August 16th @ 6 pm: Dmitry Samarov at Chicago
Join us as we host author and artist, Dmitry Samarov!
"Whenever anyone asks what kind of music I ike, I freeze up. The question's always felt too personal when asked by a stranger taking my cab or ordering a drink at my bar, and too open-ended when asked by someone I know. There's too much to say, so I say nothing. Music has haunted me my whole life.
- Samarov, Music to My Eyes
So begins Samarov's latest work, Music to My Eyes, a book that's part memoir, part illustration, and 100% heart. With illustrations that capture the frenetic energy of live performances — both of the performers themselves, and the audiences that gather — Samarov delivers a raw and honest take on the music scene, complete with personal experiences and anecdotes. His artwork is refreshing and bold, managing to effortlessly imbue the pages with a sense of movement that's especially breathtaking considering they were mostly done hastily and in the moment during performances.
We're super excited to have him as a guest in our stores!
For a taste of his work, check out this video from his YouTube channel:
Interested in reading more? Check out the article in the Chicago Tribune featuring Dmitry: The artful American odyssey of Dmitry Samarov continues in words and images, set to music
Meet the author!
Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. As a child, Samarov got in the habit of doodling during classes — and he hasn't stopped since. He attended Parsons School of Design in New York, and then graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993.
Following his college career, Samarov began working as a cab driver, first in Boston and then in Chicago. Cultivating his experiences from that time, Samarov then published his first work, Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab.
Nowadays, Samarov foucses on painting and writing in Chicago, and has his work displayed in bars, coffee shops, art exhibits, and libraries.