At the 2014 Rebellious Lawyering Conference on Race, George Bisharat, together with Asli Bali and Kim Taylor-Thompson, served on an amazing panel called From Ferguson to Gaza. “From the Washington Post to Ebony Magazine to everyday conversations, people have connected events and dynamics in Ferguson to events and dynamics in Gaza, and to events and dynamics in other places still. What is the relationship between race, militarized policing, and sharing governance? In Ferguson? In Gaza? Elsewhere? What do law and politics – intermingled, as always – offer as candid portrayals of the current situations? Of how best to diagnose? Of what to do?”
Many of you know George as Emeritus Professor of Law at Hastings Law. You may have taken his courses on Criminal Procedure, Islamic Law, Law and Social Anthropology, Criminal Practice Clinic, and Law in Middle East Societies.
Today, we would like to introduce an entirely different facet of George: blues musician.
Listen to some his music here: Big Harp George, Hard Way
And here is a message from Big Harp George:
Dear family, friends, and blues fans:
I hope you are all well! I wanted to bring you up to date with some music news.
First, my CD Chromaticism, released last September, has received considerable air time, critical acclaim, and several award nominations. Thanks to all of you who purchased a copy!
Chromaticism was nominated for Best New Artist CD by the Blues Foundation. I attended the award ceremony in Memphis in May and had a great time; the winner in my category was the very deserving Selwyn Birchwood.
My CD has also been nominated in the Best New Artist CD category by Blues Blast Magazine. Voting is open to the public here:http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/bbmas/vote/
Official Voting Page | 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards
Blues Blast makes it easy for you by providing a link to a page with sample tunes from each nominee. Should you be inclined to vote for Chromaticism, after listening to the other nominees in my category, I would be honored. If you listen to all the other nominees in other categories, by the way, it’s like a guided tour of contemporary blues – a really nice way to learn about what’s going on in the genre today.
The Blues Blast award ceremony is in Champaign IL on September 25 – I will attend and perform a couple of songs. Any suggestions? I have my own thoughts but would welcome your input!
Second, I’ve been invited to perform in a “Bay Area Blues All Stars” event at Biscuits and Blues – the premier blues club in the Bay Area, if not the West Coast – on August 15. I will play a 15-20 minute set, and for those of you who are local, this is a great chance to hear many of the best blues musicians in the Bay. I suspect this event will sell out, so if you plan to come, don’t waste time in reserving tickets: http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/bayareaallstars
Third and finally, I have kicked off the process of recording my next CD. I plan to be in studio with many of the same musicians in February 2016, and expect to release the CD in late spring/early summer. Stylistically it will be consistent with Chromaticism, while breaking some new ground. I have been busy composing, and already have enough material for a CD of all originals. Whether I go that route or mix in some covers (of which I have a number in mind) is something I’ll be pondering over the coming months – again, any views on that you care to share?
Thanks, as always, for your interest and support. Even seemingly trivial things – as in liking my BHG Facebook page – helps, as talent scouts look at social media to gauge interest. What you do to support me and other independent musicians is greatly appreciated.
George Bisharat/Big Harp George
See George’s secrets to Keeping His Day Job here.
See Bman’s Blues Report review here.
Buy Big Harp George Chromaticism here.