A Tribute to Arthur Russell (NY) Posted by 31/03/09 in blog on
Le Poisson Rouge presents a tribute to the composer Arthur Russell, who established himself in New York’s vibrant downtown music scene of the 1970s as an eccentric chameleon, creating across and playing his cello in a wide variety of experimental and popular genres. When Russell died in 1992 at age 40 due to AIDS-related illness, his most celebrated output was the collection of leftfield disco records he produced under monikers such as Dinosaur L and Loose Joints, although he left a huge body of work behind him—minimalist chamber music; country-tinged rock from his band the Flying Hearts; meditations for solo voice, cello, and electronic effects—much of which has been posthumously released on record labels such as Audika, introducing Russell’s brilliant, gentle sound to new audiences across the globe.
This concert of live music, held on the anniversary of Russell’s passing, will bridge the gaps between the extremes of his practice, and will include instrumental works, dance tracks, and songs played by an ensemble of Russell’s original collaborators in addition to a few special guests. A dance party follows with DJs and a special late-night performance.
Arthur’s Landing was formed by Russell’s closest friends and musical colleagues: Steven Hall, Ernie Brooks, Peter Zummo, Bill Ruyle, Joyce Kirby, Elodie Lauten, Peter Gordon, Mustafa Ahmed, and John Scherman. It is frequently spoken that Russell worked with the crème de la crème of New York’s downtown music community. Here they are, as one collective, performing Russell’s songs as no one else can. Sitting in with Arthur’s Landing will be musician-composers Nick Hallett, Zach Layton and Alex Waterman.
They will be joined by special guests, including Nomi (of Hercules and Love Affair). DJs Lee Douglas (Rong), Justin Vandervolgen (ex-!!!), and Dan Selzer (Acute) play Russell’s disco classics, while artist Rafael Sanchez caps off the evening with a special performance to Dinosaur L’s “Go Bang!”
This concert is being co-presented by Wordless Music as part of its Spring 2009 season, along with Justine D., BoomBOOM and Nick Hallett.
The Music of Arthur Russell at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, on Saturday, April 4 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door.