Hope you’ve all had a fantastic spring break! On behalf of the music library, I’d like to welcome you back with a selection of five AU-related CDs I recently discovered. Check ’em out!
1. On a Sensual Note’s On A Sensual Night
You can never listen to too much Christmas music, right? (The correct answer would be “right). On this CD, On A Sensual Note (OASN), is AU’s famous all-male a cappella group. They’re well known in the DC area and have an impressive resume to boot – they’ve sung at the White House and for Labor Secretary Solis in the past. On this CD, they recorded 6 Christmas classics. Enjoy!
2. Noah Getz and Jeffrey Chappell’s Crosscurrents
Professor Noah Getz (sax) teams up with Jeffrey Chappell (piano) for a rendition of pieces by Pertout, Maros, Benadon, Lindroth, Roseman, and Wanamaker. The fusion of classical and jazz on this CD is really refreshing – have a listen!
3. Joshua Bayer Quintet’s New Voice: Old Voice
Joshua Bayer (acoustic bass), an AU professor, who leads the Joshua Bayer Quintet, arranges and presents a rendition of works by Charles Mingus, Vince Guaraldi, Sam Rivers, Scott Joplin, and some of his own on this CD. Worth a listen!
4. American Wind Symphony Orchestra’s Fireworks!
Jerzy Sapiyevski is a professor here at AU. The American Wind Symphony Orchestra has recorded one of his pieces, Morpheus, on this record. In the liner notes, Sapiyevski is quoted as saying, “Morpheus is the child of Sleep. he dwells beside his brother Death near the gates of Sleep, out of which come both false illusions and noble dreams. Assuming human form and wearing black wings, he flies noiselessly into the world of men where he visits sleeping mortals.”
And last but not certainly not least…
5. Star Trek: The Next Generation Soundtrack
Truth be told, I’ve never watched a single Star Trek movie, but I felt compelled to include this CD upon discovering that it has just arrived to the music library, and that Cene is a very, very big fan of Star Trek. I suspect there must be other music library frequenters who love Star Trek just as equally as (or even more than…?) Cene, so this is for you!
Have a great rest of the week!