Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Michael Bisio invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. His music has received 4 stars from DownBeat, Jazz Times states his music resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity. Journalist Paul DeBarros in Signal to Noise notes; For years free improvisers have explored the tactile aspect of performance, in which the nature of the encounter between the player and the instrument becomes the subject of the music itself. Bisio is one of the few musicians that has managed to meld this high-concept sense of physicality with the soulful charge of jazz. His fiddle-high, scraped overtones create a tangled choir that is impossible to resist; his expressiveness with the bow is unmatched. Having whirled the listener into a transportive state, he gently shows them the way out......
Bisio's ability to project such a diverse array of timbre and technical skill mark him as one of the leading bassist of his time. --Steven Loewy, allmusic.com