PANEL: An Afternoon of Songs and Stories with Janis Ian
WOODSTOCK Kleinert James Art Center 10/5/2019, 12:00PM
An afternoon of songs and stories with 10 time Grammy award-nominee Janis Ian.
Moderator DOREEN RINGER ROSS, Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she directs all activities serving composers for screen. She has established key programs for composers, including the Sundance Composers’ Lab and the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop. She oversees BMI’s film scoring scholarships at USC, UCLA and Berklee College of Music, and has created artist development platforms with the Sundance Film Festival, IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP Filmmakers Conference, Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. Ringer-Ross serves as vice chairman of the board for The Holland’s Opus Foundation, is a member of the Peabody Awards Board, Advisory Board of the American Youth Symphony, Advisory Board for the IFP Filmmaker Labs, and is on the board of the World Soundtrack Award.
JANIS IAN, now in her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, received 10 Grammy nominations in 8 categories, a record for a solo artist whose first nomination came at the age of 16 for her debut album, Janis Ian. She lost her last Grammy to President Jimmy Carter, but two years earlier received a Grammy for Society’s Child: My Autobiography, winning Best Spoken Word over President Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Ian has been in the forefront of many controver- sies. Her song Society’s Child, written at age fourteen, ignited a storm for its unflinching look at an interracial relationship between a boy and girl. Her song At Seventeen has been featured in anti-bullying commercials and such TV shows as The Blacklist.
Her songs have been recorded by John Mellencamp, Amy Grant, Diane Schuur, and Joan Baez, among others. She has dueted with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Mel Torme, and most recently, Trevor Sewell; their single, released only in the UK, jumped up the jazz charts, a reminder of a diverse career that saw Ian on the cover of Downbeat at 16; featured in Melody Maker at 26; honored by the Grammy Hall of Fame twice; co-starring with Laurie Metcalf, Rita Moreno, and Alex Borstein in the final episode of Getting On; receiving Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews picks for her children’s book The Tiny Mouse; and still moving forward with plans for several more books and a new album.
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