Q+A with Music Curator at the Louisiana State Museum & New Orleans Jazz Museum David Kunian

Q+A with Music Curator at the Louisiana State Museum & New Orleans Jazz Museum David Kunian

In this episode of Truth In This Art, host Rob Lee sits down with David Kunian, the Music Curator for the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Louisiana State Museum. Kunian's career began as a freelance musicologist, producing award-winning documentaries on legendary musicians such as James Booker, Earl King, James Black, and the Dew Drop Inn, as well as writing and producing radio shows on a variety of musical genres.

In this conversation, Kunian shares his earliest musical memories and discusses how he became interested in pursuing music as a profession. He explains the role of a musicologist and how he balances his roles as both creator and curator.

Kunian describes his work as the music curator for the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the mission of the museum, which aligns with his own professional values. He goes on to discuss his approach to curation and the guiding principles he follows when putting together exhibits.

The focus then turns to the memorable exhibits Kunian has worked on over the years, including "Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial," and he shares advice for new music curators looking to achieve success. Kunian also reflects on his proudest moment in his career and reveals some of the exhibits he's planning for the future.

Join Rob Lee as he explores the fascinating world of music curation with David Kunian, a true expert in the field Jazz. 

The Truth In This Art, hosted by Rob Lee, explores contemporary art and cultural preservation through candid conversations with artists, curators, and cultural leaders about their work, creative processes and the thinking that goes into their creativity. Rob also occasionally interviews creatives in other industries such as acting, music, and journalism. The Truth In This Art is a podcast for artists, art lovers and listeners interested in the creative process.

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