Carl Tilchen

Carl Tilchen

An afternoon of live music with Carl Tilchen will be performed on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2 pm at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event.

Singer-songwriter Carl Tilchen plays a repertoire of jazz, popular classics, blues, and original tunes. He has entertained at Wente Vineyards, The Champagne Brunch at The Crown Plaza Hotel, The Hilton Hotel, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The San Jose Jazz Summerfest, The Village Gate, The Bitter End in New York, The Newport Folk Music Festival and other venues across the country. He was featured on KCSM Jazz 91 and KPIX CBS-TV, and won the West Coast Songwriters' monthly Best Song award in December 2012 for I Just Want to Be Bob Dylan.

Norman B. Ratner, co-founder of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, writes, “Every once in a great while an artist comes along who really impresses me with a unique musical gift. Carl Tilchen is one such artist. His songwriting, voice, and ability as a pure entertainer is a genuine delight to the audiences he entertains…Carl spreads his music with integrity through feelings of love, peace and care for our mother Earth. His original songs provide a real motivation to help make our world a better place.”

Jim Harrington of the Contra Costa Times writes about Tilchen, “The Dublin resident has some impressive credentials in the folk-music world. Notably, he's shared the spotlight with Pete Seeger at the famous folk club the Village Gate and once performed at the legendary Newport Folk Music Festival.”

Tilchen will perform his song Can You Imagine? which he composed for the refugees fleeing the war in Syria. He was inspired to write the song after reading this quote from Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission: "Imagine for a second it were you, your child in your arms, the world you knew torn apart around you. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not sail, no border you would not cross."

On November 28, 2016, Tilchen sent a link to the song to the man who had inspired its message, Jean-Claude Juncker, telling him, "Your words and feelings became the inspirational foundation of my song."

Juncker responded, "Thank you very much for your e-mail in which you inform me that you have turned my State of the Union speech into a song entitled Can You Imagine? in honor of the refugees fleeing Syria and other war-torn countries. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for this very original and thoughtful gesture. Your engagement to support those in need in our societies is highly appreciated."

The Friends of the Livermore Library have underwritten this program as part of the Friends Authors and Arts Series. For additional events, check the library’s website at