In 2012, the Monterey Jazz Festival's Commission is envisioned by guitarist Bill Frisell, based on his residency at the Big Sur Land Trust's Glen Deven Ranch and is the first instance of collaboration between the two nonprofits to create a site-specific musical composition.
"I've noticed place affects the understanding of the music—things get deeper, it's not just abstract notes on a page. No matter how you try to analyze it, or whatever I write down, surprising things start to happen live. It begins to lift off in ways that nobody imagined. That's my preferred state—to just be in the music and let it do whatever it wants" – Bill Frisell