Bill Bruford Tours Again! (Academia, That Is.)

From Bill Bruford’s website:

Further dates have been added to Bill’s series of talks on creativity in music performance … The trip ends appropriately enough in Cleveland, OH, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this recent inductee. Just to clarify: excepting the R&R HoF, these talks are gently academic in nature and not about Bill or his career per se. He will not be performing, but he is happy to autograph a book and one other item only, should that be requested.

Dates are as follows:

  • March 5th: 5.00-6.30 pm. Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • March 8th. 7.00-9.00 pm. Rockheim National Museum of Popular Music, Trondheim, Norway.
  • April 10th: 2.45 pm. University at Albany, NY (uptown campus), Performing Arts Center (PAC) B-78. Visitors should park at one of the two visitor lots. Free admission.
  • April 11th: 3.00 pm. SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY. Fine Arts Center M201, Ravine Parkway, Oneonta. Free admission.
  • April 13th: 4.00 pm. Onondaga Community College, 4585, W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY. Classroom (P110) in the Academic II building. Free admission.
  • April 16th: 4.00 pm. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Baird Recital Hall. Free admission.
  • April 17th: 7.00 pm. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Watkins Hall, School of Music, Theater & Dance. Free admission.
  • April 18th: 11.30 am. Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom C, Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH. Free admission.
  • April 18th: 7.00 pm. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH. Admission $10.

As a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, I’m thoroughly geeked that Dr. Bruford will be speaking at my alma mater, in a lecture hall named for my favorite teacher ever, music historian Dr. Glenn Watkins.  The second time I heard Bruford in concert was in November 1984 (while I was studying for my masters’ degree in Ann Arbor) at the U of M’s Union Ballroom, in duet with pianist Patrick Moraz.  Check out The Michigan Daily’s after-show interview with Bruford (published on my 24th birthday) here; it’s a cut above most rock Q&As of the time.  It might even make up for the Daily kickstarting the “Paul McCartney is dead” rumor in 1969!

To top it all off, Dr. Bruford’s dissertation, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer is published by University of Michigan Press.  If I go to the lecture, I’ll definitely bring my copy, along with my CD of Moraz/Bruford: Music for Piano and Drums for his signatures.  GO BLUE!!!


moraz bruford album



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