Wild Combination 17 October 2008 in Arthur Russell
This weekend is your last chance to catch ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’ at London’s ICA cinema. It screens at 5pm both Saturday and Sunday and you may make bookings here.
Rather than bore us all with an encouraging description we’ve included this here trailer to whet your appetites:
Arthur Russell is the most diverse artist ever to have graced the Rough Trade roster. His journey began in 1972 in North Carolina, where he studied Indian classical composition with one of the masters, Akbar Khan. By 1975 he had moved to New York and began to work with several musicians and poets that would guide his work through the seventies: Allen Ginsburg, Christian Wolff, Jackson Maclow, Rhys Chatham, Philip Glass, Elodie Lauten, and Ernie Brooks. By the end of the decade Arthur had crafted an impressive collection of instrumental and orchestral compositions and under the alias of Dinosaur L had begun to turn his attention to dance production. His contribution to dance music during this period was formidable but only quietly acknowledged in his lifetime, perhaps due to his innovative approach that yielded sounds that were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time. Never the less they have since become integral parts of the development of modern house and club music and some of his biggest tunes such as ‘go bang!’ and ‘is it all over my face?’ are still regularly played today and his entire body of work has been much sampled.
During the mid eighties Arthur began to give many live performances accompanied by only a cello and a number of effects pedals. From here he began to develop a sound that incorporated many of his previous ideas on pop, dance and classical music, which can be heard on the 1986 release ‘World of Echo’. It is a deeply meditative and seductive work of awe-inspiring beauty, grace and passion. Arthur commented that his aim was to achieve what he calls ‘the most vivid rhythmic reality’, with just cello, voice, and echoes. You need these records. Arthur’s legacy is incredible, a diverse and distinctive collection of work that could only have been produced by a bona fide genius.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Russell_(musician)