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Peter Himmelman: folk-rocker, TV scorer and... business lecturer?

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: November 14, 2013 - 1:46 PM
Peter Himmelman in action at a prior seminar like the one he's hosting Sunday in <a href=Minneapolis. / Courtesy Big Muse" />

Peter Himmelman in action at a prior seminar like the one he's hosting Sunday in Minneapolis. / Courtesy Big Muse

After carving out a successful second career in Los Angeles scoring music for TV shows like “Bones” and “Judging Amy,” St. Louis Park native and Grammy-nominated rocker Peter Himmelman is enjoying something of a third act as — get this – a seminar lecturer for business leaders and anyone else needing team-building or creative-thinking skills.

Sounds kooky, but his clients so far have included the Gap, McDonald’s and Pandora. His new company, Big Muse, even just got a write-up this week from Forbes magazine, which noted his gift to “create powerful moments of connection that unblock the fears that hold us back.” He’s returning home this weekend will to host another Big Muse seminar Sunday in Minneapolis at Creation Audio studio (1 p.m., 2543 Nicollet Av. S., $60-$100, BigMuse.com).

Always a great talker at his rock ‘n’ roll gigs, Himmelman uses songwriting and performance as a teaching tool at these events, which usually also feature Kristin Mooney and some of his other musical cohorts. The promo video clip below explains his unique approach. “It doesn’t matter what we’re creating; it could be medical equipment,” he told Forbes, promising to “rev up their engines of possibilities.” He’s clearly one to suggest anything is possible.

Of course, as was the case with his Emmy-winning TV work, Himmelman hasn’t traded in his old hat for the new job description. In fact, he currently has a Kickstarter campaign working behind a new album, "The Boat That Carries Us," and we’ll undoubtedly see him back in town at a club near us following its release in the spring.

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