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Detroit Performs: Arthur Miller Theater

This time on Detroit Performs: Detroiter Antonio “Shades” Agee goes from vandal to renowned artist; Lifelong musician Aaron Dworkin creates an organization to help minority youths find their passion for classical music; Critic-Car Detroit takes us to The Heidelberg Project's Family Fun Day; And artist Tony Furtado expresses himself through music and sculpting. Detroit Performs 110 B

AIRED: March 25, 2014 | 0:26:46
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>> IN THIS EDITION OF DETROIT PERFORMS,

A DETROITER GOES FROM PAINTING THE STREETS

IN DETROIT TO CREATING ART AROUND THE WORLD.

>> I DID A LIVE DEMONSTRATION AT THE AUTO SHOW AND BECAME A

OFFICIAL ARTIST. A LIFELONG MUSICIAN

USES HIS PASSION TO CREATE AN ORGANIZATION TO

HELP YOUTHS FIND THEIR CRAFT.

>> WHEN YOU STRIP AWAY THE VENEER THAT WE PUT ON CLASSICAL

MUSIC, YOU'RE LEFT WITH THE PURE ART AND ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE

RESPOND TO THAT. IT'S LITERALLY

RESONATING WITH THEM. CRITIC-CAR DETROIT TAKES

US TO THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT'S

FAMILY FUN DAY. >> THIS IS A BI ANNUAL EVENT

WHERE WE BRING TOGETHER FAMILIES FROM ACROSS THE SUB USERS TO

INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY. A FUN EVENT.

AND A MULTITALENTED ARTIST EXPRESSES

HIMSELF THROUGH MUSIC AND SCULPTURE.

>> SCULPTING IS MY PLACE TO DISAPPEAR FROM THE INTENSITY OF

THE MUSIC BUSINESS. IT'S ALL AHEAD ON

TODAY'S EPISODE OF DETROIT PERFORMS.

>> MAJOR FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE McGREGOR FUND.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS

AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PBS STATION FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.

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>> WELCOME TO DETROIT PERFORMS, EVERYBODY.

I AM YOUR HOST DJ OLIVER AND TODAY

I'M A LITTLE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT BECAUSE

I WANT TO SHOW YOU AROUND THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S ARTHUR

MILLER THEATRE. THIS THEATRE HAS JUST 280 SEATS,

MAKING IT AN INTIMATE STAGE ON WHICH TO ACT

AND A GREAT WAY TO WATCH A PERFORMANCE.

THE THEATRE HOSTS BOTH STUDENT AND PROFESSIONAL PLAYS.

TODAY'S FIRST SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS A MAN

WHO IS THE PIONEER OF GRAFFITI IN DETROIT.

ANTONIO "SHADES" AGEE CHALLENGED THE

THOUGHT OF THE ART BEING A NEGATIVE BY

PROVING GRAFFITI IS AN ART FORM TO BE PROUDLY

DISPLAYED AND CHERISHED. HERE HE IS TELLING US THE STORY.

>> I AM A VANDAL. I AM.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I AM. I'M A VANDAL.

WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT I ENDED UP BECOMING A VANDAL BECAUSE THAT'S

THE ONLY WAY THAT GRAFFITI COULD BE APPLIED AND SO EVENTUALLY IN

TIME I KEPT DOING THE GRAFFITI AND KEPT GETTING IN TROUBLE AND

YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. YOU KNOW?

YOU GO OUT WITH A COUPLE OF CANS AND YOU PAINT ON A ILLEGAL

SURFACE AND TRY TO DO YOUR ART WORK, YEAH, YOU'RE GOING

TO GET BUSTED. IT'S ILLEGAL.

BASED OFF OF BEAUTIFYING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LOOK BETTER WHEN IT

IS BLIGHTED. THAT'S WHAT I DID.

I WANTED TO MAKE IT LOOK NICE. YOU THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LIKE

JACKSON POLLOCK. HE DIED DRINKING.

UP KNOW, DRIVING. OFF THE ROAD.

RIGHT? ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT YOU

IDOLIZE AS ARTISTS ARE HUGE ADDICTS SO I DIDN'T FIND THAT MY

ADDITION FOR ALCOHOL WAS GOING TO BE SUCH A BAD THING.

I THOUGHT HEY, I WANT TO DO IT. I ENDED UP PUTTING MYSELF IN A

WORLD OF HURT AND BEING WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

KICKED OFF MY OWN ISLAND CALLED DETROIT.

I ENDED UP GOING OUT THERE, GETTING SOBER AND GETTING

PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST KICK ASS JOBS EVER, BEING

A GARBAGE MAN. WHAT HAPPENS IS I'M

WORKING, GARBAGE. BOOM!

PHONE CALL. OUT OF NOWHERE.

AIN'T EVEN HAD A CELL PHONE EVER.

DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY GOT THIS NUMBER.

YOUNG LADY ON OTHER SIDE. SHE GOES HEY, I'M FROM THE DIA.

I NEED TO EMPLOY YOU OR ASK YOU TO DONATE ART TO THE NEW WING

CHARITY EVENT. I DIDN'T KNOW

ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. SO, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN DOING

ANYTHING FOR THREE YEARS. SO I GO YEAH, I'LL DO IT.

SO I TOOK VACATION TIME OFF AND I DID IT.

BOOM! THERE YOU GO.

YOU'RE AN ARTIST THOUGH YOU'RE A GARBAGE MAN, YOU'RE AN

ARTIST NOW. THIS IS THE STUFF THAT I DO.

THESE ARE CANVAS THAT'S I JUST DID.

I DO THE SCRUBBING BUBBLES. IN DID THAT FOR A CLIENT.

I'VE DONE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.

THIS IS INSIDE MY STUDIO, THIS PICTURE HERE.

AND I CONSTRUCTED A 60 FOOT CANVAS AND MADE IT INTO

FOUR PIECES. AND IT'S HANGING NOW AS YOU GO

TO HOLDEN HALL AT MSU, A PERMANENT INSTALLATION AT

MICHIGAN STATE, UNIVERSITY. I HAVE TWO OF THEM.

THAT'S ONE OF THEM. AND THIS IS THE OTHER.

AND YOU CAN GO AND THAT'S OTHER PICTURE OF IT INSTALLED.

ACTUALLY, THE INSIDE OF QUICKEN LOAN, ANOTHER CLIENT OF MINE, I

DID ALL THE FLOORS. WHEN YOU GO INTO IT, WHEN YOU

WALK INTO QUICKEN LOANS, YOU'RE WALKING ON MY GRAFFITI ON THE

INSIDE OF THE HEADQUARTERS IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT.

THERE'S MORE ART WORK FROM IT. THIS IS LIKE THE KITCHEN AREA.

THE STAGED OUT. THIS IS A LIVE DEMONSTRATION AT

THE AUTO SHOW. AND I BECAME AN OFFICIAL ARTIST

AT THAT TIME. I DID THIS LIVE, THERE'S VIDEOS

AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF. THIS IS ME PAINTING IT LIVE.

IT WAS A BIG HIT. ACTUALLY IT TURNED OUT SUCH A

BIG HIT UNTIL THEY WANTED KNOW PAINT THE INSIDE OF THEIR

HEADQUARTERS. SO I ENDED UP DOING

THIS PICTURE. THEY KIND OF SNUCK ME IN AND I

CAME IN AND DID THE OFFICE. IT'S QUITE LARGE.

THIS IS -- I'LL SHOW YOU HOW BIG IT WAS.

I DID KNIT A COUPLE OF HOURS. AND I HAVE DAN

GILBERT'S BASEMENT. THIS IS HIS MINI BASKETBALL

COURT I DID. I DID THE WHOLE PATTER OF IT.

TURNED OUT PRETTY GOOD. IF YOU HIRE A GRAPHIC ARTIST,

THE FIRST THING HE DOES IS PAINT HIS NAME ON THE WALL.

ER HAVE EGOTISTICAL SPORT. I'M VERY BLESSED AND HAPPY TO DO

WHAT I DO. A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO BE AND

DO WHAT I DO. THE COOLEST THING IS I DON'T

KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE I LIVE FOR THE DAY.

I'M REALLY HAPPY AND DOING WHAT I DO AND ENJOYING MYSELF AND

ENJOYING MY KIDS, MY FAMILY AND JUST ENJOYING ME.

SO, IN ORDER FOR ME TO TELL YOU WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

NEXT, I CAN'T. >> TO FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT SHADES AND ALL OF THE OTHER

ARTISTS YOU'LL SEE HERE TODAY, VISIT

DETROITPERFORMS.ORG. OUR NEXT ARTIST IS SOMEONE

WHO GREW UP THINKING THERE SHOULD BE MORE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND

LATINOS IN CLASSICAL MUSIC SO HE TOOK IT

UPON HIMSELF AT A YOUNG AGE TO CREATE

THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. THE RESULT OF AARON DWORKIN'S

HARD WORK AND DEDICATION IS THE

SPHINX ORGANIZATION. >> IMAGINE IF YOU'VE BEEN TOLD

ALL YOUR LIFE THAT THE REASON THERE AREN'T MORE BLACKS OR

LATINOS IN ORCHESTRAS IS THAT THEY'RE JUST NOT OUT THERE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY MUST BE TOUGH IN INNER CITIFUL WITH

CLASSICAL MUSIC, THESE KIDS DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO

DO WITH THAT. >> THERE IS A THOUGHT THAT URBAN

KIDS JUST WANT TO LISTEN TO RAP BUT OBVIOUSLY THAT HAS NEVER

BEEN THE CASE. IT'S NOT AN EXCLUSIONNARY

GENRE OF MUSIC. YOU CAN LOVE THIS AND LOVE HIP

HOP AND LOVE THIS AND LOVE OTHER FORMS OF MUSIC BUT THERE IS

SOMETHING IN IT FOR EVERYONE IF YOU'RE EXPOSED TO IT.

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>> WHEN YOU STRIP AWAY THE VENEER THAT WE ALL TOO OFTEN PUT

ON CLASSICAL MUSIC, YOU'RE LEFT WITH THE PURE ART AND ESPECIALLY

YOUNG PEOPLE RESPOND TO THAT. IT'S LITERALLY

RESONATES WITHIN THEM. WHILE I'M IN MY OFFICE, A YOUNG

MAN COMES IN. WE SIT DOWN.

AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH COMES A BIG BOLD VISION.

I AM BLOWN AWAY BECAUSE WHAT THIS GUY IS IMAGINING IS THE

TRANSFORMING OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS.

>> I THINK EARLY ON, IT WASN'T JUST A GOOD IDEA.

ANOTHER WORDS, THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN INTRACTABLE IN OUR

FIELD FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND BEYOND THAT, I DIDN'T JUST HAVE

A SENSE LIKE OH, LET'S JUST HAVE DIVERSITY AND THAT WOULD

BE GREAT. I HAD SPECIFIC IDEAS ON A WAY IN

WHICH WE COULD ADDRESS THE DIVERSITY.

>> GOES IN THE FACE OF WHAT EVERYBODY WAS SAYING.

THE REASON YOU DON'T HAVE MORE BLACKS IN THE ORCHESTRA, THEY'RE

JUST NOT OUT THERE. HERE'S A KID A SAID THEY'RE OUT

THERE, I'M GOING TO PROVE IT. >> NICE TO HAVE AN IDEA BUT YOU

HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BACK IT UP WITH THE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION

THAT YOU LAID OUT. >> THEN YOU SEE THE CHARACTER OF

THE PERSON. YOU SEE IN HIS SOUL

I'VE BEEN THERE. I DON'T LIKE WHAT I SEE.

AND I WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD. I FOUND THAT IRRESISTIBLE.

>> AARON IS PASSIONATE. HE IS EXTREMELY DEDICATE.

HE'S A CHEERLEADER. >> MOST ARREST 'TIS STICKS

PEOPLE WITH NOT ORGANIZED. AND MOST ORGANIZED AROUND

REGIMENTED PEOPLE WITH NOT ARTISTIC.

IT'S NICE FIND SOMEONE WITH SKILLS ON BOTH SIDES.

ONE OF THE BIG REASONS WHY THIS ORGANIZATION HAS SEEN SO

MUCH SUCCESS. >> WE ARE THE NATIONAL

ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON DIVERT CITY, NOT JUST IN CLASSICAL

MUSIC BUT IN THE ARTS OVERALL. OUR PROGRAMMING LITERALLY PUTS

AN INSTRUMENT IN THE HANTS HAPPY HOLIDAYS OF YAUCH KIDS FOR THE

FIRST TIME ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH TO HELPING DEVELOP

PROFESSIONAL CAREERS. >> WHAT HE'S DOING MAKES THE

COMMUNITY FEEL MORE INCLUESIVE IN THE SENSE THERE ISN'T ANY

RESTRICTION ON WHAT KIDS CAN DO. WHAT I THINK IS GREAT IS SPHINX

MAKES IT FREE AND AVAILABLE TO A LOT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

>> FOR A LOT OF CHILDREN, YOU KNOW, IT'S SPORT.

HERE'S A DIFFERENT AVENUE FOR THEM AND IT'S ABOUT EXPOSURE.

>> WHEN WE GIVE A YOUNG PERSON THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EXPOSED TO

THE ART FORM AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN AND LEARN HOW TO USE

THIS ART AS A WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS, WE SEE IT TRANSFORM

THEIR LIVES.

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[APPLAUSE]

>> IF YOU'VE EVER BONNIE OF THE SPHINX EVENTS AND SEE THE KIDS

IN THE AUDIENCE, YOU SEE WELL MANNERED, WELL BEHAVED PEOPLE,

YOUNG PEOPLE. ERROR AND WHEN YOU'RE IN THAT

MOMENT OF AN INCREDIBLE ARTISTIC PERFORMANCE, INCLUSIVENESS IS BY

DEFAULT INHER RENTS IN THAT EXPERIENCE.

YOU SIT NEXT TO, ACROSS FROM PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT

BACKGROUNDS BUT YET YOU SHARE THIS SIMILAR HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

>> AND I KNOW THAT FOR THE COMPETITORS, IT'S FUN FOR THEM

TO GET AN ORCHESTRA WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LIKE THEM, A LIVE

SOULFUL ELEMENT THAT RUNS THROUGH IT.

>> I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEVELOPED A STRUCTURE WHERE

EVERYBODY LITERALLY WINS. AND WE DO THAT BY ENABE LIPPING

ALL OF OUR SEMI FINALISTS TO RECEIVE FULL SCHOLARSHIPS, BUT

THE AMAZING THING IS BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS ENVIRONMENT THAT HAS A

SENSE OF A COLLECTIVE ASEVEN SHUN OF ALL OF US, THEY HAVE

SPONTANEOUSLY AND ENCOURAGE BY US, HAVE GROUP HUGS.

>> I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.

NO ONE LIKES TO LOSE BUT I THINK IT IS EASY TO LOSE WHEN YOU FEEL

LIKE YOU'RE AMONG THEMMENTS. >> IT TELLS YOU THE QUALITY OF

CHARACTER OF THESE STUDENTS. TELLS YOU YOU KNOW, HOW THEY

WERE RAISED. FRANKLY, BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT

HOPING THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT YOUR WIN MEANS SOMEBODY ELSE'S

FAIRLY YOU'RE. >> BECAUSE THERE IS THIS MUTUAL

RESPECT AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS THERE, THEY WILL

CONTINUE ON AS MUSICIANS TOGETHER.

[APPLAUSE]

CHECK OUT MORE ABOUT AARON DWORKIN

AND THE SPHINX ORGANIZATION ON DETROITPERFORMS.ORG.

THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT IS AN OUTDOOR

ART PROJECT WHICH HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1986.

IT HAS BEEN BEAUTIFYING NEIGHBORHOODS

IN DETROIT THROUGH ART AND DESIGN BY

PAINTING HOUSES AND THEIR SURROUNDING AREAS.

CRITIC-CAR DETROIT TAKES US TO THE

HEILDELBERG PROJECT'S FAMILY FUN DAY.

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>> HI. YOU.

DIRECTOR OF THE HIDELE BERG PROJECT AND WELCOME TO

FAMILY FUN DAY. THIS IS A BI-ANNUAL EVENT WE DO

EVERY OTHER YEAR WHERE WE BRING TOGETHER FAMILIES FROM ACROSS

THE SUBURBS TO INTERACT WITH FAMILIES IN THE COMMUNITY.

A FUN EVENTS, WONDERFUL THINGS GOING ON AND SO HONORED AND

PROUD TO BE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT STARTED IN 1986.

DOING THIS FOR 27 YEARS. NOTHING LIKE IT AROUND

THE WORLD. THE CONCEPT OF RECYCLED AND

FOUND MATERIALS TO CREATE THE ART INSTALLATIONS SPEAKS TO HOW

OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE BECOME DISCARDED BUT WHEN WE PICK THESE

THINGS UP, DUST THEM OFF, ADD COLOR, WE'RE BREATHING ENOUGH

LIFE BACK INTO THE THING AND HENCE THE COMMUNITY.

SO THIS AREA IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AFRICAN AMERICAN

COMMUNITIES IN THE CITY OF DETROIT BUT THE ARTIST

PERSPECTIVE IS RECOGNIZING ALL PEOPLE AND BELIEVE ALL PEOPLE

PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE CITY

OF DETROIT. I WOULD SAY WE'RE YOU'RE

TRAVELING DOWN HEIDELBERG STREET, THERE ARE THREE KEY

THINGS THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT. THE SHOE WHICH TALKS ABOUT OUR

JOURNEY AND ABOUT THE SOULS OF THE PEOPLE, THE FACES, FACES IN

THE HOOD, FACES OF ME, FACES OF YOU.

THE FACES ARE WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND THEN FINALLY, THE DOT,

CELEBRATING ALL RACES OF PEOPLE, BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER NOT

JUST FROM THE MICHIGAN AREA BUT AROUND THE WORLD.

OVER 140 COUNTRIES HAVE VISITED THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT.

YOU CAN VIEW MORE OF CRITIC-CAR DETROIT'S CITIZEN

REVIEWS ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AND

YOUTUBE CHANNEL, WHICH YOU CAN FIND THROUGH

DETROITPERFORMS.ORG. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT

SOME OF THE FUN ARTS EVENTS HAPPENING IN AND

AROUND DETROIT.

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>> AFTER WINNING THE NATIONAL BANJO CONTEST

AS A TEENAGER, TONY FURTADO WAS HOOKED.

FOR YEARS HE GAVE HIS FULL ATTENTION TO PURSUING A

MUSIC CAREER, BUT RECENTLY FURTADO

RETURNED TO A PAST LOVE AS WELL, SCULPTURE.

LET'S MEET FURTADO AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIS MANY TALENTS.

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>> SOME PEOPLE WITH CALL WHAT I DO AMERICANA.

MOSTLY ORIGINAL SONGS DRIVER BY SLIDE GUITAR AND BAN JOE,

INSPIRED BY AMERICAN ROOTS. MOUNTAIN MUSIC TO ROCK AND ROLL.

WHEN I WAS 11, I HAD TO DO A REPORT FOR MY MUSIC CLASS.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS WAS TO MAKE AN INSTRUMENT.

I DIDN'T HEAR THE WORD ORCHESTRA.

SO WHEN I ACTUALLY GOT THE REAL INSTRUMENT, THE REAL BAN JOE ON

MY 12th BIRTHDAY, I REMEMBER TRYING TO BLANK OUT -- YOU KNOW,

-- DURING HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS GETTING GOOD GRADES BUT I WOULD

ALWAYS FOCUS ON LEARNING CLASSICAL THEORY, JAZZ THEORY

AND GET HOME AND PRACTICE 6-8 HOURS.

AND IT WAS AROUND THAT TIME AT THAT A FRIEND OF MINE SAID YOU

SHOULD ENTER THE NATIONAL BAN JOE CONTEST.

REALLY? HE SAID YEAH, MAN, YOU'LL WIN.

NAH. WHAT?

SO I TRAIL STARTED TO PREPARE FOR IT WHEN I WAS ABOUT 18 AND

WORKED UP SOME VERSIONS OF SOME TUNES AND I ENTERED THE CONTEST,

NATIONAL BAN JOE CONTEST AND I ENDED UP WINNING AND IT WAS KIND

OF A BIG BOOST TO MY MORALE AND WHOLE WAY OF THINKING ABOUT

WELL, MAYBE I COULD DO THIS FOR A LIVING.

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I WENT TO COLLEGE AS A FINE ARTS MAJOR BUT I SNUCK INTO A LOT OF

THE MUSIC CLASSES. BECAUSE I KIND OF NEW I WANTED

TO BE A MUSICIAN FOR A LIVING. BUT I COULDN'T REALLY DO BOTH.

YOU KNOW, SCULPTING TAKES SO MUCH TIME.

SO WHEN I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT THE ROAD, I LEFT COLLEGE TO

DO THAT AND I LEFT SCULPTING. >> TONE YOU TOURED WITH

ESTABLISHED BANDS AND HAD A SOLO CAREER ON THE BAN JOE.

LEARNED SLIDE GUITAR AND SPENT THE LAST TWO DECADES PERFORMING

AMERICANA AND BLUEGRASS MUSIC ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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[INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING] >> ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO

WHEN I MOVED BACK TO PORTLAND FROM L.A., I GOT THE URGE TO

START SCULPTING AGAIN. SAID I CAN'T HOLD THIS

BACK ANY MORE. SCULPTING IS MY PLACE TO

DISAPPEAR FROM THE INTENSITY OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS.

THIS PART OF THE PROCESS IS THE FUNNEST, ACTUALLY SCULPTING AND

LOOKING WHERE I NEED TO ADD THE CLAY OR SUBTRACTOR YOU KNOW, ADD

A LITTLE BIT OF PUDGINESS HERE OR THERE.

LIKE ALL THE LITTLE FUN LITTLE DETAILS.

>> I JUST LOVE LIKE MAKING LITTLE THINGS, GET IN THERE AND

MAKE THE EAR. FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE

THE MERE CAT EAR. WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY, TONY?

HIT MY BANJO AND MADE A BUNCH OF MERE CAT EARS.

MY FAVORITE PART OF THE SCULPTING PROCESS IS

THE EXPLORATION. IT'S DISCOVERING WHERE A

SCULPTURE CAN GO AND ONCE I KIND OF GET AN IDEA OF WHERE IT IS

GOING, THEN IT IS LIKE I FEEL LIKE I FOUND A COOL PATH.

YOU KNOW AND I GO RIGHT DOWN IT.

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MAYBE I'LL GET IN THE GALLERY. ALL PLANS FOR THE FUTURE BUT FOR

NOW, IT'S MY LEARNING SPACE AND MY FUN PLACE.

IT'S MY HAPPY PLACE. HA-HA!

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HE'S WORKING ON A SONG WITH HIS WIFE.

>> SHE'S A SINGER SONGWRITER.

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LET'S DO THAT CONSISTOR AGAIN. WHAT WAS THE BREAK?

>> I THINK WHEN I'M WRITING A SONG, I'M CRAFTING IT.

I KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALL THESE

SONGS, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST FINDING IT AND PULLING IT IN.

I DON'T THINK THAT IS THE WAY IT IS FOR ME.

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THERE'S NONONE WAY A SONG HAS TO GO.

DID NOT ONE WAY A TUNE HAS TO GO.

YOU CRAFT IT AND GO WHATEVER DIRECTION YOU'RE EXPLORING.

EXPLORATIONS PRETTY MUCH.

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>> I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD BALANCE.

FEEL LIKE I'M IN A REALLY GOOD SPACE WITH IT ALL.

IF I CAN MAKE LITTLE DISCOVERIES AND EXPLORE AVENUES OF SOMETHING

WITH AN INSTRUMENT OR WITH CLAY, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS JUST

THE ROOT OF WHAT I LOVE DOING. >> TONY FURTADO HAS NOW RELEASED

15 FULL-LENGTH CDS AND TOURS REGULARLY.

FOR DETAILS, VISIT DETROITPERFORMS.ORG.

AND THAT WRAPS IT UP FOR THIS EDITION OF DETROIT PERFORMS.

FOR MORE ARTS AND CULTURE, VISIT DETROITPERFORMS.ORG.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND FEATURE VIDEOS,

BLOGS AND INFORMATION ON UPCOMING ARTS EVENTS.

AND DON'T FORGET TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND FOLLOW US

ON TWITTER. WE'D LIKE TO THANK THE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S ARTHUR MILLER THEATRE

FOR LETTING US EXPLORE HERE. MAKE SURE TO STOP BY AND CHECK

OUT A SHOW. UNTIL NEXT TIME, GET

OUT THERE AND SEE HOW DETROIT PERFORMS.

I'M DJ OLIVER. THANKS FOR WATCHING.

>> MAJOR FUNDING FOR DETROIT PERFORMS PROVIDED BY THE

McGREGOR FUND. ADDITIONAL FUNDING BY THE

MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. AND BY CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PBS

STATION FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU.

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