Visions presents: Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, directed by Peter Gordon

Event sold out.

  • Monday 10th Aug 2015
  • 19:30 - 20:30

Visions presents: Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals, directed by Peter Gordon

Event sold out.

Peter Gordon and Arthur Russell met in New York City in 1975. Bonding over a shared love of instrumental pop music and a similar musical outlook, they soon became close friends and frequent collaborators, playing together in The Flying Hearts and the Love Of Life Orchestra and generally utilising the same musicians in their respective ensembles. As well as playing keyboards in many of the New York shows, Gordon also worked closely with Russell on the arrangement and notation of Instrumentals. Consequently, many parts of the original score are in Gordon’s handwriting.

Peter Gordon formed the Love Of Life Orchestra in 1977 and went on to compose and orchestrate music for theatre and film. He had a retrospective of his work with the Love Of Life Orchestra issued on DFA Records in 2011, released a collaboration with Factory Floor in 2013 and has continued to serve as music producer on Robert Ashley’s Vidas Perfectas. His latest album with the Love Of Life Orchestra, Symphony 5 was released in February on Foom.

In March 2012, almost twenty years after Arthur Russell’s death, Peter Gordon unveiled his new reading of Instrumentals at a sold-out performance in New York City’s renowned arts-centre, The Kitchen.

Visions is proud to bring this unique performance to Hackney’s Oval Space on August 10th. It will feature several members of Russell’s original ensemble original and photographs by Yuko Nonomura, projected during the 1975/78 performances.


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