Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell recently spoke with Premier Guitar about his prolific career, the modifications he’s applied to his Fender Telecasters and his current project, Floratone, with drummer Matt Chamberlain and producers Lee Townsend and Tucker Martine.
Frisell explained that Floratone – with an eponymous debut that came out in 2007 and the upcoming Floratone II - is an effort based in improvisation.
“Of all the things I’ve done, Floratone is definitely the most studio-involved,” he said. “Most of my own music is more of a documentation of a band or some composition that I write, and it sort of captures whatever happens in a particular couple of days. The germ or the seed of Floratone comes from this wide-open improvising with Matt Chamberlain and myself – it’s a completely spontaneous thing.
“We’d go in the studio for a day or two and put hours of stuff on tape, and then just leave Tucker Martine and Lee Townsend with this big mess of stuff. We give them the tapes and let them go wherever they want to, and it’s wild to hear what comes back.”