Silly Stories With Nicole Williams and Laura Pershin Raynor

Monday December 29, 2014: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool – grade 3.

Storytellers Nicole and Laura will share funny folktales for the whole family!

Medieval Music

Saturday January 17, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The East of the River ensemble will demonstrate and discuss medieval music of the Mediterranean and its eastwardly flow through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East.

“East of the River” was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as well as gems of the Medieval European classical repertory. The music is arranged and interpreted by musicians whose musical backgrounds include Classical, Jazz and World music. Together they create the unique blend that is East of the River.

East of the River has performed at venues as various as Bargemusic, Joe’s Pub, Zebulon, Le Poisson Rouge, Hofstra and UPenn Universities, as well as Festivals including Chautauqua Institute, Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, and Milwaukee 'Early Music Now' festival.

This event is cosponsored by AADL, the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, and The Academy for Early Music

MLK Day Event: Biakuye Percussion Group

Monday January 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

AADL presents a special concert event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, featuring the acclaimed percussion group Biakuye, featuring Mark Stone, Chinelo Amen-Ra, Lesley-Anne Stone, and Ambyr Amen-Ra.

.....wooden keys suspended over gourds and spider webs….
….seed pods spun like a yo-yo
… goat-skin drums, flattened tire spokes, and discarded oil barrels

These are the sources of Biakuye’s captivating sound—a sound that is both deeply grounded and cutting-edge. The resulting music reflects the unique journeys of its members, which have taken them from the U.S. to Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Trinidad, and Haiti. In Akan languages of West Africa, biakuye means unity. Biakuye’s energetic performances bring together a wide range of African and Caribbean music and dance.

Wild Swan's 'Coming to America'

Tuesday January 27, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 3 - 8

Wild Swan Theater presents a stirring musical play about immigration, following the journeys of four children from different parts of the world who make their way to a new life in America.

'Coming to America' is an original production based on the lives of children who came to the U.S. from around the world. This multicultural production interweaves the adventures, songs, humor, hardships, and triumphs of the people who built our country.

With music by Laz Slomovits of Gemini, the play follows the adventures of children from four countries: Russia, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Lebanon as they leave their homelands and journey to America. Their stories are filled with the courage, hope, dreams and laughter of our collective immigrant histories as they overcome huge obstacles in their quest for a better life.

Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will use guitar pedals and other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light
Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.