LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Dream Pop, Toot Your Flute, Where is Skultuna?

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POP / ROCK
Yongen: Transnational Dream Pop Luxury
Give a listen to the elegant dream pop of Yongen, the project name of songwriting team Chieko and Toshio Kamei. A modern crooner a la Bryan Ferry, Toshio's voice has a refined, architectural quality about it; he arcades serenely through the big, curvaceous melodies of Moonrise, giving the entire album a great neo-debonair sound. Rhythmically this album contains lots of savvy bossa nova and samba references; tailored synths keep the overall tone airy and modern. An exquisite blend of transnational influences and lush sound.

NEW AGE / WORLD / FLUTE
Suzanne Teng: World Flute With a Serene Energy
Enchanted Wind might be global flutist Suzanne Teng's best yet: seven long tracks that showcase her sinuous, slowly unfolding melodies on the alto flute, bass flute, and the rare contrabass flute. The mood here is profoundly quiet and serene; there are no beats at all and the accompaniment on harp, dulcimer, harmonium, and zither is delicate and minimal. The approach shows the full scope of Teng's talent too; stripped of adornment, you really hear how masterful her tone and breath control are, and the music itself is timeless.

ELECTRONICA
Wicked Boy: A Wicked Mix of Ambient/Jungle/Trash Trance
Straight from Skultuna, Sweden, comes the fantastically dark and deeply textured ambient-trash-trance of Wicked Boy, whose influences include Massive Attack, Yello, Prodigy, and Depeche Mode. This album, "The Treatment", is full of gritty beats and smart loops. Listen for the icily femme vocals on the title track that contrast with the gritty, brooding backdrop. Other standouts include "Pressure," "Strange Days" and "Wide Dynamics."

Maker Music For Teens And Adults: Atari Punk Circuit

Saturday June 15, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Ann Arbor Hacker-Makers of All Hands Active will show us how to use basic circuitry to create a musical instrument, the Atari Punk Circuit. The Circuit uses basic electronics and two knobs to allow people to create basic two-tone electronic sounds.

Learn a bit about electricity, circuits, and have some fun trying out making different sounds. While you're at the Library, take a look at the Music Tools collection, too!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Kids Rock Music Workshop: Songwriting The ICV Way

Sunday June 16, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Meet Ice Cream Vendors in person on the afternoon of their Top Of The Park Kids Rock performance.

Ice Cream Vendors songs are all written and composed with a collaborative effort. For this workshop, ICV's Jon Kostal and Greg Barnett let you in on their unique approach to songwriting. Learn about song inspiration based on unusual everyday sources.

The workshop will also feature an interactive demonstration.

For Grades K-5.

Summer Game Kick-Off Concert @ TOP: Ice Cream Vendors

Sunday June 16, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts return!! Kick off the 2013 AADL Summer Game at this family-friendly concert with Ice Cream Vendors on the Rackham stage!

Chicago's unique musical institution-Ice Cream Vendors-are not just a musical duo but a mysterious life force! Songs about beta data, bacon men, and sharing eyeglasses will have you smiling and geeking out right alongside them!

Sign up for the AADL Summer Game at the concert, and be one of the leaders for great summer game prizes.

Kids Rock Music Workshop With The Not-Its!

Sunday June 30, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Meet The Not-Its! in person on the afternoon of their Top Of The Park Kids Rock performance.

This hands-on music creation workshop will give music lovers and fans a chance to learn how The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, to create pop gems.

Meet them in person as they teach you how they create their fantastic sounds.

This event is for grades K - 5.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: The Not-Its!

Sunday June 30, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts continue!! Do not miss this final family-friendly concert in the series with The Not-Its! on the Rackham stage!

Seattle kindie rock band The Not-Its! took the children's music world by storm with their award-winning debut album, We Are The Not-Its! Featuring lead vocals by Sarah Shannon (of lauded '90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl). Their high-energy performance makes the ENTIRE family want to dance along and jump up and down.

This event is for all ages.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: The Candy Band

Sunday June 23, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts continue! The Candy Band is a punk rock band founded by four Detroit area moms who were tired of what they deemed wimpy music for kids. They took a stand, and in 2003 formed The Candy Band, playing punk covers of nursery rhymes, movie themes and other children's favorites, along with original tunes.

Presented by AADL and the Summer Festival

An Introduction To Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" With Music Expert Richard LeSueur

Sunday June 9, 2013: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will provide a delightful introduction to Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro". He will discuss the plot, the relationship of the characters and provide recordings for listening examples.

This event is held in conjunction with Arbor Opera Theater's production of "The Marriage Of Figaro" at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, June 13-16.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Where is Kabylia?, Chillout Funk, Vivaldi on Cello

YOU can access over 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!

WORLD
Moh Alileche: Music of the Mountains of Kabylia
With the soul and spirit of Algeria's mountainous region of Kabylia, Moh Alileche has been promoting Amazigh (Berber) culture since the early nineties. This release, "When the Dust Settles", finds him more politically engaged and musically forceful than ever. Track after track, Alileche's silken voice bears the raspy edge of hard experience and hard-earned moral authority as he addresses deep matters of invasion, repression, human love and the tumultuous changes sweeping North Africa. "It started in Tunisia" he sings in one trenchant track.

ROCK / FUNK
Made of Wood: Groove Laden Funk
"Birds of the State Fair" is an eclectic carnival of funky grooves, blending "organic" instrumentation, like piano and upright bass, with electronic samples and beats. The inspirations for the sounds are wide-ranging: from Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack, to the Meters, Parliament Funkadelic, Radiohead and Air. Made of Wood also draws from a classical background and classic film composers, such as Lalo Schifrin.

CLASSICAL
Vito Paternoster: Cellist Extraordinaire
Vito Paternoster performed has performed Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" perhaps 1000 times in 35 years all around the world. He has also recorded it 6 times with the best Italian violinists (three times with the label Philips Classic-Universal, once with Sony jp, twice with Arcadia kr). He now proposes his own version, according to the ancient stylistic of transposition in forma di sonata, which is this recording before you now. "Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons in forma di sonata for cello", a recording not to be missed.

Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of the rock group The Doors, has died

Ray Manzarek, keyboard genius and co-founder (with the late Jim Morrison) of The Doors died yesterday in Rosenheim, Germany.

A chance meeting on a California beach in 1965 between Morrison and Manzarek sparked one of the most successful rock bands in U.S. music history. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek stayed busy in the music world, working with the punk band X and collaborating with Michael McClure on the documentary Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rossett and Grove Press (2008).

Manzarek loved to tell the story about how The Doors seriously aggravated Ed Sullivan on September 17, 1967 for their first and only appearance on his variety show. Sullivan made the band swear they would NOT sing the word 'higher' when performing Light My Fire ("You know that it would be untrue, You know that I would be a liar, If I was to say to you, Girl, we couldn't get much higher"). The group promised -- "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure." -- and then performed it as written. Sullivan cancelled all their future performances.

Mr. Manzarek, who was 74, had been battling bile duct cancer.

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