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Estonian musician finds her voice digging in the library stacks

“Not many young musicians find their muses in a university archive, but fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut is indebted to the University of Tartu’s Viljandi Culture Academy, in her homeland of Estonia. While rummaging through the school’s holdings, Nuut discovered scholarly materials and historic recordings that would crucially inform her sound, which has been described as bridging minimalism, experimental music and the village entertainment of pre-World War II Europe.” (via Washington Post)

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Double Life: On-call librarian is also artist and musician

“If you have ever called a library’s after-hours number with a question, the person on the other end of the line could have been Carrboro artist and musician Phil Blank.Blank runs a company called ChatStaff, which provides after-hours service to libraries all over North Carolina and beyond. But he’s also a painter, illustrator and accordion player for a local klezmer band, Gmish.In fact, you might have seen his paintings on the walls at Orange County Social Club or his illustrations on the new bags of Larry’s Beans’ single origin coffee now on shelves at Earth Fare, Whole Foods or Weaver Street Market stores. And you might have heard his music while wandering in downtown Carrboro and stumbling upon a klezmer band busking on a street corner.” (via The State)

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