Dave Ruder

May 24th, 2017

Scrap that old title.  My solo album that’s gonna come out this fall is now called Qualms Rectified.  Feeling better about that.  It’s real close to being done, real close.  Expect to see some more shows around that material.

In the meantime, Reps is back in June with an eye towards recording our treasures to share with you in your home or wherever. And having not spent much time making installations in the past, I’ll have two within one week in July – one with thingNY at Harvestworks and another with Abigail Levine at Fridman Gallery. Details are on the shows page!

February 8th, 2017

Feels like an awful long time ago, but last October, some great people joined me in putting up three shows of my piece The Gentleman Rests.  You can see video of the final night here:

I’m working on a new solo album right now.  It moves slowly, then all at once.  It’ll be called Quad Rollin.  Not sure why. And Reps is back at it again.




August 17th, 2016

Big news: my piece The Gentleman Rests is going to be performed at JACK in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn from Oct 27-29.  More info is heretickets are here.  This is biggest piece I’ve ever undertaken and a particularly timely one at that.  It concerns the final moments of the drawn out 2000 presidential election, when members of the Congressional Black Caucus tried to raise objections about the many problems of how things played out in Florida, and Al Gore, presiding over a joint session of Congress, turned away these objections on procedural grounds, securing his own final defeat.  Here’s a little taste of the piece from its original performance, this version will be similar but expanded a bit.

Before that, thingNY is hosting a party to celebrate the release of our first album in six years & first ever LP, minis/Trajectories.  The party is on September 20th at HERE Arts and will be multiple buckets of fun.  I promise.


March 10th, 2016

Hi internet.  I just finished putting together an album of covers.  It’s in two parts, so please do enjoy hurray hurray.

What else?  I’ve started playing solo guitar & voice sets again.  Something new to explore in the kind of slow & sparse direction.  thingNY & Varispeed & Panoply Lab are teaming up to do a test run of a Kenneth Gaburo piece next month, more on that in 2017.  Reps is playing April 3rd.  Gold Bolus has some great stuff coming out this spring.  Time & art move forward.  Stay tuned.


October 2nd, 2015

Welcome to Octubre. September was the mammoth month of Varispeed’s Perfect Lives Jersey City and thingNY’s This Takes Place Close By. Funny how this year has been a year of fewer shows but much more effort put into each show. A different way to exist as a musician. It so happens that in this new paradigm, there’s very little on my future calendar. I can tell you documentation from this month’s stuff exists, but what’s in the offing?

Well, Reps, a repetitive guitar-bass-keys-cello-drums group with me on guitar, which has played only one set in March, is due to return in November with more material. thingNY is gonna release an album early next year, and separately I’m currently writing six short pieces for us to play. Varispeed is talking about getting into Kenneth Gaburo. The recording of Robert Ashley’s Crash, with me as one of the six voices, is due out in the soon time. And Gold Bolus Recordings is flush with new material this Fall, and this stream of gems will continue through the spring. Stay tuned, good people!


August 4th, 2015

After eight years of having a very low-tech site, I’ve taken the plunge and updated to this cleaner format.  Most of the content from the old site is still here, but there’s been some winnowing.

One new things – some video evidence of my big piece The Gentleman Rests, presented at Roulette in March.  More audio & video to come soon!

The next big things are Perfect Lives Jersey City, performed by Varispeed on September 19th, and thingNY‘s This Takes Place Close By at the Knockdown Center in Queens, September 24-27th.