Frisell’s latest album is Floratone II, his improvisational collaboration with drummer Matt Chamberlain and producers Tucker Martine and Lee Townsend, but don’t expect to hear “the new stuff” when he plays live; Frisell has never adhered to the standard write-record-release-road methodology.
The guitarist — joined by 858 Quartet members Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang and Hank Roberts — is bannering this show as "Musical Portraits from Heber Springs," a world premiere piece inspired by the work of photographer Mike Disfarmer (who photographed rural residents in his native Arkansas until his death in 1959), a multimedia extension of Frisell’s similarly catalyzed 2009 album, Disfarmer.
The show is an adjunct presentation to the Fotofocus exhibition event (fotofocus.org); although Disfarmer’s work is not included in FotoFocus, a private viewing for $250 will take place Oct. 10 at Japp’s Annex. Call 513-823-2122 or visit emerytheatre.com/events for details.
BILL FRISELL AND THE 858 QUARTER performs Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Emery Theatre.