U.S. Embassy lecture tour on Rock music and American Culture

The American Embassy in Riga has invited me to lecture on the relationship between rock music and American culture as part of its annual Month of American Culture.

During these lectures, I will discuss selected songs as a window to understanding sociopolitical and other cultural trends in post WW II America. The songs include Hound Dog (Elvis Presley); Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan); Respect (Aretha Franklin); Break on Through (The Doors); Ohio (Crosby, Still, Nash & Young); Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) and Wake Up (Rage Against the Machine).

Time: April 12, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm
Location: Latvia Culture College
Street: Bruņinieku Street 5
City/Town: Riga

Time: April 13, 2010 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Jazeps Medins Riga’s Music Secondary School
City/Town: Riga

Time: April 14, 2010 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Daugavpils University
City/Town: Daugavpils

Time: April 14, 2010 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: Daugavpils Music Secondary School
City/Town: Daugavpils

Time: April 15, 2010 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
Location: Jekabpils State Gymnasium
City/Town: Jekabpils

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

Read more in the biography section.