Thursday, June 1, 2017

Exciting Music Workshops in Calgary

Music buffs can expand their horizons this October with the Calgary Public Library. The CPL is offering three exciting music workshops in celebration of Canadian Library Month. Each workshop provides a different insight into the music industry.

Explore Music Videos at the Calgary Public Library With Film Maker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi
The Art of the Music Video workshop provides a short introduction to making music videos. Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi will discuss the process involved with creating videos, from filming to editing, as well as post-production, special effects and more. When balanced carefully, these elements can create a dramatic and well-paced music video. He will present various videos accompanied by live music. This music workshop for adults will take place at CPL's Central Branch on 616 Macleod Trail SE.

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi from NUR Films is a Calgary-based film director who has worked in narrative film, commercials and music videos. Nur Films teamed up with the Calgary Arts Development for one project film highlights from some of Calgary's summer festivals, including Globalfest, Calgary International Blues Festival and the Calgary International Fringe Festival.

Discover Jazz at the Calgary Public Library With Musician Aaron Leaney

Jazz Basics gives adults a crash course on jazz. Aaron Leaney will cover the structure of a jazz song and discuss various approaches a jazz musician uses to learn a jazz standard, such as All the Things You Are and How High the Moon. Leaney will talk about evolution of jazz improvisation. Both Jazz Basics workshops will take place at CPL's Central Branch on 616 Macleod Trail SE. You can take a look at these details:

Aaron Leaney is a Calgary-based jazz saxophonist and music educator. He is a multi-instrumentalist who earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies with honors at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed across Canada and in 2008, released a CD with his jazz trio, entitled Aaron Leaney 3.

Delve Into Punk Rock History at the CPL with Author Lori Hahnel and Musician Dan Hayes
Cow Town/Punk Town - Calgary's Punk Rock History workshop is part of the Calgary Public Library's "One Book, One Calgary" project. Lori Hahnel is the author of Love Minus Zero, a fiction novel set in Calgary circa 1979 and details Calgary's punk music scene. She was one of the founding members of the Virgins, which was the first all-female rock band in Calgary. While she reads excerpts from her book, musician Dan Hayes of the punk band, The Golden Calgarians, will give a musical multimedia presentation.

About the Calgary Public Library

The Calgary Public Library was established in 1908. According to "Calgary's New Central Library" on the Calgary Landmark Library website, the CPL is the second largest public library system in Canada, with 17 community branches. The CPL offers over 8,000 community programs, providing a diverse mix for adults, teens, seniors and kids, ranging from career development to special interests.

In 2010, the CPL received the Lion’s Award for Advocacy and Awareness from the Calgary Heritage Authority. The award recognizes the CPL's Library’s Community Heritage and Family History Blog.

The Calgary Public Library was also awarded the Urban Library Council Innovations Initiative Award in public safety by the American Urban Library Council in Washington, D.C. This honor is in recognition of the CPL's "It's a Crime Not to Read" program.

Music lovers can expand their music knowledge through these three dynamic music workshops: The Art of the Music Video, Jazz Basics and Cow Town/Punk Town. Each workshop provides a contrasting view into the music industry. The Calgary Public Library offers these workshops for free to those with a valid CPL Card.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Music List #1 - Pop Music Edition

Here's a roundup of the new list for this week:

Hosting a House Concert: Bringing Live Acoustic Music Into Your Own Living Room

People who love live music and a low-key, chill atmosphere are bringing singer/songwriters into their homes for House Concerts across the nation. Here’s how to get started hosting live living room music.

Step 1: What Home is Right for a House Concert

A host will want to fill at least 20 chairs for a show and more would be even better. People who host house concerts regularly are able to seat 20-50 people, though House Concerts can be much larger if a home is big enough to accommodate more. Before moving forward with a House Concert, a host should feel confident that they can not only set up, but fill at least 20 chairs for the show. Listening bodies are important, because the artist’s pay depends on donated tips from a happy audience.

Step 2: Find an Artist

House Concerts can be done by any musician, but those who are actively performing shows in homes are usually tagged as a singer/songwriter of original music in the folk, bluegrass or Americana genres. For a first show, a host should try to find a local singer/songwriter. Singer/songwriters are everywhere, just ask around town or hit the Web and run a search for “singer/songwriter” and the name of the city nearest the host location. Chances are, the search engine will pop up a  website or Facebook page of several different artists.

A host should always pick a singer/songwriter whose music they like.

Another place to look for artists is the Concerts In Your Home Web site. They have a list of artists who regularly play House Concerts.

Step 3: Contact the Artist

A House Concert host should contact the artist and tell them they'd like to host a show in their living room. Artists will know what they're are talking about. Singer/songwriters do not usually charge a fee for playing a house concert, but depend on tips collected from “suggested donation” jars and CD sales as payment.

Step 4: Set a Date

When picking a date for a House Concert, a host should keep in mind that the artist books in advance and will need at least one, if not several, months notice. Hosts should choose some dates that work well for their schedule, but be sure to ask the artist if there are dates that would work better for them.