The UArts Libraries wish to congratulate Henry Tirfe for being selected as one of five top solo artists in the College Big Band division at the 46th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California.
Not only is UArts School of Music student Henry Tirfe a great saxophonist, he is also a super-valued library student worker!
A junior in the UArts School of Music, Henry began working here in the Fall of 2015. He performed at the recent Next Generation Jazz Festival in California with the UArts “Z” Big Band, a finalist in the College Big Band Division.
“This was a first for me, a first for the ‘Z’ Big Band, and most importantly a first for the entire University,” said Tirfe. “I felt very proud flying back to Philadelphia bringing a trophy back for this school.”
And we are proud of him!
Current UArts students, faculty, and staff can also listen to the tunes as originally recorded via Naxos Music Library Jazz and Music Online, respectively, available on the Audio and Video Online library webpage.
Our congratulations to director Matt Gallagher, the amazing students of the ‘Z’ Big Band, and again to outstanding soloist –and an outstanding work study student– Henry Tirfe!
Like World music?
You need to check out our new database:
“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.
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.
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.
Pictured above is UArts junior and Music Library work-study student Henry Tirfe alongside saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, currently playing on Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour.
Also present from Stevie’s horn section were sax player Peter Ortega and trumpeter Adam Dwight.
This photo was taken earlier this month on Monday, October 6th, at U-Bahn’s Monday night jam session led weekly by Philadelphian pianist Luke Carlos. This was a bit of a rare moment because nobody knew that anyone from Wonder’s band would show this night. It turns out they were in town for a show at the Wells Fargo Center as well as to present a master class during the week. Great tunes by D’Angelo, Jill Scott, and even Common were played. This was a great experience for all!
Stevie Wonder and his band had their show on October 7th, 2015 as part of the Songs in the Key of Life tour, but you can still check out his Songs in the Key of Life album, along with lots of other Stevie materials, in the UArts Music Library today! Scroll down to see more.
Songs In The Key Of Life (sound recording)
The Sound Of Stevie Wonder: In His Words And Music
Stevie Wonder: A Musical Guide To The Classic Albums
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey Of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions
by Henry Tirfe, UArts Class of 2017
“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!
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.
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
Written in the Stars
Avenue Q (CD4763)
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
Legally Blonde (CD7223)
Take It Like a Man
Little Women (CD6069)
More Than I Am
The Most Amazing Thing
Music of My Soul
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)
Shrek the Musical (CD7929)
I Think I Got You Beat
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (CD6810)
I Just Can’t Walk Away
Spring Awakening (CD5608)
Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind
The Word of Your Body
13- The Musical (CD coming soon!)
[Title of Show] (CD coming soon!)
Nobody in New York
As Long as You’re Mine
What is This Feeling?
Young Frankenstein (CD5917)
My name is Jim Cowen and I am the new Music Reference Librarian at the University Libraries. Since I started in the middle of Fall 2014, I thought I would take the start of this new semester as a chance to introduce myself. As a University of the Arts School of Music Class of 2001 alumnus, and a previous University Libraries employee from about 2001-2006, I am thrilled to be back here at UArts in my new capacity.
I will be working out of the Music Library, which is located on the third floor of the Merriam Theater building. I welcome visitors at any time to help with reference queries, give a tour, or just to say hello. Appointments are always welcome too, but certainly not needed. My office may be in a dark corner of the library, but my door is always open! I am developing expertise in our streaming audio and video databases and would love to show those to you.
In addition to providing reference in the Music Library, I’ll bring the show to you: if you ever need in-class instruction in Library services, just let me know. This is especially true for the School of Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, since I am your new library liaison. Any time you have questions about library services and resources, or wish to arrange research instruction sessions, please drop me a line. I truly look forward to working with you.
Random fun facts…
- I still have pretty much every action figure I have ever owned since childhood, and I am still buying more. Recent acquisitions:
- I have two awesome cats, Butters and Tuxedo. Can you guess which one is Tux?
- I used to wear make-up and play in an eighties hair metal cover band.
Related fun facts…
- Finishing up my MLIS from Drexel University
- Libraries at which I have worked:
- Rowan University Music Library
- Ocean County College Library
- Collingswood Public Library (intern)
- Ocean County Library
You made it to the end! Awesome.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Music Reference Librarian
The University of the Arts, University Libraries
320 S Broad St ~ Philadelphia PA 19102
email@example.com ~ 215.717.6293 ~ Fax: 215-717-6287
We are pleased to announce a new series of free limited edition pins for the UArts community. Philly Jazz Masters will focus on famous jazz musicians who were born, lived in, or made their careers in our great city of Philadelphia. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to library resources.
The first pin in this series is of Billie Holiday, from her Giants of Jazz album cover. There are only 25 pins available of this type. Visit either of the UArts Libraries and get yours!
To listen to Billie Holiday’s recordings or learn about her life, visit the UArts Music Library on the third floor of the Merriam Building!
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.
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The hammered dulcimer is a musical instrument which is an object of fascination here at UArts Libraries, as we now have two new staff members who are players, myself being one of them! This instrument has been used for centuries in various forms and has ancient roots, and yet its enchanting sound can still hold modern audiences in awe. Questions often abound when people come within earshot of the dulcimer. Many feel beguiled by its sounds but are unfamiliar with the outlandish contraption producing them. Here, then, is a quick history and guide to this remarkable instrument, written in hopes that the UArts community will be just as fascinated by the dulcimer as we are!
So what is this thing, and where is the hammer? The instrument itself is a trapezoidal box with two main bridges (though some contain several smaller bridges), with strings strung lengthways over one of the bridges while diving under the other. The highest pitches are located on the narrower upper part of the instrument, and the lower pitches toward the wider bottom. Dulcimers come in many sizes and ranges, with some being diatonic and others fully chromatic. No matter the size, they all have a plethora of strings, with each note being double-stringed. My own personal dulcimer has 64 strings. Knowing that, you can probably imagine that tuning can take a while, as each string terminates at a tunable peg. These instruments are played with mallets, referred to as hammers. This feature gives this instrument its distinction in nomenclature from another dulcimer – the Appalachian dulcimer, which, though beautiful in of itself, is unrelated to the hammered dulcimer in terms of development.
The North American hammered dulcimer’s roots are a subject of debate. Some claim that the instrument derives from an older European native, while others contend that the instrument’s ancient origins stem from the Middle-East. Most agree, however, that the dulcimer began as a plucked instrument and gradually transformed into one which is now hit by mallets. The English word for the instrument, “dulcimer”, comes from “dulce melos”, Latin for “sweet sounds” (the same word “dulce” as in the drink “dulce de leche”). As previously mentioned, the “hammered” in dulcimer comes from calling the mallets it’s played with “hammers”, and is not, as some suspect, a reference to the player’s state of intoxication. The dulcimer crossed the Atlantic with the very first English colonizers of North America. Here, it became a common instrument in dance and string band music, acting as primarily a chording instrument. As its development continued, it became the basis for the harpsichord and later, the piano. When affordable pianos came into the mainstream during the late 19th century, both Europe and the US saw a decline of interest in dulcimers. However, since the folk revival of the 1960s, dulcimers are now back on the scene… albeit in an abbreviated niche role.
Today, many dulcimerists specialize in traditional British and Celtic music, fairly similar to what early Euro-Americans would play. Many players can be seen at events such as Renaissance faires, historical reenactments, folk festivals, and even an Irish music session or two. Some of today’s dulcimer players have also expanded from the realm of tradition to experiment with limits of this powerful and evocative instrument, engaging more modern genres like jazz, blues, new age, and even rock and roll. I have done this in my own dulcimer playing, as many of my original pieces contain elements of Celtic stylings mixed with more modern chord progressions. I even amp up the hammered dulcimer for use in a rock band! This beautiful and compelling instrument is certainly full of possibility, and is waiting to be rediscovered by ears hungry for something different.
If you are compelled to give this instrument a listen or learn more about it, the UArts Music Library offers a smattering of resources on the subject. These include several books and CDs. Here are some good starters.
For more music, check out the Music and Performing Arts section of Alexander Street Press. Search for “hammered dulcimer”.
And, from Grove Music Online, two reference articles (with bibliographies) I used in writing this entry:
1. . “Hammered dulcimer.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 15 Oct. 2014. <http://0-www.oxfordmusiconline.com.catalog.library.uarts.edu/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2241395>
2. . “Dulcimer.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 15 Oct. 2014. <http://0-www.oxfordmusiconline.com.catalog.library.uarts.edu/subscriber/article/grove/music/08294>
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