by Brent Palmer on April 29th, 2016
If you have any interest in world music and don’t yet know Orchestra Baobab, I encourage you to give this band a try. This Senegalese group has a spicy blend of musical styles that include Cuban rhythms, classic West African drumming, mbira-like guitar and a vocal style from the West-African griot storytellers. It’s really fun to listen to. Baobab made up of musicians from all around West Africa including Mali, Togo, Guinea and the Casamance region of Senegal. They sing in many different languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Wolof. We currently own only one album but it’s a really good one. If you enjoyed Buena Vista Social Club, it will be an easy transatlantic hop into this music. Request it right now.
Clip of Cabral by Orchestra Baobab
by Kara Logsden on April 7th, 2016
On April 13, 2016 at Noon, Preucil School of Music staff and students return to the Iowa City Public Library for a Special Music on Wednesday program celebrating “Notes of Spring.”
Music on Wednesday is a part of the Music is the Word series welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. More information about Music is the Word, including a schedule of programs, is available at www.icpl.org/mitw.
“Notes of Spring” is the fourth and final performance from the musicians from Preucil School of Music. I have especially enjoyed these performances because it’s great to take a music break during the day and I am so impressed with the passion and dedication I’ve seen from the Preucil performers. Below is a preview of the program planned for Wednesday April 13th at Noon. I hope to see you there!
by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2016
Susan and Greg Dirks grew up with music and began performing together as a duo in 2008. They compose most of their own music but also play cover songs from well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Their music is an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic and folk rock.
We are honored to host Susan and Greg Dirks at the Library as a part of the Music on Wednesday series on March 9, 2016 at Noon in the Lobby.
A quote in ReverbNation about the Dirks’ music piqued my interest: “Some themes you may feel or identify in our music: love, family, friends, children, people we miss, passion, wind gently blowing through trees, water shimmering in the sunset, mountains rising majestically through clouds, the swelling expanse of the Pacific on the northern California coast, redwood forests, the Iowa countryside on a still summer night, rivers strong and gentle, shining ribbons of railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon, good books, history, selfless people doing good things.”
Music can often sweep us away. I’m looking forward to the Dirks’ music and the beautiful themes that will come alive through their performance. See you soon!
by Kara Logsden on February 24th, 2016
University of Iowa School of Music students will present a wonderful noon-time program on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Meeting Room A. Please join us for an hour of enjoyment.
This program is free and open to the public. For a complete list of Music is the Word programs, visit www.icpl.org/mitw
Friday’s program will include:
Horn Trio in E flat Major Op.40 Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio
Performed by: Three Oakes (Ethan Brozka, horn, Jenna Ferdon, violin, Max Tsai, piano)
Sonata No.23 Op. 57 F minor “Appassionata” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
- Allegro Assai
Etude Op. 25 No. 10 Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917)
Performed by: Hana Song, piano
by Kara Logsden on January 9th, 2016
Once upon a long time ago my daughter decided she wanted to take guitar lessons. I checked around and Deb Singer’s name kept coming up as a recommended teacher. For some reason we decided I should take lessons too, so soon my daughter and I had guitars and we were meeting with Deb once a week.
I’d love to say that we became guitar masters but alas, it was not meant to be (and this was no fault of Deb’s ). Mostly we enjoyed listening to Deb play with us and were amazed at how great we sounded when we were with Deb (an how not great we sounded when we were home practicing).
Please join us on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at Noon when Deb will share her classical guitar favorites with our Library audience. If the weather is mild we will be in the Lobby. If it’s cold we’ll move the program to the 1st Floor Gallery area near the magazine collection.
Deb is very well known in our community with the “under 5 crowd.” She is a regular at ICPL Storytimes and at local preschools. Deb has a passion for music and movement and it is a joy to watch and listen as she plays and dances with children.
Deb is a founding member and plays acoustic guitar with the Iowa City-based world music band, Kol Shira. Kol Shira’s CD, A New World, is available on the Library’s Local Music Project at http://music.icpl.org/kol_shira/a_new_world.
by Stacey McKim on October 22nd, 2015
Gone are the days of painstakingly making mixtapes for friends, so we wanted to revive the act of sharing favorite songs this month. If you haven’t seen our interactive playlist displays yet, look for them near the music CDs and up on the 2nd floor. We’ve provided themes; you provide the songs.
If you’d like help tracking down any of the songs you see on the display, let us know! ICPL might own the album, we could help you listen to particular songs online, or we can borrow CDs on interlibrary loan for residents of our primary service area at no cost to you.
Music is the Word
by Kara Logsden on October 10th, 2015
Pigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby at Noon on Wednesday October 14th. Pigs and Clover is the dynamic duo of Iowa City Musicians Jamie Kearney and Matt Kearney. Jamie grew up in Eastern Iowa and sings and plays guitar, banjo and drums. Matt grew up in Western Iowa and sings and plays guitar, bass, banjo, mouth harp and piano.
According to the Pigs and Clover webpage, “Matt and Jamie write and sing all kinds of songs, but the ones they like best speak truth to power, challenge the status quo, and give voice to the voiceless in the great tradition of American protest music.”
I’ve enjoyed watching some of the Pigs and Clover performances featured on YouTube as I prepared for the Music on Wednesday series. Their upcoming performance schedule can be found on the Pigs and Clover Facebook Page.
We look forward to Jamie and Matt’s performance in the Library’s Lobby at Noon on Wednesday October 14th.
by Kara Logsden on September 19th, 2015
Head to the Library at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd for some toe-tapping Americana music from Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney.
Scott Cochran is a musician from the Iowa City-based bands, Slew Grass and Flannel. In a recent post about the Slew Grass CD, one reviewer described the music as “Singer-songwriterly regional bluegrass music with vocal harmonies, and instrumental finesse that will take your breathe away.” You can preview Scott’s vocals and guitar while playing with Flannel on this recording on YouTube. Listening makes me excited for the live performance at the Library!
Matt Kearney is also a musician from Iowa City and plays with the Iowa City-based band Pigs and Clover. (Pigs and Clover will perform in the Library’s Lobby on Wednesday October 14th at Noon.) Matt grew up in Western Iowa and discovered his passion for music at a young age while playing with friends. Matt’s vocals and instrumentals can be previewed on this recording from the Pigs and Clover webpage.
On a personal note, I’ve known Scott since we were in junior high together more years ago than we’d like to admit. Recently we’ve become reacquainted on Facebook and I’ve been curious about his music. When I asked Scott for a photo to help promote his program, he sent me the awesome photo of him playing guitar when he was young.
I’m looking forward to Scott and Matt’s performance at the Library and the experience of live music in the Lobby. We hope to see you at Noon on Wednesday September 23rd.
by Kara Logsden on September 15th, 2015
Mark your calendars and head to the Library for a wonderful variety of live music. Music is the Word at the Library and we are excited to share live music at NOON on many upcoming Wednesdays. Most performances will be in the Library’s Lobby but we’ll move to Room A if we have a big group of performers. The Fall 2015 schedule is below and we’ll have another wonderful series in the Spring of 2016.
The kickoff event is Wednesday September 23rd at Noon with Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney. Scott and Matt are local songwriters and musicians who will share an eclectic mix of original songs of Americana. OK … confession time. Scott has been inviting me to the many local performances of his band, Slew Grass, but despite hearing how awesome the band is and my good intentions, I haven’t gone to a performance. I’m excited to hear Scott play at the Library and for sharing live music with our Library audience.
For a full list of Music is the Word programs, check out icpl.org/mitw. See you soon
||Scott Cochran and Matt Kearney
||Pigs & Clover: Jamie Kearney & Matt Kearney
|FRIDAY November 13 (Note: Not Wednesday)
||Preucil School of Music
||Preucil School of Music
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 25th, 2015
The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to announce that For Kids and By Kids, Songs from Iowa Rock City, Volume One, will be available to download as part of the Local Music Project beginning Tuesday, March 24. The download may be found at http://www.icpl.org/for-kids-and-by-kids
For Kids and By Kids features 24 tracks performed by Iowa City musicians. The idea for the CD stemmed from a concert/dance party for children at the Library during the 2014 Mission Creek Music Festival.
The first-ever Mission Creek concert for kids was organized by University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod and his wife, Lynne Nugent, managing editor of The Iowa Review, because they wanted the spirt of the annual festival to extend to parents and young children, too. After watching families rock out to area performers – and seeing some of those same musicians perform for older audiences that night – the couple realized a CD would allow Iowa City families to embrace the local music scene year round.
More than 1,000 copies of For Kids and By Kids will be pressed and shared with local families as a free CD release party at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at The Englert Theatre. Families unable to attend this event can download or stream the tracks for free on the Library’s website at music.icpl.org. The CD will also be available in limited quantities after the release party at the Englert box office, White Rabbit, and the Library’s Children’s Room.
“ICPL is proud to be a part of yet another one-of-a-kind music venture,” says Jason Paulios, senior adult services librarian. “We’re so appreciative to all of the project collaborators and especially the local musicians, kids and adults, for sharing their music with the community. We hope this collection inspires a new generation of musicians.”
To download a copy of the music or access it in the Library’s catalog, click here.
For more information, contact Jason Paulios at (319) 887-6075.