It is hard to find a more complete combination of traditional American music genres than the compositions of Bill Frisell — mixing folk and country with jazz fusion and blues, he connects the different styles through improvisation and his transcendent, melodic guitar playing. The virtuoso composer and guitarist will perform live leading his eclectic trio Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers, featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on viola, through a set of extended improvisation, jazz and blues standards as well as original songs. According to the New Yorker, 'Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals.' And with a list of collaborators that includes John Zorn, Ginger Baker, Brian Eno and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, professional musicians and critics alike agree that Frisell is one of the best in the business. May 4. 8pm. $30. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800. www.theark.org. —GMK
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