Bill Bruford’s Earthworks

Earthworks was founded in December 1985. Its original lineup (which lasted until 1993), featured two young UK jazz musicians and composers: Django Bates on keyboards, tenor horn and Iain Ballamy, on saxes. In the 1990s, the band reemerged with an acoustic lineup, notably Tim Garland, but it was eventually disbanded in 2009 after Bruford retired. Bruford was a fan of Simmons electronic drums, as well as his melodic drumming. However, he switched back to an acoustic drum kit in later years of his life. Bruford is free to create with Earthworks but he still collaborates with many musicians, including former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz (with whom he released two albums in 1980s) as well as bassist Tony Levin. Since his departure from King Crimson’s latest form, Earthworks has been his main focus. He stated that he has a feeling that he might be a “rock guy on vacation” in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune (15/05/2003). This idea is a problem for me. I have eight albums with Earthworks to help me get rid of it. Earthworks is described by him as “seeing music in a social encounter,” where you look at another man across the room and say “one-two-three, three-four” and the music starts. “That’s where my joy lies, for certain” (Los Angeles Times 16 May 2003). from

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