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Brand from Home | June 7, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes Tool, dance music from South Louisiana, pianist Timo Andres, and the soundtrack for the television series Bones.

Get a free Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Library eCard instantaneously. It can be used to access our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music, and more.Try listening to a streaming Playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Learn About Music

Kids Guitar Zone has free online lessons.

Read Music

The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music. 

Streaming Music

Travel + Leisure Magazine has an updated list of streaming concerts.


Art Online

Craft in America highlights two printmakers, woodcut artist Tom Killion, and blockprint and letterpress artist Yoshiko Yamamoto. Yoshiko Yamamoto demonstrates how to create blockprints at home.

Watch different perspectives of printmaking in action with Art21, highlighting Kiki Smith, Brian Jungen and Martin Puryear as well as Master Printer Craig Zammiello and artist Ellen Gallagher working together.

Watch KQED Arts’ Redefining Pride: The East Bay’s Queer Artists, a series highlighting the work of queer-identified artists in Oakland and Berkeley. Get started with printmaker Nicólas González-Medina.

Learn About Art

TEDEd offers lessons in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts including a fun introduction to Gyotaku: The ancient Japanese art of printing fish by K. Erica Dodge.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Get started with printmaking at home!

Try found object printmaking with the Carle Museum. They have Toddler Art Exploration: Circles and Found Object Printmaking for all ages.

Brava Art Press has a tutorial inspired by the art of Eric Carle, also Cardboard Prints and Printing from Nature. Get inspired with The Art of the Picture Book by Eric Carle first.

The Ormond Memorial Art Museum has a tutorial on making prints with sand paper and crayons (you do need an iron as well). Their #createinplace has a number of great projects, including puppet making, collage and more.

Try gelatin printing. Francis Summer Merritt, founding director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, pioneered the basic method in the 1950’s. This technique can be done at home. There are a number of tutorials online, Kathleen Draper-Garner, Kim Herringe, and Trish O'Donnell are good starting points. You need gelatin, water based paint or ink and paper to begin.

For a challenge try Kitchen Lithography, conceived by French artist Emilie Aizier (manage subtitles for a YouTube video in French language) as an experiment using aluminium foil as a printing plate and soda as an etching agent. Emilie emphasizes experimentation! Try step-by-step instructions shown by Bonnie Schetski-Heineman & Kirk Benson


Staff e-Recommendations

How should we remember Glenn Gould? The enigmatic child prodigy provided a wide array of piano recordings, but gave little information or insight into his private life. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould on Hoopla tries to piece together the truth of Gould’s life and philosophy. Because he left extensive recordings and interview footage, so much of the documentary features Gould in his own words, in addition to those of girlfriends, his biographer, manager, and collaborators. Even though he poured his own personality and perspective into the works of other composers (including his own singing or humming) making for a wholly unique live listening experience, Gould hated public performances. In one of the funnier moments of the documentary, he refers to audiences (on the whole) as “a force of evil.” He had more difficulties as he aged—extreme hypochondria, for instance—but I’ll let you watch the documentary to figure out why he’s often referred to as “eccentric.” Biographical documentaries are often frustrating to me because they ultimately can’t answer their own posed questions about who an artist really was, the person vs. the myth. In the end, I found Genius Within to be thoughtful enough to at least acknowledge that reality. You can find many of Gould’s recordings on Naxos​. -SB

Wu Man: Chinese Music for the Pipa. I love virtuosity and it’s always wonderful to hear Wu Man play. The pipa is a Chinese lute that is plucked, has 4 strings and has been popular for almost two thousand years. Wu Man is well known in new music circles and also performs Chinese traditional music. She has worked with the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun and the Silk Road Ensemble. She was also the very first pipa player to receive a Master’s Degree from the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing). She moved to the US in 1990 and has premiered works by American and Chinese composers. These recordings from the mid-1990s have aged well. I imagine guitarists will be particularly fascinated with her technique: the tremolo, bends, vibrato and more. It’s all amazing music, well played and very accessible. -BW 


Covid-19 Resources

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