“Soul Finesse” is the latest offering from Pac Ave Records, the student-run record label at University of the Pacific, and it delivers an eclectic mix of music genres – indie rock to hip hop to electro R&B to pop – for 10 soul-inspired tracks. The CD, released in November, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify, and all other leading digital music outlets.

“Soul Finesse” is the latest offering from Pac Ave Records, the student-run record label at University of the Pacific, and it delivers an eclectic mix of music genres – indie rock to hip hop to electro R&B to pop – for 10 soul-inspired tracks. The CD, released in November, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify, and all other leading digital music outlets.

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Holiday gift ideas: Books, music and more from University of the Pacific authors and artists

Nov 25, 2015

Books, music and textiles from University of the Pacific authors and artists make great holiday gifts. This year's list offers something for World War II buffs to jazz lovers.

Books

"Nazi Hunger Politics: A History of Food in the Third Reich," by Gesine Gerhard, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $40, 196 pages. Gerhard, a professor of history at University of the Pacific, has written what is considered the first vivid and comprehensive look at food and food policy in Nazi Germany during World War II. The book, released in September, looks at the economics of food, food-based justification for war, and food used as a tool for genocide as millions of Soviet soldiers held by Germany died of hunger and starvation.

"The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World," by Andrea Wulf, Knopf Doubleday, $30, 496 pages. Wulf, acclaimed author of "Founding Gardeners" and occasional guest lecturer at University of the Pacific, used the John Muir Papers curated by the university in researching this autobiography of the visionary German naturalist who changed the way we look at the world and who is considered the father of modern environmentalism. Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club and perhaps the best-known American conservationist, was influenced by von Humboldt's work. The biography was released in September.

"Chicago: A Food Biography" by Daniel R. Block and Howard Rosing, Rowman & Littlefield, $38, 340 pages. Block and Rosing have written the latest in Rowman & Littlefield's "Big City Food Biographies" series edited by Ken Albala, professor of history at University of the Pacific. The series, which looks at the food culture, economics, innovation and history for New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Portland, Ore. and other cities, now turns to everything food in the Windy City with vivid details and stories of local restaurants and food. The book was released in September.

"The Soul of Success, Vol. 2: The World's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Core Strategies for Getting to the Heart of Health, Wealth and Success," by Cindy Ertman, West Seegmiller and Pawen Dhokal, CelebrityPress, $19.95, 552 pages. Ertman and Dhokal, University of the Pacific graduates, and Seegmiller, an alumnus of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, co-author the latest offering by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. In "The Soul of Success, Vol. 2," released in August, Ertman, Seegmiller and Dhokal share their stories and strategies for success.

"Quest for Excellence: The Arthur A. Dugoni Story," by Martin Brown, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, $35, 328 pages. Brown highlights the life and rise of Arthur A. Dugoni, former dean of Pacific's school of dentistry, in this book released in April. "Art has had a fascinating life and his background is a wonderful story of an immigrant's upbringing (and rise) to success," Brown said. "As he was in his 80s, I realized we had an opportunity to collect more of the many stories of Art and his family and share them with the community."

Music

"Pocket Change," by Patrick Langham, Roll Call Records, $11.99 for download and $15 for CD, Jazz. Langham, the director of jazz studies at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, composed original music during a sabbatical in fall 2011, writing in a log cabin in the hills of Tennessee, a cottage on the shores of Lake Tahoe, and a home in Carmel, California, near the Pacific Ocean. This 2015 release is a result of that work. The CD is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify, and all other leading digital music outlets.

"Trio 180," by Trio 180, North Pacific Music, $15 for CD, Piano trio. Members of Trio 180, celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong, are artists-in-residence at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, the first conservatory in the Western United States. "Trio 180" is the group's debut CD and features works by Antonin Dvorak, Josef Suk and Robert Schumann. The CD is available on iTunes and Amazon.com, or by emailing the trio at trio180@trio180.com.

"Soul Finesse," by various artists, Pac Ave Records, $9.99 for download and $15 for CD, Adult alternative pop/rock. The latest offering from Pac Ave Records, the student-run record label at University of the Pacific, delivers an eclectic mix of music genres - indie rock to hip hop to electro R&B to pop - for 10 soul-inspired tracks. The CD, released in November, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify, and all other leading digital music outlets.


"2013-2014 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet," Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, released by Brubeck Institute (University of the Pacific), $10, jazz. The 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows - Max Boiko, trumpet; Sean Britt, guitar; Joel Ross, vibes and piano; Sarah Kuo, bass; and Jalon Archie, drums - combine their impressive individual talents to present this CD of 12 songs, including nine original compositions, that was released in January 2015. The CD is available on the Brubeck Institute's website: http://www.pacific.edu/Brubeck-Home/Media-Gallery.html.

Bags, jewelry, ornaments and stationery

Looking for that special - even unusual - gift? Singing Hands, a fair-trade artisan cooperative run by University of the Pacific students and faculty, offers tote and messenger bags, jewelry, ornaments and paper stationery crafted by artists from remote Dimen, a village in the Guizhou province of China. The traditional art form using techniques that have been handed down for centuries has been reinvented for these products. Products from Singing Hands - it is customary for the artists to sing while working - are available at singinghands.org.

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