Dave Ruder – short bio

Dave Ruder is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, clarinetist, guitarist, electronicist, composer, songwriter, writer/librettist, interdisciplinary collaborator, etc. Dave is a proud member of the groups Varispeed, thingNY, and Reps. Additionally, Dave has worked with Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Helado Negro, Andrew Lafkas (Eidolon), Kimberly Bartosik, Abigail Levine, Joanna Kotze, Dušan Týnek, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. Dave worked extensively with composer Robert Ashley, premiering two of his late compositions and interpreting a number of his pieces, including numerous live performances of Perfect Lives. Since 2013, Dave has been the driving force behind Gold Bolus Recordings, which documents the work of NYC’s greatest musical minds. Dave’s piece The Gentleman Rests, a meditation on the certification of the 2000 presidential election, was created with a commission from the Jerome Foundation and Roulette in 2014 and restaged at JACK in 2016. Additionally, his work has been featured in Experiments in Opera and his WHY LIE? project, 100+ open scores, is available online. Dave holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Brooklyn College, and by day he works for the Make Music Alliance/Make Music NY.