Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Featuring Petra Haden, Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston


The most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years.

Experience the quicksilver sound of “guitar genius” (SPIN magazine) Bill Frisell, performing his first-ever New Zealand show. A shining light of Americana, New York-based Frisell is “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” (The Wall Street Journal) and has collaborated with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Bono and Marianne Faithfull.

With Frisell joined by vocalist Petra Haden (The Decemberists, Beck, Foo Fighters), Thomas Morgan (double bass) and Rudy Royston (drums), you’ll revel in a sweetly dark and dreamy evening of reimagined cinema and TV soundtrack music from his 2017 Grammy Award-nominated album When You Wish Upon a Star.

Conjuring favourite memories alongside less-familiar moments of magic – from a brush with Bond to the drama of The Godfather and a love-laced Moon River – Frisell imbues these screen gems with a new sense of wonder and joy.

Sure to be an opening-night knock-out.


Bill & Petra's Excellent Adventure: 

Vocalist and violinist Petra Haden's work with Bill Frisell is but one of many top drawer musical collaborations, including with her double bassist father Charlie and fellow triplets Tanya and Rachel.



Guitarist Without Portfolio: 

The great Bill Frisell is a musical itinerant who rarely rests in any genre.



Pre-Festival Special Event: 

Join The Culture Club and receive an invitation to meet Bill himself, at a very special Advance Preview of the 2017 SXSW-nominated bio-pic Bill Frisell – A Portrait.



“Plays guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet”

The New Yorker



Core Partner:
Todd Corporation
Thanks to:
US Embassy

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