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Visitors enjoy Roland drum circle at Paul Simon exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center.

Visitors of all ages participate in Roland drum circle at Paul Simon exhibit.

Guests play microtones from “Insomniac’s Lullaby” on Roland E-A7 Arranger Keyboard.

Guests use BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer to harmonize on “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”


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Roland Interactive Music Lab to Be Featured in
Paul Simon: Words & Music
Exhibition at Skirball Cultural Center

Lab offers fans a hands-on, personal experience with Simon’s hit songs

Los Angeles, CA, May 2, 2017 — Visitors to the Paul Simon: Words & Music exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center, which runs from April 27 through September 3, 2017, can enjoy a hands-on experience with the artist’s top hits in the Roland interactive lab. Tracing Simon’s life and career, the main exhibition will display instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, listening stations, performance footage, and many never-before-exhibited or rarely exhibited items from Simon’s private archives. Upon entering the music lab, visitors will also have the rare chance to get more intimate with Simon’s most familiar work.

In cooperation with the Skirball Cultural Center, Roland developed a custom music lab that will enable fans and musicians alike to experience Simon’s recordings firsthand by keeping the beat to “Cecilia” in a communal drum circle, manipulating multi-tracks for “You Can Call Me Al” and “The Boy in the Bubble” using Roland mixing equipment, and more. The lab features five main music activity labs (Audio Mixing, Electronic Drum Circle, “Partch” Keyboard, Rhythm Mix & Match, and Harmonizer) with more than ten different interactive music stations that showcase a host of musical products for hands-on learning and fun. Featured Roland products include the ELCajon EC-10 Electronic Layered Cajon, Handsonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion, Octapad SPD-30 Digital Percussion Pad, SPD-SX Sampling Pad, MX-1 Mix Performer, and more. The new BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer is also featured in the Harmonizer activity.

“The only West Coast stop for this traveling exhibition is right in our own backyard, so we wanted to create something special for the visitors,” states Roland Corporation U.S. VP of Marketing Chris Halon. “The interactive lab will give music lovers the chance to interact with Paul Simon’s hits and experiment on instruments with no previous experience necessary. And where else can you say you got to harmonize with Paul Simon on ‘50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’?”   

Robert Kirschner, Museum Director of the Skirball Cultural Center, notes, “Our presentation of Paul Simon: Words & Music invites one and all to celebrate the life and legacy of this prolific artist, whose irresistible songwriting and landmark collaborations with artists around the world have built bridges of understanding and opened minds and hearts. By collaborating with Roland on the exhibition’s music lab, we’ve also provided guests with a unique opportunity to interact with Paul’s body of work and with one another.”

Born October 13, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey, Paul Simon rose to become one of the most influential and successful musicians of the past fifty years. Simon’s fame and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964.

When the duo parted ways in 1970, Simon launched a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years and solidifying his status as one of the great American composers of the twentieth century. In the decades since, Simon has created beautifully crafted music that draws on diverse American musical genres as well as African American, Latin, South African, and West African sounds—notably on his 1986 landmark album, Graceland. Simon’s wide-ranging body of work is equally beloved for its musical vocabulary—style, rhythm, and instrumentation—and its compelling and poetic lyrics.

Simon has earned sixteen GRAMMY®s for his solo and collaborative work—three of which were for Album of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland)—as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is one of a small group of two-time inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: he was inducted in 1990 with Art Garfunkel and again in 2001 as a solo artist. In 2002, Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2006, he was among the “TIME 100,” TIME magazine’s prestigious annual list of the “100 men and women whose power, talent, or moral example is transforming our world.” In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists,” then named him one of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” in 2015. Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007.

For more information about the Paul Simon: Words & Music exhibition, please visit http://www.skirball.org/about/press/2017/skirball-cultural-center-unveils-details-about-upcoming-exhibition-paul-simon-words.


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Photo caption1: Visitors enjoy Roland drum circle at Paul Simon exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center.

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Photo caption 2: Visitors of all ages participate in Roland drum circle at Paul Simon exhibit.

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Photo caption 3: Guests play microtones from “Insomniac’s Lullaby” on Roland E-A7 Arranger Keyboard.

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Photo caption 4: Guests use BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer to harmonize on “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.

About the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

Visiting the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to exhibitions beginning March 1, 2016: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are FREE to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit skirball.org.

Paul Simon: Words & Music and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible through lead support from the following donors:

The Material World Foundation
Steve Tisch

Along with generous support from:

Sandy and Hank Abouaf
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Stephanie and Harold Bronson
Concord Music Group
Fischer Family Foundation
Shari and Richard Foos
Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Charitable Foundation
David Geffen Foundation
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
Karsh Family Foundation
Suzanne and Ric Kayne
Linda and Michael Keston
Suzanne and Dave Larky
Live Nation
Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation
Rock-It Cargo
Roland Corporation U.S.
Skirball Volunteer Service Council
Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings
Tiebreaker Productions/Forest Hills Stadium
Upstaging, Inc.






















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