On February 25, 2011, Spectrum was thrilled to present an evening of art and music featuring Guster, an alternative rock band, and Jon Sarkin, an American folk artist.
Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, associate director for collections and administration, facilitated a conversation between Guster and Sarkin on their recent collaboration and the historic relationship between artists and musicians.
Guster performed a special set following the conversation, during which Sarkin created a new work of art live onstage.
The three principal members of Guster—Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel—met and began playing music together in the dorms of Tufts University in the early 1990s. Over fifteen years later, the band is operating at the peak of its creative powers and playing to the largest audiences of its career.
Guster's sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, was released in October 2010 and earned the band rave reviews with the Wall Street Journal, who hailed its "jangly, ebullient rock," and USA Today, who wrote that Guster's "impeccable, infectious" songs are "impossible not to feel." The album opened at #2 on the iTunes chart and earned Guster its highest debut to date on the Billboard Top 200.
Sarkin created the album art for Easy Wonderful and also created art for—and appeared in—the music video for the single "Do You Love Me." Sarkin has a fascinating story; he was a successful chiropractor until he had a stroke at age 35 and was overcome by a desire to create art.