The first of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) fall faculty lecture series will feature Assistant Professor Peter Carney, Ph.D., and his research and interviews with the musicians of Radiohead that led to his dissertation on the evolution of “the last great rock band.” Faculty, students and the public can join Carney at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in Building 27, Room 105 at SCF Bradenton 5840 26th St. W. and via Skype in Building 400, Room 417 at SCF Venice 8000 S. Tamiami Tr.
The lecture will include live music and explore how Radiohead, the stadium rock band famous for their riddles, began a metamorphosis under the influence of jazz. Behind their acclaimed breakthrough into “post-rock,” Radiohead used the novel approach of jazz structuralism to break out of their frustrations with Rock. Carney also will piece together how as Radiohead struggled to escape their one hit wonder status under their hit, “Creep,” jazz artists showed them how to kill their past and start over.
As a jazz musician, Carney enjoys a career as a saxophonist and arranger who has worked with Grammy Award winners Kirk Franklin, Tito Puente, the Winans and rock legends, The Plain White T’s. His greatest experiences have been opening for B.B. King in a Mississippi cotton field, Al Green at The Superdome and Aretha Franklin in Chicago. Blurring the lines between teacher, designer, musician and improviser, Carney also recently gave a TED Talk on “Designing Curiosity” at TEDx Jacksonville.
Carney will open the discussion to questions. For more information contact SCFLectureSeries@SCF.edu or call 941-752-5589.