Houghton College welcomes Matt Odmark, a founding member and current guitarist of the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning pop/rock group Jars of Clay for a lecture and workshop Tuesday, January 29, from 6:30-9 p.m. The workshop will be held in Chamberlain Center, room 127. This event is free and open to the general public.
“The workshop is valuable because it exposes our students to professionals who are in the vocation of creative arts, and who are making a living in the creative field,” says Kevin Jackson, director of sound and recording at Houghton College.
In 2001 Odmark was distinguished as “Best Acoustic Guitar (Male),” over artists such as Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi, at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards. The band, Jars of Clay, has received three Grammy Awards, nine GMA Dove Awards, five BMI awards, and numerous additional award nominations.
“Jars of Clay is one of the most well-known groups in both the secular and Christian music industry,” says Jackson. “The expertise that Matt brings to the table is invaluable for students who want to pursue the creative arts as a profession.”
Jars of Clay is also a founding organization of the community-empowering, healthcare-focused grassroots organization, Blood:Water Mission, which works to alleviate the HIV/AIDS and water crises in sub-Saharan Africa. “Matt models the scholar- servant mission every day of his life,” says Jackson of the performer, “on and off the road with Jars of Clay.”
Odmark will discuss the “nature of ‘listening,’” the vocation of music and music ministry, and “how listening and judging” can be “a doorway into creativity.” The lecture will be followed by an extensive Q&A period.
For further information on the lecture, please contact Professor Kevin Jackson at 585-567-9420 extension #4200, or at Kevin.Jackson@houghton.edu.