music databases

music databases

Music Resources

Music Resources

You may not tend to think of the library for your music classes – after all, how can words convey what music is, or duplicate the experience of listening to it? But the truth is, the library has plenty of materials that can accentuate or facilitate the study of music. And one of those tools, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, just got a major overhaul. The Garland Encyclopedia includes 9,000 pages worth of material digitized from the original print encyclopedia. It allows you to search for information by genre, cultural group, musical subject, instrument, person, ensemble, or place. It also includes nine CDs worth of culturally representative music, and has tools that let users create, annotate, and share playlists … Continued
Fine Arts Questions

Fine Arts Questions

This summer, we’ve been examining the tools available to you to perform the best possible research at IU East – from broadly applicable general techniques to in-depth tools for specific disciplines.  This week, we’ll explore the fine arts. Fine arts is a broad subject, including the graphic arts, music, and performance art.  You might be looking at a specific creator, or a creation.  Or, you might be exploring a technique, instead.  We have plenty of good arts databases for examining theory, execution, or artist.  Some, like JSTOR, Humanities International Index, or ProQuest Arts are good for any of the fine arts. Others are more specific – ones like International Index to Performing Arts, Film Index International, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music … Continued
Sweet Music

Sweet Music

IU East has lots of talent among its faculty and on Thursday, March 6 you can enjoy a flute recital by music lecturer Jessica Raposo.  The presentation, at 7 pm in Vivian Auditorium, will include the world premier performance of a new piece of music composed by Nathaniel Akers, a graduate of IU East.  Also performing will be Barbara Armstrong on the piano, Stephen Nordstrom on violin, Kevin Nordstrom on viola, and Tanya Kholosho on cello.  They will play selections from Mozart, Bach, Hoover, Borne, and Hindemith. And if that sounds good to you, the library has more!  A guide to all of our music resources can be found here – of particular note is the Naxos Music Library, which … Continued
A Jazz Man Cometh

A Jazz Man Cometh

The college experience offers lots of cultural opportunities, and IU East has a great deal to offer beyond the classroom experience.  Live bands, comedians, clubs – even zombie events.  It’s a rich time to grow and enjoy the arts at the same time.  This Friday, there is one such opportunity – The Warren Vaché Sextette will be performing a jazz concert in Vivian auditorium, sponsored by Mindful Explorations and the Starr-Gennett Foundation.  It’s at 7:00 pm, and tickets are free for all IU East students, faculty, and staff (available in Campus Life). Jazz is a uniquely American music style, and a big part of Richmond’s history due to the Starr-Gennett company.  It’s a great subject, either for casual listening or … Continued
Music Greats

Music Greats

Last week Marc Rossi, professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, graced IUE with a number of music presentations.  In just 3 days Rossi, a classical music composer; jazz pianist-composer; and practitioner of Indian music, lectured on Indian music; led a jazz workshop; performed at the Gennett Mansion; and led a composition master class. Whew! During the lecture on Indian music Rossi played tracks from Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar while clapping out the time and discussing their individual styles as well as the influences of North and South Indian culture.  Rossi also gave listeners a taste of his own tune “Jazz Impressions of a Kriti” available here while students thumbed thru the score and measured the meter … Continued