New database: Naxos Music Library World

Like World music?

You need to check out our new database:

Naxos-World

“An invaluable resource for World music enthusiasts”

 

Naxos Music Library World has over 5,370 albums with more materials being added weekly. Although NML-W is centered around the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog, lots of additional recordings from labels like Sony, Warner, Arc, Celestial Harmonies, and Naxos World are available as well.

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Found a few tracks you enjoy? Sign up for a free account and create your own personal playlists! You can also browse playlists created by other users or specifically by fellow UArts users;  this database is new to us, of course, so will you be the first to make a UArts World music playlist?!?

Sure, you can search by title, artist, or composer, but you can also search by country/geographical area, language, instruments used, and more. Another great option is to browse by list of cultural groups or geographic areas. From on-campus and off-campus, you can access NML-W anytime and anywhere to take advantage of these great features and explore some different musics.

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To check out NML-W, visit the UArts Libraries’ homepage then click the link for Audio/Video Online at the bottom of the page in the Online Resources sections. Find Naxos Music Library World in the alphabetical list, click the link, and you made it. Remember, when using the campus network you’ll be taken right in, but for off-campus access current UArts students, faculty, and staff can simply enter their UArts email user name and password.

Got questions? Good!
Swing by the Music Library or Greenfield Library
today and ask away!

Kanopy

Kanopy is the newest video database available to the UArts community. With over 12,000 videos available to stream online both on and off campus, Kanopy vastly increases the UArts Libraries’ video collection. These thousands of videos are divided into ten categories: Film & Popular, The Arts, Business, Education (K-12), Global Studies & Languages, Health, Media & Communications, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technical Training. These are further broken down into subcategories which offer you suggestions over a gigantic variety of topics.

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New movies are constantly being added as well. On the front page of Kanopy, there are various scrolling selections of movies. At the very top are new additions but there are also more personalized categories, such as “Student Summer Pics,” “Celebrate LGBT,” or “Independent Cult and Horror Films.”

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Kanopy also provides films and TV broadcasts from renowned distribution companies and broadcasting networks such as The Criterion Collection, PBS, The BBC, Janson Media, Kino Lorber Edu, and First Run Features, as well as many others.

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Additionally, members of the UArts community are able to create their own personal profiles. With these, students, faculty and staff can create playlists, save clips from videos, add videos to their “watch list” to view later, and see their viewing history.

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There is something for everyone on Kanopy, from 50s horror movies to French art films to multi-part Ken Burns documentaries. Go to library.uarts.edu today to give it a try!

New Arrival: the Girls in the Band on DVD

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“The film follows the story of several jazz pioneers, including saxophonist Roz Cron, trombonist Melba Liston, trumpeter Clora Bryant and pianists Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, as well as all-female bands, such as the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which toured the country. Among the contemporary female musicians featured in the documentary are bassist Esperanza Spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, composer Maria Schneider, clarinetist Anat Cohen and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.” ~ Downbeat

This recently released documentary DVD directed by Judy Chaikin is now available in the Music Library – and this documentary has everyone talking!

“The Girls in the Band manages to cram a lot into 87 deftly edited minutes. And in its sprint across the decades and musical eras, it highlights the travails and triumphs of dozens of unheralded or underappreciated jazzwomen.” ~ JazzTimes

“… the pic may prompt a rewrite of jazz history.” ~ Variety

The Girls in the Band is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.” ~ New York Times

Swing by and check out this new award winning film, certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, to enjoy good music and maybe even learn some things while you are groovin’!

In addition to the full length movie, this education packet includes:

♦ A 57-minute educational version of The Girls in the Band for classroom use

♦ A detailed discussion guide for use in classrooms or public screenings

Also included in this educational edition is a bonus thumb drive featuring:

♦ Historical biographies of female jazz musicians from the 1920s to the present day

♦ An extensive bibliography used in developing the film’s content

♦ Breaking Through: a twenty-track collection of recordings by both historic and contemporary women musicians

♦ A link to speeches by former Grammy CEO and The Girls in the Band Executive Producer Michael Greene on relevant topics such as Freedom of Expression, Funding for Arts Education, Copyright Protection, Funding for the Arts Endowments and more.

Check it out today!

Staff Recommendation: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you missed the January 10 – April 5, 2015, exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, fear not: the UArts Greenfield Library has the 210-page hardcover edition of the exhibition catalog for Represent: 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2014), Greenfield Open Stacks 704.03960748 Sh26r. The catalog has many images that were not included in the exhibition, so it’s a special treat to possibly find additional works by artists you may have enjoyed in the show. Information about the exhibit is still available at http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/2015/815.html

Of special interest to the UArts community are five UArts alumni featured in the exhibit:

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Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. (Class of 1930)

Smoking My Pipe, 1934

 

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Claude Clark (Class of 1939)

Time-Out, 1939-40

 

Freelon, Allan Randall. Our Lady of Good Voyage.

 

Allan Randall Freelon (Class of 1916)

Our Lady of Good Voyage, before 1935

 

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Paul F. Keene, Jr. (attended 1939-41, faculty member, 1954-68)

Three Graces, 1960

 

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Jayson Musson (Class of 2002)

Trying to Find Our Spot Off in That Light, Light off in Our Spot, 2014

Also of note: UArts Museum Studies faculty member Helen Shannon contributed the Jacob Lawrence essay. Come check out the book and enjoy!

New Arrival in the Music Library: Contemporary Broadway Vocal Duets

As spring slowly awakens, what better time to sing a vocal duet with someone you love? Or at least, someone whose voice you love and whose voice compliments your own!

So stop in and check out the UArts Libraries’ new Broadway duet songbook. Housed in the Music Library’s Quick Reference section, this book features 31 songs from 19 musicals.

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What songs from which 19 musicals, you ask?
Does the Music Library also have the compact discs
of said musicals to check out, you query?

Well, check out this list:

The Addams Family (CD6509)
Crazier Than You
Live Before We Die

Aida (CD7480)
Elaborate Lives
Written in the Stars

Avenue Q (CD4763)
Schadenfreude

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Bring It On (CD7410)
We’re Not Done

Ghost the Musical (CD6893 & CD7121)
Here Right Now
Three Little Words

In the Heights (CD5992)
When the Sun Goes Down

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Legally Blonde (CD7223)
Legally Blonde
Take It Like a Man

Little Women (CD6069)
More Than I Am
The Most Amazing Thing

Memphis (CD6890)
Music of My Soul

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Monty Python’s Spamalot (CD5177)
I’m All Alone
The Song that Goes Like This

Newsies – the Musical (CD7118)
Something to Believe In

Once (CD 7056)
Falling Slowly

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Shrek the Musical (CD7929)
I Think I Got You Beat
Travel Song

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (CD6810)
I Just Can’t Walk Away
No More

Spring Awakening (CD5608)
Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind
The Word of Your Body

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13- The Musical (CD coming soon!)
Tell Her

[Title of Show] (CD coming soon!)
Secondary Characters
Nobody in New York

Wicked (CD4762)
As Long as You’re Mine
For Good
What is This Feeling?

Young Frankenstein (CD5917)
Together Again

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Staff Recommendation: We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz

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A new arrival at the Music Library, We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz is a comprehensive and engrossing look at the life and times of Davis and the enormous contributions he made to the world of jazz. Further, it’s a fascinating look into the era that Davis’ music sprang from, telling an important story not only in musical history but in social history as well.

The books spans the story of Davis’ career, telling the tale of his early life in St. Louis, his nights in New York clubs, and his long recording career, in which he played with many greats of his era, always exploring new styles and pushing boundaries. We’re given a tour of how Davis helped define bebop, and went on to pioneer cool jazz, hard bop and modal jazz. Later he embraced new styles like rock and jazz fusion.  Interesting, unsavory, sweet, and often gritty, Davis’ story is a window on the experience and trials of life as both a black man and a jazz musician in this period.

We Want Miles is a beautiful book in and of itself, using numerous devices to capture the reader. Large vibrant photos accompany the text on almost every page, immersing the reader in the visual and historical context of the story (the book was originally published in French to accompany an exhibition by the Musée de la Musique, Paris, and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2009-2010). Anecdotes by people who worked with or knew Davis often supplement the central narrative, which refresh the reader and give the story personal depth. The narrative is a chronology of Davis’ life told as an almost intimate story, written with all of its deserving ingredients, heat, and spice.  This style whets the reader’s palate for more rather than drying it with an overly clinical style of academic writing.

In short, We Want Miles feels part biography and part ethnomusicology, a book for studying but also one for storytelling, a look at an important life in music history – jazzed up.

We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz

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Library iPad Apps – The Fantastic Flying Books…

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful iPad app adaptation of the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

The app follows the same story as the short film, but also includes interactive sequences that enhance the user’s experience. From simple animations when you tap on certain parts in the story to animations such as a piano keyboard for you to play with, the app is downright adorable.

The other main difference between the film and the app is the inclusion of narration by Mike Martindale. While the film is without dialogue, the app as well as the book adaptation include a written story describing the events of the film. Though the story is obviously geared towards younger audiences, it is still quaint and touching enough to be enjoyed by all lovers of books and stories.

http://moonbotstudios.com/the-fantastic-flying-books-of-mr-morris-lessmore-storybook-app/#.VDUuMyldXDw

 

Limited Edition Library Pin #2

We have given away the last of our second Limited Edition Library Pin. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!

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Don’t fret, the third in our series will be coming soon.

Hot Off the Presses

Now available at the Greenfield Library circulation desk is the second edition of a limited edition library pin series. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to the library resource highlighted on the pin. This month’s featured image:

Barnett, Mac, and Jon Klassen. Extra Yarn. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2012.

Only 25 pins are available, so pick yours up today!

To hear about forthcoming pins in this series, and other library news, follow us onFacebook (facebook.com/UArtsLibraries), Twitter (@UArtsLibraries) or Instagram(instagram.com/uartslibraries).

 

UArts Libraries Open House

Come meet your librarians and learn about library resources.

Greenfield and Music Library tours will be held at 2:00, 2:30 & 3:30 pm. Participate in a tour and you can enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. Participate in both tours and enter to win twice!

Come eat snacks! Take pictures in the Instagram photo booth and make buttons in the Greenfield Library!

 

 

Library staff recommendation: The Color Revolution

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An array of chips showing the range of plastic molding compound colors available from Monsanto

 

The Color Revolution / Regina Lee Blaszczyk.
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This fascinating book looks at the behind-the-scenes story of the people and industries behind color and consumers’ interaction with it. Blaszczyk writes in her introduction: “We cannot truly understand designed objects or technological systems outside of their historical, industrial, technical, social, and cultural contexts. This is especially true of managed color, a modern technology that was developed through a drawn-out process and carried out by countless actors and gatekeepers.” (p. 19) This is a story of chemistry and dyeing, art and of science, haute couture, department stores, taste-making, paint colors, and printing, told from Blaszczyk’s point of view as an historian and sociologist.

There is also a great deal of local color in this book: Philadelphia was a huge manufacturing center of textiles and chemicals, including dyeing, and the DuPont Company is featured prominently in the content. Of even more local interest is a UArts alumna, Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenewalt. Greenewalt was deeply interested in the relationship between music and color, and believed this to be a new art form that she called Nourathar. Greenewalt graduated in 1893 from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, which is now the UArts School of Music. The UArts Music Library holds Greenewalt’s book, Nourathar: The Fine Art of Light Color Playing, in its Special Collections, and Greenewalt’s papers are held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 13th and Locust.

Greenewalt seated at one of her inventions