jazz

Ashley Daneman

Last August, after several months spent composing a jazz suite commissioned by Sparks & Echo ArtsBenje Daneman recorded the tracks for his new album, Light in the Darkness Joining him on the project were vocalist Ashley Daneman, saxophonist Greg Ward, pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Andrew Vogt, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. Tomorrow night, Michigan audiences will get a chance to hear the album performed live, and purchase the album before its world-wide release on August 31.

In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Benje and Ashley talk about the work that went into the album, and the themes of inspiration that were used. Although the pieces he composed are mostly instrumental, they are a reflection of his spiritual thinking, and about how to find the light in oneself and each other. 

Tickets for the concert are available in advance through the artist's website, and additionally, supporters can participate in a Kickstarter campaign which will help take the project to wide release. Benje Daneman can also be found on Facebook.


Jennifer Taylor

Jeremy Siskind talks to Cara Lieurance about adjusting to life in California after five years in Michigan, and he previews his concert of seasonal music for solo piano.  It's at Milwood United Methodist Church on Sunday at 3 pm. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be accepted.


WMU School of Music

Scott Cowan has been writing music for many years, often finding inspiration in books, travels, or experiences at home. Tonight, he and fellow jazz faculty players and the Western Jazz Orchestra will showcase pieces that date from 20 years ago, to this week's wet ink. Cowan talks to Cara Lieurance about the concert, which begins at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.


Danielle Guerra

Longtime collaborators Lucas Pino and Jeremy Siskind premiered a new collection of songs, Golden Rule, Turing Test, at Western Michigan University on Tuesday. It's a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes bemused reaction to the way we filter our human relationships through social media and mobile devices.


The second episode of our Billy Strayhorn centennial birthday celebration focuses on his masterpiece 'Lush Life'.

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