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The World Of Arthur Russell

Fri 16 January 2009 // 20:00

with Live Performances by Alexander Thomas and Chipper / Max Milton
plus under_score DJs

(Fri 16th / 8pm / £5)

Arthur Russell was an avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer. By day he was the music director at experimental art space The Kitchen; at night he produced disco classics like “Is It All Over My Face” and “Go Bang” under the names Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. He bridged the art and disco worlds with his avant-pop compositions under his own name.

His collaborators and most ardent supporters ranged from Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg to rock bands like The Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers; the pre-Studio 54 disco scene of Nicky Siano's Gallery and David Mancuso's Loft; and DJ-producers like Francois Kevorkian and Larry Levan, among others. However, when he died of AIDS in the early ’90s, he was still relatively unknown. That changed in 2004, when Soul Jazz and Audika Records released compilations of his work, introducing his music to the likes of Jens Lekma and Electrelane’s Verity Sussman.

The Cube hosts a night inspired by Arthur Russell and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art and now. With live performances by Alexander Thomas and Chipper / Max Milton, 16mm visual/sound collisions, documentary footage of Arthur Russell himself, and micro-dancing with a brute-disco bar hosted by under_score founder dunc.

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"Alexander Thomas coaxes delicious ripples from his Theremin. This serious man and the first electronic instrument are a luscious spectacle together. His eerie soundscapes are full of pathos and seem to call up ghosts of our electronic past, from Edison to Aphex." - QuJunktions



Plus a improv string collaboration between CHIPPER and MAX MILTON, two of Bristol's most prolific musicians, who between them have performed and worked with artists including SJ Esau, Crippled Black Phoenix, Oxbow Duo, Bronnt Industries Kapital and North Sea Navigator.