: Disfarmer

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by: Bill Frisell

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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0075597993080
Item Dimensions: 5550025555
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
MPN: 075597993080
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: July 21, 2009
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: July 21, 2009
Studio: Nonesuch

Disc 1:
  1. Disfarmer Theme
  2. Lonely Man
  3. Lost, Night
  4. Farmer
  5. Focus
  6. Peter Miller's Discovery
  7. That's Alright, Mama
  8. Little Girl
  9. Little Boy
  10. No One Gets In
  11. Lovesick Blues
  12. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  13. Shutter, Dream
  14. Exposed
  15. The Wizard
  16. Think
  17. Drink
  18. Play
  19. I Am Not A Farmer
  20. Small Town
  21. Arkansas (Part 1)
  22. Arkansas (Part 2)
  23. Arkansas (Part 3)
  24. Lost Again, Dark
  25. Natural Light
  26. Did You See Him?
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Product Description:
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 1940's and 50's, 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.

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