Making Beautiful Music...Together

Although classical guitarist Eliot Fisk and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell have known each other since they first met in Germany nearly 25 years ago, they’ve never performed together — until now. After both do a solo set tonight at DU’s Newman Center, they’ll join forces for a third.

Fisk and Frisell have been e-mailing ideas back and forth for a couple of months, trying to decide which songs to feature in this classical/jazz mash-up. They could play works by Frisell, Luciano Berio, Robert Beaser, Stephen Foster or even J.S. Bach, whom Fisk considers the most jazzy of the great composers. Fisk’s approach to classical music has a lot in common with the spontaneity and improvisation of jazz, he explains. And he thinks that Frisell’s elegant, stylish jazz playing is very classy — almost in a classical way.

“It’s basically two people coming together from really different parts of the musical galaxy and meeting in the middle in an exciting place,” Fisk says, “and I think that’s part of the electricity of the moment. I think we have a certain commonality of musical spirit and musical aspiration that works very well for doing such a thing.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center, 2344 East Iliff Avenue; reserved tickets are $32 to $48. For more information, call 303-871-6200.
Fri., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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