Eugene Uman to lead talk on the creative process


BRATTLEBORO >> Where do creative ideas come from? What inspires? How does one go from the first germ of an idea to a finished composition? Do artists, in their awareness of the creative process, have something to offer others as they create their careers and lives?

In the next public forum in the local Making it in the Arts series, musician Eugene Uman will offer his perspective on these questions at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 1 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Using specific musical ideas and pieces, he will explore the process of artistic creation and its relevance to all of us, whether we consider ourselves artists or not. Uman is well known to Brattleboro in his roles as jazz pianist, teacher, composer and director of the Vermont Jazz Center.

In addition to an active gigging schedule and teaching at the Jazz Center, Uman is adjunct professor of music at Amherst College, Mass., and Marlboro College. He has taught for 10 summers at the Governor's Institute of the Arts and Jazz Vermont.

During the forum, Steve West will interview Uman in a format similar to the radio show Live and Local, which West hosted for seven years on Brattleboro's WKVT Radio. During that time, along with interviewing local, state and national dignitaries, he brought Uman on the air dozens of times.

Like Uman, West is a professional musician, having shared the stage with many stars of the '80s music scene. In addition to running his own computer business, he currently works as a composer. The two men have a deep mutual respect.

Brattleboro-West Arts and the Arts Council of Windham County will sponsor the event. Both organizations work to improve the artistic life of the community in a variety of ways. Over the past six years, they have co-sponsored several Making it in the Arts events featuring successful local artists who have made significant contributions in their fields. The event is free and open to the public.


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