It is always a good day when Bill Frisell is back at The Shedd...and an excellent way to end the 2007-08 season. This time he appears with violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston. Should be a fine evening.
In a career that spans three decades and countless recordings, guitarist Bill Frisell has been hailed by The New York Times as “the most significant and widely imitated guitarist to emerge in jazz since the beginning of the 1980s." Frisell’s Nonesuch discography comprises 21 albums, primarily featuring his own compositions, and recently was cited by Down Beat as "the best recorded output of the decade". Frisell’s collaborators have included such diverse artists as Gavin Bryars, Don Byron, Ron Carter, Loudon Wainwright III, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Jerry Douglas, Marianne Faithful, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Paul Motian, Rinde Eckert, Caetano Veloso, Rickie Lee Jones, David Sylvian, Bono, Ron Sexsmith, Vic Chesnutt, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon, Vinicius Cantuaria, John Scofield, ,Lee Konitz, Hal Willner, Ginger Baker, Charlie Haden, Marc Ribot, T-Bone Burnett, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano, John Zorn, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, Joey Baron, Marc Johnson, Vic Chesnutt, film directors Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and Rory Kennedy, cartoonist Gary Larson and visual artist Jim Woodring, and many others.
Raised in Denver,Colorado, Rudy Royston has been a professional drummer, percussionist and teacher for almost twenty years. He has taught, recorded and performed many styles of music from Jazz to Gospel to Rock. Rudy found his voice under the auspices of the celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, with whom Rudy has performed since 1991. Since moving to New Jersey in 2006, Mr. Royston has performed with many of today¹s finest Jazz musicians, including Javon Jackson, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Craig Handy and others. Rudy is presently a graduate student at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Eyvind Kang was the violinist in the Bill Frisell Quartet of the mid-nineties. These days, he is focusing more on the viola, which he plays in Frisell's 858 Quartet. Eyvind has played with Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, Beck and many others. He also has studied Indian Classical Music extensively.