Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer ART GARFUNKEL has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums, the most recent being SOME ENCHANTED EVENING in 2007.
Since then, he has been busy as a husband and father to his two sons, 23 year-old James and eight-year-old Beau Daniel. He is also an avid walker who has walked across Japan, the US (celebrated in the 1997 concert DVD ACROSS AMERICA) and now Europe.
GARFUNKEL was originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon. Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound Of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the biggest selling album ever.
After Simon & Garfunkel parted ways in 1970, GARFUNKEL landed several major film roles, including “Carnal Knowledge” (opposite Jack Nicholson), “Catch 22” and Nicholas Roeg’s “Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession.” His solo debut ANGEL CLARE spawned the top 10 hit “All I Know.” His other solo albums include BREAKAWAY (’75; features the hit “I Only Have Eyes For You”), WATERMARK (’78; featuring “[What A] Wonderful World” with James Taylor and Paul Simon), FATE FOR BREAKFAST (’79), SCISSORS CUT (’81), THE ANIMALS’ CHRISTMAS (’86), LEFTY (’88), GARFUNKEL (greatest hits, ’88), UP TILL NOW (’93), ACROSS AMERICA (’97), SONGS FROM A PARENT TO A CHILD (’97), EVERYTHING WAITS TO BE NOTICED (’03) and SOME ENCHANTED EVENING (’07).
The late ’80s brought two new challenges for GARFUNKEL: he published Still Water, a collection of poetry in ’89, and began an amazing trek across America–on foot. But the ’80s and ’90s found GARFUNKEL doing what he does best: singing for an audience. “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” says GARFUNKEL, who relishes the opportunity to perform new and classic material for fans around the world. “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job. I try to soothe, to lift…That’s my life.”
GARFUNKEL earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia College, majoring in Art History; later he earned his Masters degree in Architecture at Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife Kim. GARFUNKEL is an avid reader and has chronicled every book he’s read since June 1968 on his website–-1,206.
ANNOUNCES CARNEGIE HALL SHOW “AT LAST”
AND RETURN TO EUROPE WITH HIS “ART GARFUNKEL: IN CLOSE-UP” TOUR;
MORE U.S. DATES CONFIRMED
SIMON & GARFUNKEL’S “CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK”
AND VINYL COLLECTION RE-ISSUED;
PBS AIRING “CENTRAL PARK” FILM DURING AUGUST PLEDGE WEEK
Legendary singer ART GARFUNKEL is excited to announce a Carnegie Hall performance in his New York City hometown. The Saturday, October 3 show dubbed “At Last” is part of his in-progress array of domestic and international “In Close-Up” concerts. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall show go on sale Friday, August 14. GARFUNKEL has also announced more U.S. shows including Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre on Sunday, November 8.
So far this year he has already performed in Korea, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark, as well as nearly two dozen shows in the U.S. This past June, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Diamond-selling singer was invited to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he packed the 10,000-capacity Bloomfield Stadium.
ART GARFUNKEL’s tour, with guitarist Tab Laven, encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters–Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C. Jobim and Paul Simon—and parts of his forthcoming autobiography.
GARFUNKEL is very much enjoying his time on the road, saying “I do a 90-minute show, where I mix songs and read poetic bits from my autobiography. I write about my life in show business, my woman, crossing the U.S. and Europe on foot, the mystery of it all. The act of reading these things, and the inflections and pauses, seems to me like singing. You learn to phrase with poignancy.” You can check out a wide-ranging, five-part interview with Forbes.com here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2014/11/26/where-have-you-gone-mike-nichols-art-garfunkel-gives-perspective-on-the-late-director/
In other exciting news, Simon & Garfunkel have re-released their 1981 “Concert In Central Park”–where they played to 500,000 fans–on CD and DVD (out August 7 via Legacy Recordings), and PBS is airing the acclaimed concert film during August Pledge Week (check local listings). Legacy also released Simon & Garfunkel: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, the most comprehensive 12″ vinyl Simon & Garfunkel anthology ever assembled, which includes the duo’s five Columbia Records studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970) as well as Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, their all-time best-selling title. GARFUNKEL’s acclaimed two-CD collection The Singer is also being re-released in England in conjunction with his upcoming tour dates.
You can also dig into ART’s website, where he chronicles–in order–every book he has read since 1968 (all 1,218 of them), his 60 favorite songs of all time, acting credits, poetry and discography: www.artgarfunkel.com
Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer ART GARFUNKEL has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of prose poems and released 12 original solo albums, the most recent being SOME ENCHANTED EVENING in 2007. Then, in 2012, he most proudly released his life’s body of work, a 2-CD compendium, THE SINGER. Art and his beautiful wife, actress Kathryn Luce Garfunkel, have two sons, 24 year-old Arthur Junior–a magnificent singer in his own right–and nine-year-old Beau Daniel.
ART GARFUNKEL concert itinerary:
DATE: CITY: VENUE:
|Fri 8/28||Atlantic City, NJ||Music Box at Borgata|
|Sat 10/3||New York, NY||Carnegie Hall|
|Fri 10/9||Tom’s River, NJ||Gruin Center|
|Sat 10/10||Morristown, NJ||Mayo PAC|
|Fri 10/23||Geneva, NY||Smith Center for the Arts|
|Sat 10/24||Albany, NY||Empire State Center for the Arts|
|Sat 11/7||Indio, CA||Fantasy Springs Casino *w/symphony|
|Sun 11/8||Los Angeles, CA||Wiltern Theatre|
|Sat 11/14||Great Barrington, MA||Mahaiwe PAC|
|Sun 11/15||Boston, MA||Wilbur Theatre|
|Mon 11/16||Cotuit, MA||Cotuit Arts Center|
|Mon 9/14||Belfast, IRE||Waterfront|
|Wed 9/16||Liverpool, ENG||Philharmonic|
|Thur 9/17||Cardiff, WAL||St. David’s Hall|
|Sat 9/19||Oxford, ENG||New Theatre|
|Mon 9/21||London, ENG||Royal Albert Hall|
|Wed 9/23||Gateshead, ENG||The Sage|
|Thur 9/24||Edinburgh, SCOT||Usher Hall|
|Mon 11/30||Zurich, SW||Kongtrsshaus
|Wed 12/2||Arlberg, AUS||Kuntshalle|
Check out an interview with ART here, where he appeared on “CBS This Morning” reading a “Note To Self,” where he looked back at his younger self: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/art-garfunkel-writes-a-note-to-his-younger-self/ and a “10 Records That Changed My Life” piece on Music Radar here: http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/art-garfunkel-the-10-records-that-changed-my-life-596538/1