9:00 Rendezvous 78 Third St. Turners Falls $6
Sir Richard Bishop & His Freak of Araby Ensemble
As the guitarist for the Sun City Girls throughout their 25 year career, Richard Bishop has traversed musical landscapes from skronk to Indo/Middle Eastern/Asian influenced improv and composition. Sir Richard has just completed a new LP on Drag City, which sees him revisit his Lebanese roots (his grandfather is from Lebanon). The performance will celebrate the musical voices of the Middle East and North Africa, especially from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Electric guitar with percussion is the main focus and will include interpretations of songs by some of the Middle East's most vibrant composers (Mohammed Abdel Wahab, the Rahbani Brothers, Farid Al-Atrache and others). Many of these songs are inspired by the late Omar Khorshid- "King of Arabic Guitar", who played in Abdel Wahab's orchestra and also accompanied the great Oum Khoulthoum on many occasions. The music will be melodic, vibrant and dynamic, and also may be challenging to listeners who may not be familiar with the electric sound that permeated the countries of Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria 40 years ago. The collection of songs will nicely represent the changing moods and energies that always permeate this region of the world. Expect a very rhythmic evening with endless spurts of melodic and psychedelic transcendental guitar.