Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Art Garfunkel
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the voice

Paul Simon may have provided the visionary lyrics for some of the E0sEgreatest songs, but without his partner' perfectly pitched vocals, Simon & Garfunkel would not have become the giants that they were. Next week, the owner of that voice, Art Garfunkel, makes a rare visit to Japan, including a series of concerts in Tokyo. As of this writing, tickets were still available.

Although indelibly etched in the public mind as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, Garfunkel actually launched his solo career-after obtaining a masters in mathematics-while singing with Simon as part of the duo Tom and Jerry. He released two singles under the name Artie Garr, debuting with "Dream Alone" in 1959. His first solo album, Angel Clare, included the song "All I Know," which became a Top 10 US hit. Garfunkel also notched number one hits in the UK, including "What a Wonderful World" (1978), featuring James Taylor and Paul Simon. The presence of Simon on the song fuelled rumors of a reunion, which in fact came about in the historic Central Park concert in 1981. While the concert was an unqualified success, subsequent efforts at a world tour reopened acrimony between the two. By the early ’90s, however, they seemed to have made their peace, and occasionally reunited for concerts.

In the meantime, Garfunkel has been engaged in a variety of other undertakings, including a moderately successful acting career that landed him parts in Catch 22 and Carnal Knowledge. Last year, he was also invited to take part in the historic Sounds of Peace concert in Seoul, in celebration of peace efforts on the Korean peninsula. Appropriately, he closed the ceremony with a rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." In a statement, Garfunkel said it was an honor to participate in the event. "After the last 40 years of war and animosity between these two countries, it's great to be a part of their coming together. If my singing at an event can help bring two countries together, then I'm proud to be a part of it."

Art Garfunkel plays Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on Oct 13 and Bunkamura Orchard Hall on Oct 15-16. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana