Electronic rock-sitarist & vocalist
In this first ever performance in Plymouth Bishi will perform her new album Let My Country Awake live on our intimate Barbican stage.
The album launched with sell out shows at London's Southbank Centre following an appearance at Reflektor Festival in Hamburg.
Partly inspired by the essay collection The Good Immigrant and Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel-winning poem exploring borderless identity, the album features revolutionary use of her trademark electric sitar and four-octave vocal range.
The album, released on her own label Gryphon, also features sampled interviews from Nikesh Shukla, Salena Godden and Darren Chetty. It’s a work exploring dual identities and a call to find empathy in a divided world.
As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar
Listen to Bishi's 'Let My Country Awake'
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Who Is Bishi?
Bishi is a singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer born in London of Bengali heritage.
She’s trained in both Hindustani and Western classical styles, while her live performances make heavy use of new technologies, including interactive bodysuits and live-coded audiovisual environments.
In 2016, BISHI founded WITCiH, the Women In Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform to elevate the voices of women and non-binary practitioners in tech. In 2020 she launched the podcast Creative Women in Tech.
A passionate advocate for equality and inclusion, BISHI is an ambassador for The Featured Artists Coalition, Imogen Heap’s Creative Passport, and sits on the board of the F-List.
Reserved seating is in place.
Seats B5, B6, B7 and B8 are accessible seats.
We ask that you only book these seats if you cannot easily access other seating in our auditorium (or are accompanying someone who cannot)
Covid 19 Safety
Audiences are advised to wear face masks from when they enter the Barbican Theatre building. Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available as you enter the theatre space.
All Barbican Theatre team staff will follow strict hand washing routines, wear face masks and carry out regular lateral flow testing.
Barbican Theatre is just behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre (up some steps) on Southside Street opposite the Mayflower Steps (and the Prawn).
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"Let My Country Awake is an absolute masterpiece - in turn spine-tingling, heartbreaking, groove-laden and euphoric."
“If you don’t know Bishi, you need to get to know because the woman is incredible”
Gemma Cairney, BBC Radio 6 Music
"A heady concoction of sounds. She’s a charismatic performer"
London Theatre 1
"BISHI’s interest in pop mediums exists through a fundamental understanding of the experimental, avant-garde, performing arts traditions of many centuries. I live for her”
Nico Muhly, composer