Sir Richard Bishop with Glitch Klique, the Abner Trio and visual arts exhibits
Harrison Center for the Arts, Gallery 2, 1505 N. Delaware St.
Saturday @ 8 p.m., $5 An unusually eclectic music and art event Saturday at the Harrison Center features a stalwart of the world underground scene and new projects from established local musicians.
Acoustic guitar innovator Sir Richard Bishop headlines the show, which also includes electronic experimentalists Glitch Klique and the slightly more conventional rock of the Abner Trio.
The artist otherwise known as Rick Bishop has a long and storied history that dates to the '70s, when he and his brother Alan first started making waves at Arizona clubs and briefly formed a band with former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. For more than two decades, the Bishops have led the description-defying Sun City Girls, whose performances and recorded output have incorporated recognizable rock and acoustic music, left-field sound collage, punk attitude, jazz improvisation, street theater and Third World influences.
On his second and latest solo album, Improvika, Bishop pushes the envelope of the steel-stringed guitar with instrumental forays influenced by classical, jazz and Spanish guitar as well as the drones and frenetic microtonal melodies of southeast Asian folk music. The results range from quiet beauty to barely listenable chaos, but the music is compelling and unpredictable, and Bishop demonstrates a confident touch throughout.
A drastically different musical experience is promised by Glitch Klique, led by the turntable and sample work of former Mab Lab drummer Eric Brown. The fluid live lineup often includes a horn and a theremin, the sci-fi-sounding electronic instrument that is played by moving one's hands around a protruding antenna. Brown's seemingly free-form compositions, which are not always rhythmic in the conventional sense, employ looped beats and dialogue, spoken word, unidentifiable electronic noises and snippets of found sound.
The band's demo recordings run the gamut from jazzy hip-hop grooves to avant-garde assemblage as random and disjointed as the Beatles' "Revolution 9." The name is an apparent reference to the abstract techno subgenres sometimes referred to, appropriately enough, as "glitch" or "click."
The Abner Trio comprises the standard rock lineup, though their material is hardly ordinary. Guitarist-vocalist Clinton Hughey, bassist-vocalist Daniel Paquette and drummer Karl Hofstetter (also of Melk the G6-49) play a sort of slacker math-rock, with abrupt rhythm and tempo shifts and whimsical spoken-sung vocals reminiscent of Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. Look for an album soon.
The Saturday evening event, organized by the edgy local promoter Mythopeic Industries, also will include an exhibition of work by artists Dana Harris, Bill Blood and Todd Bracik, along with the "outsider" works of Ray Smith, J.F. Boyer and Greg Brown, courtesy of Utrillo's gallery.