The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres encourages and promotes the activities of music libraries, archives and documentation centres to support and facilitate the realization of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library and information science at national and international levels.

Introducing the Ewha Music Data Base (EMDB)

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The Ewha Music Research Institute (EMRI) recently completed a 3-year project to establish a database of East Asia’s Educational Music Documents in October 2014. The result, Ewha Music Data Base (EMDB), now showcases the EMRI’s work of collecting and digitizing music education materials of East Asia: over 12,000 items of various types of music materials are listed. Its website (eMUSICdb.info) has been open to the public since November 1, 2014.

Remembering Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975)

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Josephine Baker died forty years ago today (April 12).  She was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri on June 3, 1906 to a washerwoman named Carrie McDonald and a vaudeville drummer named Eddie Carson, who left the mother and child shortly after Josephine’s birth. She left her birth country to make a name for herself with La Revue Nègre in France, quickly becoming renowned for her barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred comic yet slightly erotic dance routines, and then used that fame and fortune to create and support her own utopian idea of how the world should be by gathering together an adoptive family of twelve children from all over the world that she called the rainbow tribe.

New Italian cataloguing rules for uniform titles in music

The volume Titolo uniforme musicale: norme per la redazione has just been published by ICCU (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico).

New Issue of Musikbiblioteksnytt, The Swedish IAML Magazine

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Welcome to this year’s first Musikbiblioteksnytt, The Swedish IAML Magazine.

Billie Holiday at 100

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File:Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947 (William P. Gottlieb 04251).jpgBillie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959 ) was born 100 years ago today, and so we honor one full century spent with the remarkable voice and unbelievable musical influence of the incomparable woman Lester Young dubbed “Lady Day.”

Billie’s voice was completely untrained, but her unique way of catching the rhythmic drive and intensity of articulation from the instrumentalists she worked with combined with her own distinctive soul-filled vocal quality made her an almost instant favorite among the most prominent jazz musicians in Harlem.  Her uncanny ability to imitate the instruments, to make her voice be and do and sound exactly like the most accomplished instrumentalists of her day seemed to mesmerize crowds.  Her musicality and superb ability to express the blues and make everyone in the room feel and know the truth in the texts she was singing also captured the audience’s attention.

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