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Wayne Kramer's always looking for "the next thing"

for Journal Register Newspapers

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“It seems odd, but I do lecture from time to time,” notes former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer — who has, in fact, talked about music-making and “the complexities of a life in the arts” at institutions such as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and at Tulane University.

So being part of the final seminar in the Red Bull Academy’s Motor City Frequencies program this weekend is a natural fit for him.

“They mounted this international campaign to get inside of the culture,” explains Kramer, 63, “to lift the hood up and see what’s going on in the engine room about how these different musics are conceived and executed, where the ideas came from and where they might be going. It’s a pretty ambitious and laudable thing.”

Kramer, meanwhile, is keeping himself busy with his own musical endeavors. He continues to play live — and just finished a pro-labor Justice Tour with Tom Morello and Tim McIlrath of Rise Against — and is active in the nonprofits Road Recovery and Jailhouse Guitar Doors. He’s getting ready to score the next season of HBO’s “East Bound and Down” as well as an upcoming independent feature film, and he’s recorded a free jazz album, “Lexington,” inspired by the composing he did for the PBS documentary “The Narcotics Farm.”

“My favorite stuff is always the next thing I’m gonna do,” Kramer says. “With the scoring ... it’s very collaborative, very focused. I have to write new music all the time. Every day I’ve got to come in and write something new, which is perfect for me.”

Wayne Kramer joins producer Jim Diamond and Motown arranger Paul Riser at the Red Bull Music Academy’s Motor City Frequencies seminar Saturday, Sept. 17, at Flat 151, 151 Congress St., Ste. 600, Detroit. Doors open at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more details visit www.redbullmusicacademy.com.

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