Spur Talks Tesla: A Free Conversation with Jarmusch, Kline, and Carlson

Jim Jarmusch
Jim Jarmusch

If you have ever struggled to find an event that your science friends, your music friends, and your film friends will all want to go to, we’ve got you covered this weekend in Winnipeg. For free, even! We are so thrilled to be hosting a conversation between filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and composer Phil Kline, about their recent collaboration, the opera Tesla In New York.

I admit that when I first heard that Jarmusch and Kline had created an opera about visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, my first thought was “What?” My second thought, however, was “Wait, that’s perfect.”

While an opera about a scientist might not make immediate sense, the soaring highs and crushing lows of Tesla’s life are perfectly suited to this form.  And Jarmusch and Kline, both iconic figures in their own fields, are natural collaborators to tell this story.

Tesla’s life has a way of inspiring unlikely art, from this comic by Kate Beaton to this episode of Drunk HistoryTesla In New York provides a deeper look into Tesla’s internal life, through a series of vignettes beginning with his childhood in what is now Croatia to his eventual penniless death in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel.

Kline and Jarmusch, who have been friends since they were in sixth grade, will be joined on this panel by Tesla biographer W. Bernard Carlson. Together, they will share the inspiration and process that led to creating the opera, as well as discussing Nikola Tesla as a scientist and historical figure.

The free talk begins at 6pm sharp, at the Piano Nobile Gallery of the Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St., Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Help steer the conversation in advance, by sending your questions to @spurfest on Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you online, and seeing you in person!

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