January 5, 2016
Tickets & Information: (212) 279-4200
Aleba Gartner, 212/206-1450
“Sublime Frequencies’ approach has ensured that music is heard in a new way.”  
— Pitchfork


continues its new Counterpoint series with

Sublime Frequencies:
Alan Bishop

DJ set by the founding member of Seattle's genre-defying band Sun City Girls
and co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label

Bishop will showcase many overlooked musical genres from around the world

North Africa • The Middle East • South and Southeast Asia

Retro 60’s & 70's Hybrid-Pop • Yeh-Yeh • Go-Go • Freak Beat • Psychedelic • Surf 

Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.


BAM Café
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Free Admission
Presented in conjunction with BAM Café

From WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger:

“The same forward-thinking approach that Alan Bishop brought to his genre-defying avant-garde band Sun City Girls he brings to his Sublime Frequencies record label. Just as World Music Institute has spent the last 30 years exposing U.S. audiences to overlooked music from around the globe, Sublime Frequencies has released some of the best in rare finds of international music over its many years of existence. From field recordings to Yeh Yeh and Freak Beat compilations, to being the first record label to release new world music stars such as Bombino and Omar Souleyman, this label has been a true trailblazer and one that has been able to break down every wall and barrier imaginable. Audiences that don't regularly listen to or seek out 'world music' are constantly being exposed to new sounds because Sublime Frequencies released the music, and Alan Bishop and his partner Hisham Mayet trailblazed them. We are truly excited to present a DJ set from this avant-garde legend at BAM, a venue that is known for the new and adventurous."
Alan Bishop
Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Sublime Frequencies

Alan Bishop DJ Set

BAM Café

On the heels of a breathtaking show by ambient icon Laraaji, World Music Institute continues its Counterpoint series at BAM Café with another fascinating example of what world music can mean in a modern context: American musician Alan Bishop, the founding member of Seattle’s quintessential avant-garde rock group Sun City Girls, as well as co-founder of the world music record label Sublime Frequencies.

Through Sublime Frequencies, Bishop has released over 100 records, introducing often overlooked musical genres from Syria, Burma, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Morocco, Egypt, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Algeria, Turkey, and so on.

Bishop's DJ set will feature retro 60’s and 70’s Hybrid-Pop, Rock, Folk, Yeh-Yeh, Go-Go, Freak Beat, Psychedelic, Surf, and traditional styles from North Africa, The Middle East, South and Southeast Asia that listeners most likely have never heard before.

World Music Institute’s Counterpoint series showcases contemporary artists who push the boundaries of what “world music” can mean as the divisions between cultures become less prominent in the 21st century. Additional concerts in the series will be announced later this month.


“A decidedly edgier, more forward-looking new direction."
Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance. WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York by promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s cultural traditions and presents at venues throughout the city.

Under new leadership since 2015, its 30th anniversary season, World Music Institute has introduced an ambitious expansion of concert offerings that include contemporary, experimental and avant-garde presentations, as well as the traditional music that WMI has long been known and admired for. In addition, the institution is thrilled to have launched new partnerships with BAM, 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Storm King Art Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Littlefield and Drom—while continuing partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, French Institute Alliance Française, and Apollo Theater (the annual Africa Now festival).

WMI has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe. 
“A widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles.”
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