On Friday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Joseph Arthur—dubbed “one of our most emotionally revealing and talented singer-songwriters” by Vanity Fair—makes his Carnegie Hall debut performing works from his latest album, The Graduation Ceremony. Arthur's music combines poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette. Also an accomplished painter, Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel and has built a solid musical reputation through several critically acclaimed albums.
Released earlier this year on the Lonely Astronaut label, The Graduation Ceremony is Arthur’s first solo album since 2006’s Nuclear Daydream and serves as a follow up to Fistful of Mercy, his 2010 collaboration with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison. “I wanted to make something simple,” says Joseph, who originally planned to release the project as a duo with the album’s drummer, the legendary Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, John Lennon). The Graduation Ceremony began as a minimally produced, acoustic album of classic songwriting that grew to be an elegantly orchestrated, haunting body of work.
This concert—presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM—is the first of four performances presented as part of the 2011–2012 WFUV Live at Zankel concert series which celebrates the art of singer-songwriters and the eclectic nature of their music. WFUV Music Director Rita Houston curates the series with Carnegie Hall and serves as host for the concerts. Additional performances this season include: Justin Townes Earle (December 2), Aimee Mann (January 28), and Citizen Cope (March 23). Prior to Arthur’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.Carnegie Hall’s WFUV Live at Zankel, which began in October 2005 as City Folk® Live at Zankel, is based on WFUV’s pioneering music format which blends adult rock, singer-songwriters, and roots music. Artists who have performed as part of the series include the bird and the bee, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Cowboy Junkies, Kathleen Edwards and John Doe, Alejandro Escovedo, Richie Havens, Indigo Girls, Nick Lowe, Gary Louris and Mark Olson, Shelby Lynne, Nellie McKay, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Jane Siberry, and Suzanne Vega among others. WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) WFUV is a non-commercial, listener-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for 60 years. Serving more than 300,000 listeners each week in the New York area and thousands more worldwide on the web, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV offers an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world, and other music, plus headlines from National Public Radio, local news, and sports.About The Artist Growing up in the 1970s and '80s in Akron, Ohio, Joseph Arthur’s musical journey started off like many others—with mandatory piano lessons. Once he realized he could use the piano to conjure up his own musical worlds, he took to the instrument and began writing songs, eventually playing in bands while in high school. Days after graduation, Arthur moved to Atlanta to perform with a band, aspiring to be a world-class jazz or fusion bass player in the vein of the late Jaco Pastorius. When a demo tape of Arthur’s songs made its way to Peter Gabriel and his Real World Records label, Arthur soon learned that, though Gabriel was not a fan of the bass playing, he was very interested in the lyrics.Arthur was soon committed to playing at Gabriel’s WOMAD festival, and after playing with Gabriel and Joe Strummer in Bath, England, Arthur was signed to Real World Records. His 1997 debut, Big City Secrets, attracted a substantial following abroad, but the artist didn't connect with stateside listeners until Come To Where I'm From, which features his signature song, “In the Sun”— a track that was covered by R.E.M.'s Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin in 2006 on a charity single to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina (it was previously recorded a decade earlier by Gabriel for a Princess Diana tribute album)Previously nominated for a “Best Recording Package” Grammy Award for his 1999 EP, Vacancy, Arthur is an accomplished painter, having displayed his works in galleries around the world. His online-only “Museum of Modern Arthur” serves as a repository for his creations.Program InformationFriday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m.Zankel Hall JOSEPH ARTHUR Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV. Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Ticket Information Single tickets, priced at $39 and $46, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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