It's songwriter Ben Arthur's contention that all art answers other art. So for his latest album, Call and Response, he composed a collection of what he calls "answer songs" — pieces that serve as responses to other artists' work, including the writer Joyce Carol Oates.
In this live reading and music performance, Oates and the songwriter Ted Leo join Arthur for a special night exploring the hazy intersection between literature and music. How does one artist's ideas, characters and sounds inspire and inform new ideas, characters and sounds? Oates will read a piece from her catalogue, and Ben and Ted Leo will play songs they have written in response.