New Arrivals!

Welcome in the semester with some piano concertos! Come on by and check ‘em out :)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G, Op. 16; reduction for 2 pianos, Serge Prokofieff – M 1011 .P95 op.16 1990z

Three Piano Concertos; Two pianos, four hands, Sergei Rachmaninoff – M 1011 .R16 C6 2010

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Frederic Chopin – M 1011 .C54 op.21 1993

Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54, Robert Schumann – M 1011 .S44 op. 54 2010

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AU Musical Events: Bicentenary of Adolphe Sax

Are you a fan of this guy? This guy? How about this guy? If so, think about this: None of them would be able to make the impression they made on music without THIS GUY: Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone (get it?).

This famed instrument designer was born in 1814 in Belgium to a father who was also an instrument designer. From a young age, Adolphe revealed a strong talent for instrument design, creating woodwind instruments in his teens and entering them in contests. He studied flute and clarinet at conservatory in Brussels before entering a career of design, during which he developed several types of horns, some successful and some not so. His most successful developments were a valved bugle called the saxhorn, his first great triumph, and of course, the saxophone itself, his last invention before becoming a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire.

Why the life story, you may ask? Because of this: Another AU Musical Event! 2014 happens to be the bicentenary of Adolphe Sax’s birth year, and AU is hosting an exhibition of his life and innovation in the Katzen Rotunda. The exhibit is being co-sponsored by Sax’s town, Dinant, the Wallonia region of Belgium, the Belgian Embassy, the International Adolphe Sax Association, AND Stella Artois!

The exhibit, fully titled “The Bicentenary of Adolphe Sax; Belgian Illustrious Inventor of the Saxophone”, has already  been going on for a week, but it will continue to live in the Rotunda until September 11. On Saturday, September 6 at 6pm, AU faculty member Noah Getz (saxophone instructor and leader of AU Workshop) will lead a saxophone quartet performance to celebrate further the creator of the saxophone.

Other than that, it’ll be open every day until the 11th from 10am-6pm in the Katzen Rotunda. Come by!

Event page:

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AU Musical Events: DPA Welcome Back Night!

Hey readers! Did you miss me?

Well, I had a great summer in NYC, but enough about me, we’re back in school now and that means it’s time for some AU Musical Events!

Tomorrow night is the AU Department of Performing Arts’ welcome back night! This event technically open to everybody in the DPA, not only music students, but we are obviously a big and important part of this department and it would be nice to see a big representation!

This event is open to all DPA majors, minors, and anybody interested in the department. So if you have any friends who are curious about all the noise going on in Katzen all the time, bring them along!

The event is going to be held in the Abramson Recital Hall at 8 pm, tomorrow night (8/27). Hope to see you there!

Here’s the facebook event page:


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New Arrivals!

Howdy Folks, we have some thrilling new additions to our CD and Sheet Music collections. Personally, I’m very excited about Daniel Bachman’s new CD “Orange County Serenade”. Also, “Drop On Down In Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977-1980″ appears to be a piece of musicology gold and I recommend a check out.



Orange County Serenade, Daniel Bachman – CD 1873

Metagong, Charles Wuorinen Series – CD 1968

Poul Ruders: Vol 9, Poul Ruders – CD 1767

Alkebulan’s Son: The Piano Works of James Lee III, James Lee III – CD 1809

Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Robert Schumann – CD 1893

Awake and Dream: Works by Lior Rosner, Lior Rosner – CD 1786



Floating for Solo Vibraphone, Nils Rohwer –  M 175 .X6 R65 2013

Duo concertant op. 16: Ouverture pour l’opera du Barbier de Seville, Francois de Fossa – M 277 .F67 op. 16 2013

L’Arlésienne: version originale de 1872 pour ensemble instrumental et choeur, George Bizet – M 1510 .B58 A75 2010

Poésie: Piano Solo, Takashi Kako – M 22 .K35 P64 2013

Con spirito di Kuhmo: for violin and cello, Einojuhani Rautavaara – M 287 .R38 C66 2014

Freight: David Liptak – M127.L767 F7 2014

Slava!: Op. 21 – M1530.R573 S59 2014

Psalms: 18 short meditations for piano – M25.D54 P7 2013

Piano Sonata No. 2, Leon Kirchner – M23.K57 S65 2014

Neljä laulua Aleksis Kiven Runoihin: Mieskuorolle, Einojuhani Rautavaara – M1590.R388 L3 2013

Hymnus: for trumpet and organ, Einojuhani Rautavaara – M184.R258 H9 2014

The Eye That Directs A Needle: for Soprano, violin, and percussion, David Liptak – M1613.3.L767 E9 2014

Three Piano Works: A Critical Edition, Anton Von Webern – M22.W38 T57 2014

Quartet II: Waltz With The Wind: Piano Quartet, Takashi Kako – M412.K35 Q3 2013


Book + CDs

Drop On Down In Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977-1980, edited by Dwight DeVane and Blaine Waide – ML1670 .D767 2012


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Cool DC Event: Daniel Bachman in-store











The AU Music Library would like to hip you all to yet another cool DC event.

This time ’round it’s an in-store performance.  Folks have been to these, right?  It’s a nice way for an artist to play in an intimate space where merch-selling is encouraged (fun fact: musicians need to eat / pay bills / etc).  And it’s a nice way for a store to bring some people in the door.  Win-win, really.

So, tomorrow, at Red Onion Records [full-disclosure: I, Sam, work there sometimes] Mr. Daniel Bachman will be doing an in-store performance at around 7:30 pm.  Daniel is an amazing guitarist in the tradition of, ahem, American Primitive Guitar Music, a phrase coined by none-other than John Fahey himself (AU ML tip: CD 4335 is a great place to start, but we also have a DVD about him too).  This is most-often vocal-less acoustic guitar music, ideal for porch sitting and mind-wandering.  Leave your A-type instincts at the door, cause this’ll be all about slow, simple pleasure.


Behold Mr. Bachman!

and again…

So yeah.  This one will be for fans of mellower times.  Come on out into the DC night and relax.

Red Onion Records is at 18th and T, the show starts at 7:30 pm, and yes, it’s free.

Hope to see you there!


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DC Music News: “New” FUGAZI

Hey Team.

Some great news for fans of DC’s punk music scene.  Dischord Records, based in Arlington, VA, is going to release an old demo.  And not just any old demo, but that of life-changing DC punk / emo band Fugazi.

[Personal aside from me, Sam.  Fugazi is partially what brought me here to Washington DC to go to college back in 2000.  Their music and band ethics were just so inspirational for me growing up in rural Massachusetts, so uncompromising and honest, and the music was so hard-hitting and real for me, and I remember I wanted so much to be a part of their fiercely DIY world.  So I came to DC.]

So yes, this is kinda ‘new’ music from Fugazi (the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001).  Here’s the official words from Dischord:

Later this year, Dischord will release Fugazi’s First Demo.

In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. They tracked 11 songs, ten of which were ultimately dubbed to cassette tape and distributed free at shows, with the band encouraging people to share the recording.

The only song from the session that has been formally released was “In Defense of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire demo including the one song (“Turn Off Your Guns”) that wasn’t included on the original cassette. The record has been mastered by TJ Lipple and will be available on CD and LP+Mp3.

This release will also coincide with the completion of the initial round of uploads to the Fugazi Live Series website. Launched in 2011, the site now includes information and details on all of Fugazi’s 1000+ live performances and makes available close to 900 concert recordings that were documented by the band and the public.

Exciting news for the fans!  (Note too that the folks at Dsichord are making an audio archive of live shows – have been doing this for quite some time.  The worlds of punk rock and libraries / preservation do indeed collide.)

We have 13 Songs and Repeater if you need them (and you do), and check out another classic performance from the early years:

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Cool DC Event(s): Souleyman and Signh


A pleasant Tuesday morning to you; and we’re going to cut straight to the chase…

Not one but TWO rad DC events to tell you about today.

Omar Souleyman promo shot

First us is Omar Souleyman.  Souleyman is a wedding singer from Syria, and he made tons and tons of tapes of his music, pretty much to promote himself.  Anti-world world label Sumblime Frequencies brought his sound to American and European audiences maybe 6 or 7 years ago now, and he’s since toured a whole bunch, and made music with Bjork and Four Tet, among others.  Not sure how much of this kinda thing you have in your life right now, but we’re pretty sure you need more of it:

Souleyman is TONIGHT at the Howard Theatre.

Second, there’ll be a truly rare opportunity coming this Thursday.


You have not heard of Charanjit Signh, most likely.  Signh was in the Bollywood film industry in the 70’s and 80’s, making music for movies.  As such, he had access to some pretty state-of-the-art audio gear for the time, including some now-classic analog synths: the 303 and the 808 and others.  A longtime fan of classical Indian music (and, folks, you need to get into classical Indian music – it’s pretty amazing stuff), Singh thought to try to promote or popularize or ‘update’ these older forms for the new, hip kids the films were being marketed to.  And what was hip in India in the early 80’s?  DISCO.

Thus, 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat, which was released in ’82.  And as a record, it failed.

Flash forward to a few years ago, this record gets “discovered” by dance music nuts.  It turns out Singh’s work sounds a heck of a lot like acid house, which didn’t arrive on the scene in Chicago until 1987.


Singh will be at Tropicalia on U street on Thursday, so you have two days to prepare yourselves for this.  It will be quite the show, folks.

[Full disclosure: my friend's techno unit Protect-U is opening for Signh]

Keep on dancin’, Team.

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