Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MARTIN BISI tour + video

"Bisi... the man who contributed to the sound of early hip-hop, avant-garde, and indie rock, might soon finally get recognition... Considering how diverse BC Studio's output has been over the years, there's still something recognizable about the music that Bisi lays his hands on... A certain rawness."

"Bisi has presided over recordings that defined seminal scenes, counting downtown NYC's avant-garde jazz scene, '80s art-rock and '90s Bowery scum-rock. A glance at his stunning, across-the-genre-board discography results in minds blown."

Martin Bisi – a New York City legend who since the late 1970s has lived and worked out of BC Studio in Brooklyn, recording music by Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Afrika Bambaataa, Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Boredoms, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, White Zombie, and The Dresden Dolls – will remove his producer hat (or headband, as was once his signature look) and hit the road in April to perform a string of East Coast dates, followed by a European run, and concluding with two Brooklyn shows in May.

Best known for his production work, Bisi has put out eight releases as a solo musician since 1988 – most recently, the album Ex Nihilo, released in 2014 on La Societe Expeditionnaire Records. Today, BrooklynVegan premieres the brand new music video for "The Mermaid Queen," a song off Ex Nihilo.

Wave-like in its structure, swelling and crashing, "The Mermaid Queen" carries hints of The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, and opera – Bisi's opera singer aunt sang with Caruso many times, and the young Bisi attended the opera regularly as a kid growing up in New York. The song and its video, directed by Edie Fuchs, were inspired by the annual Mermaid Day Parade at Coney Island, a New York institution.

Watch the video, here:

Bisi's touring lineup for the spring shows consists of 
drummer Dominic Cipolla (Torres, Phantom Family Halo), bassist Ernest Anderson, and multi-instrumentalist Genevieve Kammel Morris on viola, keys, and vocals. Morris' other band, Tidal Channel, will support for the East Coast shows in April, including a stop at the Brickside Festival in Durham, NC, featuring headliner Grandmaster Flash.

Several of the European shows will also include a screening of Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio, a 2014 documentary that chronicles Bisi's life and work.

US - Martin Bisi w/ Tidal Channel

Apr 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Apr 8 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Apr 9 - Durham, NC @ Duke University, Brickside Festival (matinee)
Apr 9 - Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
Apr 10 - Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
Apr 11 - Arlington, VA @ Galaxy Hut

Europe - Martin Bisi
Apr 19 - Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik + Sound and Chaos documentary screening

Apr 20 - Geneva, CH @ Urgence Disk
Apr 22 - Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4
Apr 23 - Ghent, BE @ Cinema Off Off + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 24 - Ghent, BE @ Cinema Off Off + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 26 - Grenoble, FR @ Cinema Juliet Berto Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 27 - Paris, FR @ Detail
Apr 28 - Lisbon, PT @ Lounge + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 29 - Caldas De Rainha, PT @ Parque + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 30 - Porto, PT @ Sonoscopia + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
May 4 - Stavanger, NO @ Cementen

US - Martin Bisi
May 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville

May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

Photo by Joe Geoghan