Five Firsts: Michael Bisio of the Matthew Shipp Trio

March 13th, 2014, 10:21 am by Greg
Michael Bisio (photo: Peter Gannushkin)

Michael Bisio (photo: Peter Gannushkin)

NAME: Michael Bisio
BAND AFFILIATION: Matthew Shipp Trio

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … So long ago … trying to remember, I’m going with Flowers by the Rolling Stones.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Van Morrison at RPI, but not the Field House. It was a very small room in one of those old brick buildings going down Peoples (I think) Ave. It was very early in his career, don’t think it was a $5 ticket. My memory: I walked into the room and was very surprised it was just that, a room. The band set up on on the floor. They had already started. Van Morrison was playing alto and singing. My barely teenage id was in heaven.

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LIVE: Sten Isachsen, Mat Kane & Michael Bisio @ Valentine’s, 4/26/11

April 28th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

When is a fiddle tune not a fiddle tune? When it’s free jazz.

A new, as-yet-unnamed trio featuring Sten Isachsen (mandolin), Mat Kane (fiddle) and Michael Bisio (bass) made its debut at Valentine’s Music Hall on Tuesday night as part of Dan Johnson’s remarkable Americana Tuesdays series. Usually the program leans towards songwriters and rocking roots bands, but Isachsen’s combo went way outside, warping chestnuts like “June Apple” and “Kitchen Girl” into something more akin to Ornette Coleman than Eck Robertson.

Essentially the performance was a seamless half hour of music, with a snatch of melody (“a piece of candy,” as Isachsen later said) being thrown out between great wedges of improvised sound. Occasionally, as will happen with improv, the trio went down a blind alley – watching them find their way out was as much fun as any other part of the brief show.

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