Frisell Premiere at Ellnora Guitar Fest


Other artists appearing at September festival include Calexico, My Brightest Diamond, Richard
Thompson, Daniel Lanois’ Black
Dub, Taj Mahal, the Carolina
Chocolate Drops, Adrian Belew
and Robert Randolph.


By Blurt Staff


Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell and experimental
filmmaker Bill Morrison have collaborated to create The Great Flood, a 75-minute multimedia work of original music
and film that will have its world premiere at ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival at
Krannert Center in Urbana, Illinois, on September 10, 2011. The festival itself
runs Sept. 8-10.

Inspired by the massively destructive 1927 Mississippi
River floods, Morrison and Frisell have created what’s being
described as “a stirring, contemporary perspective on this natural disaster and
the ensuing transformation of American society and music.”



(In the spring of 1927, the Mississippi River broke out of its banks in 145 places
and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of its
enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the
Great Migration of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues
electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago
blues, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.)


ELLNORA’s artistic advisor, David Spelman, notes that “it’s exciting to have
Bill Frisell return to the festival with a project commissioned by Krannert Center. We’ve presented several world
premieres since launching the festival in 2005, including Phil Kline’s large
sound installation World on a String and The Long Count, a
multimedia work from The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Our programming
philosophy stems from Krannert
Center’s commitment to
fostering the art of the future while celebrating the many rich cultural and
aesthetic legacies of the past. The Great Flood is a project that
perfectly reflects this philosophy.”

Other artists appearing at ELLNORA include Calexico, My Brightest
Diamond, Richard Thompson,
Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, Sharon Isbin,
Taj Mahal, the Carolina
Chocolate Drops, Adrian Belew,
Robert Randolph, The Tony Rice Unit, Cindy Cashdollar, and many more.

More details:


About ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival and the Krannert Center for the Performing
Arts: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is situated on the campus of
the University of Illinois, in the micro-urban community of Champaign-Urbana,
and is North America’s premier university-based performing arts complex.
| The Guitar Festival (originally called the Wall to Wall Guitar
Festival), held biennially, was launched in 2005 and through its eclectic
global mix has presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists and
bands, including Buddy Guy, Ani DiFranco, Jerry Douglas, Pepe Romero, John
McLaughlin, Vernon Reid, Derek Trucks, Kaki King, Andy Summers, The National,
Los Lobos, and the North Mississippi Allstars.


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