Bear 54 is a city based ensemble devoted to a range of music, from the loosely termed “New Music” of downtown that spawned Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, and Laurie Andersen, etc., through pop and dance music. In the latter genre, the group tends to focus on work of the late avant guard pioneer Arthur Russell, as well as on our own compositions and occasional selected covers. Our members have worked (on stage and in the studio) with notable groups and individuals, including the Modern Lovers, David Byrne, David Johansen, the Tricia Brown Dance Company, Paul Simon, Joey Ramone, and Allen Ginsberg—just to give a sense of the group’s diverse reach. Our sound is for both listening and dancing.
Recent NY gigs of note: Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Cafe doing a night of Arthur Russell’s Music,
Howl Gallery, 6 East 1st St. for Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday