Bill Frisell, guitar
Petra Haden, voice
Hank Roberts, cello and vocals
Luke Bergman, baritone guitar and vocals
This is guitarist Bill Frisell’s third visit to the Jazz Festival, after performing When You Wish Upon A Star in 2016 and Music Is in 2018. In 2016, he appeared with a quartet featuring songs by Petra Haden (yes, Charlie Haden’s daughter) exploring film and TV soundtracks. In 2018, he took us on an unforgettable journey, solo performances with his guitar that amazed audiences - a real challenge, he confessed. Shortly after this, in 2019, he joined the Blue Note label with a new project, Harmony, also featuring the voice of Petra Haden, and with Hank Roberts (cello, vocals) and Luke Bergman (baritone guitar, vocals). It is with this drummer-less quartet that he is returning to Barcelona. Three recordings that we see as a kind of trilogy, combining imaginary with memory, desire and sadness, featuring songs that have been part of Frisell’s life, including Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life, the traditional folk song Red River Valley and Where Have All the Flowers Gone, by Pete Seeger. Although, theoretically, he is the only member of the quartet who does not sing, this is not altogether true: his patiently exquisite guitar playing is another voice in the group’s subtle harmony. “When all around you is noise, what a pleasure to snuggle up and listen to music like Bill Frisell’s”, we wrote four years ago. We feel just the same when we listen to Harmony. In troubled times, music is a refuge.