Pharrell Williams, performer, songwriter, producer, designer, and entrepreneur, will sit down for a rare, in-depth, career retrospective discussion with Jason King, professor at the NYU Tisch School Of The Arts Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music and host of NPR Music’s R&B initiative “I”ll Take You There”, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, at New York City’s Town Hall.

King will moderate a freewheeling and in-depth discussion on Pharrell’s astonishing legacy of creativity, blending music, fashion, design and his singular style, starting from his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through the recorded music hits that earned him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar.


“We are thrilled to welcome Pharrell Williams as our artist in residence for the 50th anniversary year of the Tisch School of the Arts. Pharrell is just the kind of artist and entrepreneur that many of our students aspire to become. He is remarkably gifted, and he graciously uses his talent for the good of others,” said Allyson Green, dean, Tisch School of the Arts. “Our students and faculty will have the unique opportunity to be in conversation with an artist whose work is an inspiration and widespread.

Pharrell has demonstrated a commitment to education in communities across the country. He’s dedicated to raising awareness to climate change, and he has taken ‘happiness’ from the stage and screen to people around the world through his work with the United Nations.” The career retrospective discussion and Q&A event on October 26th at Town Hall is open to Tisch students, faculty and staff at this time. Members of the NPR Music community will also have a chance to attend through a ticket giveaway in social media.

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