WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2010)—This fall National Geographic Live will take Washington, D.C., audiences backstage and beyond the microphone with the dynamic series “Music On…Photography.” The four-part series will include conversations with performers Ben Folds, Neko Case and Andy Summers, and accomplished music photographer Danny Clinch, as they present their photographs and favorite stories from behind the lens. Moderating the richly illustrated discussions will be Mark Seliger, contributing photographer for GQ and Vanity Fair magazines, and Juliet Blake of the National Geographic Channel.
The series will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 10, during Fotoweek DC, with Danny Clinch, one of the premier photographers of the popular music scene. He has photographed artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z, and his images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Spin and GQ, as well as on hundreds of album covers. Clinch has published two books of his photographs, “Discovery Inn” and “When the Iron Bird Flies.” His keen eye has also served him well behind a video camera, directing Grammy-nominated music videos, concert films and documentaries. Blake will moderate.
Though Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Neko Case is revered for her role as the heart of the indie rock outfit The New Pornographers, she has won her greatest praise as a dynamic solo artist. The singer/songwriter has built a career defined by both strong will and musical versatility. Born in nearby Alexandria, Va., Case has a degree in fine arts, and says she takes photographs to “remember the places I was traveling through that I never really got to know.” She will share some of her favorite and most colorful photos with Blake on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
A widely celebrated composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Folds is best known as a solo artist and as the frontman of the ’90s trio Ben Folds Five. His solo albums include Rockin’ the Suburbs, Songs for Silverman, and Way to Normal. He is releasing Lonely Avenue on Sept. 28, 2010 featuring music and vocals by Folds and lyrics created by celebrated English novelist Nick Hornby. GQ magazine calls Lonely Avenue “A fantastic album. The melodies soar in time-honored Folds style; the lyrics are subtle and lovely and deftly done.” Folds is also an accomplished photographer, who in May took to the flooded streets of Nashville with his camera (and camera phone) to help spread the word of the devastation. On Friday, Dec. 3, he’ll discuss these photos as well as others with moderator Seliger, a rock-and-roll photographer himself and author of numerous books, including 2008’s “The Music Book.”
Wrapping up the “Music On…Photography” series on Saturday, Dec. 4, will be Andy Summers, best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary band The Police. Summers has compiled an impressive body of photographic work, including a 2009 book “Desirer Walks the Streets,” which presents black-and-white photographs made during various tours between 1983 and 2008, and 2007’s “I’ll Be Watching You: Inside The Police 1980-83,” which documents the early 80s tours of the band. Seliger will also moderate this discussion.
Series tickets for “Music on…Photography” are $72 for the general public and $64 for National Geographic members. Individual program tickets are available for $20 and $18 respectively. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nglive.org, via telephone at (202) 857-7700, or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Society headquarters; free parking is available in the garage.
Photo galleries and interviews with each of the participants will be available online on the Nat Geo Music website www.natgeomusic.net.
National Geographic Live will host several other music events throughout the fall season, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 2, with internationally renowned DJ Rehka’s signature “Basement BhangraTM Dance Party” during the 2010 All Roads Film Festival. Opening that evening will be Lunchbox Theory’s monthly Afrobeat for Ya Soul dance party with DJ UNDERDOG (general public $20; members $18). For “Music On…Stage” on Saturday, Oct. 23, Will Calhoun, former drummer for the rock band Living Colour, will incorporate nature sounds into his traditional jazz, hip-hop and world music for a performance tied to the National Geographic Museum exhibition “Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Life” (general public $20; members $18). On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the film “Bouncing Cats,” the story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tools of hip-hop and breakdance, will be screened for “Music On…Film.” The screening will be followed by a Q&A with film director Nabil Elderkin, hip-hop artist Abramz and b-boy legend Crazy Legs, president of the legendary Rock Steady Crew (The film is a Red Bull Media House production; general public $10; members $8). More information on the full fall season of the National Geographic Live series is available at www.nglive.org.
National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films and dynamic presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers, covering a wide range of topics, including exploration and adventure; wildlife and habitat conservation; natural phenomena; and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education. For more information, visit www.nglive.org.