Gryphon Rue is a sound experimentalist, curator, singing sawist and guitarist, songwriter and producer based in London and New York.

Rue recently composed music for “Gropius Memory Palace” (International Film festival Rotterdam, Saint Louis Art Museum) by artist Ben Thorp Brown. Doubling as a guided meditation led by a hypnotherapist, the film explores the idealized workplace of the Fagus Factory designed by Walter Gropius in Affeldt, Germany, introducing the concept of a “memory palace”: an imaginary location that contains mnemonic objects and images for healing and rejuvination.

In 2017 Rue was guest curator for Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX), organizing “Strange Attractor”, a major exhibition exploring the inherent order embedded in chaos, through the uncertainties and poetics of networks, environmental events, technology, and sound. Strange Attractor presented commissions by Lucky Dragons, Thomas Ashcraft, and Phillipa Horan, debuts of works by Alexander Calder, Haroon Mirza, and Douglas Ross, and existing works by Channa Horowitz, Beatrice Gibson, and Robert Buck.

Rue performs with singing saw and electronics to create a hypnotic patina of sound, often in collaboration with media artist Benton C Bainbridge. Bainbridge produces “electronic calligraphy” with Lisa Joy: a modified game console driven by signals from modular synthesizers. A play on Lissajous light patterns, Bainbridge’s custom synths generate evolving wave-shapes from interconnected modules. The pure and processed sounds of the saw create an aura of wonder, deceiving the ear with sounds verging on the anthropomorphic and synthesized. The combined audio-visual effect of saw and synth induces Flow State; increased alpha brainwave activity manifest as a feeling of complete absorption in listening.

Rue authored the text “Calder and Sound” for the exhibition catalogue ”Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion”, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2013). A great-grandson of Calder, Rue has worked as a curator and composer for the Calder Foundation. Select projects: “Calder Piece” (1966) by Earle Brown, Friends Seminary, New York City (2016); “Calder Foundation Presents: They might well have been remnants of the boat”, for which he also presented his ensemble piece ”Vertical Foliage Orchestra” using aluminum scraps, brass gongs, and odd percussive materials from Calder’s studio; The High Line Hotel, New York City (2013); “Calder Foundation Presents: Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap”, for which he also presented his ensemble piece ”Playing The Beetles”; McKittrick Hotel, New York City (2012); Composed soundtracks to mobiles-in-motion “Eucalyptus” (1940), “Black Mobile with Hole” (1954), “Bosquet is the Best Best” (1946), Calder Foundation website, filmed by King & Partners (2012).

More info at Tigersushi Records

Write to me: Gryphonrue@gmail.com


MA Creative Practice, Goldsmiths University (expected)
BA Electronic Music, Bard College


2018. Forthcoming releases with Benton C Bainbridge, Dean Wareham, Eliot Krimsky, High Water
2017. GR1: Parity mix, Hartzine
2016. Google Portrait EP ft. Joakim, Tigersushi
2016. Crush LP, High Water, lyrics and guitars, Other People
2015. Guilt Vacation LP, El Tryptophan, self-released, vinyl distributed by Wharf Cat Records
2012. Good mourning, Short companions EP, collaboration with Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, self-released
2012. Tally Marks EP, Odetta Hartman, singing saw, self-released
2009. Day Is Done, Peter Yarrow, vocals, Sterling Publishing
2007. Live at The Laughing Goat, The Chronic Healers, self-released
2007. Live at Ironweed Collective, Gryphon Rue, Big French, Jamie Cobratime, Cats Records Records
2006. Small Bug’s First Album LP, Small Bug (with Big French), self-released
2005. Peyos and the Plastic Mohawk EP, produced by Jason Rabinowitz with The Bloodsugars, self-released
2005. Consciousandwich EP, self-released
2002. The First Year LP, self-released


2017. Ben Thorp Brown, Gropius Memory Palace, World Premiere: Saint Louis Art Museum, European Premiere: International Film festival Rotterdam
2016. My Art, Laurie Simmons (composed by Will Epstein), guitar, World Premiere: Venice International Film Festival, North American Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival
2012. Three soundtracks for Alexander Calder’s Mobiles: Eucalyptus (1940), Black Mobile with Hole (1954), Bosquet is the Best Best (1946). Calder Foundation website, filmed by King & Partners

Music Videos

2016. Google Portrait (ft. Joakim), directed by Benton C Bainbridge, edited by Ian Holden & Gryphon Rue
2016. Beethoven for Relaxation, directed by Max Grey
2016. Insect Express, directed by Emily Pelstring
Ottawa International Animation Festival (honorable mention for Best Canadian Animation)
Read about Insect Express at Animation World Network

Curatorial projects

2017. Symbol Rush, Clayton Gallery and Outlaw Art Museum, 161 Essex, New York City
2017. Strange Attractor, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas
2016. The Sump (H0L0), 1563 Decatur st., New York City
2016. Two performances of Earle Brown’s Calder Piece, 1963–66, Calder Foundation, Earle Brown Foundation, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Friends Seminary, New York City
2015. Eureka, music/installation, Pace Gallery, New York City
2015. #GauguinSounds, Ghost writer, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, CH
2013. They might well have been remnants of the boat, Calder Foundation, The High Line Hotel, New York City
2012. Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap, Calder Foundation, The Mckittrick Hotel, New York City

Notable performances and collaborations

2017- Gryphon Rue & Benton C Bainbridge duo, singing saw & interactive video synthesizer objects
2017- Joakim live band, guitar
2017. Take Off Festival with Wouter van Reek (Keepvogel), Amsterdam, NL
2016. Festival Hongerige Wolf, Groningen, NL
2015. Guest performer, Clayton Patterson: “Outside In” with paintings by Elsa Rensaa, Howl Happening
2015. Lead, LYFE™ by Glass Ghost, co-presented by the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and Performance Space 122, New York City
2014. i = u festival, Brooklyn, NY
2014. Busy Day, Christine Sun Kim & Thomas Benno, Droit de Cités
2014. Allison Brainard BOY SHOW 2.0, Aunts Armory Week LESBrunch, Abrons Art Center
2013. Vertical Foliage Orchestra, ft. Alejandro Antelo-Suarez, Anthony Kingsley (Tween), Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear, Invisible Sports), in They might well have been remnants of the boat, The High Line Hotel, New York City
2012. Playing The Beetles, ft. Dave Nuss, Gabrielle Herbst, Daniel Fishkin, Odetta Hartman, in Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap, The Mckittrick Hotel, New York City
2012. Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Phoenicia, NY
2011. USA Wanderlust Tour as folk duo Odetta and Gryphon
2011. Maybe I Should Have Called it ‘My Life in Nineteen Minutes’, Calder Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in association with AIR, Art International and the Clocktower Gallery, New York City
2011. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass competition at Steam Powered Hour, New York City
2011. Borderlines: Not a Manifesto but an Apparition, Senior Thesis Concert I & II, Bard College
2008. Sediment Club, founding member, drummer
2008. June Concert and Awareness Tour, Vietnamese cities and provinces with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, to raise awareness for victims of AGENT ORANGE, performing on HTV9
2008. Featured vocalist, Marina Rosenfeld’s Teenage Lontano, Whitney Biennial
2007. Cats Records Records tour with Jamie Cobratime & Big French
2006. Opener for Robbie Dupree, Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
1997. Saxophonist and dancer, Gail Gilbert, Folding Time, Thread Waxing Space, New York City


2014. “PostcART: Jay Miriam” Contemporary Lynx
2013. “Calder and Sound,” in Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion, Düsseldorf: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (exhibition catalogue)


2013. Beethoven for Relaxation, in collaboration with sculptor Tom Smith, Delusions, Rox Gallery, New York City
2011. Six Degrees of Degradation, Chapel of the Holy Innocents, Bard College


2017. Officer’s Row, Governor’s Island, New York City
2016. Ndsm Treehouse, Amsterdam

Film appearances

2013. To Be Forever Wild, dir. David Becker

Select Press

2017. PBS
2017. Flash Art
2017. Artnet
2017. Marfa Public Radio
2017. The Cusp
2017. Glasstire
2017. The Irish Times
2017. The Poleax
2017. Aquarium Drunkard
2017. The Art Newspaper
2017. Creative Disturbance
2017. Hartzine
2016. Village Voice
2016. Queens Ledger
2016. Pop Matters
2016. Tome to the Weather Machine
2016. Voice Magazine
2016. Impose
2016. Impose
2016. Black on the Canvas
2016. Artsy
2016. Audiofuzz
2016. Mpire
2015. The Art Newspaper