Alvarius B.

Alvarius B.

Alan Bishop (aka Alvarius B.) is a founding member of Seattle's avant-garde and genre-defying Sun City Girls, whose career spans 27 years and over 50 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. From their telepathic free jazz/post rock psychedelic trio roots, to sprawling radio broadcasts incorporating noise, Italian pop, and sound collage, to gorgeous outer-national Arabic and Asian-inspired folk music, the group maintained their singular and uncompromising path from inception. Their musical restlessness continues to resonate in the wake of the passing of Charles Gocher and their subsequent disbanding.

As founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label, Bishop has released over 70 records, introducing previously ignored musical genres from Syria, Burma, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Niger, Thailand, India, Morocco, Egypt, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Algeria, and Turkey.

And as Alvarius B., Bishop has penned hundreds of his own original folk songs in a primitive "out" style that is unlike anything that anyone else is doing now. This body of work is informed by an obsessive love of psychedelic rock, free jazz, exotic music from beyond borders, Italian film soundtracks, and an extraordinary sense of humor. Since 2011, Bishop has been living in Cairo, composing & recording new Alvarius B. material while simultaneously establishing his own Egyptian-based band, The Invisible Hands.

Sam Shalibi

Sam Shalabi is an Egyptian-Canadian composer and improviser living between Montreal, Quebec and Cairo, Egypt. Beginning in punk rock in the late '70s, his work has evolved into a fusion of experimental modern Arabic music that incorporates traditional Arabic, chaabi, noise, classical, text, free improvisation and jazz. He has released five solo albums (including On Hashish - a musical mediation on German writer Walter Benjamin, Osama, an audio collage on Arabophobia in the wake of 9/11, and his most recent Music for Arabs), five albums with Shalabi Effect, a free improvisation quartet that bridges Western psychedelic music and Arabic Maquam (scales) and three albums with Land Of Kush (an experimental 30-member orchestra, for which he composes). He has appeared on over 30 albums and toured Europe, North America and North Africa. Upcoming projects include the release of the sixth Shalabi Effect album, a duo album with Stefan Christoff, two albums on the Italian label Sagittarius with Lebanese, Turkish and Egyptian musicians and a tour in the eastern U.S. with Alvarius B., where he’ll be playing solo guitar and ud (Arabic lute).

The Byron Coley Trio

mr. coley, mr. panter and mr. lee hail from west of here. they do not often visit the city.



Each presale ticket purchase comes with a tour-only screen-printed Alvarius B. 7" vinyl record and a chapbook of poetry by Byron Coley, provided upon entry to the show.

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