Grandes Dames de la Chanson.

Elle est arrivée sur la pointe des pieds dans le monde de la chanson française en 2005 mais a su rapidement, grâce à quelques titres marquant - Mise à nu, T’es beau ou encore Mal assis - séduire un public large et fourni. Auréolée d’un succès commercial probant, son premier album éponyme est double Disque d’or, et d’une tournée de plus de 150 dates dont un Olympia complet en 2006, Pauline Croze a accepté de tout remettre en jeu avec ce Bruit Qui Court. "Pas sûr que tout le monde suive, que tous mes fans m’accompagnent dans cette nouvelle aventure" mais l’important est ailleurs. Pauline n’est plus la même et veut le faire entendre.
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Crossroads: Literature and Music

In the late 19th century, the marriage of philosophical literature and modern music was epitomized by composer Richard Strauss. Consider Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, a symphonic work based on Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel, Thus Spake Zarathustra, which was published a mere 10 years earlier. Nietzche's novel captures several central tenets of his philosophy, namely, the superman, the will to power, and the idea of eternal recurrence. Take the force of these ideas and allow the compositional genius of Strauss to capture them in music, and you usher in 20th century music. Director Stanley Kubrick was impressed enough with the piece to use the opening measures during key scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Also check out Strauss' brilliant 1905 opera, Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's play of the same name, published approximately 10 years prior to the musical piece. The final scene of Salome continues to shock audiences and exalt sopranos in performances to this day.

Black Sea by Fennesz

Seeking an ambient cocoon in which to wrap yourself snugly? Check out Black Sea, the latest album from the Austrian experimental-electronic artist Christian Fennesz. You can listen to track 2 below, but the album is best enjoyed as a single performance from start to finish. Click here to request your copy today.

Artist: Fennesz

Album: Black Sea. Track 2    Fennesz - Black Sea - The Colour of Three

Leonard Cohen in Detroit

Back in the day, listening to Leonard Cohen did not make me sleepy, but lately . . . so I won’t be there this weekend when this remarkable Canadian singer-songwriter performs in Detroit’s Fox Theater. I do still like his music -- especially Suzanne -- and I’ve been following this tour, including shows in Chicago. I'm also intrigued by the DVD about Cohen's life I'm Your Man.

Breakin' Curfew - May 8


The Neutral Zone and the University Musical Society (UMS) present Breakin’ Curfew at The Power Center on Friday May 8, at 8pm. Now an annual event, this powerful show features teen acts that were scouted by teens, while being lead by UMS. The end performance showcases a wide variety of local teen talent in all forms and is truly electric. (i.e. If you don't dig the breakdancing, sit tight, the cellist is up next!) This show is popular and tends to sell out, so get your tickets!

Spring Books to Movies

The Soloist is based on The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music - an emotionally soaring drama in which Journalist Steve Lopez discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives.

Published in 1995, Bret Easton Ellis' The Informers is "a collection of loosely connected short stories that captures a week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence", now adapted as a major motion picture. Read more about Ellis and his interview about the movie.

Directed by Ron Howard, the much anticipation Angels & Demons will be in theaters on May 15th. Based on Dan Brown’s (2000) novel, Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon (in The Da Vinci Code) who finds that the Illuminati -- the most powerful underground organization with ancient roots is willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance its goals.

Greek urban folk song

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This Saturday, April 25, Rebetiki Istoria, a group that plays Rebetiki, a genre of urban popular song that developed in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century in Greece, Asia Minor and the United States, will give a rare performance in Ann Arbor. The group plays bouzouki, a six stringed lute, guitar and there is a vocalist. The songs are often sad, reflecting the difficulties of life of the urban poor. This is a special opportunity to hear the classic form of this music. The performance will be at the Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 936-6099.

To hear some of this music, check out the Library's recording of Archodorebetika as well as other recordings of Greek music.

Kids in Motion with Classical Music

Once again, you and some very lucky young children have two chances this Friday morning, April 24, (9:30 & 10:30) to listen and step to wonderful classical music. Kathryn Goodson and Eric Amidon will play piano and cello as Gari Stein leads you in listening, dancing and swaying to the beautiful music and a story. The program is a partnership with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and is always a great way to have fun learning at the Library!

김진표 5집

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2003년 jp4 이후, 5년만의 신보.
래퍼 김진표가 2003년 jp4 이후, 5년만의 신보를 발표하고 대중 속으로 파고들었다. 16트랙 전곡 작사, 작곡, 편곡까지 올 프로듀스를 맡은 김진표는 그의 작업실 ‘소리현상소’에서 거침없는 래퍼의 귀환을 일궈냈다. 3년을 넘게 작업한 이번 JP5는 여전히 저돌적이다. 그러나, 세상을 관조하는 미학의 깊이는 수록곡 면면에서 오롯이 드러난다. 김진표는 이번 음반에 대한 애정의 객관적 정표로 뉴욕에서 브라스 세션을 녹음하고 마스터링까지 함으로써 충실한 사운드를 걸러냈다. 수록곡 전곡을 그 누구에게도 손을 대게 하지 않음으로써 그의 음악적 성취를 충분히 엿보게 한다. 집시풍 사운드부터 트랜스까지 시대를 초월해서 보여주는 여러 가지 음악 스타일은 그의 음악적 스펙트럼을 투영하고 있다. 그 위에 뿌려져있는 다양한 스타일의 랩핑 역시 농익었다는 평가를 아울러 받아냈다. 트랙을 넘겨가다 보면 김진표가 바라보는 세상과 인생에 관한 고민과 성찰이 또렷이 각인되어 있다.

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The Story Of The Boll Weevil Jass Band


Travel back in time to the late 1950’s when a new jazz band made up of a motley crew of residents and students was formed in Ann Arbor. Known as the Boll Weevil Jass Band (aka The Weevils) they played gigs at fraternity and sorority houses and staged several public concerts. On Sunday, April 19, 3pm - 4:30pm at Malletts Creek Branch, music expert (and co-founder of the Weevils) Mike Montgomery will discuss Dixieland Jazz in Ann Arbor and play excerpts from Weevil recordings to illustrate the various musical conventions used, such as breaks, stop-time, after beats, double-time and changing keys.

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