Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bill Bruford Announces Retirement From Public Performance

Bill Bruford announces retirement from
public performance;
releases two CD collections and
Yes, King Crimson, and Earthworks drummer and bandleader Bill Bruford has
announced that he will no longer perform in public. After an exemplary 41-year
career that has moved through progressive rock to electronic jazz and on to
acoustic jazz, Bruford will hang up his sticks and concentrate on “related
“It’s been an exciting four decades, but now it’s someone else’s turn,” said
Bruford. “I’d like to thank my friends and colleagues and the greater listening
public for giving me a more-than-fair hearing. My ambition was always to try to
contribute to drumming and music in the broader sense – to try to imagine a
better way of doing things today, or the sort of things we might expect drummers
to be doing tomorrow. If I’ve managed to push things forward an inch or two over
the years, then that is a source of satisfaction.”
Bruford will continue to talk and write on the subject of his career and the
percussion scene in general, and will continue to archive and manage his
voluminous back catalogue of recordings on Summerfold and Winterfold
To celebrate Bruford's considerable achievements, Summerfold and Winterfold
Records are respectively releasing two collections of his work. The Winterfold
Collection focuses his earlier rock output with his group Bruford, and The
Summerfold Collection is an overview of his later jazz side exemplified by his
work with Earthworks and others.
To coincide with his departure from the live music scene, Bruford has also
written his autobiography, Bill Bruford: The Autobiography available for pre-sale
at and in stores late March 2009 on Jawbone Press.
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