Monday: Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Blood Moon

April 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments · By

4/13 @ The Twisted Branch: Sir Richard Bishop/Robert Millis/Blood Moon  9:00n  $8

I am copying and pasting the write-up that the Teahouse put up, because it is very informative and there is no sense in paraphrasing from it. But first I will say why I think you should go to this show (though listening to the video above should be enough to convince you — goddamn!). Robert Millis and Blood Moon I am not familiar with but it seems like there is a good chance that they alone will make the evening worthwhile. But it is the headliner, Sir Richard Bishop, who makes this a must-see event. Because there are certain artists who must be recognized as masters. You approach them as something like a student, if the word student could cleansed of all the miserable associations that our experiences with formal education have put upon it and brought back to the realm of adventure and delight. Bishop is such a master. He has spent his whole life on a long and strange journey through the world of music, as a member of the legendary Sun City Girls and as a solo guitarist, as himself a student of music from around the globe. He’s been out there, year after year, exploring the universe through sound, plumbing its depths and finding its beauty, going beyond the horizon of the ordinary. And if you get the chance to sit before such a master, as he demonstrates what he has learned, as he explores that universe anew right in front of you, as only he can–  well, you’d be be a fool not to take it.

Plus, he goes by Sir Richard Bishop, which is pretty cool.



Here’s a story for you. Sir Richard Bishop, prolific, virtuosic guitarist and founding member of experimental Arizonan troupe Sun City Girls, was last year living in Geneva. He was after a new instrument, handy enough to carry around, and, just as he was about to leave a backstreet luthier’s empty-handed, was presented with a somewhat cobwebbed, yet beautiful acoustic guitar, its sole identifying mark being a sticker bearing the C. Bruno manufacturer’s name. He immediately falls for it, decides it’s too expensive, leaves, returns, goes through the same hand-wringing, only – third time’s a charm – to come back once more, and hand over a fair wad of Swiss Francs. His pride and joy in tow, he then heads to Tangier in Morocco to record an album over the summer, leaving us, blessedly, with the document of this getting acquainted: the aptly-titled Tangier Sessions, his new album on Drag City, due on February 16 2015. And, with exquisite timing, they’ve kindly given us a first play of the record’s opening track, ‘Frontier’, a prime example, not only of his guitar’s resonant qualities but of Bishop’s deft, dexterous playing.

founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. He has scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. His work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage. He has a deep interest in folk and traditional music, so imagine Pete Seeger trying to cover Revolution 9 by the Beatles.

BLOOD MOON: Blood Moon is an improvised music ensemble consisting of Matthew Burtner on soprano saxophone, Rachel Devorah Trapp on French Horn, Ryan Maguire on pedal steel guitar, and Kevin Davis on cello.

As colleagues in the UVa music department (Burtner is a professor there while the others are PhD students in composition), the group recently formed in 2014 due a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation. The project has since come to serve as a forum for research into the possibilities for real-time composition and experimentation with the outer limits of instrumental technique.

Due to their unusual instrumentation and varied backgrounds as performers and composers, the group is able to draw on a number of diverse stylistic and instrumental traditions, allowing for a kaleidoscopic array of musical textures to spontaneously emerge during performance.

This show is NOT associated with a festival occurring the same week.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 james // Apr 13, 2015 at 3:01 am

    So psyched for this show, SRB is awesome. fun fact: he last played in town at the Satellite Ballroom opening for Animal Collective, in the Spring (?) of 2007 (I missed it because I had the flu)

    Anyway, Sun City Girls are worth knowing about (for the novice, Marc Masters does a great breakdown here: ) and any solo stuff you can find by Rick or Alan Bishop is also worth your time. also: most of SRB’s albums you can hear online for free on his website; my favorite is 1998’s “Salvador Kali” (released on John Fahey’s label!) !

    Robert Millis’ name at first did not ring a bell for me, until I realized he was the guy from Climax Golden Twins (whose stuff is good and dreamy and unpredictable and weird), and apparently ALSO (co?-)runs the “Dust To Digital” label, which has done a fine job of reissuing tons of old dusty 78’s from around the world in fancy and drool-worthy CD boxed-sets for a while now (their 6xCD Gospel comp “Goodbye Babylon” is crucial — WTJU’s Folk Dept. has a copy in their library in what I heard there was good enough to convince me I needed to own the thing for myself). anway, I have absolutely zero idea what this guy’s live set might sound like

  • 2 davis // Apr 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Hah hah “this show is NOT associated with a festival occurring the same week.” A+.

  • 3 Andy // Apr 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I think bishop actually came through later In 07 to open for smog at gravity lounge. Both shows we’re really rad. So yeah I’m super excited to see what’s he’s doing cause he kills it. Defiantly don’t miss this show Cville nation.