DMA Arts & Letters Live: Ben Folds
Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of his generation. He has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, a classical piano concerto, and collaborations with artists ranging from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner. Featured for five seasons as a judge on NBC's acclaimed a cappella show The Sing Off, Folds is also an avid photographer and an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy in public schools.
In his first book and memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, Folds reflects on his life in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock antihero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance. In his inimitable voice, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life.
Folds will be in conversation with Ryan Taylor of Minnesota Opera.