Delighted to share that this Thursday night is the Television Academy "Words+Music" concert celebrating the importance of original music in contemporary television storytelling. I've had the great pleasure of creating and producing this concert with my fellow Academy Governor, Rickey Minor.
The already sold-out concert will feature live performances from composers @Jussie Smolett (#Empire), @John Debney (#SantaClaritaDiet), @Mac Quayle (#MrRobot), @Siddhartha Khosla (#ThisIsUs), @Jeff Russo (#Fargo), @Sean Callery (#Homeland), @Nathan Barr (#TheAmericans), and @Pedro Bromfman (#Narcos), #Meshell Ndegeocello (#QueenSugar), @Laura Karpman and @Raphael Saadiq (#Underground), @Kurt Farquhar (#Stitchers), @David Buckley (#TheGoodFight), and @Adrian Younge and @Ali Shaheed Muhammad (#LukeCage).
Klaus Nomi was definitely one of the most distinctive people I ever worked with. Possessed of a lovely operatic counter-tenor he helped turn David Bowie's career around (as explained in this article) then made his own, very strange, pop records, some produced by my dear friend Man Parrish. Man asked me to play electric violin on Klaus' Rubber Band Laser. I'm still not sure what that song is about.
Klaus died in 1983, an early victim of AIDS. He is still remembered fondly.