I'm not sure I ever saw this exact trio or not. I have seen the 3 of them together, but probably with Jenny Scheinman. It was excellent! It was a big contrast to the more free playing I saw at The Vanguard last week. I'm also more familiar with this music. It was still fabulous and enthralling. They all had such great moments. I have to start looking out for Eyvind Kang more. There was one piece where his violin sounded like a tuba - he has a bunch of pedals for his viola. I also loved seeing Frisell in 2 different guises so close together.
The set was over 90 minutes in total with a 2 song encore. It was really awesome!
Bill Frisell Trio featuring Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston
BILL FRISELL is a man who’s done many things with many people, crossing into and over (and at times blurring) the lines of lush soundscapes, modern American composition, hyperactive noise onslaughts, straight-up jazz, and telekinetic improvisation.He explores the musical possibilities of his own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk songs with this ever-evolving constellation of extraordinary musicians. Their diverse backgrounds and talents provide a wide-open climate to interpret the full spectrum of Frisell's repertoire where an integration of many musical directions becomes possible.
In this very special night at City Winery, Bill would be accompanied by viola player extraordinaire EYVIND KANG and drummer RUDY ROYSTON.
Eyvind Kang was the violinist in the Bill Frisell Quartet of the mid-nineties. These days, he is focusing more on the viola, which he plays in Frisell's 858 Quartet. Eyvind has played with Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, Beck and many others. He also has studied Indian Classical Music extensively.
Raised in Denver,Colorado, Rudy Royston has been a professional drummer, percussionist and teacher for almost twenty years. He has taught, recorded and performed many styles of music from Jazz to Gospel to Rock. Rudy found his voice under the auspices of the celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, with whom Rudy has performed since 1991. Since moving to New Jersey in 2006, Mr. Royston has performed with many of today¹s finest Jazz musicians, including Javon Jackson, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Craig Handy and others. Rudy is presently a graduate student at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey.