An Evening of Music and Conversation with Richard Shindell
Saturday October 8, 2016
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
The Extended Education Committee is pleased to present an intimate evening with Richard Shindell, a virtuoso singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. Richard will be performing his original work and will be in conversation with Jungian analyst Steve Zemmelman about the symbolic and the numinous in the music. The evening will also feature a unique call and response cycle with short presentations on themes in Richard’s songs by Jungian analysts John Beebe, Robin Greenberg, Steven Nouriani, Jane Reynolds and David Tresan each of whom will be responded to by Richard’s music, and discussion with the audience.
This program has just been added to the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco's fall schedule. For those of you not familiar with Richard’s work and curious about why we are featuring this artist, his work makes extensive use of the symbolic and is rooted in a deep connection to the numinous. His songs paint pictures and tell stories, juxtapose images, bring characters to life, and evoke entire worlds along the way. His background in philosophy, time living in a Buddhist monastery, years spent at the Union Theological Seminary each contributed to a special foundation in the depths of human experience and the capacity to express it in music. His first album, Sparrow's Point, was released in 1992. His third album, Reunion Hill, was honored as the Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1998 and its title track was subsequently recorded by Joan Baez. Richard lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. He tours regularly in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and is currently performing across the country in support of his eleventh and newest album, "Careless," which has a September 2016 release date. He will be performing at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, a venue he regularly sells out, on October 6.
"Occasionally an artist has a night that makes even skeptics think, "OK, maybe he is the best." Richard Shindell achieved this on Thursday at the Bottom Line. His set list highlighted only strengths, his voice never wavered and his band flawlessly accentuated his songs. Like two other "best" singer-songwriters, Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, he dwells on big, often difficult moments in the lives of ordinary people. By staying with them even as he flies into metaphor, he maintains equanimity...." - The New York Times
"Shindell is a master builder of songs, yet always leading listeners toward the emotional essence of the moment or character he is evoking. As with all master craftsmen, knowing what to leave out is as important to him as what he puts in. Shindell has uncanny sense of the theater of a song, building his ballads sparely and subtly, set to sweeping graceful melodies." - The Boston Globe