Arthur’s Landing is a group of musicians, all of whom worked at various times in various contexts with the late Arthur Russell (Wikipedia), a cellist and composer from Iowa who lived on the Lower East Side for most of the later part of his too-short life.
I don’t know Russell in person, but I came to enjoy his music via Steven Hall.
Born Charles Arthur Russell, Jr. (May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992), Arthur Russell found the most success in dance music. Russell’s career bridged New York’s downtown, rock, and dance music scenes; his collaborators ranged from Philip Glass to David Byrne to Nicky Siano. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, a series of reissues and compilations have raised his profile in the 2000s.
The band members of Arthur’s Landing are:
- Steven Hall: guitar / vox
- Bill Ruyle: drums / hammer dulcimer / tablas
- Peter Zummo: horns / vox
- Joyce Bowden: guitar / clarinet / vox
- Ernie Brooks: bass / vox
- Mustafa Ahmed: perc
Musicians who play with the band on occasion include: John Scherman, Elodie Lauten, Peter Gordon, Max Gordon, Michael Evans, Carlos Hernandez, Zach Layon and Alex Waterman.
I went to see Arthur's Landing at Zebulon in Williamsburg last week, in conjunction with a Chinatown Records party hosted by Brennan Green. Here are some photographs taken that day:
Steven Hall + Ernie Brooks
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