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Great Talks: Into Music: the Lines, the Heat, the Business

Great Talk Inc.

Wendel Patrick, Dave Hill, Susan Zhang, and Aaron Henkin will be joining Great Talk Inc. for their final talk of the season! The event will consist of a panel conversation about the lines that cross over music cultures and genres, what it is that makes some music hot and other not, and the business that seems to rule it all.

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. He has been referred to by XLR8R magazine as “a hip-hop producer that could easily make any fan of Squarepusher, Boards of Canada, or Madlib flip out.” The alter-ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. His five albums, Sound, Forthcoming, JDWP, Passage and Travel were all produced without the use of samples, with Patrick playing every note of every instrument. What is perhaps most astounding and perplexing to listeners is that there are actually no instruments-- he crafts every note electronically. Equally at home performing on stage with his band, behind two turntables, beatboxing, improvising, or playing a Mozart Concerto on stage with orchestra, Wendel Patrick has toured Europe on several occasions and has performed throughout the world.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and man-about-town, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now living in New York City. He currently sings and plays guitar in the power pop band Valley Lodge, whose song “Go” is the theme song to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Dave also hosts his own radio show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey, every Monday night from 9 PM to midnight and is a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life. Additionally, he has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and TruTV’s Comedy Knockout, to name a few. Dave is the author of two books, Tasteful Nudes and Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. He has also written for the New York Times, GQ, Salon, The Paris Review, New York Observer, VICE, and more. Comedy legend Dick Cavett called Dave “a major figure among American comic writers, past and present,” which is pretty much the coolest thing that has ever happened as far as Dave is concerned.

Acclaimed as a pianist with “astounding musical authority” (Columbia Free Times), Susan Zhang made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Augusta Symphony. She has since been featured as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Aiken Civic Orchestra. She has performed in numerous venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Susan is also Co-Director of The Concert Truck, an award-winning mobile concert hall that brings live classical piano concerts to diverse populations for free. In collaboration with Rice Music House, The Concert Truck launched in April 2016, performing throughout the city of Columbia, SC, in outdoor public spaces, schools, and underserved areas. In the summer of 2017, The Concert Truck went on its first multi-state tour, including locations in the Baltimore/DC area and South Carolina as well as a three-day residency with Minnesota Public Radio.

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron’s stories have aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, and The World.

Please visit http://greattalk.org/ for more information and tickets ($15.00).






Event Details

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm


Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

by Dr. Radut