Miyabi: Japanese Traditional Music

Everyone is welcome at the Downtown Library to hear traditional Japanese music played by Miyabi on Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-2 pm. Miyabi has been together since 1997 and is comprised of koto (instrument) players (Etsuko Aikawa, Yuko Asano, Harumi Omitsu), piano (Nobuko Kato) and flute (Satoko Fujiwara). The songs they will play are: Rokudan no Shirabe, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Aki no Kotonoha, Hanaikada, Red Dragonfly, El Condor Pasa and Sarashi fu Tegoto.

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain

Forty-four years ago, on November 10, 1968, Neil Young (whose critically-acclaimed autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippy Dream is currently a New York Times bestseller) recorded the song "Sugar Mountain" here in Ann Arbor at the now-legendary Canterbury House, then located at the end of this alley at 330 Maynard.

Recorded between the time of Young's membership with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, this ode to lost youth written four years earlier was acknowledged by fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell (who also played the Canterbury House) as the inspiration for her similarly-themed, The Circle Game. It's one of Young's earliest and more traditional folk songs, and the sincerity evident in this live recording is underscored by its remarkable intimacy.

Check out Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House in our CD collection and some of our Oldnews articles about Ann Arbor's Canterbury House, at the time a coffee house music venue and center for outreach programs associated with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Local writer Alan Glenn wrote a great article about the Canterbury House in a recent issue of Michigan Today.

The Musical Genius of Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein

Consider the great man of music Leonard Bernstein. I had a vague sense of him: writing the score of West Side Story, conducting the New York Philharmonic, being the ambassador of music at concerts around the world. But after I watched this documentary, Leonard Bernstein, Reaching for the Note: The Definitive Look at the Man and His Music I wished I had paid more attention to his presence when he was alive and found I could appreciate the astounding career and character of this talented, larger-than-life conductor and passionate musician.

Maybe you remember Leonard Bernstein conducting Young People’s Concerts in Carnegie Hall, which were broadcast on television in the late 50s and early 60s. If you do, you can walk down memory lane and experience these treats again. If you missed out, its never too late for you, or your kids, to hear this greatest of conductors explain and demonstrate the special musical features of symphonies, concertos, humor in music and great composers, such as his favorite, Gustav Mahler.

We also own concert collections of Bernstein’s around the world tours and historic tv broadcasts which include, besides performances, lectures and master classes presented by Bernstein, who always perceived part of his mission as a musician to inspire passion for music in the wide world and the next generation.

For a really ecstatic experience watch Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring a very young Placido Domingo and a resounding bass singer I had never seen before, Martti Talvela. Bernstein's conducting is a performance in itself, which some people find too distracting, but I find complements the grandeur of the Ninth and helps me to "see" it.

UMS Night School - Session 2: Discussion Of Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg

Monday October 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UMS Night School focuses this season on 100 years of UMS at Hill Auditorium - illuminating the special history behind the great performers and performances that have shaped our community. Professor Mark Clague again serves as host and resident scholar.

These 90-minute "classes" combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures with genre experts to draw you into the themes behind each performance. Sessions are designed to deepen the knowledge of the performing arts and the connections with other audience members.

Session 2 will consist of a recap and discussion of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg performance on October 27.

Police Beat: Punk Rocker's Bad Gig

In 1989 Kevin Michael Allin, aka G.G. Allin, and his punk rock band Toilet Rockers gave a concert at the East Quad's Halfway Inn. The band was known for it's in-your-face onstage antics that included self-inflicted beatings, nudity and fights with the audience. Unfortunately, things got out of hand and Allin was charged with three counts of assault including kicking a member of the audience, hitting another one with a chair and then following the concert, beating and burning a "groupie." After declaring Charles Manson his "hero", Allin was ordered to undergo psychiatric examination. He eventually pleaded no contest to the charges.

While serving his term Allin vowed to begin a hunger strike that never materialized and was considered a publicity stunt . Not long after his parole Allin was again arrested in Milwaukee on disorderly conduct charges that included throwing bodily discharges at the audience. After more than 50 arrests the leader of the Murder Junkies, Toilet Rockers and Disappointments, died in New York City of an apparent overdose. Despite his many run-ins with the law, Allin was a prolific recording artist and his "official "website offers his CDs, DVDs and artwork for sale.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Fiddles, Poetry, Pop Earworms, Relaxation

YOU can access almost 1,000 digital music albums directly through our AADL.org catalog. Stream or download as much as you like, DRM free, on any device you choose. No waiting for a copy. No due dates. Hooray!

COUNTRY / FOLK-ROCK
The Ranchhands: Fiddle Driven Modern Country Music
True fans of country music will find the perfect marriage of traditional and modern country in The Ranchhands' "Back Home" album. Well crafted songs, a powerful and heartfelt vocal delivery by Mickey Kennedy, electrifying fiddle playing by Chris Tedesco, and lush 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies make this record soar. Glowing reviews from Texas to France gave this album and band international acclaim and a worldwide fanbase that continues to grow.

CLASSICAL / CHORAL
Susan Rode Morris: Early Music Delivered With a Voluptuous Voice
When singer Susan Rode Morris and harpsichordist Phebe Craig met and performed with renowned Scottish fiddle Alasdair Fraser, they discovered the songs of Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet. Few people know that Burns collected his native tunes and songs and created poetry to many of the wonderful fiddle tunes he loved. "Between Late and Early - Romantic Songs of Robert Burns (1759-1796)" includes the original version of Auld Lang Syne, which plays on public radio on New Year's Eve. "This wonderful performance engendered more response that just about any recording we can remember, in this or any other year" said Martin Goldsmith of Performance Today of NPR. "Hauntingly beautiful renditions, skilled, loving, exquisite."

POP / ALT ROCK
Kurt Hunter: If Jason Mraz Wrote Upbeat Pop Songs for James Taylor to Sing
"Up Too Late" is an album of catchy tunes you'll be singing all day, brought to you by a refreshing blend of acoustic and electric instruments. Although you may not know his name, Kurt's instantly singable music is well-known from TV commercials, the latest one being for Esurance.

NEW AGE
Keri Newdigate: Evocative, Atmospheric, Soothing Piano
"Still Waters" is music to soothe your soul, soothe your nerves, soothe your child -- Music to help to you relax, unwind, meditate, go to sleep, recharge your batteries, refresh your inner self, rejuvenate your spirit, think, ponder, wander, meander, remember. If your life is busy and you feel bombarded by noise, images or deadlines, Still Waters will help you unwind, destress, relax and find a peaceful sanctuary. Suitable for massage, reading, creating, work, quiet times.

Street Dance Demo: Locking, Popping & Hip Hop with Jade Zuberi

Learn more about the street styles of Locking, Popping, House, Hip Hop, New Style, Robotics, Funk Skating,
Krump and B-boying!

Jade "Soul" Zuberi is here to present this demo and discussion! Jade, a 20-year-old all-stylist who specializes in these street dance styles, has won numerous street dance competitions in Ann Arbor, Detroit, New York and throughout the Midwest.

Jade seeks to raise a Street Dance Legacy through dedication, passion, determination and skill and by teaching others the elements and moves of Street Dance!

Happening at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, Friday, October 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Grade 9 - Adult

University Musical Society: A History of Great Performances

One of the most amazing organizations in Ann Arbor is the University Musical Society, which has been providing entertainment and education for more than 130 years. To learn more about UMS, check out our database University Musical Society: A History of Great Performances. This collection includes full text searching and browsing access to historical programs from UMS concerts, in addition to hundreds of photographs. Access to all our reference databases and resources is available at every AADL branch and from outside the library with a valid library card.To access the UMS database, go to the research page and from the Ann Arbor category, click on University Musical Society.

Tuesdays Are Bluegrass Night At Wolverine State Brewing With Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys

If you're looking to brighten up this first cold grey day of the season, why not head over to Wolverine State Brewing for Bluegrass Night? You can sample their impressive selection of lagers which span the range from light to amber to very, very dark. Then kick back and enjoy the sounds of local artists Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, the unofficial Bluegrass Night house band who can be found there most Tuesdays. No cover and the band goes on at 8:30pm.

A swell of French music

AADL has just received an influx of the best of French popular music. If you are a Gallophile, or simply a music buff, you may have heard of several of these musicians already. If not, check these performers out and discover some great music from across the pond.

Helena - This Portuguese-born media darling has been a model, actress, pop star, and now musician in the French-speaking parts of Europe.

Yann Tiersen - France's best known multi-instrumentalist, composer, and artist, Tiersen's melancholy, folk-inspired sound has made him a star in the soundtrack business. You may know him as the composer of the music in Amelie.

Élodie Frégé - She made her musical debut as a contestant on a French talent search reality-TV show. She may not have had the most powerful voice in the competition, but her soulful music won the title.

Raphael - Another multi-instrumentalist, Raphael's music is inspired by pop/rock legends like David Bowie and Bob Dylan.

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