Public Engagement

General Public

From the Score to the Studio: Inside Eric Dolphy's "Out To Lunch" | Dr. Wolfram Knauer, Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Glassbox Performance Space 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

"Out to Lunch stands as Eric Dolphy's magnum opus, an absolute pinnacle of avant-garde jazz in any form or era.  Much has been written about Dolphy's odd time signatures, wide-interval leaps, and flirtations with atonality. And those preoccupations reach their peak on Out to Lunch, which is less rooted in bop tradition than anything Dolphy had ever done. But that sort of analytical description simply doesn't do justice to the utterly alien effect of the album's jagged soundscapes. [Dolphy’s] solos and themes aren't just angular and dissonant -- they're hugely so, with a definite playfulness that becomes more apparent with every listen." - Steve Huey, from

Join us as Dr. Wolfram Knauer, Director of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, looks at the original lead sheets, the copyright registration sheets, and the music the musicians played from, as well as arrangements for other personnel for the compositions on this album—all of them from the Library of Congress—and asks about what we hear, what we see and read, and how it all fits together. 

Including musical examples, Knauer will discuss the title track of that album as well as Hat and Beard, Gazzelloni, Straight Up and Down, and Something Sweet, Something Tender. We will analyze what can be seen in the different examples, lead sheets, copyright registration forms, instrumental voices used for the session, arrangements for other instrumentations etc., and attempt to discover what the written material actually "means" and how it differs from we know as the sounding music. At the end there will be a discussion of how such material as archived at the Library of Congress (or in other archives) can help understand the music better, but also about what it cannot explain.   

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Performing Arts


College of Performing Arts, School of Jazz


History, Music, Jazz


jazz, dolphy


Free, first come, first seated



Recent Activity

Getting Here