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Uri Caine Concert to Kick Off 'Avant: Curious Music for Curios Minds' Music Series (May 3)


Radical Jewish Culture Music Collection to Be Donated to Main Library


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 3, 2016 – In honor of National Jewish American Heritage month, Uri Caine, Grammy-nominated pianist and composer, will perform a free solo concert on Sunday, May 15 at the Main Library. Caine’s performance will coincide with the donation of a collection of 280 CDs, anthologies of musicians’ writing, and a number of DVDs valued at $4,200 to the library by Avant, a Jacksonville-based music events organization founded by local arts producer, Keith Marks.

The donation includes the entire Radical Jewish Culture (RJC) catalog and several records from Masada Book Two: Book of Angels and other music from composer John Zorn’s Tzadik record label. Zorn, who founded the RJC movement in New York City in the early 1990s, asks artists, “What is Jewish music? What is its future?” Caine is represented on a number of the albums being donated.

WHEN: Sunday, May 15 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Main Library Hicks Auditorium 303 Laura St. N – 32202

Many library customers will now benefit from Marks’ curious mind. “In this age of Spotify and Pandora, mainstream music is easy to access. Radical Jewish Culture music, which is on the fringe, is not. I want to educate others about different music,” said Marks.

The materials will be available to check out from the library after May 15.

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-2665 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About Avant

Avant is a 501(c)3 organization created by local arts producer Keith Marks, culminated over six months of crowd sourcing and other forms of fundraising to purchase the materials from the Radical Jewish Culture collection. Avant is a music series dedicated to exploring new and exciting music outside the confines of genre and expectation, creating a community of adventurous music listeners. For more information about Keith Marks’ and Avant, go to and

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.9 million times, and nearly 11,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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