Sir Richard Bishop is an improviser, composer, and an intrepid explorer on electric and acoustic guitar whose work often reflects the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail.
There is also a fair amount of experimentation involved in much of his string-work which can lead to audio realms rarely visited by others. Attentive listeners may hear shades of Jimmy Page, Django Reinhardt, Sonny Sharrock, and Ali Akbar Khan in his playing.
He 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.
Sir Richard Bishop | Howrah Station
Richard has put out music on his own on such labels as John Fahey’s Revenant (his debut Salvador Kali), Locust Music, Drag City, Southern Records, and ever since 2005 began performing relentlessly as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. He has not stopped since.
In May of 2010, Drag City released the album False Flag by Rangda, a new group featuring Bishop, Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire), and Chris Corsano (Flower-Corsano Duo, Flaherty/Corsano, Jandek, Bjork, etc).
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.
He is coming back to Europe after several successful european tours, prior to the release of his new album on Drag City Records.
Digital in Berlin highly recommended! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets for Sir Richard Bishop. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with
“Sir Richard Bishop” as the subject.
Sir Richard Bishop LIVE
Thursday, 03 May 2012 | 20:30 CET
NK Projekt | Elsenstr. 52 | 2nd rear building, 2nd floor | 12059 Berlin/Neukölln