Composer begins recital series

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Composer, instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Peter Broderick will perform in a Westside Food Pantry Recital at St. John Church, 315 Main St., on Tuesday, Jan 23, at 6 p.m.

Broderick, born in Maine, raised in Oregon and currently living in Ireland, will present his music and that of influential musician Arthur Russell. Russell, who died in 1992, has been cited as an influence across a generation of artists. Locally, Russell’s music is the inspiration behind the Ellsworth Community Music Institute’s Arthur Russell Strings program. His partner and family are hosting Peter during his visit.

In 2007, Broderick left Oregon and traveled to Denmark to join Efterklang on tour as the multi-instrumentalist. During these years, he also collaborated and performed with the Dutch sound artist and graphic designer Rutgers Zuydervelt of Machinefabriek and with composer Nils Frahm, releasing a vast body of work. Since then, he has released many albums of solo piano music, string-based compositions and an orchestral concept album. In November of this year, he released his latest CD, “All Together Again.”

Along with his own compositions on violin, piano and vocals, he will cover Russell’s songs on the guitar. Russell, a composer and cellist, left a bounty of music behind, which musicians keep discovering in new ways.

“I was told I sounded like him,” said Broderick, “so I dug into his music — folk, abstract and disco. He validated me to explore so many different styles like he does. I like his curiosity, ya gotta have curiosity.”

A $10 donation at the door to the Westside Food Pantry is suggested. There will be refreshments afterward.

Call Kate Russell Henry at 244-3702 or Susan Buell at 244-8061.


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