Sir Richard Bishop, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, The Youngs (Timothy Young and Eryn Young), Uncle Power (DJ set)

Sir Richard Bishop, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney, The Youngs (Timothy Young and Eryn Young), Uncle Power (DJ set)

Sun · February 11, 2018

8:00 pm


Sir Richard Bishop
Sir Richard Bishop
Richard Bishop was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1960. He is best known for his 26 year involvement with the band Sun City Girls (1981-2007) and as an experimental solo guitarist whose work often reflects the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail.

Bishop technically began playing the guitar when he was 11, after his parents bought him a cheap Buck Owens styled red, white and blue guitar. He took guitar lessons for about three weeks but it didn’t ‘take’. When he was 15 he began again and proceeded to teach himself how to play the instrument. By age 18 he and his brother Alan were performing together while in college, mainly in coffee houses, seedy bars and at parties.

Both Bishops left Michigan in 1979 and settled in Phoenix, AZ, continuing to perform together, mainly among the city’s open mic circuit. In 1981 the brothers joined up with drummer Charles Gocher and formed the long-running underground group Sun City Girls, who during their 26 years produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7” records. Also in the early 1980s Richard was a member of the group Paris 1942 which included Alan Bishop, J. Akkari (Jesse Srogoncik) and former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker.

Bishop’s first solo record, Salvador Kali, was released by John Fahey’s esteemed Revenant Records label in 1998. It was issued under the name of Sir Richard Bishop (the name stuck). The album showcases Bishop's own particular obsessions and roots, drawing from a variety of worldwide sources. Locust Music issued his second record, Improvika (2004), which consisted of nine extemporaneous pieces for solo acoustic guitar. Up next was Fingering the Devil (2006), which was recorded at an impromptu session at London’s Southern Studios on a day off during Bishop's 2005 European tour. This was followed by two more releases from Locust: Elektronika Demonika (2006), a recording of electronic sound experiments, containing no guitar at all; and While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (2007), featuring three extended compositions for acoustic and electric guitar. Richard's 30-minute film God Damn Religion, a seizure-inducing montage of occult imagery was released in 2008 on DVD, also by Locust.

In 2005, Bishop began performing full time as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.

Bishop's next album, Polytheistic Fragments, was released by the Drag City label in 2007. It includes works for acoustic, electric and lapsteel guitar, plus two piano compositions. In 2009, Drag City issued The Freak of Araby which was Bishop's tribute to late Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid as well as a celebration of the Middle Eastern music that Bishop's grandfather often played for him as a young child.

Richard has issued many albums on other labels such as Unrock, Ideologic Organ, Southern Lord, VDSQ, and more, while maintaining a continuing working relationship with Drag City.

In 2010, Bishop joined forces with fellow guitarist Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and drummer extraordinaire Chris Corsano to create the group Rangda. Since then, three full length Rangda releases have been issued by Drag City (False Flag [2010], Formerly Extinct [2012], and The Heretic’s Bargain [2016]), with additional LPs on Unrock and Ba Da Bing! Records.

Bishop's most recent full-length, Tangier Sessions, was released in 2015 by Drag City. It consists of a series of improvisations recorded in Tangier in 2014 using a 19th century parlor guitar of mysterious origin.
Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney
Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney

Jessika Kenney is an experimental vocalist, composer, and teacher. She is known for performance of Indonesian vocal music (sindhenan), and Persian vocal music (radifs), as well as compositions drawing on elements of both.

Kenney sang the operatic prose for the world premiere of the experimental opera Kali in 2000 and performed at the Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance in Seattle. After the 2012 performance of Weathervane at Wellesley College, The Boston Globe called Kenney's singing "pure tones that emanate not just from the center of her being but seemingly from far back in time."

In 2015, Kenney created Anchor Zero, a 5-room solo exhibition including calligraphic scores, a bamboo Ka'aba in collaboration with Otong Durahim, and a 3 channel video/12 channel audio installation, at the Frye Art Museum. The Seattle Times described her exhibit as being like a "cavern filled with disembodied voices and spooky ambient sounds".

Eyvind Kang is a composer, violist and conductor who has has released many acclaimed albums on labels such as Tzadik, Ipecac, Abduction and Ideologic Organ, as well as worked on hundreds of recordings as an instrumentalist and arranger.

His compositions have been played by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Seattle Chamber Players, MG_INC Orchestra, Coro di Camera di Modena, Orchestra del Teatro Communale di Bologna, and the Israeli Contemporary Players, among other ensembles.

As a violist he has been featured by a wide range of independent musicians including Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, the Sun City Girls, and Secret Chiefs. Kang has also performed solo pieces by Christian Wolff, Giacinto Scelsi, Ornette Coleman, Satyajit Ray, and Hanne Darboven. His ongoing, genre defying collaboration with composer and singer Jessika Kenney has been described as "serious, refined music" (The New York Times), taking the form of sound actions and installations, choral and orchestral works, and minimalist vocal and string arrangement, with two releases on Ideologic Organ (2011, 2013) curated by Stephen O'Malley.

He has studied North Indian Classical music under Dr. N. Rajam, and is currently a long time student of Classical Persian Music under Ostad Hossein Omoumi, with whom he has also performed and collaborated. His other principal teachers have been Julian Priester, Michael White, Jarrad Powell and Janice Giteck at Cornish College of the Arts, and Dr. Regula Qureshi at the University of Alberta.

He was the recipient of the Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award in 2011.
The Youngs (Timothy Young and Eryn Young)
The Youngs (Timothy Young and Eryn Young)
Los Angeles "heavy mellow" band, The Youngs, was founded in 2000 in Seattle by husband and wife Tim and Eryn Young then migrated South in 2006. They perform variously as a duo, large band or trio, currently joined by their longtime friend, John Schuller.

Vocalist/drummer Eryn "Queen of the Downbeat" Young is equally informed by Diamanda Galas and Karen Carpenter yet sings her own very personal "space gospel." In Seattle she studied and performed with jazz great Julian Priester (Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Sunn O))), Herbie Hancock). During her time in Seattle she also performed with Sun City Girls, Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz while co-leading the Music/Dance ensemble Foot in Mouth and the avant rock band Bloodbunny. Since relocating to Los Angeles she has performed with artists from Van Dyke Parks to Tim Heidecker.

Vocalist/guitarist Tim Young, was a ubiquitous presence in the Seattle rock and jazz scenes throughout the early 1990's and 2000's, when he played with members of Malfunkshun, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. He toured extensively with David Sylvian and Wayne Horvitz. Since his re-location to Southern California, he has contributed to sessions with Beck, Fiona Apple and John Legend. as well as working regularly with soundtrack composer/drummer Brian Reitzell (Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, AIR, Redd Kross). Recently he has collaborated with Reggie Watts, including an appearance on Conan O-Brien.

Bassist John Schuller has played with legendary doom band Earth, Master Musicians of Bukkake and ASVA (with members of Mr. Bungle, Sunn O))) and Burning Witch).

The Youngs, their eponymous self-titled debut was released in 2004 on Web of Mimicry Records (Dengue Fever and Secret Chiefs 3), and followed it up with their 2006 self-released, Hand Up, Head Down.

Recently, The Youngs have shared bills with funk legend George Clinton, punk icon Mike Watt, and avant-metal band Big Business in their on-going living room concert series. Their third album, "Many Triumphant Returns" will be released in Fall 2013.
Uncle Power (DJ)
Uncle Power (DJ)
"Uncle Power" (Greg Wooten/@zoothorn) is an LA-based DJ and record collector, focused primarily on experimental & improvised music, including free & spiritual jazz and avant garde electronic music. When not immersed in the wonderful world of weird music, he is active as a modernist design archeologist - seeking, curating & exhibiting unusual 20th century decorative arts for The Window, a design gallery in Hollywood he co-owns with Lorca Cohen (@thewindowLA).
Additionally, he is currently working on DEFACED, a collection he has amassed of organically found, "artistically" altered album covers. A book project & exhibition are slated for 2018 (@unclepower). Photo by Deirdre Keeley
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039