Dancing Babies with Robin Robinson

Saturday August 26, 2017: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age 5 years.

Robin Robinson of RobinSongs For Kids leads a program of music and motion!

RagaScapes: Autumn Melodies of Hindustani Classical Music Fused with Improvisational World Rhythms

Sunday September 17, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy an afternoon of improvisation and world and folk music fusion, featuring vocalist Charu Swaminathan, bassist, bandleader and composer Dave Sharp, guitarist Elden Kelly, and multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Carolyn Koebel.

Dave Sharp brings both his upright and electric bass skills to a wide variety of music groups as well as collaborations with Bollywood musicians (Parthiv Gohil, Jointa Gandhi) and touring Kirtan (Girish, Prema Hara) artists.

Charu Swaminathan is a Classical Singer trained in the North Indian style. She has studied with renowned masters both in India and in the US and has been performing and teaching Indian Classical music for the last 15 years.

Elden Kelly is an improviser, band leader, guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter known for classically-influenced jazz and world music. In addition to nylon string guitar, Kelly is known for his work on the Glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar which conjures up sounds reminiscent of India, Africa and the Middle East, or “Indo-Turkish bluegrass.”

Carolyn Koebel’s early studies are rooted in the Western traditions, while the past 20 years have found her slowly traversing the globe in search of indigenous folk roots and traditional rhythmic materials from Latin & South America, West Africa and the Middle East, and all points in-between.

This event is held in conjunction with Rasa, the innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in September. It is designed to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the effulgent richness and abundance of cultural heritage that stems from India. It is multi-arts and multi-disciplinary, presenting traditional as well as cutting edge work in performing, visual, literary, media/films, and culinary arts, in partnership with prominent Ann Arbor arts organizations.

Rasa Yatra: A Journey Through India to Appreciate the Diverse Styles of Indian Classical Dance

Thursday September 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Immerse yourself in an evening of Indian classical dance! Learn about the historical context of the many regional styles of Indian dance, their origins in the temples or the royal courts, the meaning of the hand gestures, facial expressions and movements, and how mythical stories are told through dance and music. Watch dazzling performances in some of the distinct styles.

Ann Arbor based Odissi dancer, Sreyashi Dey, will lead the audiences through this journey through the different parts of India and the unique dance heritage of each, such as Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Sattriya, Kathakali, and more. Classically trained and accomplished dancers will also present exciting dance pieces.

Sreyashi Dey is one of the foremost exponents of Odissi in the US, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Srishti Dances of India, and more recently, Akshara. Sreyashi regularly tours the US and has performed all over the world - in Europe, Asia and India. Her work has been critically acclaimed by well-known critics in leading newspapers and magazines in the US, such as the New York Times, as well as in leading media in India. She has been the recipient of several awards, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and premier foundations in the US.

This event is held in conjunction with Rasa, the innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in September. It is designed to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the effulgent richness and abundance of cultural heritage that stems from India. It is multi-arts and multi-disciplinary, presenting traditional as well as cutting edge work in performing, visual, literary, media/films, and culinary arts, in partnership with prominent Ann Arbor arts organizations.

Postponed: The Yellow Room Gang: A Look Inside

Tuesday September 26, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Yellow Room Gang is a collective of eight area singer-songwriters who meet monthly in the yellow-painted living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home to work out new songs.

Enjoy this chance to be a part of one of those meetings, look into the songwriting process of these local favorites and be among the first to hear their songs in the making.

We will post a new date ASAP

Kinder Concert

Friday September 29, 2017: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool

Learn about the harp from Maurice Draughn and the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance, and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

Another Kinder Concert session will be offered at 11:00 am.

Kinder Concert

Friday September 29, 2017: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for preschool

Learn about the harp from Maurice Draughn and the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance, and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

Another Kinder Concert session is offered at 10:00 am.

Concert: The Maple Leaf Group

Friday September 29, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a performance by The Maple Leaf Group, a traditional Japanese music group from Fukuoka, southern Japan.

The Maple Leaf Group is comprised of Ms. Tachikawa, who is a koto instructor, and eight additional musicians. The instruments they will play are koto (Japanese harps), Shakuhachi flutes, three-stringed Shamisen (Japanese banjo), and a Shinobue flute.

Attendees will be treated to traditional Japanese music as well as American movie soundtracks.