Date(s) - 01/06/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Kingston Artist Collective
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Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has eighty-five recordings in his discography, twenty four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten 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;…”
The fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect Bisio ends the piece with an absolutely jaw-dropping solo.
– Bill Tilland, BBC Review
But even out on the fringe beyond standard constructs and formulas, Bisio plays his double bass with palpable soul and mystery, …
– Bao Le-Huu Orlando Weekly
A veteran of the improvised music scene, it was a treat to hear Bisio in a rare solo concert. Rapidly jump-cutting from idea to idea, frequent clips of Mingus, Ornette and more punctuated an hour of stream-of-conscious freedom, showcasing a verbosity of language that few improvisers have absorbed. Ferocious, angular walking breaking hard-right into delicate flautando chords, then devolving into guttural, bow-grinding chaos, this riveting set was not merely an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the double bass. It was a view into the mind of a very open, sensitive, creative human, and amidst all the thunder and noise, one could never hide from the raw emotion flowing from Bisio like a flood.
– Jeff Harshbarger, Bass World (Vol. 38 Number Two 2015)