University-wide, Talks & Lectures, College of Arts and Letters
8 Dec 2020
Zoom TBA

Songwriting Made Easy

Presented by Carlos Alomar, Director of the Sound Synthesis Research Center

The College of Arts and Letters - Music and Technology


Everyone is a born storyteller, and oftentimes, our stories are told in song and rhyme. For example, haikus reflect, limericks question, raps ponder.

In this lecture, Carlos Alomar gives insight into the building blocks used to deliver great songs. Sometimes when songwriting, the creative flow just comes, and other times, artists need to rely on templates that have worked for others. Attendees of this lecture will learn how to reflect on what they see, how to put their inspiration in ink, and how to start with the basics.


Carlos Alomar is a world-class musician, composer, songwriter, and bandleader. His influence to the American songbook dates back over 40 years. He has performed with the who's who of American pop culture, including Chuck Berry, Peter Paul and Mary, James Brown, David Bowie, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (just to name a few). A recipient of over 30 gold or platinum albums, he has served as vice-chairman of the board of trustees for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and as president of the New York Chapter of the Grammys. Alomar continues his work as the founder and director of the Sound Synthesis Research Center for the Performing Arts at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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