April 21, 2015
The Attic has recently teamed up with Bucharest based Control Club and the JADD Cultural Association to present a very special night with American composer, guitarist and singer Sir Richard Bishop, best known for his work with the Sun City Girls.
The solo concert will take place on May 13 in Control club and it will be preceded by a performance of Romanian artists/musicians Mitoș Micleușanu and Diana Miron.
February 17th saw the release of Bishop's newest album, finely and finally delivered to the fervent hands of noble devotees everywhere. Sir Richard Bishop's wide ranging, maxi-cultural influences are on full display within Tangier Sessions' outwardly expanding compositions, delivering unparalleled depth of sound from within the comforting confines of a six-string. Oh, but what a six-string! This guitar is of the ancient, parlour variety - and for Rick or anyone we've yet to encounter, it's origins are eerily puzzling.
In the video on the right, Rick Bishop has got something to say about the origin and creation not only of Tangier Sessions the album, but of the unique instrument which enchanted him so deeply as to drive him to record it. You can buy the album HERE.
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Richard Bishop is perhaps best known as a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters Sun City Girls, who for nearly 30 years have produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7” records. Sun City Girls formed in 1981 after the Bishop brothers' stint in the group Paris 1942 which also featured J. Akkari and former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.
Richard's first solo record, Salvador Kali, was released by John Fahey's esteemed Revenant label in 1998 under the moniker Sir Richard Bishop (the name stuck). The album showcases Bishop's own particular obsessions and roots, drawing from a variety of worldwide sources.
Richard was also a co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies label (with Alan Bishop and Hisham Mayet). The label, whose mission is dedicated to acquiring and releasing obscure sights and sounds from Africa, India, S.E. Asia and beyond, began in 2003 and currently has over 65 releases to its credit.
"Tangier Sessions" (Drag City, 2015)
"Intermezzo" (Self-released/Ideologic Organ, 2011/2012)
"Graviton Polarity Generator" (Social Music Records, 2010)
"The Freak Of Araby" (Drag City, 2009)
"God Damn Religion" (Locust Music, 2008)
"Polytheistic Fragments" (Drag City, 2007)
"While My Guitar Violently Bleeds" (Locust Music, 2007)
"Fingering The Devil" (Latitudes, 2006)
"Improvika" (Locust, 2004)
"Salvador Kali" (Revenant, 1998)