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Harold Budd: the ambient music master floats again | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Harold Budd: the ambient music master floats again

Returning to New York for a rare concert, the composer, whose work with Brian Eno helped shape ambient music, explains he’s not scared to sound pretty

Typically for a native of Los Angeles, composer and pianist Harold Budd is in his car when I call, so he swiftly pulls over for a leisurely conversation. Around a decade ago, this kingpin of ambient music returned from a lengthy European sojourn to the LA suburb of South Pasadena. Yesterday, he flew to New York City, where he’ll be performing on Tuesday at the Kitchen, a long-established home for adventurous art.

This will be Budd’s first gig in NYC for five years; the gap prior to that last appearance was a frustrating 16 years. He last played at the Kitchen around three decades ago, when it was in its Soho location.

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by Martin Longley via Electronic music | The Guardian