An Evening With Bill Bynum & Co.

Friday February 17, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Update: Ann Arbor's own, the amazing "Gerald Ross" filling in on pedal steel!

With songs both traditional and original, and a sound that's at once as comfortable as old jeans and as fresh as a new blade of grass, Bill Bynum & Co. is a band that's easy to love and hard to quit. The band's core instrumentation of acoustic guitar, fiddle, bass, pedal steel guitar and harmony vocals can lean into country, veer toward bluegrass, or take listeners on a unique journey through Bill's original songs.

An Evening With The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale

Enjoy a delightful Valentine's Day concert with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale on Tuesday, February 14 from 7 - 7:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room.

The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale has been encouraging vocal excellence in local youth since 1987. Join them for this special AADL concert!

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 2:

Monday February 6, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 2 of this UMS Night School series will feature discussions of the January performances of "Einstein on the Beach" and The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on two upcoming UMS Renegade events:

The Tallis Scholars, scheduled to perform on February 16 at St. Francis Of Assisi Church, have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world.

Random Dance, appearing February 18 at the Power Center, is famous for incorporating animation, digital film, 3-D architecture, electronic sound, and virtual dancers into the live choreography.

This series is hosted by Prof. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Grungy French Guys, Ukrainian Muses, Naughty Pop-Rock, New York City Jazz, Inspirational R&B

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!

PUNK / HARD ROCK
Delko: French Stoner Rock
Meet Delko, a French rock band from Haute-Loire. Influenced by Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash, their powerful and dark melodies will drag you into an artistic world that sounds like a post-teen delirium. Delko 321, released in 2011, is their first LP. All tracks are orchestrated by a classic squad -- bass, drums, and two guitars. This album brings together their first 3 EPs, standing as a documentary about four years in the life of the band.

NEW AGE / WORLD
Olexa Kabanov: Strings Slowly Plucked From the Soul
Ukrainian artist Olexa Kabanov is influenced by a wide range of musical interests, including the European Middle Ages, Eastern tradition, and Slavic ethnic, from jazz to folk-rock and world music. Describing the album Dale of the Muses is not easy. The sounds organically meld together -- the lyre, the deep Ukrainian violin, the Indian percussion, the mandolin with the drymba. Listen to the album to find many unexpected combinations and hidden gems.

ROCK
Arthur Yoria: Catchy, Whip Smart Alt-Rock
Ten playfully wicked songs make up Arthur Yoria's full length debut, I'll Be Here Awake. Yoria says it's a straight-forward rock album that was written from the point of view of a "nasty, egotistical fictional character" that he vicariously lives through from time to time. However, Yoria's natural warmth makes this character charming, in the way that cads can be when they're also talented, funny, and smart. "Call Me" gives insight into the mind of the chronically unavailable male, while "P.S.A." may be the most beguiling little ditty about onanism ever written. "Sevilla" describes a seething jealousy in the most lilting possible tones. "Here To Stay", the highlight of the entire album, is a patiently delivered, doggedly inspiring pop shanty.

JAZZ / PIANO
Antonio Ciacca Quartet: Jazz Played with Earthiness, Fire and Intellect
Driemoty is the first album of Antonio Ciacca, released in 1996, early in his brilliant career in the world of jazz. Antonia Ciacca plays with elements of Thelonious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and Bobby Timmons, recalling the most creatively vital and yet oddly neglected schools of jazz. Nowadays the New York based pianist and composer Ciacca enjoys his work as Director of Programming at Jazz at Lincoln Center. If you enjoy his music, be sure to visit his website http://www.antoniociacca.org/

R&B / SOUL
Ty Gibson: The Spirit and Soul of A Woman
R&B/Soul singer Ty Gibson hopes to make a difference with her debut album, Goin' My Way. Finding inspiration in the works of legendary singers such as Nina Simone, Denise Williams, Whitney Houston and Minnie Riperton, Ty offers her listeners a taste of what's on the inside of all of us -- a passion to live, love, and just be taken seriously. One of the notable tracks on this album, "I'll Be Home Soon", was written with the men and women of the military in mind. Ty is actually singing a letter that a soldier wrote to his loved one back home.

Magazines A-Z: Bass Player

Ever wonder why Jack Bruce of Cream, Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick, Free's Andy Frasier, or Third Power's Jem Targal had such a fat round bass tone yet could play a quick flurry while playing each note distinctly? Well, meet the 1962 Gibson EB Series bass in the December issue of Bass Player magazine!
A recent addition to the library's magazine offerings, Bass Player is filled from cover to cover with profiles of gifted musicians and their instruments. It includes tutorials displayed in notation as well as tab and has extensive reviews of the latest gear and accessories. There are also frequent articles detailing the history of specific bass designs both classic and obscure like the Gibson EB, or, in the same December issue, the Fender P-bass of the 1950's.
Bass Player magazine also includes a record review column called, The Graveyard, where readers are directed to classic recordings featuring groundbreaking bassists. As an example, the December 2011 issue has a review of Blue Cheer's, Vincebus Eruptum and commentary on the playing style of their powerhouse bassist, the late Dickie Peterson.
Even the magazine's advertisements, featuring the latest and greatest of four, five, six, and even seven string basses, can get any bass player ready to walk that beat!

UMS Night School: Explore RENEGADE - Session 1: "Einstein On The Beach" & Hamburg Symphony Orchestra

Monday January 9, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UM's University Musical Society has scheduled a musical series titled "Renegade" for this season. The series focuses on thought-leaders and game-changers in the performing arts. The AADL is hosting three sessions of UMS Night School that will examine the musical pieces featured in the "Renegade" program.

This Session 1 of UMS Night School will focus on the upcoming "Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts" and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra's version of Messiaen's "From the Canyons to the Stars."

Participants will be provided a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw the audience into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy.

This session will be hosted by Prof. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The 5th Beatle

Looking through the new DVDs list in the catalog, I was excited to see that AADL will soon have copies of the movie, Backbeat! As a huge Beatles fan, this is one of my favorite movies because of how funny and also fairly accurate it is in its portrayal of the early days of the group.

In general, the story follows the band's start in the seedy nightclubs of Liverpool and Hamburg. More specifically, it chronicles the close friendship between John Lennon and "Fifth Beatle," Stuart Sutcliffe. The film is touching in its honesty towards this relationship and Lennon's struggle with Sutcliffe's decision to leave the Beatles in order to pursue a promising painting career (you can view some of his art at the link above...). Sometimes with all the "peace and love" Lennon tributes and memorials out there, it's easy to forget that the icon was once an angry, smart-aleck teenager with all kinds of abandonment issues. For me, understanding this Lennon makes me appreciate all the more the person he grew into later in life.

"Backbeat" is R-rated and as gritty and raw as the streets in which it takes place. The music, of course, is great. It's well worth checking out (if only to learn all about how the group got its famous hair-cut...), along with other John Lennon videos and albums. Or you can always buff up on your Beatles history with the wide range of books and videos at the library. And, of course, there will ALWAYS be the music.

Classical Bells Concert

Saturday December 17, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Feel the holiday spirit at the AADL's presentation of Michigan's premier handbell ensemble, Classical Bells. Listen to the beautiful sounds of sixty-eight bronze and six aluminum English handbells in the hands of these accomplished musicians.

This group of seasoned professionals, led by musical director Darlene Ebersole, has performed in concerts nationwide and appeared as featured performers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. In addition, they have performed in numerous events sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell ringers.

Blues & Boogie-Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball

Tuesday December 20, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Blues & Boogie-Woogie pianist Matthew Ball presents a fun American Roots program for all ages! This concert includes blues and boogie arrangements of classic American songs such as Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Sheik of Araby, Bumble Boogie, Pinetops Boogie, Cow Cow Blues, and more. Join us for an enjoyable family-friendly event of toe-tapping fun!

Strumming in Circles

Sunday December 18, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Are you an aspiring musician who likes to pluck some chords? Head downtown for a strumming hootenanny!

Bring your guitar, banjo, uke or any other tunable acoustic strumming stick as we play along together. An AADL staff member will lead the group through simple chord progressions. This event is for novice players looking for a chance to play some music with others. For Grades 6 - Adult.

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