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In the Presence of True Magic

July 17, 2020

Sansone, Patrick (Musician)

Musicians; Soul Music; Music Venues; Concerts;

Sansone remembers a childhood opportunity to watch from the wings of his hometown theater as Gladys Knight performed. As he describes it, seeing her transform into a dazzling presence on stage, captivating the audience with her music, her persona, and her appearance, was the first time Sansone felt consciously struck by the effect that great art can have.

Curator’s note: Patrick Sansone is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in the bands The Autumn Defense and Wilco and collaborated with many other artists. He has also worked as an album producer and has published a book of photography.


Music / Musicians / Soul Music / Music Venues / Concerts /

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