Let's Hear It

Mike Klok

For a composer of music, the chance to hear a concert of one's works played by professional musicians in front of an audience is a gratifying, and often rare, opportunity. Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker's music will receive this treatment in a concert called An Auditory Inconvenience: The Music of Adam Schumaker. The composer, along with pianist/composer Cassandra Kaczor, visited WMUK to preview the concert by performing some highlights and discussing the music.

courtesy Mark Niskenen

Driving in the car, Mark Niskanen's girlfriend put on some music that instantly excited the jazz pianist's curiosity. What started as a moment of appreciation turned into a collaboration between Niskanen and singer/songwriter Lauren Deming.

Elizabeth Kirian

Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm have stories to tell and songs to sing, and they bring a fine selection of both to Let's Hear It, in a Takeda studio session with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall.


On a recent visit to Western Michigan University, jazz pianist George Colligan joined Jazz Currents host Keith Hall in the Yoshimi Takeda Performance Studio at WMUK for an hour of music and conversation.


The newest album from the Michigan-based, Celtic and world-music ensemble An Dro is steeped in the sounds of Michigan. Home videos and recordings of forest birds, wind and waves served as inspiration for the thirteen original works by An Dro founding member James Spalink on the album, which is titled The Music of James Spalink