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Sam Amidon with Bill Frisell & Shahzad Ismaily at La Peg


La Peg
140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 375-7744


Fri, October 17, 2014
8:00 pm

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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).

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."...

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Michael Ricci uploaded this event on August 23, 2014