"It Was Twenty Years Ago Today..I'd Love To Turn You On" - Jim Leonard Discusses Meaning, Memory And Marijuana In Sgt. Pepper

Tuesday April 17, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Forty-five years ago, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to an anxious world. Called "the greatest rock album," "the greatest pop album," "the greatest concept album," and simply "the greatest album" of all time, it is an art work, an artifice, and an artifact. But what does it mean?

Jim Leonard, freelance musicologist, takes his best shot at an answer at this event and promises that "A splendid time is guaranteed for all." This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Theater and held in conjunction with their April 21 concert - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Performed By THE FAB FAUX.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Left-Handed Piano, Poppy Punk, Ethereal Folksongs, Jazzy Imaginary Crime, Tranquil Compositions

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CLASSICAL / PIANO
Ivan Ilić: Dazzling Classical Piano
American pianist Ivan Ilić has recorded his 7th album for Magnatune, entitled Godowsky and Ecstasy, 22 Chopin Studies. Godowsky was a celebrity in his day. Artur Rubinstein said that "it would take him 500 years" to acquire Godowsky's technique. Rachmaninoff wrote that "Godowsky is the only musician of this age who has given a real, lasting contribution to the development of the piano". Following Godowsky's death in 1938, his compositions were largely ignored until the year 2000, when super-virtuoso pianists such as Marc-André Hamelin and Boris Berezovsky began to record and perform his works in concert. Ivan Ilić is the latest pianist to rise to the formidable challenge. His album focuses on the 22 Studies for the left hand alone, considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument. This album is a tour de force of virtuosity and musicianship.

ALT ROCK / PUNK
Midway Still: Sensitive and Loud, Punk with a Pop Center
Noise and melody working together to make a pop-punk gem. Midway Still packed this album full of songs that equal or surpass the band's earlier efforts, with plenty of Hüsker Dü-like pathos and flashes of Byrdsian vocal harmony adding a joyous innocence to proceedings. As in their earlier work, there's the gruff vocals, aggressive yet melodic guitar, Keith Moon-style power drumming and the catchiest hooks since, well, the last Midway Still album. After releasing their second album, "Life's Too Long", into the post-grunge world of 1993, Midway Still returned to the studio after a mere 17 year gap to record "Note To Self".

WORLD
Kitka: Eastern European Women's Vocal Music
Mysterious, yet joyful and celebratory as well, the close harmonies of the Eastern European women's vocal music ensemble, Kitka, provide a moving and deeply satisfying listening experience. The album, Nectar, features eighteen earthy and ethereal Balkan and Slavic folksongs including Kitka fan favorites such as "Shto Mi E Milo," "Dumai Zlato," "Tsintsharo," and "Hopp Ide Tiszt-n."

JAZZ / EXPERIMENTAL
Maurice and the Beejays: Music for Imaginary Films and Television Shows
Music of Maurice and the Beejays features jazz harmony, shifting time signatures, real and programmed instruments and found sounds. Influences range from Charles Mingus to Brian Eno and 60's and 70's British television shows such as "Randall and Hopkirk deceased".
The original idea for this album, Last of the Species, was to write songs about aspects of criminality:
Part 1 (Tracks 1-7) - Based on Shaft and set in the 23rd Century. Mr. Sex Millions controls the multi planet "prawnography" trade. Our hero doesn't make it.
Part 2 (Tracks 8 - 14) - Relaxed and jazzy with some vocal harmonies. Soundtrack for a day in the life of Alain Delon who is visiting the south coast of England to see his friend Hercule Poirot. A bright winters day in Bexhill on sea when something happens. Only the events have been changed to protect the guilty.

AMBIENT / ELECTRONIC
Sampson-Carroll: Lush and Minimal; Melodic and Drone-Like; Pastoral and Edgy
Mind-bending, relaxing, soothing, inner-peace inducing, meditative, endorphins for one's imagination -- they all apply to this collection of thoughtful and mature compositions. Your journey over the hill and far, far away from life's rough segments is only a listen away. Following gracefully in the sonic footprints left by their previous three albums, Sampson - Carroll's Ease brings the listener to a pinnacle point of ethereal loveliness.
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National Library Week Concert: Grammy-Winner Peter Madcat Ruth

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Tuesday April 10, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation and is a champion of the long-standing tradition of the one-man band. He sings and plays harmonica, guitar, high-hat, ukulele, jaw harp, banjo, kalimba, penny-whistle and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on.

Madcat's repertoire of songs, which he has written or collected over the last 50 years, is quite eclectic. Blues and American Roots Music songs predominate, but elements of Jazz and World Music are also part of the mix.

Madcat's enthusiasm is unpretentious and contagious. His audiences, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his performances. Check out or place holds on his albums!

You can also listen to our podcast with Madcat from 2009, where he talks about his career and musical influences...and treats us to his own indelible harmonica rendition of "Take 5."

Fear of Lethem

This month, 33 1/3, the intriguing music review book series, drops what is sure to be another gem into its readers' eager hands. One of my favorite writers, Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City (among others), tackles the seminal 1979 post-punk album, Fear of Music, by Talking Heads. Jump on the AADL hold list for this forthcoming book by clicking here.

Fans of Lethem's work will remember his stake in the late-70s Brooklyn scene in Fortress of Solitude, as well as in his collection of essays, The Disappointment Artist. Fans of Talking Heads will find Lethem's nervy characterizations of place and time a fine pairing with David Byrne's lyrics.

For those unfamiliar with the 33 1/3 book series, each book focuses on one album from one musical artist. The books are each written by a different author, ranging from critic to uber-fan to musician, and now, even to bestselling authors. I always look forward to tossing a great record on repeat and diving into the back-stories behind the songs and the personal connections to the author's life.

Teen Stuff: Music Magazines

Want to know what your favorite musicians are up to today? The AADL has eight magazine titles covering everything related to music. For the guitarists and drummers among us, check out Guitar World and Drum! magazine for techniques and tips from current and legendary players. For the latest news, pics, and updates from your favorite music makers, check out Revolver: The World's Loudest Rock Magazine, AP: Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, and XXL: Hip-hop on a Higher Level.

The AADL owns 47 teen magazine titles covering topics such as lifestyle, fashion, gaming, music, sports, celebrities, and everything in between. You can now request magazines for pickup at your local branch library.

Jazz And Boogie Woogie With Craig And Lori Brenner

Thursday March 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Called "a fine and funky pianist" by Living Blues magazine, Craig Brenner has also been voted Best Musician in Bloomington, Indiana by the Bloomington Independent. Lori Brenner adds vocals and percussion to many of Craig's original blues, jazz, and boogie woogie tunes, "and delights with her beautiful, melodious voice that's also filled to the brim with expressiveness" according to the Illinois Blues.

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 6: The San Francisco Symphony

Monday March 26, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 6 of the UMS Night School classes include include a discussion the sixth and final event in the series will feature discussion of the March performances of the San Francisco Symphony as well as a graduation celebration for this lecture series. The San Francisco Symphony performs a series of four concerts at Hill Auditorium from March 22 – 24.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

UMS Event for Teachers: Soundscapes: Engaged Listening In the Classroom

Led by Susan Key, Program Director of Keeping Score Education at the San Francisco Symphony, educators explore content and strategies for developing listening skills and integrated curricula for K-12. The workshop material is particularly appropriate for social studies, language arts, and environmental science curricula, but also offers specific exercises to help improve any student's focus and attention.

Connected to the UMS presentation of the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival, this workshop for K-12 educators focuses on the life and music of American composer, businessman, and inventor Charles Ives, whose music paints a multi-dimensional portrait of life in early 20th-century America.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 - 7:30 PM | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

UMS Night School: Explore Pure Michigan Renegade - Session 5:The Andersen Project/San Francisco Symphony

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Monday March 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Session 5 of the UMS Night School classes will include a 30 minute discussion of the March performance of The Andersen Project. The 60-minute introduction portion of this event will center on the upcoming concerts featuring the San Francisco Symphony – who will be performing a series of four concerts at Hill Auditorium from March 22 – 24.

Each session includes a presentation by a genre expert, an interactive exercise to draw you into the themes behind the performance, and a takeaway reading to enjoy on your own. Sessions are designed to engage you both with the UMS Pure Michigan Renegade series performances and with other audience members. These classes are hosted by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Philip A. Duey and the Original "Go Blue!"

Michigan's heading to the Big Dance this month and "Let's Go Blue" will be heard throughout the land as the Wolverines do battle in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. But there's an earlier fight song composed by the highly acclaimed Men's Glee Club director Philip A. Duey that, according to the Ann Arbor News, wowed them at the premiere on Saturday, April 2, 1966. Duey got out of bed at 3 a.m. just a few days before the concert and "went to his piano and composed the words and music for the new song in two hours." Professor Duey and "Go Blue!" received a standing ovation and Duey was "besieged by congratulatory phone call and letters."

We've digitized a selection of Ann Arbor News articles on Dr. Duey who served as director of the Men's Glee Club from 1947 to 1969 and transformed the UMMGC into an internationally-renowned organization. AADL has a recording of Duey's "Go Blue!" by the Men's Glee Club. Listen to an excerpt here. Want to perform your own version? We've got the sheet music in our reference collection.

Here are the lyrics to the original Go Blue! A bit more of a tongue-twister but maybe the magic of the Cazzie Russell years will rub off on the 2012 team if we all sing it together. Check out our Old News Feature on the Michigan Men's Basketball glory years of 1963 ~ 1966 as they marched to three consecutive Big 10 championships and three memorable trips to the Big Dance. We've digitzed articles on the Bloody Nose Kids. Why the nickname? Find out in our podcast with George Pomey, a starter in those magical years who went on to coach for the Wolverines and do color commentary at the games. He's Blue through and through.

Go Blue! by Philip A. Duey

In old Ann Arbor town there are men of great renown,
They are ever out to fight and win the game.

On the court or on the field,
There's a will to never yield,
And to bring our Alma Mater ev'ry fame.

Here's a university whose name will ever be,
The greatest and the fairest in the land.

And we praise her far and near,
With our voices strong and clear,
For we know, where ever we go,
That none with her may stand.

Chorus

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
No matter what the others have got,
They'll never come up to you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N Michigan!
Go Blue!

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