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Rafiq Bhatia | 4 November 2018 | The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee | Milwaukee, WI

Rafiq Bhatia

with WILLS

Sunday, November 4


7pm Doors //

8pm Show

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New York composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia seeks to shatter preconceptions about how much can be said without a word—and, for that matter, who can say it. Bhatia’s audacious first album as a producer sets out to challenge existing musical vocabulary with a language of its own.

Breaking English ruptures the hermetic vernacular of ambient sculpturalism with the emotional intensity of avant­-garde jazz, using the techniques of the former to achieve the feeling of the latter. Its language is centered on contrast, with opposing strains juxtaposed in order to throw each other into sharper relief—the organic feels more vibrant in the context of the mechanical, the otherworldly more ethereal in light of the ordinary. Throughout, Bhatia’s guitar is just one part of a teeming, much bigger picture. Tense violin, exhaled gospel vocals, ricocheting drums and foreboding bass also populate Breaking English, all characters in an enveloping piece of musical cinema.

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