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Thursday, April 14 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Keynote: TO SING: The Care and Keeping of the Voice in Music

What would a conference whose theme is the voice be without singers? This keynote conversation welcomes three remarkable vocalists in discussion about how they’ve discovered, nurtured, and continue to develop both their instruments and their musical vision. What makes a pop voice distinctive? How do the challenges of a life in popular music, including the difficulties of touring and the challenges of recording, both help shape and sometimes endanger a voice? What is the relationship between songwriting, song interpretation, and “pure” singing? How do singers preserve the pleasure of vocalizing over the course of their lifetimes? What remains personal about the art of singing, and how does that intermingle with technique? How has technology aided the singer’s craft while also sometimes standing in the way of “real” voices being recognized? These questions and others will be entertained in a casual, fun conversation about what makes a voice, a voice.

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Ann Powers

Ann Powers is critic and correspondent for NPR Music. She is the author of several books, including the forthcoming history of American music's relationship with American love and sex. “Hard Rock, Sex Sounds, and the Groupie System: Life at the Riot House, 1973” | The Los Angeles-grounded hard rock scene of the early-to-mid 1970s is often remembered as a lawless milieu: a Wild West populated by satin-clad outlaws and erotic... Read More →

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Merrill Garbus

Merrill Garbus found her voice through studying theater and puppetry, and by traveling the world. As the founder of the unclassifiable tUnE-yArDs, the Bay Area ensemble she’s led since 2006, has she has developed a distinctive blend of the raw and the cooked in music that’s technologically savvy, relentlessly self-exploratory, and spiritually unbound. tUnE-yArDs has released three albums, most recently 2014’s Nikki-Nack... Read More →
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Valerie June

Valerie June spent many years developing her voice before emerging as a major young star of Americana music in the early 2010s. Raised in West Tennessee, June absorbed all varieties of Southern music as well as soul, pop, and reggae, and further fed her muse by travelling the country before settling in Memphis. She became a central player in that city’s underground scene and was featured in projects like Luther Dickinson’s band The... Read More →
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k.d. lang

Four-time GRAMMY® winner k.d. lang is one of the most beloved songwriters and song interpreters in popular music. Bucking simple definitions of country music in early albums that were true to tradition while playfully making the genre modern, lang, who grew up in Western Canada, made one of the finest albums of the 1980s in Shadowland, her countrypolitan collaboration with the late, great producer Owen Bradley. She became a bona-fide pop star... Read More →

Thursday April 14, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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