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Local Music
2:50 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

LHI Live: Violinist Liya Jin and Violist Maisie Snyder

Side-by-side violin & viola
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Fourteen year-old violinist Liya Jin and seventeen year-old violist Maisie Snyder have been playing in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for four and five years, respectively.

Although both mix their passion for music with other pursuits, such as science and swimming, Maisie and Liya are accomplished performers as soloists, orchestra members, and as members of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony String Quartet. 

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Local Music
6:23 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

LHI Live: Joel Mabus' Seasonal Songbook

Joel Mabus
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Singer-songwriter Joel Mabus' musical career, encompassing 25 albums, includes two Christmas releases (How Like The Holly, 1999, and A Parlor Guitar Christmas, 2012). Over time, the folk artist has also compiled a selection of seasonal stories and poems he likes to share with audiences.

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Local Music
3:27 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

LHI Live: Jazz Pianist Matthew Fries

Matthew Fries

Matthew Fries is an established New York City-based jazz pianist who has performed with a wide variety of jazz singers and instrumentalists.

He joins Jazz Currents host Keith Hall to talk about his early musical opportunities, and takes advantage of the rare opportunity to play as a solo artist in the Takeda studio. An experienced ensemble player (he and Keith are both members of Tri-Fi), Mr. Fries talks about the difference between solo and ensemble playing.

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Local Music
12:05 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

LHI Live: Edisher Savitski's Boundless Schumann

Edisher Savitski in the Takeda studio.
Credit C. Lieurance

During the time the Soviet Union was falling apart in the 1990s, Edisher Savitski was a young pianist pursuing a career in music while supporting the independence movement in his country, the Democratic Republic of Georgia. 

An invitation to study in the United States changed his life.

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Local Music
6:32 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

LHI Live: Nashon Holloway And Bryan Blowers

Bryan Blowers and Nashon Holloway

Keith Hall talks to two homegrown artists who are beginning international careers in music. Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Nashon Holloway, equally at home in jazz, soul, and folk, has taken two months-long trips to Dubai to perform. Portage native Bryan Blowers, one of the most versatile guitarists west Michigan has produced, will spend the 2014-15 season cruising the oceans for Royal Carribean as a ship musician. 

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