• Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Announces Artist Lineup for 2011–2012 WFUV Live At Zankel Series



    Joseph Arthur, Justin Townes Earle, Aimee Mann, and Citizen Cope
    Featured in Annual Singer/Songwriter Concert Series
    Presented by Carnegie Hall in Partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM

    Carnegie Hall today announced the lineup for its seventh annual WFUV Live at Zankel concert series, which celebrates the art of singer/songwriters, highlighting the eclectic nature of their music. In the coming season, the series includes four concerts, presented in Zankel Hall by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM, featuring four accomplished singer/songwriters: Joseph Arthur (November 11), Justin Townes Earle (December 2), Aimee Mann (January 28), and Citizen Cope (March 23). WFUV’s Music Director Rita Houston curates the series with Carnegie Hall and serves as host for the concerts.

    Joseph Arthur
    Friday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m.

    Contemporary singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur grew up in Akron, Ohio, and his musical journey began when he realized that he could use the piano to create his own musical worlds. Arthur built his musical reputation through several critically acclaimed releases that combined his poetic lyrics and layered sonic palette as well as with constant touring. In 2006, Arthur established his own label, Lonely Astronaut Records, and his latest album, The Graduation Ceremony, was released in May 2011. “I wanted to make something simple,” says Arthur. The Graduation Ceremony began as a minimally produced, acoustic album of classic songwriting and grew to be an elegantly orchestrated, haunting body of work. Arthur was first discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 1990s and was signed to Gabriel’s Real World Records label as the first North American artist on the label’s roster. Arthur is also an acclaimed painter and designer with an online gallery he calls the “Museum of Modern Arthur.”

    Justin Townes Earle
    Friday, December 2 at 10:00 p.m.

    Justin Townes Earle’s musical style has been called both welcoming and deadly serious. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Earle now lives in New York City like his father (acclaimed singer/songwriter Steve Earle), and he approaches music with the wisdom of his hero, Woody Guthrie, in mind: “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” His songs find beauty in simply crafted ideas, and his unique approach was recognized at the 2009 Americana Music Awards when he was named the Best New and Emerging Artist. His latest album, Harlem River Blues, straddles not only the Mason-Dixon line by bringing a more modern sound to his southern roots, but also time itself with songs that have a timeless appeal.

    Aimee Mann
    Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 p.m.

    From her work in the 1980s with Til Tuesday through her acclaimed solo discs Whatever and I’m With Stupid in the 1990s, Aimee Mann has always been at the forefront of contemporary songwriters. The close of the millennium brought her greatest success, with the simultaneous releases of Bachelor No. 2 and the soundtrack to the film Magnolia, which features Mann’s Oscar- and Grammy Award-nominated song, "Save Me.” Mann’s style of pairing the bleakest poetry with soaring, infectious melodies is often compared with the Beatles and Badfinger. With the release of her seventh solo album, @#%&* Smilers (2008), Mann presents songs about the inner life of people living far from the bright lights of success or fame. Says Mann, "When I write about them—the narcissists, performers, eccentrics, know-it-alls—it helps me recognize some truths about the world and about myself."

    Citizen Cope
    Friday, March 23 at 10:00 p.m.

    Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Citizen Cope first drew local acclaim in the mid-1990s for his intimate songwriting and unique sonic fusion. His music has been called a mix of hip-hop, folk, and blues with beats that are “buffed smooth by a haggard, road-weary voice.” Rolling Stone hailed him, “a modern day bluesman who paints a plaintive portrait of the human condition.” Citizen Cope’s self-titled debut album was released in 2002, followed by The Clarence Greenwood Recordings two years later. His most recent album, The Rainwater LP, was recorded in 2009, with extensive periods of touring in between sessions. Known as a remarkably charismatic live performer, Citizen Cope has been a committed road warrior, introducing his music to the people by touring throughout the country.

    Prior to all WFUV at Zankel Hall performances, beginning at 9:00 p.m. concert-goers are invited to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience with drinks in the Zankel Hall lounge where they can meet others who share their passion for music. 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.

    Program Information
    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall


    All concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall in Partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $39 and $46, will go on sale to the general public on August 29 at 8:00 AM. Subscription packages to WFUV Live at Zankel will be available for purchase beginning on July 12, and single tickets for Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors will be available on August 22 at 8:00 AM. All tickets may be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

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