Let's Hear It

C. Lieurance

Mark Sahlgren and Darcy Wilkin are a familiar presence on WMUK as hosts of the weekly acoustic music showcase Grassroots

In this edition of Let's Hear It, The father-and-daughter pair join Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda performance studio as musicians rather than radio hosts, and perform Sahlgren's song "Everything Is Just Fine," Wilkin's song "When The World Was Flat," and a traditional song, "The Cuckoo." 

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Taking a break from their studies at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, bassoonists Laura Diaz, Quinn O'Donnell, Troy Robertson III, Joseph Swift, Hannah Truckenbrod, Mingyuan Yang and Evan Zanger visit the Takeda studio at WMUK to perform music arranged for one to seven bassoons.

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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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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.

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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