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Talk at Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island

September 22, 2011 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

I’m giving a talk about “changes in music” at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island. Wikipedia tells me the venue is the “oldest community library still occupying its original building in the United States.”

I’m told to expect more of a public conversation than a formal lecture, and have been asked to come prepared to talk about everything from new genres to new delivery systems (i.e. Spotify, the iPad). It’s part of a salon series on New Frontiers that the library is doing this fall. I believe the talk is free & open to the public. Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-3292 – Phone: 401-847-0292

It will coincide with a visit to my mom’s house. You are not invited home for dinner.

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WNYC’s Community Advisory Board: Music Forum @ BAM

April 1, 2009 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

I’ll be appearing on a public panel organized by WNYC’s Community Advisory Board at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

The event is their annual Music Forum. I’m told the conversation will unfold as follows:

    The discussion will be entitled “Radio 2.0: WNYC’s place in the evolving music landscape.” We aim both to asses WNYC’s music programming, particularly in relation to the local music scene, and determine strategies for public radio to retain relevance in the decentralized, internet age. Questions will include:

    – What’s your first go-to source for finding new music? (“New” being not necessarily contemporary, just music that you’ve never heard before)
    – What’s your most recent musical find, and how did you find it?
    – Do you listen to WNYC at all? Do you listen for talk, for music, or for both?
    – When you turn on public radio, do you expect to hear music more or less obscure than the music that you regularly listen to on your own?
    – Is the idea of a live broadcast more appealing to you than the playing of recordings?
    – Are you attracted to certain “driving personalities” (e.g. John Schaefer) on the radio?

    The audience will also be able to submit written questions for the panel, and the Board will also have a dedicated period to ask the panel questions.

    Panelists will include:
    – Joe Ahearn (
    – Anat Cohen (
    – Lisa Karrer ( and
    – Dave Mandl (
    – Limor Tomer, WNYC Executive Director of Music Programming (and former Adjunct Curator of Performing Arts at the Whitney)

    The discussion will start at 7 PM and will be held at BAM in the Natman room (on the main level; enter the lobby and the Natman room is on the right).

Come by if you’re in the ‘hood.

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