Popular artist interview series returns to Ingram Hall Dec. 9
The Blair School of Music is pleased to announce the return of the Conversations Series. On Monday, December 9, Senior Lecturer Jen Gunderman will conduct an informal on-stage conversation with rock legend Peter Frampton, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
“Peter Frampton is a musical icon whose innovative guitar techniques revolutionized rock music in the 1970s,” said Mark Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music. “I can’t think of a better performer to relaunch the Blair School’s Conversations Series, which spotlights important artists discussing the finer points of their craft.”
“I am honored to be asked to come say a few words at Blair,” Frampton said. “I hope I can give some insight into what a musical career can be like, from in front of an audience and in the green room to writing and recording, always with an ever-present passion for music, which is the driving force behind it all.”
Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Jen Gunderman, who will interview Frampton and moderate the audience Q&A, is Senior Lecturer in Music History at the Blair School. Courses she teaches include History of Rock Music, and Women and Rock Music. Gunderman is currently on leave from the Blair School, performing as a member of rock and country artist Sheryl Crow’s touring band.
“Few artists in the history of popular music have earned the combination of commercial success and critical acclaim that Peter Frampton enjoys, and an even smaller number are still at the top of their game decades later,” Gunderman said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to him about his adventures.”
The Conversations Series first launched in 1995, when Jim Foglesong, a top music industry executive and record producer, and classical guitarist John Johns interviewed guitar legend Chet Atkins. Other artists featured in the series have included fiddler Mark O’Connor, pianist Awadagin Pratt, singer Amy Grant, violinist Joshua Bell, mandolinist and country singer Marty Stuart, songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, guitarist and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, singer Steve Earle, songwriter, composer and musician Randy Newman, singer-songwriter John Hiatt, singer Eddy Arnold, singer Wynonna Judd, and singer and pianist Ben Folds.