Category Archives: New in the Library

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.

ContempBrdwyDuets

Quick Ref M 1507 .C6769 2014

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

BlogAvenueQ

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

BlogHeights

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

BlogMem

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

BlogOnce

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

BlogSpring

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

BlogYoung

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

miles davis vs jazz cover

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

Music Library Open Stacks ML141 .P2C57 2010

 

 

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!

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Library staff recommendation: The Color Revolution

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

 

The Color Revolution / Regina Lee Blaszczyk.
Greenfield Open Stacks 658.823 B613c

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

 

New in the Music Library: The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer

The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer / Colin Grant. NY: W. W. Norton, c2011. Music Library ML 385 .G726 2011

“Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers-one of the most influential groups in popular music. Colin Grant presents a lively history of this remarkable band from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and then international superstardom. With energetic prose and stunning, original research, Grant argues that these reggae stars offered three models for black men in the second half of the twentieth century: accommodate and succeed (Marley), fight and die (Tosh), or retreat and live (Livingston [Bunny Wailer]). Grant meets with Rastafarian elders, Obeah men (witch doctors), and other folk authorities as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Jamaica’s famously impenetrable culture. Much more than a top-flight music biography, The Natural Mystics offers a sophisticated understanding of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, and religion-a portrait of a seminal group during a period of exuberant cultural evolution.” [product description]

Check out what else the UArts Libraries have on reggae music. Feelin’ irie? Go to Music Online and search by genre for reggae or ska.Please note that Music Online is a subscription resources for current UArts students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access requires logging in.

New exhibition catalog features UArts artists

The 29th Annual Exhibition of
the Emirates Fine Arts Society

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid
Greenfield Open Stacks 709.05 Em48 2011

The University Libraries has recently acquired the exhibition catalog for
the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

Curated by Layla Juma Rashid, the exhibition includes the works of 12 artists from the University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art: Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, Kris Strawser, Harry Hukkinen, Guy Loraine, David Chatfield, Lauren McCarty, Marge Renno, Michele Kishita, Carrice McKinstry, Tae Gyun Yoon, and Andrew Walker.

As well as artists’ works and statements (in both English and Arabic), Joe Girandola, director of the MFA program, has an essay entitled Still Melting…

Congratulations to the students and Professor Girandola on a wonderful exhibition!

New Book Edited by UArts Professor Virginia Bower

Jingdezhen ware porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty before 1585
Jingdezhen ware porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty before 1585

The UArts Libraries is proud to add Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (Greenfield Open Stacks 738.0951 C441li) to its collection. Virgina L. Bower, an adjunct associate professor at the University of the Arts, is one of the editors of this beautifully illustrated book on the history Chinese ceramics from Yale University Press.

To create such an in-depth catalogue of one of China’s most celebrated artistic forms took ten years of collaboration among Chinese, American, and Japanese scholars, including Professor Bower. She says of the project:

“Editing Chinese Ceramics was among the most challenging tasks I’ve ever undertaken, but it was also among the most rewarding. All the scholars—from China, Japan and the United States worked hard to fully discuss and illustrate the best works from all over the world; it really was a global team effort.”

Chinese Ceramics will be on display in the Greenfield Library until the end of the semester. Congratulations, Professor Bower!

Book Published by UArts Foundation Professor Buy Shaver

Buy Shaver, a 2D Foundation professor, has had a book published by The University of Chicago press. Titled Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design, Professor Shaver’s book is a step-by-step approach to the basic elements of successful two-dimensional art. To achieve this, Professor Shaver writes in the book’s introduction that “an artist must firstly get the viewer’s attention and secondly must control how the viewer perceives a composition.” This is accomplished though “visual dynamics – contrast, motion, and noise.”

This is a terrific resource for both faculty and students. Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design will take the reader through line, shape, value, color, and, of course, feeling. You’ll learn why “sex, death, food, and all things cuddly” are so important to good artwork!

The Foundation Department is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Shaver on Wednesday, February 26. Join him as he discusses his book and his approach to teaching two-dimensional design. The lecture will be held in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
from Buy Shaver's 2006 installation at the Philadelphia Art Alliance