The single is heavily influenced by large cityscapes, most significantly New York. Bleecker Street is a vibrant passage in the centre of Manhattan full of interesting music and art. This first melody features an unusual 5/4 time signature which continues to develop as the track progresses. We then transition into The Busker using polyrhythmic footsteps. You can hear the band prepping to busk before erupting into the melody. There are various improvised sections in this track, most significantly at 6:30 where all instruments are improvising at the same time.
David is a Scottish Violinist and graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He works as a freelance musician in a variety of genres and has performed with The Tripp Ensemble, British Sinfonietta, WMTSO, All That Malarkey, Sinfonia Newydd, and the Latitude Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed alongside Ceri Ellis, Joe McElderry, Lorna Luft, Nathan James, Jai McDowell, and has featured in the soundtrack for a BBC commissioned Doctor Who screening. David will also feature as a soloist in the zombie horror comedy ‘Granny of the Dead’ directed by Tudley James.
Although he graduated with a classical music degree, David’s natural enthusiasm for folk and traditional music has led him to pursue a number of ambitious projects. ‘Fiddle Tune a Day’ was an idea originally conceived to encourage the development of David’s fiddle style; a new tune every day for a year through Youtube and Social Media, an idea which by the end accumulated 80,000 views worldwide and was recognised by local papers, roots magazine Rock and Reel, popular websites The Strad and Musicroom, and by mainstream folk musicians Mike Vass and Kris Drever. The project continues under the ‘Fiddler’s Blog’ banner reaching over 230,000 views and a following of over 1,100 subscribers.
David’s debut album ‘High Rise’ was released on the 17th of November by generous donation from the Cardiff Caledonian Society. The album features original compositions in a primarily folk style with a strong jazz influence.
Artist website: http://www.davidgrubb.co.uk
Single title: Bleecker Street/The Busker
Album title:High Rise
Single artist: David Grubb
Single duration: 9.59
Record Label: Shake’Um’Dud Records
Catalogue No: SUD001
Writers: David Grubb
Publishers: David Grubb