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Oct. 20: Jandek in Concert

Recording artist Jandek to perform wide scope of instruments, styles and structures.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 10-5-2012

MANKATO, Minn. – Corwood Industries recording artist Jandek will perform Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 pm. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Theconcert marks the first live performance by Jandek in Minnesota. The event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State University Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Jandek is one of the most elusive and enigmatic personalities in contemporary music today. For over 30 years Corwood Industries has issued Jandek recordings that could be described as mysterious, beautiful, haunting and difficult. With the exception of one interview given in the early eighties, Jandek has created a presence by presenting no media presence at all. Despite this, the music has inspired and challenged listeners and artists around the world.

The recordings of Jandek cover a wide scope of instruments, styles and structures. The songs range from sparse acoustic confessionals to howling blues, and from stunning piano performances to cacophonous walls of noise. Improvisation is a key component of these performances, and the unpredictability of the music combined with the mystery surrounding Jandek has created an aura that repeatedly invites people to try and get a glimpse behind the curtain but thwarts their every attempt.

The 2003 documentary Jandek On Corwood explored the music and myth surrounding Jandek and the following year saw the first live appearance in Glasgow, Scotland. Since then, Jandek has performed around the world with an assortment of locally and internationally known musicians that has included the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Mike Watt (Minutemen), John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), John McEntire (Tortoise), Loren Connors, Chris Corsano, and Richard Youngs.

This concert will feature a group of regional musicians: Charles Gillett, electric guitar; Craig Mataresse, electric bass; Adam Patterson, drums and percussion; and Brian DeGayner, brass.

Parking is available in Lot 16 adjacent to the Performing Arts Center. General admission advance purchase is $20 (advance purchase ends Tuesday, October 16 at 12:00 PM.) and $25 the evening of the concert. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information contact KMSU hosts Shelley Pierce and Tim Lind (507-389-5678 or or Dave Perron (507-389-5678 or

For more information about tickets or the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series, please call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549. Additional information may be found at or

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