Bill Brovold is a painter, composer and artist. In the early 1980s, he was a member of a number of New York avant-garde, No Wave groups including Rhys Chatham Ensemble, East Village Orchestra, Fast Forward and the Zen Vikings. Bill created the Detroit bands Larval and Strange Farm, whose revolving line-ups at times included Billy Ficca of Television, Ernie Brooks of Modern Lovers, and Ron Asheton of The Stooges. Brovold’s long musical history overflows with interesting projects and obscure yet essential names in the worlds of art and avant-garde music.
In 2017, Brovold and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft released the double LP “Serenity Knolls” on RareNoise Records. In 2019, he started working with Team Love Records to distribute titles from various musical explorations, including two Larval titles: “2” and “Predator or Prey,” originally released on Knitting Factory Records and three albums under his own name: “Superstar;” “Bill Brovold’s Stone Soup, The Michael Goldberg Variations,” which features artists such as Rhys Chatham and Fred Lonberg-Holm; and “Childish Delusions” originally released on Tzadik.
When he’s not playing music, building instruments, or making sculpture, Bill teaches art and improvisational music to children in Brooklyn’s public schools. His studio is in New York’s Hudson Valley.