For our last FORA.tv Music Friday, we’ll discuss how musicians view their early days in music, find inspiration, and collaborate amongst themselves in order to create the beautiful pieces we often enjoy.
Quincy Jones has been nominated for a record 79 Grammy Awards and has the most wins among producers, having earned 27 statues over the course of five decades in the entertainment industry. Jones joined former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres to discuss his storied career, in which they kicked off with a listening of “Kingfish,” the musician’s first record from 1951.
Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris is known for her soulful folk and country style and has collaborated with a number of artists, including Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young. In a TimesTalks appearance with New York Times editor Dana Jennings, she explains the hymn-like aspect to many of her songs, in which she says tell the story of the journeys we take throughout our daily lives.
One of the most prolific classical composers of the 20th century, the music of Philip Glass has often been described as “minimalist”– a description in what he himself calls “music with repetitive structures.” Along with countless collaborations with visual artists, writers, film directors, choreographers, conductors, he has also worked with one of the most influential poet/songwriters of his generation, Leonard Cohen. Glass described their collaboration at an event titled “Sounds of Music” from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
New Orleans native, jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard has a personal connection with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. He collaborated with director Spike Lee on the documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and described a poignant scene from the movie that help him compose the score.