November 20, 2014 Come watch a documentary on the life and music of the avant-garde and disco composer Arthur Russell's life — and stick around for a discussion with musicians and friends.
The compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell comes out Oct. 21.
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October 12, 2014 The Red Hot Organization pays tribute to an inimitable character on a double-length tribute, with help from Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, Scissor Sisters and more.
November 15, 2010 Before a crowd of literally less than ten, Katherine Young performed a few compositions for bassoon and electronics. But the surprise of evening was a beautiful translation of Arthur Russell's "Soon to be Innocent Fun."
June 1, 2004 In the 1970's and early 1980's, musician Arthur Russell composed music with danceable rock and avant-garde classical music influences. Much of his music was made into 12" discs for DJs to play in dance clubs. It featured many instruments drifting in and out of hearing range. Russell has since died of AIDS — but his many tapes are finally being put together in a number of compilations, the first being a CD called The World of Arthur Russell.
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