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  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Tom Chiu & Oliver Lake, Flux Quartet Join us for a conversation with Flux Quartet founder Tom Chiu and composer/saxophonist Oliver Lake about their first virtual performance at the Library of Congress. The discussion centers on their program that premiered on June 10, 2021, which features music by Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins and Ornette Coleman.
    • Contributor: Chiu, Tom - McLean, Anne - Lake, Oliver
    • Date: 2021-06-11
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    Flux Quartet Concert II The Flux Quartet presents a concert featuring a few remarkable, sometimes provocative works from several corners of music to invigorate and intrigue. Pianist Cory Smythe joins violinist Tom Chiu in a Library commission by Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the quartet plays works by Nancarrow, Oliveros, Ogonek and Scelsi. Program: [0:00] Introduction [0:56] Conlon...
    • Contributor: Mandel, Max - Chiu, Tom - Harris, Conrad - Smythe, Cory - Fan, Felix
    • Date: 2021-06-11
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    Conversation with Felix Fan & Tom Chiu, Flux Quartet Join us for a conversation with Flux Quartet members Tom Chiu and Felix Fan about their second virtual performance at the Library. The discussion centers on their program that premiered on June 11, 2021, which features music by Conlon Nancarrow, Elizabeth Ogonek, Pauline Oliveros, Muhal Richard Abrams and Giacinto Scelsi.
    • Contributor: Chiu, Tom - Plylar, David - Fan, Felix
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    Simon Martin on Ancient Maya Politics Anthropologist Simon Martin discusses ancient Maya politics in the context of his book, "Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150-900 CE." Martin has taken the lead in understanding the politics of the Classic Maya period based on deciphering their hieroglyphic script. Much of this work focuses on the complex hierarchies between individual kings and the ideology that enabled and sustained...
    • Contributor: Martin, Simon - Haskell, John - Turello, Dan
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    Paul Hendrickson on Frank Lloyd Wright Paul Hendrickson, author of "Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright," discusses how his book was made through his use of the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress. According to Hendrickson, Wright was plagued by fire both literally and metaphorically throughout his life.
    • Contributor: Encina, Roswell - Hendrickson, Paul - Johnson, Gary
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    Flux Quartet Concert I The Flux Quartet presents experimental jazz compositions from four African American masters. Joining the quartet is saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, a longtime Flux collaborator, and pianist Cory Smythe, who performs Lake's Movements, Turns and Switches, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, with Flux founder Tom Chiu. Program: [0:00] Introduction [1:21] Oliver Lake: "Hey Now Hey" [4:57] Roscoe Mitchell: "9/9/99,...
    • Contributor: Mandel, Max - Chiu, Tom - Harris, Conrad - Smythe, Cory - Fan, Felix - Lake, Oliver
    • Date: 2021-06-10
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    Conversation with the MET Orchestra Musicians MET Orchestra musicians discuss the founding of their organization during the pandemic, their work as members of an opera orchestra and their chamber music program of works by Samuel Barber and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    • Contributor: Leblanc, Dean - Abdullah, Kazem - Hughes, Nathan - Romatz, Mark - McLean, Anne - Bruskin, Julia - Ralske, Erik - Douvas, Elaine
    • Date: 2021-06-04
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    MET Orchestra Musicians Concert II Thrilling audiences with more than 200 performances each season, the MET Orchestra is one of the world's great performing ensembles, both on stage and in the opera pit. Since its founding in 1883, the MET Orchestra has given performances encompassing not only the entire opera repertoire, but also symphonic and chamber programs at Carnegie Hall, international tours, and countless musician activities outside of the...
    • Contributor: Met Orchestra Musicians
    • Date: 2021-06-04
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    David Fullard: The Art of Photographing Dance David A. Fullard discusses the photographic methods he uses to capture bodies in motion. Fullard has developed a personal approach to working closely with the artists in a controlled space that supports their own artistic process and needs while also allowing the application of carefully chosen photographic techniques. Ultimately, Fullard's aim is to transform the dance to a still image that has the power...
    • Contributor: Fullard, David A. - Smigel, Libby
    • Date: 2021-06-03
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    Homegrown: Spartimu The Spartimu ensemble, consisting of Laurent Boulet, Philippe Loret, Pierre Do Innocenti, Gregory Innocenti and Frédéric Vesperini, is devoted to traditional polyphonic singing as passed on in the oral traditions of Corsica. Their style and repertoire are based on deep research into the practice of the singing tradition known as "cantu in paghjella," which is recognized by UNESCO as an important and endangered tradition...
    • Contributor: Spartimu
    • Date: 2021-06-02
  • Film, Video
    Federal Public Service Recognition Week: George Willeman For Public Service Recognition 2021 at the Library of Congress, George Willeman, the nitrate film vault leader, tells the story of how he found an original camera negative of "The Great Train Robbery," the iconic 1903 silent film, in a couple of film cans.
    • Contributor: Willeman, George
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Conversation with Marouan Benabdallah Pianist Marouan Benabdallah speaks about his concert at the Library of Congress. The discussion is focused on Benabdallah's "Arabesque" project and his program that includes pieces by Succari, Dada, Moultaka, Fairouz, Benabdeljalil and Saint-Saëns.
    • Contributor: Benabdallah, Marouan - Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Cathy Park Hong & Wayétu Moore: The Art of Memoir Poet Cathy Park Hong and novelist Wayétu Moore discuss how their memoirs give voice to history and speak to the present moment.
    • Contributor: Hong, Cathy Park - Casper, Robert - Moore, Wayétu
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Marouan Benabdallah, Piano Pianist Marouan Benabdallah will perform some of the remarkable finds from his explorations, with music by composers from Syria, Algeria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Morocco on the program. These pieces are paired with his own solo piano arrangement of Saint-Saëns' Africa, juxtaposing the exoticized European "Arabesque" with recent music by composers who offer their own take. Program: [0:13] Introduction by Susan Vita,...
    • Contributor: Benabdallah, Marouan
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    The Music of Holocaust Memory in the Early Cold War Mackenzie Pierce analyzes one of the earliest operas that commemorate the Holocaust, "The Anointed" (1951) by Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern. Drawing on unexamined materials from the Koussevitzky papers and Koussevitzky Foundation's collection at the Library of Congress, Pierce examines how Holocaust survivors deployed music to navigate the often incompatible personal, political, and commemorative demands of the early postwar period.
    • Contributor: Pierce, Mackenzie
    • Date: 2021-05-26
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    Pennsylvania: The Other Side Listen to members of Congress read from their favorite books for young people in "Read Around the States." Each video includes an interview with the author, in association with an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District reads from Jacqueline Woodson's "The Other Side," illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Karla Schmit, head of...
    • Contributor: Woodson, Jacqueline - Scanlon, Mary Gay - Schmit, Karla
    • Date: 2021-05-26
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    Federal Public Service Recognition Week: Jane Cross For Public Service Recognition 2021 at the Library of Congress, music archivist Jane Cross tells of the magic of coming across Billy Strayhorn's handwritten copy of "Take the A Train" in the archives.
    • Contributor: Cross, Jane
    • Date: 2021-05-25
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    Kandace Springs Trio Nashville vocalist, pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs and her all-women trio present a virtual performance of her most recent album, "The Women Who Raised Me." Her program pays tribute to legendary female singers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time. PROGRAM [0:41] "Novocaine...
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-22
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    Conversation with Kandace Springs Kandace Springs welcomed us in her home studio in Nashville for a dynamic conversation about her album, "The Women Who Raised Me," her career, her friendship with late superstar Prince and her love for cars.
    • Contributor: Morales, Claudia - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Kandace Springs Trio: Music Styles Kandace Springs Trio demonstrate different music styles including jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, and pop.
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Kandace Springs Trio: Jazz Swing Kandace Springs Trio discuss and demonstrate jazz swing for beginners.
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Kandace Springs Trio: Jazz Vocal Improvisation Kandace Springs Trio demonstrate different music styles including jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, and pop.
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Kandace Springs Trio: Surviving the Pandemic Kandace Springs Trio discuss how music helped them cope during the pandemic.
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Kandace Springs Trio: Storytelling in Music Kandace Springs Trio discusses emotions and storytelling in music.
    • Contributor: Bryant, Caylen - Moore, Taylor - Springs, Kandace
    • Date: 2021-05-21
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    Federal Public Service Recognition Week: Paul Capel For Public Service Recognition 2021 at the Library of Congress, Paul Capel of the U.S. Copyright Office shows us the new state-of-the-art facility that will be holding records more than a century.
    • Contributor: Capel, Paul
    • Date: 2021-05-20