Arthur Russell's Instrumentals
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Since his death from AIDS-related illness in 1992, Arthur Russell has been acknowledged as one of the most talented and influential musicians of his generation. A composer and classical cellist who crossed over into disco, pop and avant-garde music, he left behind dozens of albums’ worth of recordings as well as plenty of unrecorded music. This evening you’ll hear his work ‘Instrumentals’ – premiered in California in 1975 and inspired by nature photography – performed by some of his original collaborators including Rhys Chatham, Peter Zummo and Ernie Brooks. Peter Gordon, who worked with Russell on the score, directs the ensemble as well as playing saxophone and organ.