from such albums as "Big Sur", "Richter 858", “Unspeakable", "History Mystery”, Allen Ginsberg's “Kaddish", Hunter S. Thompson's "Kentucky Derby” - and some special surprises.
Bill Frisell, electric guitar
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Eyvind Kang, viola
Hank Roberts, cello
BILL FRISELL - MUSIC FOR STRINGS Originally the music for this group was written for and inspired by eight Gerhard Richter paintings (858, 1-8).
A project was put together and produced by my friend, David Breskin. The Richter paintings are where this began, but the chemistry felt so good with these folks, I have written much more music and will continue to do so as it develops on into the future.
The group consists of Jenny Scheinman (violin),Eyvind Kang (viola), and Hank Roberts (cello). "For me, this has been a chance to write for my dream string section and also a reunion with one of my best friends, Hank Roberts. Hank was in my first band and we hadn't played together or even seen each other for many years.” - Bill Frisell
Jenny Scheinman is a singer, violin player, composer and arranger. She grew up on a homestead in Northern California in a family of folk musicians, studied at Oberlin Conservatory, graduated with a degree in English literature from UC Berkeley, and has been performing since she was a teenager. She has taken the #1 Rising Star Violinist title in the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and has been listed as one of their Top Ten Overall Violinists for a decade. She has garnered numerous highprofile arranging credits with Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, Metallica and Sean Lennon, and has toured and recorded with Bill Frisell, Bruce Cockburn, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Nels Cline, Vinicius Cantuaria, Rodney Crowell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Mark Ribot. She has eight CDs of original music to date; The Littlest Prisoner, Mischief & Mayhem, Jenny Scheinman, Crossing The Field, 12 Songs, Shalagaster, The Rabbi's Lover and Live At Yoshi’s.
Violist Eyvind Kang, has worked extensively with Bill Frisell and Laurie Anderson, as well as written arrangements for Sunn O))), Blonde Redhead, and many others. He has also released many acclaimed albums of original music, including the choral piece Athlantis (2007), The Yelm Sessions (2007), and Virginal Co-ordinates (2004). His teachers have included legendary jazz violinist Michael White, Dr. N. Rajam, and Dr. Hossein Omoumi.
Hank Roberts has created a unique and original voice on the cello through an extensive body of music as a performer, composer and recording artist. He has performed and recorded throughout the world with a host of celebrated musicians. With 10 CD's on the Munich based Winter and Winter label, his album 'Green (featuring touring partners Jim Black and Marc Ducret) won the 2008 German Recording Critics Award in the Jazz category.