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Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer

Join composer/violinist Alicia Svigals and jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer for an evening of Ukrainian Jewish folk music with a contemporary spin, Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7pm, Morphy Hall, Mead Witter School of Music.

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On Wisconsin magazine article highlights our robust record collection amid resurgent interest in vinyl records.

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  • Happy Earth Day! Are you familiar with ecomusicology? Aaron S. Allen defines it thusly in his 2013 Grove Music Online entry: “Ecomusicology, or ecocritical musicology, is the study of music, culture, and nature in all the complexities of those terms. Ecomusicology considers musical and sonic issues, both textual and performative, related to ecology and the natural environment.” We went into our stacks and pulled three titles representing this interdisciplinary approach: Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment, by Mark Pedelty. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012. [ML3534 P38 2012] Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature, edited by Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe. New York: Routledge, 2016. [ML3799.3 .C87 2016] A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism, by Mark Pedelty. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2016. [ML3799.3 .P44 2016] We encourage you to explore these and other works in this burgeoning field of inquiry. #ecomusicology #earthday #millsmusiclibrary
  • Can I kick it? Yes you can! We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this new book. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, by Hanif Abdurraqib. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019. [ML421 .T762 W55 2019] The cover copy gives you what you need to know, but there’s so much more to experience inside. From the publisher: “Abdurraqib traces the Tribe
  • April is APIDA Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Many Histories, Shared Future.” Student employee Nong Thao has created a display of LPs to celebrate the contributions of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American musicians among our holdings. One of these records is A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America, a 1973 release on Paredon Records, which is part of our Marshall F. Granros Collection. [Ethno Coll E 1482] This LP of folk songs and protest songs is also available to stream online via Smithsonian Global Sound—we have a link on our home page. There are many more APIDA Heritage Month events remaining, including this evening’s VisibiliTEA, a peer discussion group intended for self-identified APIDA students. That’s happening at the Multicultural Student Center, 6-7:30pm. @uwmulticultural #apidaheritagemonth #apida #uwapidahm #paredonrecords #marshallfgranroscollection #millsmusiclibrary
  • William Basinski performs this evening at the Play Circle in Memorial Union, thanks to @wudmusic bringing him to campus. We’re revisiting his Epiphanies contribution from The Wire, Issue 344, October 2012. [ML5 W57] Basinski recalls several formative experiences from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including getting to open for David Bowie in 1983 as the sax player in The Rockats. Favorite quote: “My music teachers in high school were training me to be the first clarinet in The New York Philharmonic, but all I wanted to be was David Bowie!” Basinski had a cassette of his Shortwavemusic on hand, and Bowie’s manager said he would pass it on and introduce him. Bowie told Basinski he loved his horn playing, and invited him to watch his set from the wings. We have Basinski’s Shortwavemusic on a compilation CD given away to all subscribers of The Wire with Issue 238, December 2003. Raster-Noton Archiv 1: Compilation 1997-2003. [COMP DISC 3529 no.238] #williambasinski #shortwavemusic #thewiremagazine #millsmusiclibrary
  • Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, will be on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time today, talking to host Rob Ferrett about the Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, which are part of our Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, being inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The interview is scheduled to air from 3:30-3:45pm local time. Listen live over the air, or online on The Ideas Network, via wpr.org. The segment will be available online via the Central Time Archives tomorrow. #wisconsinpublicradio #centraltime #lambertyiddishcylinders #yiddish #waxcylinder #mayrentcollectionofyiddishrecordings #nationalrecordingregistry #millsmusiclibrary