Reviews and Blog Posts: World Music

A Midwinter Night's Dream

A Midwinter Night's Dream

It can be challenging to find holiday music that isn't merely cheery, kitschy, or weirdly dark, leading many including myself to steer clear of it (while enjoying when certain renditions come up on the radio). Of course, it's hard to go wrong with jazz, but sometimes a person needs variety. This album just might fit the ticket.

Canadian musician and self-made record label owner Loreena McKennitt, best known for her 1997 song "The Mummer's Dance," has continued to produce great things, including this unique and wonderful collection of traditional old world holiday music, Midwinter Night's Dream (2008). It sometimes sounds as if it could be the original soundtrack to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, such as what you might imagine the elves of Mirkwood or the hobbits to play on rustic instruments during feasts.

The Biennial Has Arrived!

Don't know about you, but I've been anxiously awaiting the return of the Biennial of the Americas for 2 years! And now that it's here there is so much to do I barely know where to start & wonder if I'll have the energy to attend all the events!

First there are the nightly public symposia. I'm attending Tuesday and Wednesday nights - July 16, Unleashing Human Potential: Reinventing Communities, Business, and Education; July 17, Reinventing Communities and How We Live. But not sure I'm up for the other 2 nights of discussions - July 18, Reinventing Business As Usual; July 19, Reinventing Education for the Global Market, because by Thursday I'm ready to party!

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

What are you doing this weekend? We've got some great events going on! Which one are you doing to?

Are you going to stop by the Schlessman Family Branch Library to learn how to Maintain Your Bicycle with the Denver Bicycle CafeSaturday, June 8 at 10 a.m.

Travel Around The World At The Library! (Passport Not Required)

Do you love to travel? Or wish you had more time to travel? Join us at the library for an exploration of world music, culture, photography, and even tips for traveling with young children. You'll be ready to set off on your own adventure!

In this Introduction to World Music, you can play a flute, sing a song in Spanish, clap a Caribbean rhythm, and dance a samba! We'll play music from around the world and learn about geography and culture. Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

Make a Joyful Noise!

Everything Guitar Book

Learn to make music, or sit back and listen with these Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Isn't it confusing Buying Your First Guitar? But there's never been a better time to do so! Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch and learn everything you need to know before purchasing a guitar for yourself or your child. Terminology, pricing, tips for buying online, and what affordable, quality options are out there!

Music of the Sahara

Ali Farka Toure

I've been recently enjoying the "desert blues" of Saharan Africa.  When you think about the harsh climate and political history that peoples of this region have faced, it seems only natural that powerful and soulful music would emerge similarly to American blues.

This music combines guitars with traditional African instruments such as flutes and harps and finds structure around percussive rhythms that stay with you long after you shut off the stereo.  Although you probably won't understand a word of the lyrics, you get the strange sense that you know what they're singing about purely through their emotive tones.

Music Honoring Our Native American Heritage

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.

The Best of Banda

Banda is more than one type of music as it incorporates many different important influences including cumbia, corrido and bolero. These ensembles are usually a big band (10-20 people) with an emphasis on brass and percussion, including the tambora, and are best known for their rancheras.

6th Annual World Music Festival

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Heading up to the mountains this weekend? Be sure to check out the World Music Festival in Keystone! Admission is FREE!

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