Monday, September 6, 2010

Howl! Spotlight -ARTHUR'S LANDING-A Tribute to the Musical Genius of Arthur Russell

ARTHUR'S LANDING is a group of musicians, all of whom worked at various times in various contexts with the late Arthur Russell, a cellist and composer from Iowa who lived on the Lower East Side for most of the later part of his too-short life. Russell brought together the worlds of dance, pop, and folk with that of downtown’s new music, and fused Western and Eastern musical traditions, driven by his engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. He collaborated often with Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass was also an early mentor. Dance music aficionados will be also be familiar with Russell's underground dance hit: IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE?. Arthur’s Landing (songs by Arthur Russell) features Mustafa Ahmed (percussion) , Joyce Bowden (voice) Ernie Brooks (voice, bass), Steven Hall (voice, guitar), ), Bill Ruyle(drums, hammered dulcimer), John Scherman (lead guitar), Peter Zummo and special guest Nomi Ruiz from Hercules and Love Affair & Jessica 6. The (UK) Guardian described Ruiz as 'boasting the spookily effortless air of a future pop icon.'

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