Rhys Chatham

  • Arthur Russell, New York, ca. 1985.

    Arthur Russell

    The increasing presence of intermedia and cross-disciplinary performance in New York in recent years has been accompanied by renewed interest in its historical legacy, as well as in a number of its central figures—among whom Arthur Russell (1951–1992) must now be counted. Arriving in Manhattan in 1973 to study cello and classical composition, Russell soon became musical director of the Kitchen, where—as an important sponsor of music from Stockhausen to Bootsy Collins—he was instrumental in the downtown scene’s intermingling of genres as diverse as folk, funk, punk, jazz, classical,