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Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 is Brazilian World Music Day!

Join the Archive of Contemporary Music (ARC) in celebrating Brazilian World Music Day on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Resources on popular Brazilian music in all forms have been contributed by participants from around the world, to build what ARC describes as “a free, permanently available, online database of Brazilian recordings and their locations around the world.”

The site lists events and performances, as well, which are being held in association with Brazilian World Music Day, or feature Brazilian music.

Check out the website’s YouTube channel, for hours of Brazilian musical enjoyment!

There is an exhibition featuring the music of Brazil, including recordings, books, scores, and ephemera from our collections, on display in the main exhibition case of the Music & Arts Library (701 Dodge).  All of the featured recordings are available for listening in the Library. A research guide on Brazilian music prepared by library intern John Kroondyck, working with Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian Sean Knowlton, is available at: http://library.columbia.edu/content/libraryweb/indiv/global/latam/guides/bwmd.html.

And, stay tuned! because WKCR will be featuring 12 hours of Brazilian music, to be broadcast on Friday, Sept. 7th, 2012, beginning at 1pm. The broadcast will feature several live performances on-air.

Also in conjunction with the event, Prof. Aaron Fox, from Columbia’s Music Department, will join other participants at a symposium on “Whose Music Is It, Anyway?: The Politics of Property and Archives in Brazil, the Americas, and at Columbia“.   It will be held at the Casa Hispanica on Sept. 28, 3-5pm

Put a little samba in your step with Brazilian World Music Day!

John Szwed’s Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World is in

Prof. John Szwed’s new biography of Alan Lomax, the American folklorist and ethnomusicologist, is in, and available in CLIO, under call number ML423 L6347 S98 2010, and it promises to be a thoughtful and entertaining read. Szwed is a noted anthropologist and jazz scholar, professor in the Music Dept. at Columbia, and also Acting Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia. You can read the New York Times’ recent review at this link.

Interested in checking out some of Alan Lomax’s many recordings? You can search in CLIO under keywords= Alan Lomax, and then limit your search to music sound recordings. You’ll see a list of over 120 available recordings (which can be checked out for 4 weeks). There are also several recordings by Lomax available in the online audio databases American Song, and a few in Smithsonian Global Sound.

Tip: audio interviews on Rock’s Back Pages

Rock’s Back Pages, an online database provided through the Columbia University Libraries, provides electronic access to an “… archive of reviews, interviews and features on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, by the world’s best rock writers and from the most influential music publications.

One interesting area of content that may not be immediately noticed is an archive of audio interiews, available by clicking on the “Audio” link on the left-hand navigation menu. Spanning from 1970 through 2006, these audio interviews feature artists such as Bo Diddley, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Ronnie Spector, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, and many others. Also included, at the end of the listings under “others”, are interviews with record producers, sound engineers, and producers, including such noted figures as Ahmet Ertegun, and Gamble and Huff.

The interviews are encoded as downloadable 128kpbs MP3 files, which is adequate for spoken word content. The context and location of the interviews is not always clear, and it would be nice to have more information provided. There are links provided to additional articles by the interviewers.