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
Contact: Michael Bisio
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.
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
Contact: Michael Bisio
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