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Wednesday, Nov 15 2006 | 12:56

Hisham Akira Bharoocha (aka Soft Circle) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, using the mediums of music, visual art, and photography. Hisham first came into the music scene in Providence, Rhode Island, while in college. He was a founding member of the legendary noise rock band Lightning Bolt, in which he treated vocals as an instrument. He left the band after playing with them for a year and a half. At the end of his school years, he joined the then-hardcore punk band Black Dice. Hisham played with Black Dice for 6 years, exploring the depths of sound with them as they moved into more experimental terrain; his final project with the band was the creation of the Creature Comforts album.

After leaving Black Dice, he created Soft Circle, a solo project that allowed him a more personal exploration of his own musical interests. Hisham’s art work is a visualization of the sounds he creates; he is inspired by the true nature of our temporary existence on this planet, understanding life through sensations that arise and pass within ourselves. Hisham’s work is based on this notion, and the subconscious melding of information we absorb every moment through our senses. Bharoocha is interested in this moving and morphing within the self, how that shapes one’s persona, who we call ‘I, Me, Myself’. Hisham is one of the New York underground community’s creative leaders, continually trying to bring together the visual art, music, and fashion communities for collaboration. Hisham’s vision is for each medium to embrace the others—to create and support each other without borders. He has undertaken work to this end, including curating music compilations of New York-based musical artists for such clothing lines as United Bamboo and Nom De Guerre.

A Truly beautiful exploration into a new musical realm!” Daniel Kessler (Interpol)

The album Soft CircleFull Bloom” (Eastern Developments) is going to be released January 19, 2007.

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