The Unquiet Library
The Unquiet Library is a time to sit back, unwind and “spin the black wheel” at Hiebert Library. During these events, our hosts will discuss and play some amazing music (much of it from our extensive vinyl LP collection). As proof that the library is not just for books or silent contemplation, the Unquiet Library programs are designed to share music in reflective, engaging, and sometimes even loud ways. All events are open to the public. Please join us on the dates indicated below.
Friday, September 27, 12:15 p.m.
Walter Saul, "The Beatles and Stockhausen"
Karlheinz Stockhausen, a significant (and controversial) 20th-century composer and electronic music pioneer, was one of the faces featured on the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Walter Saul, FPU music professor, will talk about Stockhausen’s significance, play some of his composition Hymnen, and show the score. He will also play something from the Beatle’s album and talk about why Stockhausen appeared on it.
Friday, October 11 Noon
Kevin Enns-Rempel, "The Art of the Album Cover"
The vinyl LP cover provided a more expansive visual canvas than was available with CDs, and that may entirely disappear in the era of digital downloads. Kevin Enns-Rempel will highlight some of the albums that made particularly effective use of this visual component.
Friday, November 15, Noon
Chris Janzen, "Dinner: A Record of Madness"
What would a dinner party attended by some of history's most eccentric individuals be like? Chris Janzen, FPU art and music faculty member, and Jesse Nathan, Bay Area poet and McSweeney's editor, created a vinyl-only recording in the summer of 2011 called "Dinner: A Record of Madness" which explores this concept. The record was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco as part of their celebration of the poet Gertrude Stein (who is one of the many dinner guests in the story) and was accompanied by three live performances at the museum. Janzen will play the record, explain the narrative explored on each song, and explain how the music was composed and recorded. Recommended for fans of jazz, rock, funk, experimental music, poetry, and story-telling.
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