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Bill Frisell: A Portrait set for Melbourne International Jazz Festival / ArtsHub

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Bill Frisell: A Portrait by award-winning independent Melbourne film-maker and jazz singer Emma Franz highlights Frisell's enormous impact on the canvas of American music over the last fifty or so years. It achieves this through an impressive array of interviews with some of his musical collaborators. They range from fellow jazz guitarist Jim Hall and saxophonist Joe Lovano to pop music's Paul Simon, to Wilco's rock guitarist Nels Cline, to country and blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt to the BBC's big band arranger Michael Gibbs.

What makes the documentary compelling is Frisell's frankess and the way he opens himself up in a home setting with the camera full on him to probing about his music. Here is a musician patently not used to articulating his approaches to playing and to composing. But as he strives to express his inner drives the viewer is taken on a journey inside Frisell's music.

The documentary has its Australian premier at ACMI at Federation Square on Sunday June 4 at 2pm as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It will be preceded by an introduction by Frisell and film-maker Franz and followed by a Q and A.

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