Photo by Zenith Richards

Photo by Zenith Richards

RAFIQ BHATIA

Rafiq Bhatia's music reconciles meticulous sound art with mercurial improvisation to deliver searing emotional intensity. The composer-guitarist's first two albums – Strata and Yes It Will – have been described by the New York Times as “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected,” and by the Washington Post as “approximat[ing] life in the information age …profuse, immersive and immense.”

Heralded as a “rising guitar star” (Time Out New York) and among “the most promising improvisers in the United States today” (New York Times), Bhatia has established himself as an omnivorous collaborator for singular, creative musicians across disciplines. He has worked with producers Olga Bell, Helado Negro, Prefuse 73, and Valgeir Sigurðsson; vocalists Sam Dew and Moses Sumney; emcees Heems (Das Racist) and High Priest (Anti-Pop Consortium); improvisers Vijay Iyer, Billy Hart, David Virelles, and Marcus Gilmore; members of the chamber ensembles Alarm Will Sound, ICE, and JACK; and numerous others. You can also hear him on recordings featuring pop revisionists Lorde and Sufjan Stevens, and on the soundtracks to the films The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Mean Dreams, Air, and Afflicted.

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