MUSIC NEWS: ART GARFUNKEL Finishes European Walk, Starts Tour; Japan Dates Added

Iconic singer and renaissance man ART GARFUNKEL recently finished his walk across Europe. Starting in western Ireland, he reached Istanbul, Turkey in August, 2014. After a little time off, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member returned to Europe this past Friday (9/5) for a five-show U.K. trek.

Garfunkel will bring his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to venues across the U.K., beginning in Manchester, England and wrapping this Thursday at London's Royal Festival Hall. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters--Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C. Jobim and Paul Simon--parts of his new book, and Q&A.

After the European dates, Garfunkel returns to the U.S. for shows through late November, after which he'll head to Japan for six dates. In March 2015, he will return to Europe for shows in Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark.

Garfunkel first traversed Japan on foot, and then the U.S. between '83 and '97 which was celebrated with the live Across America concert film, and he began the European trek the next year. "I walk for the exercise, for the spiritual flush," says Garfunkel. "I sing, I write, I try to connect with the wonder of it all. It's been a beautiful, healthy, and fine madness."

After taking some time off to rest his voice, Garfunkel has returned with a vengeance, performing just under 100 shows since early 2013. In a review of a July Los Angeles-area concert, Daily Variety said he " ...connects emotionally with several songs from his post S&G career, including a remarkably powerful '99 Miles From L.A.' and 'Corcovado,' which he described as a 'mature love song'...Part of the show's appeal is Garfunkel's laser-like focus on the theme of love's redemptive powers and there's nary a moment in the show when he strays from a yearning idealism and emotional purity that would seem too precious in hands less sure and a spirit less seasoned...Other tales are closer to home for Garfunkel and packed with emotional resonance, such as his appreciation for his late father, who he credits with bringing Caruso records to their home in Queens back in his youth, thus setting him on his career path...Since he also leads his audience through beautifully rendered valleys and delicate side-streets, the combination makes for a richly rewarding, unique evening."

Check out an interview with ART here, where he appeared on "CBS This Morning" reading a "Note To Self," where he looked back at his younger self: and a "10 Records That Changed My Life" piece on Music Radar here:

You can also dig into ART's website, where he chronicles--in order--every book he has read since 1968 (all 1,206 of them), his 60 favorite songs of all time, acting credits, poetry and discography:

Blessed with what the New York Times described as a "beautiful countertenor," singer ART GARFUNKEL has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 original solo albums, the most recent being SOME ENCHANTED EVENING in 2007. Then, in 2012, he most proudly released his life's body of work, a 2-CD compendium, THE SINGER.  Art and his beautiful wife, actress Kathryn Luce Garfunkel, have two sons, 23 year-old Arthur Junior and eight-year-old Beau Daniel.

Be sure to pick up ANONYMOUS, the novel that Publishers Weekly hailed as a "well-crafted piece of experimental, voyeuristic fiction..." and "a winning jumble of the gritty, the raw, and the grotesque" at
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