Dr Ian Chapman & The Cosmic Jive Trio present David Bowie & The Art
of Being Different
Saturday 10 July 2021, 8pm
Eastern Southland Gallery
In this sparkling interactive performance and accompanying talk, Dr Ian Chapman unravels the extraordinary marriage of sound and visual effect that lies at the heart of the work of David Bowie, one of the most complex, enduring, and empowering performers in the history of popular music.
Dr Chapman, musician, academic, and author of Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener’s Guide (2015), and David Bowie FAQ (2020), and his Cosmic Jive Trio bring to the stage superb acoustic arrangements of David Bowie’s finest songs, arranged especially for the show. The honest simplicity of the stripped back and largely acoustic instrumentation allows Bowie’s masterful song-writing to take centre stage.
David Bowie & the Art of Being Different is a wonderfully entertaining celebration of eccentric creativity, a testament to how the arts can improve mental health and provide empowerment, a blueprint for how to deal with bullying, and a triumphant affirmation of the power of difference.