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Join us for a wild Americana ride with The Jones Gang.

2 p.m. Saturday July 14 at the Fremont Main Library


Jones Gang Travis

Like a VW van with 310,000 miles rolling out of the shop, The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) is still trucking. A collection of misfits and malcontents who, like a hippy transformer, assemble into something much greater than the sum of its parts. An insane collection of rock, funk (Motown and Louisiana), gospel, blues, folk and country. The band covers a musical history the size of the USA, in a tight and soulful style. The gang can move seamlessly from a murder ballad to a New Orleans rumba, first breaking your heart and then making you glad you’re alive.

Travis Jones, the soul mountain, is the lead singer with a voice for the ages. Henry Salvia ‘motor city misfit’ plays more notes than exist on the piano. Josh Zucker is the strong and solid base and bass of the band, and Peter Tucker, is of course the best peter-tucker-style drummer in the world, and the only drummer officially approved by the northern California bluegrass society.


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Boppin’ at the Bookshelves!

This Saturday, February 25, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., fitness and dance instructor Mike Quebec leads a fun, energetic, music-filled class that combines swing dancing, aerobic fitness and the rockin’est 50’s and 60’s jump tunes. The class is for all ages, especially Baby Boomers  and active adults.  Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring a water bottle and towel, and be ready to get your heart rate up!

Contact: Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401.

Location: FREMONT BRANCH – Get Directions

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Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room

Five Saturdays Starting January 7, 2017, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mark these dates when you can be dancing calories away at the Fremont Main Library.


Mike Quebec

Fitness and dance instructor Mike Quebec leads fun and energetic dance classes for five Saturdays at the Fremont Main Library, part of a series called Fitness @ Fremont Main.  These line dancing and 1950’s style swing dance classes are for all ages, especially mature adults.  Line dancing is at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on January 7 and March 4.  Boppin’ at the Bookshelves (swing classes) will be at 2:30-4:30 p.m. February 25, April 22 and May 27.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible.  The Library will provide an ASL interpreter, for any event, with at least seven working days’ notice.  Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660.

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3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27

Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Meeting Room

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA

Fitness and dance instructor Mike Quebec leads a fun and energetic session of easy-to-follow line dance routines. Dance to the rockin’est 50’s and 60’s rock n’ roll music and get your heart rate up. This low-impact class is for all ages, especially mature adults.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring a water bottle and towel, and be ready to be   energized!

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music bridgeTreat yourself to music at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday July 9th at 2:00 when Music Bridge, an ensemble of local students perform.  Their repertoire covers pop, jazz, musical scores as well as traditional and classical music from Vietnam and all across Asia.

The ensemble is led by Fremont resident and internationally recognized musician and composer Vân-Ánh Võ.  Vân-Ánh is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated multi-instrumentalist and master of the Vietnamese Đàn Tranh, a 16-string plucked zither.  Music Bridge members have performed at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.  Bring your family and be inspired by these young talented students!

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It is not often that we get a chance to meet a living legend. Fremont residents will be able to do that on Saturday, March 14, from 2-4 p.m. when Afghanistan’s icon Ustad Farida Mawash will give a community concert at the Fremont Main Library.

As Afghanistan’s most popular female singer in the 1960s and ’70s, her beautiful vibrant voice was heard daily over Radio Kabul. Mawash’s career in Afghanistan came to an abrupt end with the occupation of the Russian army in 1979 and the new regime of the Taliban which forbade any kind of musical expression. Her many recitals and performances at the national and local levels in the United States eventually put her in the limelight again. Her music is still sold globally in Afghan communities and major world capitals.

Mahwash is the only Afghan woman to attain the title of “Ustad” meaning “master,” which was bestowed on her by the Ministry of Culture in 1977. Mahwash’ contributions to the musical tradition of Afghanistan was recognized and honored during the golden era of Afghanistan.
She endured the Soviet invasion and the Taliban ban on music in her country until 1989, when she fled its civil war and became a refugee, but now she calls Fremont her home away from home.
Ustad Farida Mahwash, was born Farida Gulali Ayubi, in 1947, Kabul, Afghanistan into a conservative Afghan family. Her mother was a Quran teacher, and inspired Farida with her beautiful voice and a religious upbringing. Upon completing her studies, Farida found support and inspiration at Kabul Radio, whose director discovered her talent for singing.

She is one of the most beloved singers throughout Central Asia. She sings mostly in Dari, but is universally understood with her underlying tones of emotional soulfulness. Her melodies are sung with such a wistful and supple voice which moves the heart and enlightens the soul.
She reiterates Afghanistan’s deep-rooted musical traditions with romantic ghazals and folk songs, which are her specialty. The lyrics are reminiscent of Rumi’s classical Persian poetry.
Being away from her motherland didn’t prevent her to continue singing. In 2001, Hossein Arman, head of an exiled Afghani band based in Switzerland, invited Mahwash to join the Ensemble Kaboul, with whom she embarked on international tours. This group was composed of fellow-refugees and it opened the doors to countless concerts and the award-winning 2003 album Radio Kaboul. This rich collection pays homage to the disappeared or exiled composers and musicians of Afghan radio’s golden era.

This group performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe to sophisticated audiences who were bedazzled with this unique musical expression. The world now acknowledged her fame and gave her recognition for her beautiful voice and style. In Europe she received the Golden Voice Award and in the United States the Janis Joplin Award.

Later that year, Mahwash received a prestigious BBC World Music Award, both for her artistic excellence and for her work in speaking on behalf of thousands of orphaned Afghan children.

In 2007, Mahwash followed up with a recording secular and sacred love poems, Ghazals Afghans recorded by Accords Croises /Harmonia Mundi.

In 2012 Ustad Mawash grouped with other local musicians and Voices of Afghanistan was formed. Under the direction of music producer Dawn Elder and Afghan musical director Homayoun Sakhi, these musicians gained recognition for their expertise and professionalism. “Voices of Afghanistan” was nominated for Six Grammy Awards in Folsom, California.

Mahwash, Homayoun Sakhi and the group began recording a new album with renowned world music producer Dawn Elder and Sam Nappi at World Harmony Studios. Ustad Mahwash, Homayoun Sakhi and the group are joined by a host of notable celebrity musicians and singers including Grammy winning singer Angelique Kidjo. The album “Love Songs for Humanity” was released by World Harmony Studios/D E Music Records in 2013.

In 2013, Ustad Mawash together with Kabir Howaida (piano) received the coveted Rumi Awards in Las Vegas. Kabir Howeida is a renowned pianist and composer who will join Ustad Mawash in Fremont for the March 14, 2015 concert.

For most of her years, Mahwash has been Afghanistan’s best-loved singer. Yet its only female Master Musician (Ustad) has lived in exile since 1991. Afghan’s deep rooted musical tradition is carried on by Mawash in her albums. “Ghazal Afghans” which was recorded in 2007 and « Radio Kabul » recorded in 2003 are still available. ‘Art’ says Ustad Farida Mahwash, ‘is about affection and kindness.’

The Afghan traditional music is also still carried on in 2015 with Ustad Mawash’s new team of renowned artists consisting of Khalil Rahgeb (Harmonium), Kabir Howaida (Piano), and Eshan Ahmad (Tabla).

Ragheb is a master of the harmonium. He is also a singer and composer. For 16 years as a television presenter for Afghan Television, Ragheb first played with Mawash in 1977, at the same time as he was working with another Afghan icon, Ahmad Zahir. The event of Zahirs untimely death in his prime in 1979 during political turmoil drove Ragheb into exile, more than a decade before Mahwash herself. So their reunion in this group has a depth of nostalgia which is unparalleled amongst other musicians.

Kabir Howaida is a renowened piano player and composer and brother of the late Zahir Howaida, who was a famous singer and composer in Afghanistan and abroad. The famous and late Ahmed Zahir, as well as Zahir Howaida, Kabir Howaida, and Khalil Ragheb knew and worked with each other as a team. Kabir’s has performed at home and abroad and has received the 2013 Rumi Award together with Ustad Mawash.

Ehsan Ahmad, master of the tabla, is a new member to this group, with the traditional talent and repertoire, Ahmad will take the drums (tabla) to new heights.

Mawash with her spellbound, soulful voice is giving new life to ghazals in her songs. The ghazal is an ancient Persian form of verse. The form is ancient and an integral part of Arabic and Persian poetry long before the rise of Islam. Ghazals were written by Rumi and Hafiz of Persia who have become the dominant figures in Sufi mysticism. Ghazals express the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. They are quite haunting, with long soft syllables, rhymed in two stanzas. Ghazals invoke melancholy, unrequited love, longing, and the metaphysical questions of Sufism.

Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and has since settled in Fremont. Today, Ustad Mahwash still expresses enthusiam to continue touring the world bringing her country’s music and songs under the spotlight. She is full of personal grace, kindness and goodwill. She is Afghanistan’s Ambassador of Love.

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Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Loren Tayerle, Conductor

Enjoy voice, flute and piano performances by students of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, 2 p.m.Saturday, October 11, at the Fremont Main Library. The new Anna Poklewski Academy of Music Chamber Music Orchestra will perform conducted by Loren Tayerle, director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College.

The library is wheelchair accessible.

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Come, enjoy chamber music this Saturday and meet faculty members of the Anna Poklewski Academy of Music, including

Loren Tayerle

Loren Tayerle

Loren Tayerle (horn, viola and conductor), Natachia Li (cello) and Jennifer Ridout (flute). Mr. Tayerle is director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College where he conducts the De Anza Chamber Orchestra and teaches music history. Arrangements of works by Corelli, Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky will showcase violins, violas, cellos, a harpsichord and bass.

 The Anna Poklewski Academy of Music (39660 Mission Blvd. in Fremont) is an alternative music school that inspires and inculcates a love of music in every student. The Academy uses a systematic approach combining technical training, artistry and musicianship, while fostering an understanding

Natachia Li

Natachia Li

of music as a language in communicating emotions and experiences. A chamber music class for student musicians is being offered for the first time at the school.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. this Saturday in the Fukaya Room.

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Jenny Ridout

Jenny Ridout

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Portuguese fado is a melancholy and often-mournful music similar to the American blues as it tells stories of heartache and disappointment.  Ramana Vieira is often referred to as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.”  Ramana Vieira and her ensemble bring this 15th century style into modern times.  At the Fremont Main Library, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, August 31.  Call 510-745-1401 for more information.

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