Bill Frisell Trio feat. Thomas Morgan, Rudy Royston & UJ Orchestra – Michael Gibbs, conduction
A new musical adventure for the Umbria Jazz Orchestra: this time, it will perform with one of the most charismatic artists of modern jazz, Bill Frisell. It is an exclusive production of the Festival for its winter edition. On stage, ten wind elements and a cello, plus the trio of the American guitarist (Thomas Morgan on double bass and Rudy Royston on drums, the same trio of “Valentine”). Works for a larger band are nothing new for Frisell: he has used this formula over his eclectic and highly varied production. Michael Gibbs is the conductor, a historical exponent of European jazz, one of the most brilliant sound alchemists. Over an extraordinary career, Gibbs has worked with Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Michael Mantler, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Peter Gabriel, John Scofield, Whitney Houston, Gary Burton.
He is an authentic jazz éminence grise for big bands, as well as an unconventional composer and arranger. The collaboration between the orchestra and Frisell (who will also perform solo in Orvieto) is the latest in a long line, including Kurt Elling, Ryan Truesdell, Wayne Shorter, Gil Goldstein, Gregory Porter, Vince Mendoza, Quincy Jones, Paolo Fresu, Ethan Iverson.