Band Session III 2024: Paul Simon & Garfunkel

The music of Paul Simon & Garfunkel - Bird band session

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon has made hits and earned accolades for over half a century, both solo and with early collaborator Art Garfunkel. 

“I believe that we are all connected on this very basic emotional level by music — by rhythm and harmony.” – Paul Simon

In this eight-week session, we’ll explore how Simon (with and without Garfunkel) incorporated different musical styles into his own, from the folk and rock fusion of the 1960s and 70s to the world music influences in Simon’s 1980s and 90s solo work.

We’ll also study Simon’s poetic, storytelling lyrics, finger-picking acoustic guitar and use of world instruments, as well as the vocal harmonies Garfunkel brought to the mix.

Contemporary artists like Harry Styles, Conor Oberst, Lorde and Vampire Weekend have cited Simon as an important influence, and you’ll find everyone from Phoebe Bridgers to the Muppets covering his hits.

Whether you rev up a folk classic or incorporate a new-to-you instrument, we can’t wait to see you put your own spin on Simon and Garfunkel’s songs.

Important Dates:

Start date: January 29, 2024
End date: March 31, 2024
(8 Weeks)
Dress Rehearsal: March 29, 2024
Show: March 31, 2024

– February 19-23, 2024

Further reading:
PBS American Masters

Songs to explore:

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