The Cedar & Icehouse Present: Sir Richard Bishop With Robert Mills
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Guitarist Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) releases his latest solo work Tangier Sessions (Drag City) on Feb 16, 2015. The album was improvised and recorded in Tangier, Morocco, entirely using a newly acquired vintage acoustic guitar with exquisite sound.
Sound artist, producer, guitarist, composer and frequent Sublime Frequencies contributor Robert Millis opens.
Sir Richard Bishop: Richard Bishop released his first solo record (Salvador Kali) in 1998 on John Fahey’s esteemed Revenant label under the moniker Sir Richard Bishop. Since then he has released albums on a variety of labels: Improvika, Elektronika Demonika, and While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (Locust Music), Fingering the Devil (Southern Records, UK), Polytheistic Fragments and The Freak of Araby (Drag City), and many more. His most recent LP , Hypostasis: A Work in Three Parts is now available through the VDSQ label out of New York as part of their Solo Acoustic Series.
“Sir Richard Bishop forces one to alter that hoary cliche to ‘jack of all trades, master of…damn near all.’ Renowned for his mercurial guitar-playing for 26 years with Seattle ethno-delic legends Sun City Girls, Bishop has wrought a distinguished solo canon as well. He combines soulfulness and advanced technique with a panache that’s nearly unrivaled among today’s guitarists. Bishop strums spiritual with incantatory ragas, free-folk excursions, crystalline flamenco flourishes, ruddy Appalachian folk, Middle Eastern-tinged fantasias and gypsy arabesques. This is eclecticism done with respect and third-eye-dilating filigree; his compositions attain a sepia-toned wistfulness and a psychedelic complexity.” - Dave Segal (OC Weekly)
I have a golden childhood memory of an attic in a very old house. Crawling through the dark, creaking front part of the attic I found a room bathed in sunlight, with a pile of forgotten books. On top of this book throne sat an old wind-up gramophone. This memory informs my work: the sense of exploration, the secrets old books and 78rpm records hold in their designs, the scars of their age, their receding sounds and stories.
I am a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. I have scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. My work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage. I have a deep interest in folk and traditional music, so imagine Pete Seeger trying to cover Revolution 9 by the Beatles.