FORA.tv Speaker - Larry Blumenfeld
Larry Blumenfeld is a cultural journalist with 20 years of experience writing for leading newspapers, alternative weeklies, websites, and specialized jazz magazines; his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Salon, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications, and on WNYC-FM in New York.
He is editor-at-large for Jazziz magazine (he was editor-in-chief from 1995-2000) and was formerly editor of Global Rhythm magazine.
His experiences as a Midcareer Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's National Arts Journalism Program led him to focus on culture as political force and social statement.
One outgrowth was his essay for the new collection Music in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge), on musical expressions of Sufism in contrast to stereotypes of Islam. He's also written extensively about the stifling effect of Bush administration policies on U.S.-Cuba musical collaborations and on the links between jazz and American identity.
As a volunteer, he produces the Deer Isle Jazz Festival in Stonington, Maine. Though he continues to spend much of his time in New Orleans, Blumenfeld makes his permanent home in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, where he longs during the day to play basketball and at night to hear music performed live.
07.15.09 | 01:18:47 min
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