Electronic Music: Ableton Live with Mike Huckaby

Tuesday January 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

It’s time for electronic music production when Detroit sound designer Mike Huckaby returns to talk about Ableton Live music production software.

Mike Huckaby has become the busiest Detroit re-mixer in the past few years. He has produced music on his two labels, Deep Transportation and S Y N T H, both well known among underground DJs worldwide.

A main force behind the once-legendary Record Time store, he has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Join Mike as he shares his electronic music production knowledge and skills in this hands-on workshop.

Electronic Music: Maschine Jam with Mike Huckaby

Tuesday January 17, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

It’s time for electronic music production when Detroit sound designer Mike Huckaby returns to talk about the Native Instruments Maschine Jam step sequencer.

Mike Huckaby has become the busiest Detroit re-mixer in the past few years. He has produced music on his two labels, Deep Transportation and S Y N T H, both well known among underground DJs worldwide.

A main force behind the once-legendary Record Time store, he has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Join Mike as he shares his electronic music production knowledge and skills in this hands-on workshop.

Stix and Tones - Musical Elements for Young Children

Sunday February 19, 2017: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 3

Stratus Ensemble's dynamic children's concert brings together flute and drums to entertain and educate children and adults on musical concepts.

Stix & Tones is an interactive learning program that focuses on the musical elements of melody, rhythm, program music, ostinato, improvisation, and more!

An Evening with Premo & Gustavsson

Tuesday October 25, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

For the past year and a half, Premo & Gustavsson have been collaborating on an instrumental project that blends Swedish and American fiddle traditions, and features new compositions based on these rich roots. The duo consists of Laurel Premo (USA banjo, fiddle) and Anna Gustavsson (SWE nyckelharpa).

With fiddle, claw hammer banjo, nyckelharpa, and the occasional bi-lingual vocals, their sound is built off of the driving dance-based fiddle traditions from both countries, as well as the adventuresome musicality of 21st century musicians.

Both players have deep musical resumes and training from masters at established folk schools and universities—Gustavsson from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and Premo from the University of Michigan School of Music and the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland.

Enjoy a delightful evening of innovative instrumental music!

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Tuesday September 27, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

It’s time for electronic music production when Detroit sound designer Mike Huckaby returns to AADL for this popular workshop!

Mike Huckaby has become the busiest Detroit re-mixer in the past few years. He has produced music on his two labels, Deep Transportation and S Y N T H, both well known among underground DJs worldwide.

A main force behind the once-legendary Record Time store, he has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Join Mike as he shares his electronic music production knowledge and skills in this hands-on workshop.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Tuesday September 13, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

It’s time for electronic music production when Detroit sound designer Mike Huckaby returns to AADL for this popular workshop!

Mike Huckaby has become the busiest Detroit re-mixer in the past few years. He has produced music on his two labels, Deep Transportation and S Y N T H, both well known among underground DJs worldwide.

A main force behind the once-legendary Record Time store, he has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Join Mike as he shares his electronic music production knowledge and skills in this hands-on workshop.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

Now in its 8th year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Come learn how to solder; see mechanical, electrical and micro-controlled devices; and participate in technology new and old. The Faire features Washtenaw County's high school FIRST Robotics teams, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Maker Works and many more fantastic exhibitors.

A Listener's Guide to Improvisation with the Ingrid Racine Quartet and A2SF

Saturday July 2, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join jazz trumpeter Ingrid Racine as she seeks to demystify the art of improvisation! Through demonstrations of form, rhythm, melody and harmony by a band made up of Ann Arbor high school students, learn to transform the seemingly "random collection of sounds" into a language that can be understood by even a beginning listener. Come open up your ears to the interactive, challenging and joyful listening experience of jazz and improvised music!

Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Film and Discussion: We Rock Long Distance

Thursday July 7, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

The documentary "We Rock Long Distance" weaves together the sounds and stories of three Twin Cities hip-hop artists – M.anifest, Maria Isa, and Tou SaiKo Lee – as they journey home to Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Thailand to create unique and unexpected connections across generation and geography.

Following the film screening, director Justin Schell will discuss the film and its creation.

Starting in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the best-known sites for underground hip-hop, the film follows M.anifest to his home in Accra, Ghana, where he connects with hip-life artists from across the country, performs in front of his family for the first time and explores connections with his world-renowned grandfather, the composer, poet, and scholar J. H. Kwabena Nketia. The film joins "Sota Rican" Maria Isa as she explores the links between hip-hop, reggaeton, and the folkloric arts of Puerto Rico she grew up performing, bomba and plena. Follow her as she traces her musical and familial genealogy from San Juan and Loiza to the campos of Vega Baja. In Thailand, We Rock Long Distance follows Tou SaiKo Lee's ongoing work using hip-hop and poetry to create new and stronger bonds between Hmong Americans and Hmong in Southeast Asia, as well as between youth and elders - some of whom have never heard of hip-hop. Tou SaiKo Lee also learns more about kwv txhiaj, a Hmong practice of oral poetry, in an attempt to build a bridge to this centuries-old practice through hip-hop.

In addition to overturning dominant stereotypes and creating unexpected cross-generational connections, each of these artists are well-known for strengthening their local and global communities through their words, music, and actions. "We Rock Long Distance" amplifies their stories, offering an intimate look at the process of creation while engaging artists and audiences in conversations about music, home, tradition, and family that resonate long after the recording sessions have ended and planes have left.

"We Rock Long Distance" is not rated and runs for 87 minutes.

Record Store Day Film Screening And Discussion: All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

Saturday April 16, 2016: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Wrap up your Record Store Day spree at your library with a screening of All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records.

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents and eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong?

"All Things Must Pass" is an examination of this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon. Find out the inside story of this music industry powerhouse with this acclaimed 2015 documentary, which is not rated.

This event will begin with a discussion and memories of Tower Records by several former store employees at 3:00 pm and will be followed by the film screening at 4:00 pm. While you're here, check out the launch of AADL's circulating vinyl collection and try out some of our tools for making your own music!

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