The Great Flood
Film by Bill Morrison; Music By Bill Frisell
Friday, October 12, 2012
In 1927 heavy rains caused the mighty Mississippi to overtake its levees, causing one of the most destructive floods in the history of the United States. This poignant suite, with original live music by guitarist and composer Bill Frisell and accompanying film by Bill Morrison, reflects upon this tragic event, which contributed to the "Great Migration" that brought the Delta Blues to Chicago.
The Great Flood was commissioned by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (World Premiere); Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; Carnegie Hall; Symphony Center Presents, Chicago and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.
The Great Flood was commissioned through Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.
Additional support made possible by USA Projects, an online initiative of United States Artists.
Read more about The Great Flood in this week’s Chicago Tribune >