The neck of my Guitar

Under African Skies.

from Ans , 2012-01-21

This year will be the 25th anniversary of Graceleand. More information can be found on http://www.paulsimon.com

Information about the documentary at the site below, left menu shows the dates in some theatres.


Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning album Graceland – an irresistible and groundbreaking fusion of American and South African pop music — was an immediate hit when it was released in 1986. It also proved to be a lightning rod for controversy, after South African leaders protested that Simon had broken the cultural boycott of the nation’s oppressively racist apartheid regime. In the documentary Under African Skies, premiering on Sunday at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Simon returns to South Africa — which formally ended apartheid in 1994 — 25 years after Graceland‘s release. Director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills) follows Simon as he reunites with his South African collaborators, and revisits the controversy the album caused, while luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Paul McCartney share their thoughts on what the album meant to them.

Check out the exclusive trailer below:


Simon and Marsalis in Rare Collaboration

from Ans , 2012-01-24

Simon and Marsalis in Rare Collaboration
The New York Times, January 24, 2012.

Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis will give three concerts together in April, performing Mr. Simon’s songs in a rare collaboration between one of the leading pop song writers of the last 50 years and the virtuoso jazz trumpet player, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced Tuesday. The concerts will be staged at the Rose Theater at the organization’s headquarters on Columbus Circle.

The first will be at a gala on April 18 to honor Lisa Schiff for her leadership as chairwoman of the Jazz at Lincoln Center board. Two more concerts will be given for the general public on April 19 and 20. Entitled “The Paul Simon Songbook,” the performances will cover songs from Mr. Simon’s entire career, arranged by Mr. Marsalis and other members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Mr. Simon and Mr. Marsalis have worked together twice, but they have never performed a full-length concert with each other. Mr. Simon will bring his own sidemen, and Aaron Neville will join the ensemble on some songs.