Bill Frisell plays the Atkins Auditorium of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Sunday
Bill Frisell, the in-demand guitarist whose silvery sound is a genre unto itself, is still blown away by the whole jazz-to-Jimi spectrum of popular music. Writer Jake Nussbaum, introducing a 2014 Believer interview with the musician, writes, “At the mention of a new name Bill’s response was always the same: to sit in thought for a moment, and then light up and say, ‘Wow.’”
There’s plenty of wow in his latest recording, which casts familiar themes from mid-20th-century Hollywood movies in that luminescent Frisell light. Touring with an ensemble that includes violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Kenny Wollesen and singer Petra Haden, Frisell plays music from that album and others at 5 p.m. Sunday, February 21.
The show, part of the Harriman-Jewell series, is in the Atkins Auditorium of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak). Tickets ($20-$40) and information at nelson-atkins.org.