KCET's Artbound Launches Bi-Weekly Series Showcasing the Los Angeles Public Library and the Library Foundation's 'Songs in the Key of Los Angeles'

Multiplatform Initiative to Spotlight Rare and Only Collection of Southern California Sheet Music through a Contemporary Lens; Recording Sessions with Local Artists include Aloe Blacc, I See Hawks in L.A., Julia Holter and more

 

Burbank, Calif. - May 28, 2013 - KCET's award-winning transmedia arts and culture series, Artbound, announced today the launch of a bi-weekly series showcasing the innovative project, "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles" from the Los Angeles Public Library and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. The multiplatform series will spotlight the world's only collection of Southern California sheet music through a contemporary lens, both online and on-air beginning, Thursday, May 30 on KCET, a service of KCETLink. 

For more than a year, USC Professor Josh Kun, director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center, and a group of his students, working with librarians from the Central Library, combed the Library's roughly 50,000-piece sheet music collection, identifying and shaping an unprecedented archive of Southern California sheet music - the very first of its kind.  Through a comprehensive anthology, new recordings, a special exhibition, a free concert and more, the project will bring the collection to light for contemporary reflection. 

"We're excited to collaborate with the Library Foundation, the Los Angeles Public Library and Professor Kun on this important archival music project. We're pleased to introduce new audiences to the rich cultural history of Los Angeles," said Juan Devis, Vice President of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "This initiative further solidifies our commitment to the arts through partnerships with leading cultural institutions and establishes Artbound as a critical source for arts and culture in the region."

Beginning Thursday, May 30, Artbound will feature mini-documentaries every two weeks, highlighting recording sessions of local artists performing selected songs from the collection, including: singer/rapper Aloe Blacc; alternative country group, I See Hawks in L.A.; singer/songwriter, Julia Holter; nouveau-gypsy band, The Petrojvic Blasting Company; and modern-hybrid Latin band, La Santa Cecilia.

To complement each installment, the series will offer insightful articles by Kun about the historical significance of the music, as well as cover images from the original sheet music. The first recording session and interview with I See Hawks in L.A. will also be featured in a new Artbound television episode on May 30 at 9 p.m.

Dating from sheet music's heyday (roughly 1850 through the 1950s), the collection covers the period of L.A.'s growth from remote outpost into sprawling metropolis and provides a rare window into early Southern California music history. Spanning genres from pop to jazz, Mexican folk to blues, all of the songs in the collection - many of which have never been recorded - are either about L.A. and Southern California, feature key regional songwriters and personalities, or were published by one of the many independent music publishers who were an integral part of Los Angeles industry at the turn of the 20th century.

For more information about additional events in support of this project, visit www.lapl.org.

 

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

 

About the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles provides critical support to the Los Angeles Public Library resulting in free programs, resources and services available to the millions of adults, children and youth of Los Angeles.  Through fundraising, advocacy and innovative programs, the Library Foundation strengthens the Los Angeles Public Library and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources.  For more information, please visit www.lfla.org.

 

About the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest population of any library in the country through its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, over six million books and other items, state-of-the-art technology, and its Web site (www.lapl.org). These resources and its more than 18,000 public programs provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.  For more information, visit www.lapl.org

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