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Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford & Michiel Borstlap
@ Southbank Centre's Purcel Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
24 November 2007

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Bill Bruford biography

Bill Bruford grew up with jazz. As an amateur drummer in the 1960s, and after a handful of lessons from Lou Pocock of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he began his professional career in 1968. He was a guiding light in the so-called British "Art Rock" movement, touring internationally with Yes and King Crimson from 1968-74. There then followed several years spent observing and participating in the music making processes of, among others, Gong, National Health, Genesis and U.K., until Bill felt ready to write and perform his own music with his own band Bruford, recording four albums from 1977-80.

It was, however, the reconstituted King Crimson of 1980-84 that provided the vehicle for his revolutionary use of electronics in developing the melodic side of percussion. Following an interim two year/two album stint improvising on acoustic piano and drums with Patrick Moraz, Bruford formed his electro-acoustic jazz group Earthworks in 1986, with Django Bates and Iain Ballamy, specifically to continue this work on melody from the drum set, but now in a jazz context.

Earthworks, the group's first offering in 1987, was named the "third best jazz album of the year" by America's USA Today; then came Dig? (1989), All Heaven Broke Loose (1991), and the summer 1994 Live set, Stamping Ground.

King Crimson again proved itself a veritable percussion think-tank when it launched the double-rhythm team of Bruford and Pat Mastelotto in the 1994 double-trio incarnation. Through late 1994 and 1995, the band toured the world, giving 120 concerts, and producing studio and live CDs documenting its fresh and innovative use of two drummers. 1996 saw further King Crimson concerts, and the production of a CD Rom encapsulating Bruford's approach, in a tri-format combination of audio and MIDI/digital data, entitled Packet of 3.

In between all this, Bill also found time to record and/or tour with Kazumi Watanabe, David Torn, The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Akira Inoue, Al Di Meola, Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Tony Levin, Pete Lockett and his old firm Yes amongst others. He continued his work as an active clinician with a series of clinics in Europe and America in 1993, culminating in his highly acclaimed appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention at Columbus, Ohio in November. In 1990, the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine voted him into that magazine's Hall of Fame.

The late 90s saw Bruford underlining his commitment, and return, to jazz and 1997 saw two major releases. The Earthworks "best of" compilation, Heavenly Bodies, taken from all four albums and including previously unreleased material was released in May on Virgin Record, U.K. Then a late summer release of fresh material with jazz titans Ralph Towner (guitars and piano) and Eddie Gomez (bass) entitled If Summer had its Ghosts, appeared on King Crimson's Discipline Records in September.

Touring internationally with the second edition of Earthworks, featuring Steve Hamilton (keyboards) and Patrick Clahar (saxophones), the band's live work led to the release of a sixth C.D. "A Part and yet Apart" in 1999. Electronic percussion made way for the warmer looser style of the more conventional sax-piano-bass-drums line up, and Bruford continued to bring the best of the young British players to the attention of a rapidly growing international audience.

Michiel Borstlap biography

Award winner Michiel Borstlap is one of today’s most celebrated musicians, regularly performing on renowned stages across the globe. Over the past decade, the pianist and composer has gained international acclaim for his original music and his highly communicative interpretations of a broad musical scope between pop, jazz, dance and classical music.

Borstlap won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award 1996, which brought him his first major international audience. Applauded at festivals in New York, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo, Vienna, Berlin, Umbria, Chicago, Cape Town, London etc. for his musical skills and flamboyant virtuosity of the piano, Borstlap also is renowned for his compositions which has been performed and recorded by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and Bill Bruford.

Borstlap composed, commissioned by the Emir of Qatar, the world's first Arabic Opera (Opera Avicenna), which premiered in Qatar, 2003, and was televised for an audience of 300 million viewers.

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford

Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap


Recommended
Listening

 

Bill Bruford - One Of  A Kind Bill Bruford - Sound Of Surprise Bill Bruford - The Bruford Tapes
Bill Bruford - Feels Good To Me Bill Bruford - Footloose and Fancy Free Bill Bruford - Gradually Going Tornado Bill Bruford - If Summer Has Its Ghosts
Bill Bruford - Master Strokes Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Earthworks Torn David / Tony Levin / Bill Bruford - BLUE Nights Bill Bruford / Tony Levin -  Upper Extremities
Bill Bruford - Dig? Bill Bruford's Earthworks -  All Heaven Broke Loose Bill Bruford's Earthworks - A Part, And Yet Apart Stamping Ground: Bill Bruford's Earthworks Live
Michiel Borstlap - Residence Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park Michiel Borstlap - Body Acoustic Bruford / Borstlap - Every Step A Dance, Every Step A Song

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