Hey all! Music Library blogger numero uno here, excited to tell you about a great opportunity to get down with some swingin’ tunes right here on campus, this very weekend!
That’s right, this semester’s AU Jazz Orchestra concert is happening this Friday night, November 15th! Billed this semester as “Jazz Next Door,” the concert marks the culmination of AU professor Josh Bayer’s semester with his jazz orchestra course. This year, the band will be playing through not one, not two but ELEVEN charts. This includes an original arrangement by Prof. Bayer, as well as one by AU senior (and saxophonist) David Komorowski. I’ve heard them, and they’re great.
Also on the bill are the Shepherd University Jazz Big Band, who will be playing five tunes including (ooo la la) an arrangement of Radiohead’s “Kid A.” Definitely excited for that one!
So come on over for a great night of swinging chops! The event begins at 8 PM in the Abramson Family Recital hall in Katzen. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for everyone else. Here’s the event page:
and here’s the event FACEBOOK page whoa whoa:
If you’re at all involved in the classical music world, you’ve heard this guy’s name. Even if you aren’t odds are you’ve still heard about preeminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma. We’ve got several fans of him on our staff.
The New York Times just published a very interesting interview with him in which he discusses his changing relationship with music from youth to adulthood, and, reciprocally, music’s changing relationship with him. This interview should prove to be intriguing to anybody with an interest in music, not specifically fans of classical music. I’ll vouch for that!
Appropriately, this post would be a good opportunity to mention/brag about the large amount of CDs the music library has featuring Yo-Yo Ma. In fact, there are over 40. Our two most recent Yo-Yo Ma CDs are, typically of the cellist’s omnivorous musical outlook, an eclectic duo. From 2013, we have Yo-Yo & his Silk Road Ensemble’s A Playlist Without Borders. This album follows the trend of Ma’s previous Silk Road projects, striving to blend as many of the world’s musical cultures as they can into a dramatic, explosive quasi-classical brew.
From 2011, we have Yo-Yo’s famed Goat Rodeo Sessions, a folky collaboration with fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer & mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (check out yesterday’s staff picks for one of his albums). This bluegrass-tinged album won a Grammy for Best Folk Album at the 2013 awards (on this blogger’s 20th birthday!). It happens to be our most-circulating CD, so come by and see what the fuss is all about!
Link to the NYT article is below:
Filed under 20th Century, Cello, Chamber Music, Classical, Contemporary, Folk, Instrument, News, Recordings, Staff Picks, Suggested Reading
Hello all music library readers! Have a little extra time this weekend that you’d like to fill with some musical activity? In this new column, “Cool DC Events,” we at the library will do our best to share DC’s awesome musical happenings with you, so that your regular weekend schedule of rigorous studying and/or partying can be enhanced with a bit of sweet, sweet music.
Our first official Cool DC Event is coming this weekend at the National Gallery of Art! The Gallery’s New Music Ensemble, a collective of avant-garde composers and musicians, will be performing on Sunday, 9/29 at 6:30. The performances, from modern classical pieces to electronic sound manipulation experiments, will echo through the NatGal’s East Building auditorium, rattling the modern art pieces on the walls above.
Coolest part of this: AU faculty are included among these performers and composers! Our very own DPA department chair Fernando Benadon has a piece, Cotxes, on the setlist, and AU Jazz Workshop leader Noah Getz will be performing on saxophone in another piece, Steve Antosca’s my end is my beginning. So come out, support our faculty and the burgeoning DC experimental music scene, and spend your Sunday evening not trapped behind a book, but lost in strange musical rapture.
Official event page after the jump:
Of all the new additions to our collections that we added over the break, perhaps the most exciting is the Database of American Recorded Music (DRAM) streaming audio database.
The backbone of the 3,700 album collection is the output of legendary labels, New World Records and Composers Recordings, Inc, making it the single best streaming source for 20th century and contemporary American classical music. It also incorporates twenty-eight other labels and collections as well, including Albany Records, the Dartmouth Archive of Jon Appleton’s works, and the Ben Hall Gospel Archive.
Though Naxos Music Library is a fantastic resource, finding contemporary composers and works is sometimes spotty. The DRAM database fills in the gaps with its incredible collection of rare and important recordings.
And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the full range of our streaming audio and video resources.
Elliot Carter, recognized as one of the most distinguished American voices in classical music, died at the age of 103 in New York. In a career that spanned over 75 years, Carter composed 158 works.
Carter was born in New York City on December 11, 1908, and was first encouraged to pursue a career in classical music by his friend and mentor Charles Ives. Carter attended Harvard University where he studied under Walter Piston. Carter then moved to Paris and began his compositional studies with Nadia Boulanger.
In his lifetime, Carter received two Pulitzer Prizes, as well as many other prestigious awards. He was named the Commander of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” as well as the Commander of the Legion of Honor.
Here are a few scores and CD that we have of Elliot Carter’s music:
CD 3910 – Emblems
M25.C373 T95 2009 – Two Thoughts About The Piano: For Piano
M25.C373 N5 1995 – Night Fantasies: For Piano
M557.4 .C4 1993 – Brass Quintet (1974)
There’s something extraordinary happening in Brooklyn this week. Its a revival. Of course, this is an artsy part of New York with a bit of a history of revivals. Yet, somehow these recreations of past works always seem significant. The work being revived is “Einstein on the Beach” by Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson and it is being revived by the Brooklyn Academy of Music which also likes to go by BAM. The performances are occurring all week, ending this Sunday. If you want to get some more information, this New York Times article sums it up pretty well. “Einstein” is a work that has gone through many failed revivals, and is not likely to live through many more. If you’re in the neighborhood, you should definitely take a look.
Einstein on the Beach Score: M1500 .G515 E5 2006
Einstein on the Beach Recording: CD 9615
PBS is airing the Metropolitan Opera’s exciting production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle this week. If you aren’t familiar with this epic, Wagner’s Ring is just that – Epic.
Check out the link for more info here: PBS: Great Performances
The cycle is made of up four operas performed over four nights, adding up to 15 hours of total performance time. Performing, designing, directing and listening to a full production of the Ring is a massive feat for performers and audience-members alike!
The Met’s star-studded cast includes dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt as Brünhilde and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried. James Levine and Fabio Luisi conduct.
The production will air on PBS tonight (Tuesday) – Friday, at 9pm.
Deborah Voigt and Jay Hunter Morris in Gotterdamerung
We can help. Recently, we put together a nifty listing of our Chamber Music holdings. That way you can browse our collection without leaving the comfort of your computer. First, follow this link to our page on the AU Library Subject Guides. From there mouse over the Chamber Music link.
From there, a drop-down menu will appear, presenting the lists we currently have up. Here is what one f those pages look like:
There you go! This is part of our Brass Chamber Music page. Shows you all the information you need to know.
Here is something to help you get through a rainy monday, courtesy of the Czech Philharmonic.
Filed under Diversions, News