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David Grubbs

Tuesday 10 June, 7.30pm

David Grubbs

Solo performance + Reading from Records Ruin The Landscape

Tickets £7 advance from wegottickets and See Tickets



The Third Programme and Buried Bones are proud to present a solo performance and reading by Drag City recording artist David Grubbs, founding member of Gastr del Sol, Squirrel Bait and Bastro.

David has collaborated with Will Oldham, Royal Trux, Jim O’Rourke, John Fahey, Dirty Three, Matmos, Richard Buckner, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros and Arnold Dreyblatt, and played in the bands Codeine, The Red Krayola, Bitch Magnet and The Wingdale Community Singers (in collaboration with Hannah Marcus and the author Rick Moody).

He is also Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where he also teaches in the M.F.A. programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts and Creative Writing.

In short, he is a Louisville legend!

His most recent solo record, The Place Where The Palace Stood, was issued last year on Drag City, and he is currently touring in support of his new trio album with Andrea Belfi and Stefano Pilia, Dust & Mirrors.

“Dust & Mirrors combines tonal minimalist repetition with hanging cadences of back-porch guitar and Grubbs’ sung-spoken poetry. The Headlock reshapes a riff that could fill stadiums. The album is unashamedly beautiful, but never banal; fiercely intelligent, never obscure.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times

David has also recently published a book titled Records Ruin the Landscape on Duke University Press:

“John Cage’s disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. How could these proudly evanescent performance practices have been adequately represented on an LP?”

An extract is available to read on The Wire website: http://www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing/book-extracts/read_extract-from-david-grubbs_records-ruin-the-landscape