From the Library: Contemporary Instrumental Music

Today we are fea­tur­ing mod­ern instru­men­tal music in our series From the Library. You’ll hear a wide selec­tion of artists from the “New Age” and “smooth jazz” gen­res, to pro­vide you with a relax­ing, melod­ic Spring­time sound­track to the mid­dle of your week: some­thing enjoy­able but at the same time some­thing you can work, read or relax to with­out the intru­sion of lyrics (well, vir­tu­al­ly: a cou­ple of vocal num­bers may have crept in).

These con­tem­po­rary instru­men­tal­ists blend jazz and oth­er styles to cre­ate a tune­ful, melod­ic atmos­phere that can be regard­ed in some sens­es as the mod­ern equiv­a­lent of tra­di­tion­al “Light Music”, which blend­ed light clas­si­cal styles with increas­ing­ly jazz-based ele­ments. But while they often fea­ture quite exten­sive arrange­ments, today’s per­form­ers are often work­ing alone or in small groups, using today’s mul­ti­track record­ing envi­ron­ments and elec­tron­ic instru­men­ta­tion to build impres­sive and expres­sive sound­scapes.

Today, we’ll be hear­ing artists like David Arken­stone, Exchange, Mannheim Steam­roller, artist Jeff Wahl, Acoustic Alche­my and many more. Enjoy!

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life, and today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten now at (To lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and if the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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