Jad Abumrad


Radiolab's Jad Abumrad

"Gut Churn" with special guest Zoë Keating

7:00PM & 9:30PM Friday, May 15, 2015


2nd Show Added

By integrating his background as both journalist and composer, Jad Abumrad has experienced great success with his public radio program, Radiolab. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries to create “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. Joined by renowned cellist Zoë Keating, “Gut Churn” is set to be a fascinating discussion complimented by an intriguing layer of sound.

What is “Gut Churn”?

By the time his innovative NPR program “Radiolab” hit its 10th season in 2012, Jad Abumrad had been asked about its origins countless times. And every time he answered the question, he felt he was getting it wrong.

“I would start telling a story about how it happened, and it was total BS,” he said during a recent phone interview from his home in Brooklyn. “The truth was that it was a long slow evolution, with lots of stumbling around in the dark, and these feelings that no one ever wants to talk about, like, ‘Shit, I’m stuck.’ “So I wanted to explore that, and see whether those feelings have any utility.”

The result of Abumrad’s exploration is “Gut Churn,” a solo show he will bring to Dallas City Performance Hall. The event is billed as a “multimedia presentation” (although Abumrad also describes it as a “hypertextual lecture with original music” as well as “a lot me jibbering and jabbering”) that probes the role of uncertainty, fear and other negative emotions in the creative process.

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