(AKA Alvarius B.) is a founding member of Seattle's genre-defying
Sun City Girls, whose career spanned 27 years and over fifty releases.
His work in Sun City Girls, with Richard Bishop and Charles Gocher,
alone stands as a testament to his fearless exploration of the
outer reaches of improvisation and composition.
B., Bishop has penned hundreds of his own original folk songs
in a primitive 'out' style that is uniquely his own. As an interpreter
of other people’s work, his songbook includes hundreds of
covers ranging from the obscure to the strangley familar. This
body of work is informed by an obsessive love of the singer-songwriter
genre, folkloric music from beyond borders, Italian film soundtracks,
and an extraordinary sense of humour.
of the past eight years, Bishop has been based in Cairo, composing
and recording new Alvarius B. material while simultaneously establishing
his own Egyptian-based band, The Invisible Hands and joining forces
with Sam Shalabi and Maurice Louca in the trio Dwarfs of East
solo album was released in October of last year; a triple album
juggernaut entitled With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in
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