Bill Frisell

Disfarmer

Bill Frisell - Disfarmer

2009 | Nonesuch 

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    $19.99

    DISFARMER

    07/21/2009

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Disfarmer Track Listing

  • #
  • Title
  • time
  • 2
  • Lonely Man
  • 1:15
  • Sound Clip for Lonely Man from Disfarmer

  • 3
  • Lost, Night
  • 1:50
  • Sound Clip for Lost, Night from Disfarmer

  • 4
  • Farmer
  • 1:03
  • Sound Clip for Farmer from Disfarmer

  • 5
  • Focus
  • 2:26
  • Sound Clip for Focus from Disfarmer

  • 8
  • Little Girl
  • 3:42
  • Sound Clip for Little Girl from Disfarmer

  • 9
  • Little Boy
  • 1:16
  • Sound Clip for Little Boy from Disfarmer

  • 10
  • No One Gets In
  • 2:47
  • Sound Clip for No One Gets In from Disfarmer

  • 11
  • Lovesick Blues
  • 2:48
  • Sound Clip for Lovesick Blues from Disfarmer

  • 13
  • Shutter, Dream
  • 4:26
  • Sound Clip for Shutter, Dream from Disfarmer

  • 14
  • Exposed
  • 2:12
  • Sound Clip for Exposed from Disfarmer

  • 15
  • The Wizard
  • 1:52
  • Sound Clip for The Wizard from Disfarmer

  • 16
  • Think
  • 4:37
  • Sound Clip for Think from Disfarmer

  • 17
  • Drink
  • 4:29
  • Sound Clip for Drink from Disfarmer

  • 18
  • Play
  • 1:32
  • Sound Clip for Play from Disfarmer

  • 20
  • Small Town
  • 1:00
  • Sound Clip for Small Town from Disfarmer

  • 21
  • Arkansas, Pt. 1
  • 1:53
  • Sound Clip for Arkansas, Pt. 1 from Disfarmer

  • 22
  • Arkansas, Pt. 2
  • 2:19
  • Sound Clip for Arkansas, Pt. 2 from Disfarmer

  • 23
  • Arkansas, Pt. 3
  • 1:54
  • Sound Clip for Arkansas, Pt. 3 from Disfarmer

  • 25
  • Natural Light
  • 2:59
  • Sound Clip for Natural Light from Disfarmer

  • Disfarmer Notes

    The late Michael Disfarmer was an odd, curmudgeonly character in the rural community of Heber Springs, Arkansas, who, despite his anti-social character, chose to record the stark images of his fellow townspeople, during the 1940s and '50s, in cheap black-and-white photographic portraits. Decades after the photographer's passing, a cache of work made by this solitary and oft-reviled man was rediscovered, and he has come to be regarded as an important outsider artist. Among the many drawn to his plain yet deeply evocative pictures was Chuck Helm, Director of the Performing Arts at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, who introduced guitarist and composer Bill Frisell to Disfarmer's oeuvre on the hunch that Frisell might be inspired by it.

    Says Helm, the catalyst for Disfarmer, "To me, Bill Frisell is a uniquely American artist with a distinctive and singular musical voice, like that of Thelonious Monk or Aaron Copland. In his probing yet atmospheric evocations of American vistas I could hear parallels to the emotional truths of Disfarmer's compelling photographs."

    As Helm suspected, Disfarmer's work resonated with Frisell and led to the creation of a touring multimedia work, Disfarmer Project—featuring Frisell, lap steel guitar player Greg Leisz and violinist Jenny Scheinman, plus slides of Disfarmer's photos, displayed on screens. The piece premiered on March 3, 2007, at the Wexner Center, on the campus of Ohio State University. The score was subsequently recorded in Seattle and Nashville, produced by Frisell's longtime collaborator Lee Townsend and also featuring Viktor Krauss on bass. Along with the Frisell's original compositions, he interpolates versions of such tunes as Arthur Crudup's "That's Alright Mama" and Hank Williams Sr.'s "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" into this subtly—yet stunningly—beautiful set.

    Credits of Disfarmer

    • Bill Frisell
    • Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Loops, Loop, Music Box, Liner Notes, Composer


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