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Musician? Join Michael Bisio At The Atlantic Center For The Arts


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Applications are now being accepted for Associate Artists-in-Residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts. Deadline extended through June 11, 2017.

All instrumentalists, composer and vocalists are welcome to apply.

Join Bassist/Composer Michael Bisio on the beautiful ACA campus in New Smyrna Beach, FL. from October 15 to November 4, 2017.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world.

Residency Goals

  • Working together to create a vocabulary inclusive of spontaneous composition, traditional notation, and gesture.
  • Meeting as individuals and in group settings to realize a music that is relevant to our time at ACA and develops a process that carries beyond.
  • Establishing a collaborative experience with the other disciplines represented.
Application Requirements

  • Please write (briefly) about what is most important to you in regards to your art and or this residency.
  • Describe your expectations when working in a collaborative setting.
  • Submit two links to sound files you'd like me to hear.

  • If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

    Apply Now

    About Michael Bisio

    Michael Bisio, bassist/composer, has over one hundred recordings in his discography, twenty-four of these are split evenly between leader/co-leader, ten of them document his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Michael has been called a poet, a wonder and one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. Nate Chinen in the New York Times writes: “The physicality of Mr. Bisio’s bass playing puts him in touch with numerous predecessors in the avant-garde, but his expressive touch is distinctive;…”

    As a composer, Michael has been awarded nine grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship. Collaborators include Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen.

    Praise For Michael Bisio

    A poet of the contrabass.—Eduardo Chagas, Toma Jazz

    “A veteran of the improvised music scene, it was a treat to hear Bisio in a rare solo concert. Rapidly jump-cutting from idea to idea, frequent clips of Mingus, Ornette and more punctuated an hour of stream-of-conscious freedom, showcasing a verbosity of language that few improvisers have absorbed. Ferocious, angular walking breaking hard-right into delicate flautando chords, then devolving into guttural, bow-grinding chaos, this riveting set was not merely an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the double bass. It was a view into the mind of a very open, sensitive, creative human, and amidst all the thunder and noise, one could never hide from the raw emotion flowing from Bisio like a flood."—Jeff Harshbarger, Bass World

    “Bisio is one of the most attentive, intuitive bassists around, qualities that make a good fit with Shipp and make Shipp sound even better. But there’s more to Bisio than being a sideman; he’s a force as a composer and bandleader in his own right.” —S.Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

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