- Hal Willner
Hal Willner (born
1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American music producerworking in recording, films, TV and live events. He is best known for assembling tribute albums and events featuring a wide variety of artists and musical styles ( jazz, classical, rock, Tin Pan Alley).
1970she worked under record producer Joel Dorn. Willner is often credited as the inventor of the 'modern' tribute albumwith "Amarcord Nino Rota" in 1981. He became music supervisor of " Saturday Night Live" in 1981, a position which he has continued to hold. He was also a producer of the TV program " Sunday Night" hosted by David Sanborn.
Willner has also produced albums for
Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, William S. Burroughs, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Andersonand Allen Ginsberg, among others. He produced a live tribute concert to Tim Buckley, that ultimately launched the career of Tim's son Jeff. He has released one album under his own name: "Whoops, I'm an Indian", which featured audio samples from 78 rpmrecords from the early-mid 20th century.
*"Amarcord Nino Rota" (1981) Willner's first tribute album salutes Italian composer
Nino Rota, and features interpretation of his music for Federico Fellinifilms by jazz and pop musicians including: Wynton and Branford Marsalis; Carla Bley; Muhal Richard Abrams; Bill Frisell; Steve Lacy; Jaki Byard; and Deborah Harry
*"That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to
Thelonious Monk" (1984) features musicians ranging from John Zornto Peter Frampton
*"" (1985) features musicians ranging from Sting to
*"" (1988) features performances of songs from
Walt Disneymovies by a large cast of artists ranging from Sun Rato Michael Stipe, Ringo Starr, Yma Sumacand Ken Nordine
*"Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus" (1992) is a tribute to
Charles Mingus, featuring instruments designed and built by American composer Harry Partch, on loan from his estate. Performers include Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Henry Rollins, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Don Byron, Henry Threadgill, Gary Lucas, Bobby Previte, Robert Quine, Leonard Cohen, Diamanda Galás, Chuck Dand Elvis Costello
*"September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill" (1995) re-creation of the previous Weill tribute as a
CanadianTV special directed by Larry Weinstein. A CD was issued including performances by Nick Caveand P J Harvey
*"" (2005) another Larry Weinstein TV program. The CD includes performances by
Rufus Wainwright, Debbie Harry, David Johansen, Eric Mingus and Sandra Bernhard
*"" (2006) soundtrack for
Lian Lunson's documentary film about Willner's Leonard Cohentribute event "Came So Far For Beauty"
*"" (2006) 2x double CD includes performers ranging from
Bonoto Van Dyke Parks.
*"The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited" (2006). Recorded at Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project events in London (1999), Brooklyn (1999) and LA (2001), plus a DVD documentary.
Live tribute events
* "Greetings From
Tim Buckley" (1991)
Edgar Allan Poe's writings (1995), which lead to the album " Closed on Account of Rabies" (1997)
Marquis de Sade's writings (1998)
* "The Harry Smith Project" (1999-2001)
* "Came So Far For Beauty, An Evening of Songs by Leonard Cohen" (2003-2006)
* "Forest of No Return: Hal Willner Presents Vintage
poken word recordings
With the increasing prevalence of tribute albums in the late 1980s (such as "
Red Hot + Blue"), Willner decided to turn his attention to spoken wordrecordings.
*"Dead City Radio" (1990) by William Burroughs has musical backing by
Sonic Youth, Donald Fagen, John Caleand others.
*"Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales" (1996) by William Burroughs with music by
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
*"The Lion For Real" by
Allen Ginsbergfeatures musical accompaniment by Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Paul McCartneyand others.
*"Closed on Account of Rabies" (1997) consists of readings of
Edgar Allan Poepoems and tales by Iggy Popand others. As Willner's only "spoken word" tribute album, it fits in the context of his other music-based tributes.
*"In With The Out Crowd" (1998) by poet
*"Let The Buyer Beware" (2004) is an authoritative six CD box set of historic recordings by the
comedian Lenny Bruce.
Film related projects
*"The Carl Stalling Project": A CD of music composed and/or arranged by
Carl Stallingfor Warner Brothers cartoons.
* The soundtracks to
Robert Altman's films " Short Cuts" and "Kansas City".
* Produced the soundtrack album with
Bonoand others for the Wim Wenders' movie " The Million Dollar Hotel".
* [http://www.citypaper.net/articles/011598/icepack.shtml An article about Willner's spoken word recordings]
* [http://www.ink19.com/issues_F/98_02/ink_spots/hal_willner_nf.html An interview with Willner]
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