Baba Yaga's Hut Presents:
April 28th - Union Chapel
strings & friends, works new and old
featuring the verspertine quintet
Harold Budd, 82 year old, Mojave Desert resident, American minimalist composer and acknowledged
'ambient music master’ (Guardian 2015) plays an extremely rare concert, in fact his first
in London for some 17 years.
Budd’s distinctive ‘soft-pedal’ piano and electronic pieces ease you into a calmer more
reflective world view, a never more needed balm to the daily Trumpian, Brexited confusions and
Back in 1978 Brian Eno made sure that Budd’s work was the second release he produced for his
pioneering ‘Ambient' music label Obscure records - a ground breaking and influential cultural
manifesto of the time that established the now ubiquitous (and often much misunderstood ) musical
Oft described as 'The Godfather of Ambient music’ Mr Budd himself shuns all such labelling, but
equally used the then new genre to escape both the academic, and classical Minimalist music
worlds to give space to his own, more naturalistic, compositions.
In 2005 Budd ‘mistakenly’ (he was having health problems) announced his imminent retirement,
playing a sold-out ‘farewell' show at Brighton Dome - the night was awash with collabortive
well-wishers including Messrs Guthrie & Foxx, along with Gavin Bryars, Bill Nelson, Jah
Wobble and David Sylvian amongst others.
Fortunately his health recovered, and with his faith restored he's working again (including a
return to keyboard and string based compositions). He enjoys travelling, particularly in Europe
and the UK. "America does not interest me much” but always an ardant collaborator and
experimenter he is joined here by Ireland’s Vespertine Quintet. "I hope to see some of my old
friends again - whom ever might drift by”. Support is Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner.