St. Paul, Minn. – Legendary guitarist Bill Frisell is the spring 2013 guest for Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn.

Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Suzanne Vega, the Frankfurt Ballet, film director Gus Van Sant, Bono, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and Daniel Lanois on the soundtrack for Wim Wenders’s film Million Dollar Hotel.

This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. In recent years, Frisell’s role as composer and bandleader has also garnered him increasing accolades.

Past New Music Series guests have included cellist Matt Haimovitz, So Percussion, jazz pianist/composer/arranger Uri Caine, singer Lucy Shelton, Enso String Quartet, pianist/composer Frederic Rzewski, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner, chamber group eighth blackbird, jazz composer/bandleader Maria Schneider and Theo Bleckmann, jazz singer and new music composer.

The performance is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (no tickets and no reservations). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 651-696-6808 or email

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January 14 2013

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