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MUSIC | Michael Bisio, bassist-composer, has 85 recordings in his discography, 24 of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, 10 of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp.

Michael Bisio – Jazz Bass – Accepting Students Online

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Date(s) - 07/10/2020 - 03/04/2021
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An individual, creative approach to teaching, grounded in traditional technique:

  • Bennington College Faculty, 2009 – present
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist, Residency 167
  • Improvisation workshops throughout the US and Europe
  • Accepting students online

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Michael Bisio, bassist-composer, has 85 recordings in his discography, 24 of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, 10 of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes: “The physicality of Mr. Bisio’s bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;…”

As a composer Michael has been awarded 9 grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship.

Collaborators include: Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, and Sabir Mateen.

Like Shipp, bassist Bisio projected a larger-than-life sound that nonetheless conveyed a dark tonal beauty. His bowed solos, particularly one that quoted “My One and Only Love,” suggested a burnished lyricism one sooner associates with the cello.
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Listen to how contrabassist Michael Bisio interacts with it all. He adds so much in a monsterously good way. The deeply flushed tone, the unexpected or reconfirming note choices, the way he can walk or be that “second horn”, the impeccable touch and in-the-moment thrust, all that is here in a fantastic way.
Gapplegate Music Review

His distinctive approach features an enormous sound, warm and woody; impeccable classical bowing technique; a soulful, moody feel for the blues and swing; and a bevy of extended techniques.
Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times

The fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect Bisio ends the piece with an absolutely jaw-dropping solo.
Bill Tilland, BBC Review

The interplay was uncanny with bassist Michael Bisio fine-tuned to every move, and delivering the first-set highlight, a resonant and thumping solo that ended as a bowed bass elegy themed on Coltrane’s “Naima”.
Mike Hobart, Financial Times

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