Local Music

Hear interviews with guests on music programs produced here at WMUK, as well as program news.

Chris McGuire

Education director Adam Schumaker and education coordinator Leslie Boughton join Cara Lieurance to preview KeysFest, an annual day-long festival for piano students in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas. Children grades 1-12 sign up to perform in a masterclass, hear their peers perform, and receive feedback from a clinician. 


Saxophonist John Coltrane is one of the most imitated saxophonists of all time. During his relatively short career, he profoundly contributed to music as a composer and bandleader.


Dan Diffendale

Composer Elisabeth Blair grew up in the singer/songwriter scene, where it's common to find women performers and writers. So when she began moving into the field of classical composition, she noticed the absence of past and present composers who are women. They were rarely discussed, performed, or mentioned in textbooks. As a challenge to herself, Blair decided to feature one woman composer a day on a Facebook page. At the time, she wasn't sure it would continue for more than a month.

C. Lieurance

On Wednesday, composer/pianist Cassandra Kaczor and baritone Ian McGuffin, both graduate students at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will premiere a new, eight-movement work based on the writing of Will Brooks, a musician, writer, and voice for the LGBT community. In an interview and performance at WMUK, Kaczor and McGuffin talked about writing the work and previewed three selections.


(Here are the earlier episodes in this Jazz Currents series celebrating what would have been Miles Davis' 90th birthday: Part 1, Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.) In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Miles Davis began experimenting with electronic instruments, becoming one of the leading voices in what we now call fusion. After taking a hiatus in the late 70’s, Davis returned and continued to break new ground, while embracing contemporary sounds and styles. In the end, Davis came full circle to revisit his classic repertoire.


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