Nile Rodgers to Lead Master Session at NYU April 10

Posted in News on March 14, 2012
Nile Rodgers speaks at a conference in Seattle in 2010
Nile Rodgers speaks at a conference in Seattle in 2010 Photo: Joe Mabel

Legendary BMI songwriter/composer, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers will lead a Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session at New York University on Tuesday, April 10. NYU Steinhardt songwriter-in-residence Phil Galdston will conduct an interview with Rodgers, in which the latter will discuss his extraordinary career.

Free and open to the NYU community, members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) and the music community, the event will take place at 7 p.m. at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre located at 35 West 4th St. Subway lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.), 1 (Christopher St.), N, R (8th St.), 6 (Astor Place), 6 (Bleecker St.).

One of the most successful songwriters, producers and musicians of his generation, Rodgers produced Madonna’s seminal Like a Virgin, and wrote the title track as well as “Material Girl.” He formed Chic with Bernard Edwards, and the influential disco band released hit after hit, including “Le Freak” – Atlantic Records’ only triple platinum single – “I Want Your Love,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Everybody Dance,” “Forbidden Lover” and “Good Times.” Together, he and Edwards also produced and wrote for Diana Ross and Sister Sledge.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Rodgers also produced work for David Bowie, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton, Jeff Beck, the Thompson Twins, Mick Jagger, INXS, Eric Clapton, the B-52s, David Lee Roth, Jimmie Vaughan, the Stray Cats and more, and soon went on to compose music for film and video games.