POSTPONED - NEW DATE!
JAZZ CHATS WITH COOL CATS
featuring Arwulf Arwulf & Mark Braun
Sunday, March 21st @ 2:30 PM EDT
A new interview/concert series with host and jazz luminary, Pete Siers, where he and his guests combine musical collaborations with passionate conversations about all things jazz.
This month, Pete talks with arwulf arwulf (jazz scholar, historian, Ann Arbor icon) and pianist Mark Braun (“Mr. B”).
Due to technical difficulties, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We apologize for any inconvenience and please join us this Sunday for our jazz double-header!
Known since 1971 by the name arwulf arwulf, Theodore Grenier is essentially a creature of the University of Michigan’s multicultural environment. Arriving in Ann Arbor as a precocious and impressionable bookworm in 1968, he soon developed a strong working relationship with the UM library system which has intensified over the years. Throughout the 1970s, Arwulf’s filmic sensibilities evolved at screenings sponsored by campus film groups, and at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which he first experienced when it was held in what is now Lorch Hall’s Askwith Auditorium. The plot thickened as young Wulf participated as both student and teacher in a series of highly unconventional “free schools” which flourished in Ann Arbor’s experimental alternative education environment.
Following involvement at the ambitious Solstis School program, arwulf attended classes at Community High during its first years of operation (1972-74) and began defining his autodidactic methodology. Subsequently enrolled at the smaller and progressively intimate high school known as Earthworks, he audited art history lectures at UM and EMU, experiencing Diane Kirkpatrick’s popular Dada and Surrealism slideshows and discussing art theory with Alan Kaprow, the inventor of what were known in the 1960s as Happenings. While his older brother Zach Grenier pursued a career on stage and screen, arwulf directed his theatrical efforts toward performance poetics, absurdist street theatre and experimental collaborations at the original Performance Network (located on the site currently occupied by the Ann Arbor Y).
After hosting a three-hour Sunday morning traditional jazz show on WEMU for one quarter of a century, arwulf chose to sever ties with that NPR affiliate in early 2012. Since 1977 he has been involved at student-run, community-connected WCBN 88.3 FM, where he serves as cultural historian, philosopher, musicologist and broadcasting advisor. He hosts Face the Music, a carefully researched program of historic marvels and early jazz that airs Thursdays from 7-8 PM. arwulf is also one of the rotating hosts of WCBN’s Euro-Classical program, Dead White Guys, which may be heard Sundays from 6 to 9 AM. Professionally billed as arwulf arwulf, he writes for the Ann Arbor Observer, gardens and tends a flock of felines with his wife and soul mate Lindsay Forbes.