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.

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