From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd (at Race Street)
$20 General Admission
ANW and FringeArts are pleased to present singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon with jazz great Bill Frisell in celebration of Lily-O, the new album of reimagined folk songs on Nonesuch Records. The album, produced by Valgeir Sigurosson (Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist) also includes Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, John Zorn) and drummer Chris Vatalaro (Antibalas, Matana Roberts, Colin Stetson), who will also perform tonight.
Frisell has been a hero of Amidon’s since the young Vermont native first heard the guitarist play at the Village Vanguard during a teenage visit to New York City. The two musicians stayed in touch and had their first live collaboration in 2011; not long after, Amidon began contemplating a return to Iceland to make a third album at Sigurosson’s Greenhouse Studios. He eventually invited Frisell to join him and Sigurosson, along with Ismaily and Vatalaro, to record what became Lily-O. “I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days,” Amidon said. “I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered.”
Tuesday, October 21, 8pm
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$17 General Admission
ANW and R5 welcomes composer and producer Ben Frost.
Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Iceland in 2005, where with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly he formed the Bedroom Community record label and collective. His solo albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing dark metal.
Frost’s latest album, A U R O R A, “defiantly eschews its predecessor’s delicate, nocturnal vision of growling beasts and deconstructed chamber music and offers instead a new world composed of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummeling skins and pure metals.” The album was released this year on Bedroom Community.