CHF 2014: Journeys

Talking Music with Sasha Frere-Jones

Writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones has been a staff writer and the pop music critic for the New Yorker since 2004. Nearly every review delivers a remarkable history lesson, as he smartly and seamlessly provides context for the most current artists by looking back and sideways at musical precursors and multiple genres. Joined by art and music curator John Corbett, Frere-Jones uses his musician’s ear to explain how and why the music we love works—or doesn’t.

This program is generously underwritten by Paula R. Kahn.

Image by Annie Dipert

Speakers and Performers

Sasha Frere-Jones

Sasha Frere-Jones is a writer and musician, raised in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where he still lives. He recorded and toured as a member of the band Ui from 1990 to 2010. He has been the pop critic and a staff writer for the New Yorker since 2004. He is currently working on a two-volume memoir about New York and the arts. 

John Corbett

John Corbett is a writer and curator based in Chicago. He is co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery, and he has curated exhibitions focused on Sun Ra and Peter Brötzmann, as well as The Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago and Touch & Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence. In 2016, with co-curators Jim Dempsey, Richard Born, and Jessica Moss, Corbett will be assembling the first survey of postwar Chicago Art in the exhibition Monster Roster at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago. A monthly contributor to Down Beat magazine, he is the author of Extended Play: Sounding Off From John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein and a forthcoming collection Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music, and has edited and annotated several volumes on the musician Sun Ra.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Sasha Frere-Jones
Profile at the New Yorker

Good Reads

Sasha Frere-Jones
Archive at the New Yorker

Online Resources

Sasha Frere-Jones
Official Twitter