Creators Program- Fall 2016 Events

Creators Talk with WV State Poet Laureate Marc Harshman

September 21, 2016

Join the Creators Program in welcoming Marc Harshman to Charleston for a relaxed evening of conversation and readings. We will prevail upon our poet laureate to read from his most recent works, as well invite him to reflect upon his appointment and the place of poetry in the life of West Virginia and the nation. We might even get him to recite “Little Orphant Annie” or else censored lines from Allen Ginsberg. It’s even possible he could read us a bedtime story from one his children’s books or else talk about the place of erotica in contemporary literature.

Creators Talk- “Making Movie Music: An Evening with Maestro Chuck Biel”

October 12, 2016

Come and tap into Chuck’s insight from 40+ years of professional musicianship while he highlights the techniques he used to survive as an artist in America today. Chuck will demonstrate compositional techniques for film and other media available to beginners and well-seasoned music creators. He will talk about how individuals can join in on making their own music for media. This presentation features a full band performance of various types of music and composition techniques.

Bio-In addition to performing with artists like, Ann Magnuson, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch, Shirley Jones, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Chuck has trained musicians to work as sidemen in the world’s best bands and with world class artists including , Ray Charles, David Bowie, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Olivia Newton-John, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Meat Loaf, Missing Persons,  and many more. One of Chuck's students was nominated for a Grammy and performed with David Byrne on a recent world tour, another is the bass player for Keith Urban.

Creators Workshop- Typography 101

October 26, 2016

Once a highly specialized occupation, everyone is a typographer in the digital age.  Not everyone is a good one, however.  Learn how to make the type design you do in print, film and multimedia look professional.  We'll learn terms, techniques and how to arrange type so that it really says something.  Graphic designer and self-described type wonk Brenda Pinnell, of HepCatz Design, will lead the discussion. #nocomicsans

Creators Dialogue- "An Evening with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr."

November 16, 2016

Join us for an intimate conversation with West Virginia singing superstar, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.  This Creators Dialogue will feature Murphy discussing his roots, his experience on America's Got Talent and journey to stardom.

Bio-When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for America's Got Talent, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars, and the only “nice” clothes he owned were the ones on his back; a pair of jeans, a modest button down striped shirt and jacket. 

Fortunately, you don't need a large wardrobe to win America’s heart.  You need talent and Landau has truckloads of that.  Since wowing the judges with his interpretations of classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and walking away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers on AGT, Landau has released his Columbia Records debut "That's Life" (the CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who also helmed Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook album) and has performed all over the country, from the California State Fair to the New York's famous Apollo Theatre, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to the Marina Civic Center in Florida and all points in between.

Along the way, he has appeared on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, Anderson Cooper, Tom Joyner, Sirius XM, NPR and dozens of other outlets, was named his home state’s “West Virginian of the Year” (where he has performed a series of sold out concerts helping raise over a half million dollars for state charities), played a special command performance at the Governors Inauguration, won Reality TV Personality of the Year in Hollywood, and was honored to perform with his band for U.S. Troops in Germany. 

But all that success hasn't made Landau forget his roots.  He was born in the Mountain State of West Virginia and continues to live there rather than move to entertainment industry hubs like Los Angeles or New York.  “West Virginia will always be my home,” says Landau,“and home and family are the most important thing in the world to me. I can always fly out to L.A. or New York for work, but being here helps keep me humble and grounded.  I’m just very fortunate to be living my dream.”

For many winners of television talent competitions, the ride is short, but for Landau, more than two years after winning America's Got Talent, things couldn't be busier.  A book co-authored with award-winning writer Rick Robinson chronicling Landau's All American success story called LANDAU: FROM WASHING CARS TO HOLLYWOOD STAR, debuted at #1 on the Jazz Book chart. 

Landau also performed his first ever concerts with two complete symphony orchestras and visited Asia for the first time, at the headliner at a special charity benefit at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai China for AEG Live.  But also penciled into Landau’s busy calendar is spending time at his modest new home in the West Virginia hills.  “I’ve got my home studio, plenty of room for my family and a big beautiful mountain behind me. I’m so thankful to God every day for giving me these blessings, and a bigger stage to perform on.”

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