Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival Poster 2015

This year’s festival poster was created by RVA’s own Bizhan Khodabandeh

The Richmond Folk Festival has brought world class musicians to the City of Richmond since 2005.    It is a FREE event and attracts thousands of people to Richmond’s riverfront (Brown’s Island and environs)  to celebrate the richness and diversity of America’s culture through music, crafts, dance, storytelling and food. It also provides an excellent opportunity to experience music and performances that are not commonly seen in Virginia and to appreciate different musical styles.

This year’s festival takes place October 9th-11th and features an amazing mixture of performers such as:

DJ Grandmaster Flash

DJ Grandmaster Flash

Hip hop legend DJ Grandmaster Flash from New York, NY, best known for “The Message” and his work with the Furious Five. (We have several CDs, DVDs, and other resources featuring his work or information about it in our collection.

Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe

Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe

The Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe will perform in elaborate costumes with traditional instrumental accompaniment. You can find assorted resources to help you learn more about Cambodian classical music and dance in the library and online.

Feedel Band

Feedel Band

Feedel Band, an Ethio-jazz band from Addis Ababa via Washington, D.C. Ethio-jazz is a fusion of traditional Ethopian music with jazz, funk, soul and Latin rhythms.

Grupo Rebolu

Grupo Rebolu

Grupo Rebolu is an Afro-Colombian ensemble that plays a mix of indigenous, African and modern instruments and sings in Spanish. Their music is rooted in traditions of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and dancing is encouraged!

The Alt

The Alt

If you’re into Celtic music you can see performances by The Alt, a trio of master Irish musicians. The group takes its name from The Alt, a storied glen on the slopes of Knocknarea in County Sligo, said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve.

In honor of the Richmond Folk Festival (and in case you can’t make it since it’s happening during Fall Break), the Parsons Music Library has created a small exhibit featuring examples of the types of music that you can find at the Folk Fest this year as well as some examples of specific performers that will be attending.   Items include books, CDs and DVDs. You can check out the exhibit in the library through the end of October.

We also have an assortment of streaming audio from musicians participating in the folk festival that can be accessed if you are a UR Student, Faculty or Staff Member. You will need to sign in with your UR email address and password to access most of our streaming content.

The Campbell Brothers - Sacred Steel

The Campbell Brothers – Sacred Steel On Tour

Sacred steel is a musical style and African American gospel tradition that developed in Pentecostal churches during the 1930s. Per the Richmond Folk Festival’s website: “Named for the metal bar – often made of steel – that players slide over strings to vary the pitch of notes, steel guitarists have provided the driving musical force for spirit-filled church services for nearly eighty years. The signature sound remains one characterized by single-note passages that uncannily imitate African American vocal styles. This unique musical tradition, rarely heard outside the church before the early 1990s, has since captivated the ears of the nation and world. Among the finest ambassadors of sacred steel are the Campbell Brothers.”

Here is a link where you can hear some of their music: https://newman.richmond.edu/login?qurl=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/385813

Shemkia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

Schooled in Texas blues by her father and raised in Harlem, Shemekia Copeland creates music that reflects gritty urban realities and weaves together blues, soul, and rock and roll.

Here’s a link to some streaming audio of her for you to enjoy: https://newman.richmond.edu/login?qurl=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/2130437

You can also have a listen to streaming audio by artists like rockabilly icon Sleepy LaBeef or out of this world big band free jazz groups like the Sun Ra Arkestra (which bears the name of its founder and bandleader, Sun Ra, who named himself after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun, and claimed to be from Saturn!).

The Richmond Folk Festival offers something for everyone and is well worth investigating further either by attending the FREE event yourself or by visiting the music library to learn more about resources that we offer relating to it!

Richmond Folk Festival Logo

Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

"Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013" by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia - Julie Andrews. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julie_Andrews_Park_Hyatt,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg#/media/File:Julie_Andrews_Park_Hyatt,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg

“Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013” by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia

Today (October 1, 2015) is Dame Julie Andrews‘ 80th birthday!

Julie Andrews (née Julia Elizabeth Wells) was born in 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

She is probably best known today for her roles in the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins and for the 1965 film production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music. 

In addition to these classics, which are both available to borrow at the MRC in Boatwright Memorial Library,  the Music Library has some other items featuring Julie Andrews that are worth a look.

Julie Andrews - "Don't Go In The Lion's Cage Tonight"

 

Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight is new addition to our collection.   It’s a reissue of a 1962 album of “Heartrending Ballads & Raucous Ditties” in British Music Hall style.

We also have vocal scores and cast recordings of some of her London and Broadway stage shows such as My Fair Lady and Camelot

My Fair Lady - Original London Cast Recording

Camelot - Original Cast Recording

 

The Music Library also has an assortment of DVDs featuring Julie Andrews like her last screen musical, Victor/Victoria  or the documentary series Broadway: The American Musical, in which she serves as host.

Victor/Victoria

Broadway: The American Musical

These items and many more fabulous resources are available for you to check out now at the Music Library, so come see us!

New CD’s added this month!

For August and September 2015

Classical

International Double Reed Society – 25th Anniversary
Marisa Robles – Harp Concertos
Mieczysław Weinberg – Mieczysław Weinberg
Alvin Singleton – Sweet Chariot
Kenneth Tse – Kenneth Tse, soprano saxophone
Georg Philipp Telemann – Twelve Fantasias
Edward T. Cone – Solo & Chamber Music
Sarn Oliver – Tangled Flow
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – Tangled Flow
Kevin R. Gallagher – Guitar Recital
Johan Dismas Zelenka – Chamber Sonatas, Volume One
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Lillian Fuchs – Complete Music For Unaccompanied Viola
Quicksilver – Fantasticus: Extravagant & Virtuosic Music of the German Seventeeth Century
Jon Manasse – Trio, op. 11 / Beethoven. Grand duo : op. 48 / Weber. Trio, op. 114 / Brahms.
Trio Indiana – Trio Indiana
Hilary Hahn – The Hilary Hahn encores : in 27 pieces
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Liturgical Organists Consortium – Divinum Mysterium
Hilary Field – Premieres – Contemporary Lyrical Works for the Classical Guitar
Manchester Festival String Orchestra – Vision: Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
Franz Schubert – The Unauthorised Piano Duos, vol. 2: The Gahy Friendship
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Bolero; La valse / Ravel. Pictures at an exhibition / Mussorgsky.
Wiener Glasharmonika Duo – Glas & Steine
Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt – Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt

Vocal/Opera

Weser-Renaissance Bremen- Virgo Prudentissima
Giacomo Puccini – Puccini Rediscovered
Titta Ruffo – Titta Ruffo

Pop/Rock/Country

Sam Smith- In The Lonely Hour
Julie Andrews- Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight
Merge Records – Oh, Merge: A Merge Records 10 Year Anniversary Compilation
The Texas Troubadours – Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals

Musicals

Jeanine Tesori – Fun Home
Richard Rodgers – The King and I (2015 Broadway Cast Recording)
John Kander – The Visit (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Skip Kennon – The Pioneers of Movie Music: Sounds of the American Silent Cinema

Jazz

Adrian Cunningham – Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti
Arturo O’Farrill – Cuba The Conversation Continues
John Burnett Swing Orchestra – Swingin’ In The Windy City
Cécile McLorin Salvant – For One To Love

World/Folk Music

Harry Everett Smith – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four
Rumanian Folk Music – Rumanian Folk Music
Maleem Mahmoud Gania – Gnawa Essaouira
Louisiana Cajun Music – Louisiana Cajun Music
Martilar – Memories From Turkey

Electronic Music

Qluster – Lauschen

New CD’s added this month!

Classical

Maurice André – Hummel | Molter – Concertos
Jonathan Dawe – A Noise Did Rise
Granados | Dosse – Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2
Festetics Quartet – Haydn: The Complete String Quartets Played on Period Instruments
Marin Marais – 6 Suites
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – The Snow Maiden
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – La Nuit de Mai
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – Sadko
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – La Nuit de Noel

Jazz

Keith Jarrett | Charlie Haden | Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – United We Swing
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Viva La Tradición
Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff

New CD’s added this month!

Classical

C.P.E. Bach – Trio Sonatas – Flute Concertos
J.S. Bach – Italian Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis
Johannes Brahms – Alt-Rhapsodie
Hélène Grimaud – Mozart
Hélène Grimaud – Reflection: Works by Robert & Clara Schumann & Brahms
Noël Lee – Works For Piano
Patricia McCarty, viola – Six Cello Suites, J.S. Bach
Jean-Philippe Rameau – Prelude Baroque VIII
Franz Schubert – Piano Music For Four Hands, Vol. 4
Franz Schubert – Winterreise
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – Live Performances, 2006
Henry Vieuxtemps – Music for Viola and Piano

Pop/Rock

Björk – Vulnicura
George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
Woody Guthrie – American Radical Patriot
Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
Ed Sheeran – X
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
Matthew E. White – Big Inner/Outer Face

Movie Soundtrack

Jake Monaco* – Role/Play, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Vocal

Herbert Howells – Hymnus Paradisi: An English Mass

*University of Richmond alumnus, class of 2004 (homepage)

New CD’s added this month!

Classical

Bartlett & Robertson – Selected Recordings, 1927-1947
Harriet Cohen – Complete Solo Studio Recordings
Philip Corner – Satie Slowly
Myra Hess – Complete Solo and Concerto Studio Recordings
Matthay Miscellany – Rare and Unissued Recordings
Moura Lympany – HMV recordings, 1947 – 1952
Irene Scharrer — Complete Electric and Selected Acoustic Recordings
Schnabel, A. – Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Schubert, F. – Die Schöne Müllerin | Winterreise | Schwanengesang
Katrina Szederkényi – Fantasias and Fugues: Music For Harp

Vocal

Ferrera Ensemble – Figures of Harmony – Songs of Codex Chantilly c. 1390
Arvo Pärt – Tintinnabuli
Trio Mediaeval – Aquilonis
Julia Wolfe – Steel Hammer

Electronic

Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly

Jazz

Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room
Red Garland Trio – Swingin’ on the Korner

Pop/Rock

D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Elvis Costello – Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello
The Mavericks – In Time
The Mavericks – Mono
The Mavericks – The Definitive Collection

World Music

Cesaria Evora – The Essential Cesaria Evora

New CD’s added this month!

Classical

Hélène Grimaud – Bach
Hélène Grimaud – Beethoven, Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
Hélène Grimaud – Brahms concertos
Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta – Duo
Jean Françaix – L’horloge de flore Quartets | Trio
John Adams – City Noir | Saxophone Concerto
Royal Wind Music – Sweete Musicke of Sundrie Kindes
Franz Schubert – Die Schone Mullerin | Winterreise | Schwanengesang
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Horn Concertos | Horn Quintet
Johann Heinrich Rolle – 31 Motets
David Briggs – Messe Pour Notre-Dame & Organ Improvisations
Giuseppi Verdi – La Battaglia di Legnano

Jazz

Aaron Goldberg & Guillermo Klein – Bienestan
Aaron Goldberg – Worlds
Bugge Wesseltoft – Moving

Delfeayo Marsalis – The Last Southern Gentlemen
Eric Johnson & Mike Stern – Eclectic
Herbie Hancock – Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (Mwandishi)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Blue

Pop/Rock

Radical Face – The Family Tree: Branches
Purity Ring – Another Eternity

World/Folk Music

Anonymous 4 & Burce Molsky – 1865
Jake Schepps – Ten Thousand Leaves
Various Artists – Cuban Symphonic Music

This ain’t your grandma’s ballet.

Editor’s Note: The following contribution is a guest post by UR undergraduate James Fong, who is a Student Assistant working at Parsons Music Library. Thanks, James, for the insights on the in-famous work of Igor Stravinksy!

Ever see a ballet that made you want to riot? If that sounds strange, that’s because it is. The brainchild of composer Igor Stravinsky and impresario Sergei Diaghilev, The Rite of Spring caused its audience members to do just that.

Prior to May 29, 1913, ballet was a rather docile thing. From its first beginnings in Renaissance Italy as a courtly activity for the aristocracy, to its transformation as a formalized discipline involving grace and technique by the late 19th century, ballet was fairly content with itself.
There would be an added creative wrinkle here or there (poses, costumes, etc.), but its fashionability in the day gave it no reason to revolutionize itself.
Then May 29, 1913 happened.

“The theater resembled a prison yard: shouting, howling whistling, slapping, punching.”

“A beautifully dressed lady in an orchestra box stood up and slapped the face of a young man who was hissing in the next box. Her escort arose, and cards were exchanged between the men. A duel followed next day.”

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Sacre du Printemps – London Philharmonic Orchestra

“Exactly what I wanted.” – Diaghilev

That is only a microcosm of the reception of a ballet centered around the creative forces of Spring. That and a sacrificial virgin dancing herself to death to appease the god of that very season.

Set in pagan Russia, The Rite was, for all intents and purposes, an uncontrolled experiment in music and dance. Musically, Stravinsky pushed the limits of meter, tonality, and dissonance, which must have caused quite some discomfort for an audience raised on formal music from the glory days of the Common Practice Period. Meanwhile, Nijinsky’s choreography blew the doors off of anything that had preceded it. Angular, violent, and downright convulsive, it was as much a powder keg as the score. So much so that Nijinsky’s choreography was scrapped from 1920 until its resurrection by the Joffrey Ballet in Los Angeles in 1987.

Despite its beginnings in obscurity (at best), or disaster (at worst), The Rite – particularly the score – has since emerged as an enormous commercial and artistic success, lending credibility to the Russian ballet scene, even being featured in Walt Disney’s color trick film, Fantasia. That being said…
Read up on the mayhem, witness the performances, and explore Stravinsky’s other (equally chaotic) works at Parsons Music Library, located on the second floor of Booker Hall. We hope you’ll be better behaved than the original audience.

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New CD’s added this month!

Choral Works

Antoine Brumel | The Brabant Ensemble – Missa de Beata Virgine & Motets

Classical/Opera

John Adams – Gospel According to the Other Mary
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
Samuel Barber – Vanessa
Unsuk Chin – Rocaná
Henri Dutilleux – Symphony No. 1 | Tout un monde Lointain | The Shadows of Time
Leon Fleisher – All the Things You Are
Kashkashian / Magen / Piccinini – Tre Voci
David Krakauer – Dreams & Prayers
Liza Lim – The Heart’s Ear
Liza Lim – Tonuge of the Invisible
Harry Partch – Plectra and Percussion Dances
Francis Poulenc – Les Mamelles de Tiresias
Yizhak Schotten – Tribute to Lionel Tertis and William Primrose
Antonio Vivaldi – Incoronazione di Dario
Alec Wilder – Woodwind Quintets

Jazz

Count Basie and His Orchestra – America’s #1 Band
Al Basile – Swing n’ Strings
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Buck Jump
Cornell Dupree – Can’t Get Through
Woody Herman – Thundering Herds, 1945-47
Wynton Marsalis Septet – The Marciac Suite
Lee Morgan – Sonic Boom
Oneness of Juju – African Rhythms: 1970-1982

Pop/Rock

Eddie Kendricks – Ultimate Collection
Led Zeppelin – IV
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet – Mike Marshall & The Turtle Island Quartet
The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Circle II, 20 Song Collection
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III
Elvis Presley – 30 #1 Hits
Sinkane – Mean Love
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
U2 – No Line on the Horizon

Band instrument works

BBC & RAF Orchestras – D-Day: 50th Anniversary
Marco Blaauw – Angels

Musicals

Woody Allen – Bullets over Broadway
Mark Baron – Frankenstein: A New Musical
Carole King and Gerry Goffin – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Alan Menken – Aladdin
Jeanine Tesori – Violet

World Music

African Horns – African Horns
Manu Dibango – African Soul: The Very Best of Manu Dibango

New CD’s added this week!

Electronic Music

Karlheinz Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works

Jazz

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Brooklyn Babylon
Jon Irabagon – Foxy
Masters of Jazz – Vol. 1, Traditional Jazz Classics
Masters of Jazz – Vol. 4, Big Bands of the ’50s & ’60s
Masters of Jazz – Vol. 5, Female Vocal Classics
Outright! – Jon Irabagon’s Outright!
Les McCann – Talkin’ Verve!!!
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Slippery Rock!
Cecile McLorin Salvant – WomanChild

Concert Artistic Music (i.e. “Classical”)

Ian Clarke – Deep Blue
Newspeak – Sweet Light Crude
Now Ensemble – Awake
Frank Martin – Le Vin Herbé
Missy Mazzoli – Cathedral City / Victoire

Opera

World Music