This series of programs marked the first collaboration between the Pulitzer and KDHX. Over the course of five separate events, Sound Waves juxtaposed thematically curated recordings with a live musical performance in the galleries, and each event represented the music of a different cultural tradition found within the St. Louis community: Brazilian, Balkan, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. Performances took place in separate galleries within the Pulitzer, conveying a kind of “call and response” between recorded music and live music that echoed the interactive sound design of Hamilton’s installation.
In conjunction with the exhibition Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Arts Foundation and KDHX partnered for an evening of poetry, jazz, and art. This event celebrated the pivotal role that the Beat writers of the 1950s played in bringing Buddhism to America. DJs, readers, and musicians performed throughout the Pulitzer galleries alongside Buddhist artworks from the second through the twentieth centuries. The Dave Stone Trio, an award-winning St. Louis jazz group, played in the bebop style characteristic of the Beat Generation, and readers from a variety of artistic backgrounds presented works from the Beats and Beat-affiliated writers who explored Buddhism in their literature.
This special Sound Waves, DIALing Up an Epiphany, brought together the power of art, music, and poetry. It was produced by Ann Haubrich, co-host of the KDHX show Literature for the Halibut. This event featured live music by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and KDHX DJ Tim Rakel; performances by the Alumni Theatre Company of Prison Performing Arts; and readings by local poets and educators. All of the poetry presentations celebrated poets who had contributed to The Dial magazine of the 1920s, which was one of the most original and influential magazines for literature and poetry of its era.
In conjunction with the exhibition The Progress of Love—which foregrounded representations of love in contemporary African art—the Pulitzer invited Banning Eyre to participate in Sound Waves. As Senior Editor of Afropop Worldwide, a radio program and online magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African Diaspora, Eyre presented his knowledge about love in Africa through a lecture, discussion, and recorded African pop music.
Inspired by The Progress of Love's themes of love and loss, the Pulitzer collaborated with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis to offer an unconventional Valentine’s Day program of art, music, and poetry. At the Pulitzer, blues duo The Foehners performed live, and eight poets selected by fort gondo compound for the arts—including Mary Jo Bang, Stefania Heim, and Adrian Matejka—responded to The Progress of Love. fort gondo also staged a writing exercise in the watercourt, where guests were invited to type their own love notes or break-up letters on specially designed typewriter stationery.
The Pulitzer and KDHX worked with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to present an evening of live opera and jazz. This eclectic event bridged musical genres and included performances by Rhythm Section Road Show—featuring Andy Coco and some of St. Louis' finest jazz musicians—and Opera Theatre's featured artists, Troy Cook (from Pagliacci) and Emily Pulley (from Il tabarro). The General Director of Opera Theatre Timothy O'Leary also held an illuminating, informal discussion that answered "everything you ever wanted to know about opera but were afraid to ask."