Feb. 16, 2007
Art Garfunkel Performs In Hancher Auditorium March 3
Art Garfunkel, whose new CD "Some Enchanted Evening" was released in January, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.
"Some Enchanted Evening," his 12th solo album since the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, is a musical celebration of material from the 20th century's greatest songwriters, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Gershwin.
"I've been loving this stuff all my life," Garfunkel says. "Before I chased the Beatles with our Simon & Garfunkel albums, before Buddy Holly, Doo-Wop, and the Everly Brothers, there was -- for me, as a kid -- Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and these beautiful songs."
The album is also the organic next chapter in his life, as he reflects on fatherhood and the chaotic world we live in: "In this nervous world I want to soothe. It's a great time for moderation, for thoughtfulness, for dialogue, for the great Exhale, for humor. A great time for a sweet sound, a visceral, charming, prayerful sound."
Although it has been more than 35 years since "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was recorded, Garfunkel's image and signature vocal sound remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music.
Simon & Garfunkel won five Grammy awards together, two in 1968 (Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance/ Duo or Group for "Mrs. Robinson"); and three in 1970 (Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which also won Song of the Year and Best Engineered Recording). In 1977, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" received the prestigious Britannia Award for "Best International Pop LP and Single, 1952-77," as voted by the music industry of Great Britain.
"They were fabulous years," he remembers warmly. "I'll always be happy to say a little on behalf of the duo. I'm proud of singing those great songs. Now they teach Paul Simon songs in churches and schools as part of the curricula. . . . it seems that part of good citizenship is the knowledge of the songs we did. How can I grasp that?"
Meanwhile, having already worked with director Mike Nichols on "The Graduate" soundtrack, Garfunkel went on to feature acting roles in Mike Nichols' movies "Catch-22" (1969); and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), opposite Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen and Jack Nicholson.
In 1975 his "Breakaway" album went platinum, and produced the hit "I Only Have Eyes for You." 1979's "Fate for Breakfast" hit No. 2 in the U.K. charts.
In 1981, a month after the release of Garfunkel's "Scissors Cut" recording, Simon & Garfunkel reunited for one of the largest, free, open-air concerts in New York history: 500,000 fans crowded into Central Park, while millions more viewed it later on HBO. "Simon & Garfunkel, The Concert In Central Park," the resulting double-LP, was an immediate million seller, and the overwhelming response to both the concert and album resulted in an international tour that continued through the summer of '83.
In 1990, the year that Simon & Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Garfunkel performed at the request of the U.S. State Department, before 1.4 million people at an outdoor rally to support and promote democracy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 1997 he earned a Grammy nomination for "Songs From a Parent to a Child," in the midst of several international tours, and in 1999 "The Best of Simon & Garfunkel" became an international bestseller. After 9/11, Garfunkel was once again in demand, singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Capitol.
All the while he was also distance walking, writing, promoting peace and even teaching a little mathematics.
"I feel somewhat different from many people in the extraordinary amount of good fortune that fell into my lap and has made up my life," Garfunkel muses. "I rehearsed a lot in my teenage years and really sought after what this country holds, good fortune for those who go after it with hard work. But I do feel as I pass through the country, it's a charmed life. I grew up with a lot of love in my family, so I have the five senses with which to glean the richness of this land as I pass through it."
Art Garfunkel in Hancher is sponsored by Jim and Maureen Mondanaro, Fresh Food Concepts.
Tickets are $50/47/44; UI student $40/37.60/35.20; senior citizen and youth $50/47/44. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.
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