Brand from Home | March 18, 2021

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Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Kings of Leon, Final Fantasy VII, Khachaturian, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Gamelan is a term that refers to an Indonesian ensemble. It is beautiful and one of the most popular forms of world music for Western audiences. Many people think immediately of the sounds of the beautiful bronze percussion instruments in the ensembles. There are many streaming recordings on Alexander Street you can listen to. The music can range from ethereal and soothing to high energy and inspiring. A good definition is in Oxford/Grove and there are resources on the American Gamelan Institute website.

Listen to a streaming playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Music Online from Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Musical Instrument Making

We have a big variety of books on musical instrument construction for adults and kids. Everything from cigar box guitars to hardwire hacking. You can order books to pickup from our contactless service. Also check out this blog post on 15 Unique Homemade Musical Instruments.

Music Podcasts

Classic Rock Album-By-Album is a popular podcast where rock is judged. Recent episodes have included albums by Big Star, Buddy Guy and Dire Straits.

Kids Q The Music podcast is hosted by the mother and daughter team of Rebecca and Zara Lane. They talk to performers, conductors and composers. Recent episodes subjects include the cello, learning to improvise and Cartoons and Classics.

Art Festivals Distanced and Online

Take part in TULOY PO KAYO: The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival, March 19 – 28, 2021. Audiences are invited to enter the artist’s home, studio, and performance space, to observe and be part of the creative process. Explore Palihan: introductory workshops, and Palabas: performances and activities in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature.

Desert X 2021 is now open to the public until May 16. The map is now available online or through the Desert X mobile app. To ensure social distancing, timed tickets are required Thursday – Sunday to visit select installations. Check out monumental sculpture What Lies Behind the Walls by Saudi artist Zahrah Alghamdi, the Wishing Well by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey and more.

CULTURE GATE to JAPAN sees 29 creatives working in arts, entertainment, animation and manga reinterpret the appeal of these rich cultural resources through a series of digital art exhibitions, inspired by their particular region. Airports host the multi-media work, inviting visitors to connect with people and discover new cultures. Enjoy the artwork and attractions digitally from anywhere.

Art Online

‘I hope…’ by Chiharu Shiota is an immersive thread installation currently on display in the nave of St. Agnes – a monumental former church that now serves as König Galerie’s exhibition space in Berlin. The large-scale piece gathers 10,000 letters sent to the artist from across the globe, which came in response to her invitation to people to write down their hopes. Take a quick walk through.

The California Society of Printmakers 106th Annual Member's Exhibition features the work of 91 printmakers and highlights a wide variety of printmaking techniques.

Printmaking Online

Eva Stalinski is a Dutch illustrator and screen printer who sells her shirts, bags, pins and patches online. In this delightful series of how-to videos, she shares how to screen print your own designs onto t-shirts. She includes information about the tools, inks, and materials she uses, as well as her DIY-at-home setups.

Amsterdam-based linocut artist Maarit Hänninen filmed how she carved and printed her illustration, titled Tomorrow, Tomorrow, with a printmaking technique called linocut. First, she transfered her original artwork to a tinted lino block, a linoleum surface, using a pencil. Then she carved around the to-be-printed areas with chisels, clarifying the illustration with black sharpie.

Alastair Clark of Edinburgh Printmakers demonstrates the stone lithography printmaking technique, from graining the stone, drawing the image with greasy ink, processing the stone, inking the stone, and printing on paper with multiple colors. A separate stone is required for each color. View a demonstration of plate lithography as well.

Checkout art books from the library using our Contactless Pickup Services. Search the library catalog to place items on hold for pickup.

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