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From 1981 to 2007, Sir Richard Bishop played guitar with the Arizona-based Sun City Girls, a kabuki makeup–wearing experimental band that made a racket by incorporating a punk attitude and jazzy improvisations on more than 50 albums. On his own, Sir Richard (he granted himself that title) opts for a slightly more sedate sound; since 1998, he’s recorded several solo guitar albums, many with just an acoustic instrument. His fingerwork is traditional in many ways—the intricate picking calls to mind classical, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, and South Asian styles—despite his affiliation with more experimental independent labels. In 2003, Bishop helped found the iconoclastic international record label Sublime Frequencies. Bishop’s latest solo effort, Tangier Sessions, consists of improvised songs he created and recorded in one week in northern Morocco. Using an acoustic guitar he’d recently acquired and fallen in love with, estimated to be more than 100 years old, Bishop conjures up some of his prettiest music yet. On “Bound in Morocco” and “Let It Come Down,” the ancient instrument sounds like an oud at times as he manipulates its strings to create sublime, timeless tones. Sir Richard Bishop performs with Robert Millis and Kohoutek at 8 p.m. at Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N. Jackson St., Arlington. $10. claviusproductions.org.