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' | KCET
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
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.
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
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.
the Los Angeles Public Library
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