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Origami and Musical Duo at Westfield Memorial Library

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On Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. the Westfield Memorial Library will present an Origami workshop, and on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., the library will present a piano and violin duo. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Joy Ann J. Cabanos, a mixed media artist, poet and arts educator, will present the Origami workshop. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. In this workshop participants will learn basic origami folds and make a simple holiday wreath to take home. All materials will be provided.

Cabanos has presented previous origami workshops at the library, and she has exhibited her paintings there, in addition to other national and international shows. She currently teaches painting and origami in various county and after-school programs, as well in private workshops.

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She is currently preparing work as a featured artist in Somerset County's upcoming “Welcome Neighbor: Sharing Cultural Art Traditions” touring Arts Exhibit. Her featured works include an origami wreath and a traditional Filipino 'Parol' (Christmas Star).

The eclectic musical duo, pianist Steve Sandberg and violinist Zach Brock will perform on Dec. 3. Mr. Sandberg has conducted and arranged on Broadway (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) and for many regional and Off-Broadway theatres, including the New York Shakespeare Festival. Most recently, he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work as Musical Director and Composer for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!”

He has performed improvised electronic multimedia concerts at the Knitting Factory, The Guggenheim Museum, Le Petit Versailles, and the Stone, featuring his unique voice on the breath-controlled Yamaha VL70 synthesizer. These concerts were heavily influenced by his studies of North Indian raga singing.

His latest project is a duo with the extraordinary violinist Zach Brock. Mr. Brock has been heralded as “the preeminent improvising violinist of his generation,” and is known for his work with Snarky Puppy and Stanley Clark. The concert begins with performances from the solo piano repertoire (including original compositions), and continues with the duo’s soaring improvisations on originals that draw from European, African, Latin, Balkan and Indian traditions.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.)

The origami workshop has room for 12 participants so interested parties must register for the program. Visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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