‘In Our Own Space: A Conversation with Philip Watson and Bill Frisell’ (A SoundCellar Poole production. Online, 22 May)

“Wonderful. It captures exactly the Bill I know.” (Gavin Bryars, referring to the book Beautiful Dreamer)

The imaginative programming team at Soundcellar Poole are starting up a bold and interesting new programming strand. They describe “In Our Own Space” as their ‘interactive online series’. The first of the series is a real-time interview with Bill Frisell and biographer Philip Watson. Event ticket-buyers who go on to buy the book as well will get roughly half of the ticket price back in the form of a book discount.

L-R Philip Watson, the book (ticket buyers get discounts when buying the book)


“The very first interview version of In Our Own Space – our interactive online series, and what an amazing evening we have for you. PHILIP WATSON the acclaimed writer and author has just published his book Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music and we are delighted to be able to hear Philip explain why such a bold statement about the iconic guitarist, is not an exaggeration! Using one or two key examples as illustrations during the interview, Philip will give us just a hint of why this master of his instrument is held in such high regard by peers and audiences alike, throughout the globe.

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We are then extremely privileged and excited to be able to announce that a little later in the evening, the book’s superstar subject himself, BILL FRISELL, will join us to talk about…whatever you the audience decide to ask him via the Zoom chat box! Our own man Rob will run the interviews and I’m sure he and SoundCellar’s John will have one or two of their own questions for Bill too!

We hardly need to explain to our SoundCellar audience, but with a career spanning more than 40 years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world. A revolutionary guitar player and composer, his performances represent playing at its most sublime. His most recent recording, Valentine released on Blue Note, is hailed as ‘a masterpiece’ by Downbeat.

Through unprecedented access, and interviews with his close family, friends and collaborators, including some very famous names, Philip Watson tells the story through his book of the guitarist who changed the sound of American music. Philip was deputy editor at GQ and editor-at-large at Esquire, and has appeared on radio and television in the UK and Ireland. His in-depth features have appeared in the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, Evening Standard and The Wire, and he has interviewed icons such as Nick Cave, Gil Scott-Heron, Elvis Costello, D’Angelo and many others. Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer is his first book.

This In Our Own Space evening coincides with the spring 2022 release of Philip’s book, published by Faber and we are delighted to add as a wonderful ‘bonus’ that thanks to Faber’s generosity, we will be offering all UK ticket buyers a special 20% discount off the price of the book, via a code redeemable through Faber’s website. Details will be provided at the end of the evening.

We’re sure you’ll agree this is going to be a wonderful SoundCellar presents: In Our Own Space event, when through the wonders of Zoom, you can all get to hear first-hand, the thoughts of the maestro Bill Frisell himself and of his biographer Philip Watson. It’s going to be a very special Sunday evening (or whatever time of the day it will be in your part of the world) and we really hope you will join us.” (website text ends)

Details on the Soundcellar website

Tickets are only £8 (+booking fee) through the link below. The events starts at 8pm UK time


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