March 17th, 2013
On March 2 at the Moore Theatre, I photographed Bill Frisell performing the music he composed for the film THE GREAT FLOOD by Bill Morrison, as the film played in the background.
Morrison’s new film is about an event that happened 86 years ago. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States. It inundated 27,000 square miles and displaced more than a million people and caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.
Bill Frisell composed quartet music for the film and performed it accompanied by trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. It is an amazing film with wonderful music. A whole chapter of American history explained by the exodus of African Americans from the devastated states in the south to the City of Chicago in the aftermath of the Great Flood. The film footage captured this is wonderful to see. Like traveling in time to the music of Bill Frisell.