Meet and Listen tocritically acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig WedrenAs he regales us with a special acoustic performanceLive at Books & Books Friday, May 17, 7pm Books & Books, Coral Gables Blessed with a voice of unsurpassed beauty, and with incredible versatility as a writer and arranger, Wedren began his career as the singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based SHUDDER TO THINK, a band that started out in the “hardcore” music scene only to challenge the aesthetics and limitations of this then-emerging musical genre. After breaking indie music tradition by signing with Epic Records (Sony Music), Shudder To Think released three major label albums including their opus, “Pony Express Record.” Shudder To Think toured widely with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, and Pearl Jam, and their videos were featured in regular rotation on MTV. With Shudder To Think, Wedren scored the independent films First Love Last Rites and High Art, and contributed music to the film Velvet Goldmine. Shortly after making the transition to film work, the band dissolved their partnership, and Wedren continued his dual career as both film composer and solo artist.As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models,The School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama,Laurel Canyon, Reno 911!: Miami, Roger Dodger, The Baxter, and Boxers and Ballerinas. Wedren has also written and performed music for the televisions shows Hung, United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Stella, The State, The Whitest Kids You Know, Dawson’s Creek and Bones. While continuing to grow creatively and commercially as a composer, Wedren has also developed a successful career as a solo artist. In 2005 he released his first solo album “Lapland” on the Team Love label, after which he toured supporting Foo Fighters, and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. Last September Craig released “Wand”, his second, most ambitious album to date. To accompany the release of “Wand,” Craig toured the United States with Chris Cornell, and he worked with director Tim Nackashi to create a series of 360-degree interactive videos who’s engrossing, innovative technology continues Craig’s forays into the vanguard of music and imagination.
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