The Herberger College of the Arts School of Music and the ASU Libraries are proud to welcome to the show eminent composer, percussionist and environmentalist John Luther Adams, who is in a week-long residency at Arizona State. Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature, Sabine Feisst and Christopher Mehrens, Head of the Music Library, join host Fred McIlvain for a truly interesting and enlightening discussion of John’s life and works. We will also hear excerpts from John’s compositions throughout the program.
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Adams has created a unique musical world grounded in the Northern wilderness landscapes and indigenous cultures, and in natural phenomena from the songs of birds to elemental noise of crashing glaciers. Much of his music is contemplative, expansive and pictorial. But he also composed percussive and rhythmically vigorous works inspired by Inuit drumming. Adams’ works for orchestra, ensembles, percussion and electronic media have been widely performed and recorded by prominent musicians.
Adams came to classical music through a fascination with progressive rock. After music studies at the California Institute of the Arts, he moved to Alaska where he worked as an environmentalist fighting for the preservation of pristine wilderness areas. These experiences led him to explore the ideal of “Sonic Geography,” a music of place deeply resonating with the philosophies of Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism.
Free concerts, a sound installation, roundtables, workshops and an exhibit run April 23-27.
For more information on Adams and his residency at ASU please visit:
John Luther Adams in the ASU Library Catalogue
ASU Music Library
Herberger College of the Arts Events
Sonic Geography Press Release (PDF)
John Luther Adams Homepage
You can also download his music on iTunes!
In this episode, Scott Muir, Director of the Downtown Phoenix campus Library, joins Mimmo Bonanni to talk about the opening of the new Downtown campus library that greeted over 27,000 visitors in their first semester alone. Scott tells how the Downtown campus came into being and what it was like starting a library from scratch and opening on time. He also talks about the library’s partnership with Information Technology and what it is like working in an urban center.
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Arizona State University opened the Downtown campus on August 21st, 2006 in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. The library is a part of the Information Commons, an innovative center combining library and information technology services. The IC supports students academic needs through a one-stop Customer Assistance Center where students can access research materials, library books, and the IT help desk.
In this podcast Ann Ewbank discusses her role as AzLA President and highlights some of the organization’s upcoming events, including the 2007 AzLA Annual Conference and Library Legislative Day. In addition, she briefly defines her role as the Education Liaison Librarian at Fletcher Library at the West campus.
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Ann Dutton Ewbank, Ph.D., is the Education Liaison Librarian at Fletcher Library. She is a former teacher-librarian and classroom teacher and is the 2007 President of the Arizona Library Association. Ann is a member-at-large of the American Library Association Council and the Chair of the AASL Task Force on Instructional Classification.
Katherine O’Clair, Life Sciences Librarian, has been named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers for 2007. She joins us to talk about herself and making a difference in library research services.
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Her profile, “Living the Life Sciences“ was published in conjunction with the March 15, 2007 issue of Library Journal and is now available online. The article highlights Katherine’s significant accomplishments as liaison to the School of Life Sciences (SOLS), including co-teaching a first year seminar with SOLS Director Dr. Robert Page. Also noted are her enthusiastic contributions to the library profession, including her successful efforts in rejuvenating the College and University Libraries Division of the Arizona Library Association.
Movers and Shakers is an annual Library Journal supplement “devoted to highlighting 50 up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2007 … celebrate(s) the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead.”
O’Clair joined the ASU Libraries in July 2004. She has a Masters of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from Nazareth College of Rochester.
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Dr. David Schildkret, chair of the choral program at the school of music and religion and philosophy bibliographer Rachel Leket-Mor join Fred McIlvain and Tammy Allgood to discuss a month long celebration of Jewish musical heritage at ASU:
Ways of Happiness, Paths of Peace
The series focuses on the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ernest Bloch, culminating in a performance of Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and Bloch’s Sacred Service on April 26 featuring the combined forces of three ASU choirs, the ASU Symphony, and faculty soloists. The series includes chamber music concerts, lectures, films, a library exhibition, and a symposium in addition to the final concert.
Each year the School of Music puts on a concert combining the choir and symphony. This year the focal point of the events are Bloch and Bernstein.
In the podcast we discuss items in the exhibit such as traditional and popular “living” items provided by David from his own family including his father’s prayer shawls and falacteries. We also hear about the music of Bloch and Bernstein and provide and interesting mini-biography on Ernest Bloch (1880-1956). This highly entertaining conversation not only talks about the events here at the music library but also the practices of daily worship.
For more information visit the Ways of Happiness, Paths of Piece information page.