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In a series of conversations that bring guest artists to campus to discuss what they face in making art in the modern world, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, director of the Princeton Atelier, moderates a discussion with Darryl McDaniels, co-founder of Run-D.M.C.; Jennifer Homans, historian, critic, former ballet dancer and writer of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet and Mr. B; and internationally acclaimed traditional Irish Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.


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About the Guest Artists

jennifer homans sits in a chair and smiles. Her legs are crossed and she rests her head on her left palm

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Jennifer Homans is the dance critic for The New Yorker and the author of Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century (2022) and Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2010). She was a professional dancer, trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. She earned her BA at Columbia University and her PhD in modern European history at New York University, where she is a Scholar in Residence and the Founding Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts.




Iarla Ó Lionáird looks off in distance in front of him as he stands in a sunny outdoor spot framed by green branches overhead

Photo courtesy Iarla Ó Lionáird

Iarla Ó Lionáird is a leading figure in Irish music. He has had international success with a number of groups including The Crash Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, The Afro Celt Sound System and The Gloaming. Ó Lionáird has also lent his voice to movie soundtracks such as Gangs of New York, Calvary, Hotel Rwanda and Brooklyn. His performances and recorded output follows an ambitious arc that challenges musical identity, from traditional Sean Nós song to worldbeat, from alt folk to opera. A twice Grammy-nominated artist, Ó Lionáird has worked with a stellar cast of composers internationally including Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Nico Muhly, Kate Moore, Linda Buckley, Gavin Bryars, Annika Socolofsky and David Lang, and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinead O’Connor. His unique singing style has carried him to stages and concert halls all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Albert Hall and beyond. “Vocal Chords,” Ó Lionáird’s radio series for Ireland’s National Classical Music Broadcaster RTE Lyric FM, explores the mysteries of the human voice and won both Gold and Silver Awards at the New York Radio Festival in 2017 and 2019. Ó Lionáird has lectured on music at various academic institutions including University College Cork, Georgetown University, Washington DC, University of Notre Dame, Indiana and Glucksman Ireland House at NYU. In 2017 he was awarded a Belknap Fellowship by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, where he taught courses in songwriting and orality. Subsequently he was appointed a Global Scholar at Princeton and as Visiting Lecturer in Music, teaching courses at the postgraduate level for both the music and English departments.


Darryl McDaniels wears black thick glasses, black fedora, black hoodie and jeans and white sneakers. He holds a mic and raps into it while gesturing with his hands.

Darryl McDaniels. Photo courtesy Darryl McDaniels

Darryl McDaniels, well known as “DMC,” first made his start in the music business in 1981 as one-third of the groundbreaking rap group Run-D.M.C., which he co-founded with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell. The multi-platinum music group sold over 30 million singles and albums worldwide, helping to transform rap and hip-hop into the most popular music in the world while building a fan base to rival the biggest acts in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Run-D.M.C. were the first rappers to earn a gold album, the first to earn a platinum album, the first to go multi-platinum, the first to have their videos played on MTV, the first to appear on American Bandstand and Saturday Night Live, and the first rap band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone and Spin. The group has been lauded “Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time” by VH1 and named among “100 Greatest Artists” by Rolling Stone. DMC is the author of King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC. In 2006, he released a debut solo studio album entitled Checks, Thugs, Rock-N-Roll.


Presented By

  • Princeton Atelier