Don't bother asking Art Garfunkel if there will be a Simon & Garfunkel reunion.
The sound of silence is his answer to that question.
But you just might get a chance to ask Garfunkel other questions when his "An Intimate Evening With Art Garfunkel" is presented Feb. 14 and 15 at Dollhouse Productions.
During an acoustic performance, he will sing songs, tell anecdotes and participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.
The concerts are very intimate, with a limited number of seats. That's what Garfunkel is doing these days to help him recover from vocal problems.
"It started with the voice having failed me a few years ago," he says. "I had vocal trouble in January 2010.
"I rested and started working my voice back up. You may not feel ready, but you must get back in front of people."
Small, intimate concerts were the answer for Garfunkel and his fans.
"They like it and I like it and it's easy," he says. "I can work with one guitar because I don't need a band."
But such a move can be risky, and Garfunkel is taking a brave stance.
"I haven't given myself any masking or cover," he says.
"I'm really vulnerable out there. It's a virtue and fearful as all hell."
Despite his problems, Garfunkel has done 55 shows in the past year.
"I'm proud of my bravery in being in front of folks while my voice is recovering," he says. "This is a case of less is more. If I handle it right, there is one man who can't quite sing yet who can get to one man who can sing."
In addition to singing, he does what he calls "bits."
"They're like poems, prose poems," he says. "They're philosophical. They're about Simon and Garfunkel and other things.
"I'm proud of my writings. I've been doing them 30 years. They have an internal rhyme and rhythm but they're not proper poems," Garfunkel says. "I got the courage to get a literary agent and shopped them around."
The writings resonated with several publishers.
"I shall turn it into a book with autobiographical background," Garfunkel says.
"I feel I'm an interesting man, so I'll shine light on show business," he says. "I'm raising a family and I had this lucky history and have been all over the place. If it can't be simply interesting to people, there is no bath water, that is the baby."
Each performance includes a question-and-answer session with the audience. In recent days, fans have asked Garfunkel if he is a Beatles fan and if Simon and Garfunkel ever met The Beatles.
"I'm a huge Beatles fan," he says. "Simon and Garfunkel were chasing after Sgt. Pepper."
Yes, Garfunkel met each one of The Beatles.
"It's a very cherishable memory," he says.
And Garfunkel is indeed an interesting man. A Grammy-winning singer, poet and Golden Globe-nominated actor, he is best known for the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with Paul Simon.
Their biggest hits include "The Sound of Silence" in 1964, "I Am a Rock" and "Homeward Bound" in 1965, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" in 1966, "Mrs. Robinson" in 1968 and "Bridge over Troubled Water," "The Boxer" and "Cecilia" in 1969.
Highlights of Garfunkel's solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary No. 1 hits, two UK No. 1 hits and a People's Choice Award.
Garfunkel also is an actor. In 1970, he appeared in "Catch-22" and in 1971, "Carnal Knowledge," both directed by Mike Nichols.
His role as Sandy in "Carnal Knowledge" was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor.
Other roles have included "Bad Timing" in 1980, "Good to Go" in 1986, "Boxing Helena" in 1993 and "The Rebound" in 2010.
Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"I knew I had a singing voice at age 5," he says. "I sang when in private places, like the stairwell at kindergarten.
"I fell in love with reverb at age 5. At age 11, I met Paul Simon. I was already a singer in talent shows at school and could sing like an angel," Garfunkel says. "As a New York kid, I was sort of calculating about my work on singing.
"My dad used to play Enrico Caruso records," he says. "That all leads to 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'"
Shortly after meeting Simon, the two began conducting rehearsals.
"I got him into singing with me," Garfunkel says. "Paul got a guitar and we started copying Buddy Holly.
"Then the Everly Brothers showed us how great it could be," Garfunkel says. "Phil Everly was my role model."
He is deeply saddened by Everly's recent passing and says he will never forget the man who so influenced him.
"I'd join him on stage and he was a good guy, a sweet man," Garfunkel says.
In a career filled with extraordinary events, Garfunkel has no trouble naming his most memorable.
"It was the concert in Central Park," he says. "Paul and I stepped on stage in late September on a rainy day and the sky cleared.
"There were 500,000 people near where I live, right there before me. I was enough years in the business to be calm and take it in as love. Paul and I were blissed out, so thrilled by the size of that support."
When asked if there's anything he's never done that he'd like to do, Garfunkel has only a few ideas.
"I never went to Nepal," he says. "I'd like to get up in the Himalayas.
"I'm in the process of walking across Europe, and I've been all over France and Italy," Garfunkel says. "It's very healthy. "You learn the topography - how the river basins rise and fall. The earth speaks very interestingly."
Only one item on his list includes music.
"I used to want to teach a course in history of rock 'n' roll," Garfunkel says. "I'd be a good teacher. I could have done a nice two-credit course on campuses, letting people know it's time to take rock seriously."
After decades in the music industry, at age 72, Garfunkel has no desire to stop.
"A singer's got to sing," he says. "You lock onto that. That's who you are.
"When I go into a room of strangers, as I cross into the threshold, I sing to myself so I won't be alone. This is a singer's thing.
"Once you sing, you are connected to a godly gift," he says. "Singing is a really great companion of life. Once you start, you never stop."