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WAMFest 2018: Words, Arts, and Music Festival

Friday, October 5, 2018

WAMFest is an annual series of readings, interviews, talks and performances hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University's Becton College School of the Arts. It brings successful artists of various art genres to the campus to inspire and inform students and the community. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Demme, Talib Kweli, Mark Morris, Neil Gaiman, Ice-T, and Sean Astin. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

The theme for WAMFest 2018 is the process of artistic collaboration. For example, how might a beat maker work with a lyricist to compose a rap song? What does that conversation, that process, actually look like?

All events will take place in Lenfell Hall or the Italian Garden. Lenfell Hall is located inside Hennessey Hall the Mansion.

Join us for several exciting collaboratories: Working spaces that will provide opportunities to watch the process of collaboration as it unfolds.


2 PM. Spoken Music: The Actor and the Symphony of Words

Featuring the American String Quartet and Special Guest, Martin Charnin, American Lyricist and Theater Director.
Register for Spoken Music.

4 PM. Everyone Creates in Their Dreams: Live Beatmaking and Performances from the WAMFest Studio

Featuring Hip Hop Producers Doc Daniel and Elijah Fox-Peck, Domenico, Leksi, and others.
Register for Everyone Creates.

8 PM. Make America Create Again: A Conversation about Collaboration and Creativity

  • American Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy)
  • New Zealand Singer Kimbra
  • American Guitarist Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • Moderated by Bill Stephney (Broad Market Media, Founding President of Def Jam Records)

Register for Make America Create.

For additional information, please email Jennifer Lehr, jennifer@fdu.edu.

American String Quartet

Chuck D