Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star (USA)

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Classic cinema scores unforgettably reimagined

Legendary guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his Grammy-nominated project When You Wish Upon a Star to Melbourne for the opening night of the 2017 Festival.

Hailed as “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” (Wall Street Journal), Frisell’s 35-year career has seen collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bono, Paul Simon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Bold and inventive, Frisell has turned his hand to avant-garde, noise, bop, folk music and more, yet always remaining true to his roots in jazz

Frisell’s acclaimed new project features unique interpretations of classic American cinema music, ranging from Hitchcock’s Psycho through to Ennio Morricone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, via Nino Rota’s iconic score for The Godfather.

He is joined by an all-star band featuring Petra Haden (Beck, Foo Fighters), Thomas Morgan (Paul Motian, Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet) and Rudy Royston (Branford Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band).

Presented by Melbourne International Jazz Festival


Bill Frisell guitar
Petra Haden voice
Thomas Morgan bass
Rudy Royston drums

Support: Spirograph Studies (AUS)

Luke Howard piano
Fran Swinn guitar
Tamara Murphy bass
James McLean drums


This production is part of the following series: