WAMFest 2016 – fantastic lineup!

slide1WAMFest 2016 will take place on Wednesday, October 5 and Friday, October 7. Visiting artists will include:

  • Bill Stephney, former CEO of Def Jam Records who launched Public Enemy,
  • Sway Calloway, rapper, MTV news director, and radio personality, and
  • Ice-T, rapper and actor.

For details and seat reservations, click here.

WAMFest 2016 is presented thanks, in part, to generous support from Robert and Patricia Pures, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and Morris Arts

 

 

WAMFEST 2015 was amazing!

Our theme, The Art of Healing: Soldiers, set the stage for some powerful and moving artistic experiences with an array of veteran poets and writers as well as a host of inspiring musicians. Darden Smith, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who founded and leads SongwritingWith:Soldiers, created new songs while at FDU and shared them at the closing performance.

Check out the WAMFEST 2015 and download and read the final report here.

We’ll soon be announcing plans for WAMFEST 2016 and beyond…stay tuned!

Special thanks to the WAMFEST 2015 sponsors:

 

“WAMFEST 2014: The Illuminated Word” featuring Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman

Madison, NJ (September 24, 2014) — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) returns with another blockbuster lineup of a wide variety of world-class artists from Wednesday, October 15, 2014, through Friday, October 17. You can register by clicking here.

Salmon RushdieThe schedule features award-winning director Neil Burger, celebrated author Neil Gaiman, pen and ink artist Michael Arthur, graphic artist Stefan Bucher, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie (pictured above), award-winning poet J. Mae Barizo, composer Paul Cantelon, and the world-famous American String Quartet. As always, all events will be hosted by songwriter/novelist Wesley Stace, formerly known as John Wesley Harding.

WAMFEST begins on Wednesday, October 15, with a screening of Burger’s film “Limitless” at 2 p.m. followed by an interview with Burger at 5p.m. in Hartman Lounge. On Thursday, “The Illuminated Word: A Conversation with Neil Gaiman” takes place in Lenfell Hall at 4 p.m. This event will be live-drawn by Arthur. In order to attend this, you must pick up a physical ticket – more info on ticketing and registration coming soon. On Friday, join us for “The Art of Illumination: a Conversation with Michael Arthur and Stefan Bucher” at 2 p.m. in Dreyfuss Room 125. At 6 p.m., join us for “Memory Palace: Music Meets the Page,” a world-premier performance by Salman Rushdie, J. Mae Barizo, Paul Cantelon, and the American String Quartet.

Salman Rushdie is perhaps the most recognizable and respected literary figure in the world. His eleven novels have been translated into forty languages and have won a dazzling number of major prizes. The publication of “The Satanic Verses” created a major international controversy, provoking death threats that forced him into years of hiding. In 2007, Rushdie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His more than 30 books include “The Sandman”, “Neverwhere”, “The Graveyard Book”, “Good Omens”, and “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” His film and television credits include “Coraline,” “Doctor Who,” “Neverwhere,” among many others.   Currently, his most recent book, “Hansel and Gretel,” is being developed for a live-action feature by Steven Spielberg. Continue reading

WAMFEST 2013: The Appalachian Heritage Photo Review

Please enjoy these photographs from WAMFEST 2013: The Appalachian Heritage, courtesy of Scott Giglio and Dan Landau.

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Huge thanks to our performers, fans, sponsors Bob and Patricia Pures and The National Endowment for the Arts, and everyone who worked for WAMFEST.  We had an amazing festival this year and very much look forward to the next one.  Click here for info on our performers.  Stay tuned for videos!

Photos from The Origins, The Politics of Coal, and The Folk Song taken by Scott Giglio.  Photos from the Matewan Screening and Discussion, Two Voices, and Songs, Stories and All That Jazz taken by Dan Landau.

Many Thanks for an Amazing WAMFEST!

Loudon Wainwright III with Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace

Huge thanks to our incredible performers (click here to read more about them), our wonderfully supportive fans, our lovely Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace, our devoted founder David Daniel, everyone on our hardworking staff, the FDU community, and, of course, our very generous sponsors,  Bob and Patricia Puress and the National Endowment for the Arts.  This year’s festival was packed with talent and hopefully left many people feeling inspired and motivated.  Stay tuned for more photos and videos.

Photograph of Loudon Wainwright III and Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace courtesy of Scott Giglio.

WAMFEST 2013 Wraps Up with C.D. Wright, Rosanne Cash, David Olney and Tomi Lunsford!

Poster 10:30:13The Appalachian Heritage has been an amazing festival so far, and there’s still an entire, fun-filled day ahead of us!  Swing by Dreyfuss Theater on our Madison Campus at 2 pm for Two Voices, a conversation and performance with the distinguished poet C.D. Wright and grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash.  Our final event, Songs and Stories and All That Jazz, kicks off at 5 pm in Lenfell Hall with singers Tomi Lunsford and David Olney, followed by a barbecue and an appalachian gathering (aka open mic hootenany free for all) with Olney, Lunsford and members of The Folk Project.  Get ready for a seriously inspiring and exciting afternoon!

It’s not too late to reserve your seat!  Do so now by visiting our Eventbrite page.  All events are hosted by our Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace and are free of charge.  The FDU community and the general public are encouraged to attend.  Click here for directions to our Madison campus.

For more details, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @Wamfest.  Many thanks to our sponsors, Bob and Patricia Pures and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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WAMFEST 2013 Continues Today, Tues the 29th, with Loudon Wainwright III, Maggie Renzi, Joe Lovett, and more!

10/29/13 PosterThe Appalachian Heritage continues today at 1 pm with a screening of the historic movie Matewan in Dreyfuss Hall (Room 125, Madison Campus).  Immediately afterward, Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace will lead a discussion with producer Maggie Renzi and production designer Nora Chavooshian.  But don’t worry if you’re working all afternoon, the fun doesn’t stop there!  Award-winning journalist Bob Hennelly interviews environmental advocate Joe Lovett of Appalachian Mountain Advocates at 7 pm in Lenfell Hall, followed by a conversation and performance with heralded folk singer Loudon Wainwright III (pictured), also hosted by the lovely Wesley Stace.

It’s not too late to reserve your seat!  Do so now by visiting our Eventbrite page.  All events  are free of charge.  The FDU community and the general public are encouraged to attend. Click here for directions to our Madison campus.

For more details, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @Wamfest.  Many thanks to our sponsors, Bob and Patricia Pures and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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WAMFEST 2013: The Appalachian Heritage Kicks Off TODAY!

jessemcreynoldsThis year’s Words and Musical Festival kicks off today at 7 pm in Wilson Auditorium on FDU’s Teaneck Campus!  Today’s event is The Origins:  a conversation and performance with banjo player Tony TrischkaBlue Highway’s guitarist Tim Stafford, and old-time Bluegrass mandolin superstar Jesse McReynolds (pictured), accompanied by banjo player Steve Thomas.  This is co-hosted by Carol Beaugard of WFDU and our dynamic Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace, who will be hosting all other events as well.  Browse our full schedule, featuring Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Lovett, Rosanne Cash, C.D. Wright and more, by clicking here.

It’s not too late to reserve your seat!  Do so now by visiting our Eventbrite page.  All events  are free of charge.  The FDU community and the general public are encouraged to attend.

Click here for directions to our Teaneck campus.  Click here for directions to our Madison campus.

For more details, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @Wamfest.  Many thanks to our sponsors, Bob and Patricia Pures and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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