Cara Lieurance

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Live In New York: The Vanguard Sessions is Steve Wilson's first solo album since 2003, but that's not to say the famed saxophonist hasn't been busy in the meantime. He's one of the foremost go-to players in the jazz world, appearing as a guest performer on nearly 100 albums in the last twenty-five years. 

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The annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival is two days of performances and master classes in jazz music for a spectrum of musicians, from those in high school ensembles, to college groups, to full professionals. This year, the thirty-fifth festival featured Miguel Zenón as its guest artist.

A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation.  Zenón has been repeatedly recognized as an important composer in jazz, receiving dozens of commissions, awards, and grants. 

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The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music has provided Juilliard-trained hometown talent Brandon Ridenour with an opportunity to premiere new works this Sunday. The new compositions include a seven-song cycle based on Edgar Allan Poe's writings, called Sacred Space. 

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When pianist Murray Perahia comes to Chenery Auditorium March 18, he'll bring with him a lifetime of well-earned musical mastery. Perahia first gained international attention when he won the gold medal in the 1972 Leeds International Piano Competition. He became a favorite pianist of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears at the Aldeburgh Festival, and counts the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz as a mentor. 

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The Michigan Celtic band Fonn Mór has a busy St. Patrick's month ahead, with shows in Michigan and Illinois. Before the band kicks off its touring season this Saturday at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, three of the six members join Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda studio for several tunes and songs, and a chat about their love of the different traditions found under the Celtic music umbrella.

Fonn Mór guitarist Curt Tramel is the founder of the group. His approach to guitar playing includes creating specific accompaniments to individual tunes, and drawing from American as well as Celtic styles. Grace MacMaster's passion is for Cape Breton fiddle music. She plays tunes sets that slowly increase in tempo and intensity, one of the hallmarks of the style. Simone Keenan, a native of Northern Ireland, comes from a family of musicians. Always a songwriter, she pursued many different kinds of music before revisiting her Irish roots with Fonn Mór. 

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