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“Rub Out the Word” to Be Released Sept. 2

CD released via New York label Infrequent Seams

Elliott Sharp, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011

On Sept. 2, New York label Infrequent Seams will release Rub Out the Word, the April 21, 2014 recording of a performance by actor/director Steve Buscemi reading excerpts of William S. Burroughs’ written work accompanied by multi-instrumentalist/composer Elliott Sharp’s music. The performance, which took place at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room, was part of New York’s WSB100-a month-long celebration of Burroughs’ would-be 100th birthday.

With avant-garde musical figure Sharp on guitar and electronics and Buscemi doing the speaking, Rub Out the Word is taken from recordings of the 2014 performance and features “a series of collaged sounds and spoken texts from throughout William Burroughs’ written output,” according to a press release.

An album release show, “Erased Architectures,” featuring Buscemi and Sharp presenting excepts from Rub Out the Word, is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at ISSUE Project Room, located at 22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn, N.Y. Writer-performer and current ISSUE Artist-in-Residence Cecilia Corrigan will also perform as part of a collaboration with past Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz’s the Anagram Ensemble.

For more information on the release show and to purchase tickets, visit

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