Earshot Jazz: Bill Frisell's Circuit Rider Trio & These Hills of Glory (string quartet & improvised clarinet)
The quiet genius of trumpeter/cornetist Ron Miles is gaining the long-deserved international acclaim enjoyed by his Circuit Rider band mates, drummer Brian Blade and frequent collaborator, guitarist Bill Frisell.
Opening: The distinctive classical compositions of another collaborator Wayne Horvitz, including his work for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, debuted at an earlier Earshot festival, have just been released on record. Horvitz’s concerto, “These Hills of Glory,” will be performed by a string quartet and improvising clarinetist, Beth Fleenor.
"These Hills of Glory" combines a classical string quartet, in 4 movements, with an improvising soloist. Performed by four of Seattle's finest and in demand string players (Paris Hurley, Alina To, Heather Bentley & Maria Scherer Wilson), they are joined by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, a long-time collaborator of Mr. Horvitz'. This piece will also be released on CD in October on the National Sawdust label. It will be paired on the release with Those Who Remain: Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist. This composition was commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, and featuring guitarist Bill Frisell.