Local Music

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

Robbie Lawrence

Dan Gustin, who has overseen the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for the last 18 years, was recently in New York to introduce the 2018 Gilmore Artist, Russian-German pianist Igor Levit. He talks to Cara Lieurance about the process of selecting the final candidate, and how Levit rose to the top.

The keyboard festival will be held this spring, from April 25-May 12. It's the last festival Gustin will program as executive director. He's remaining as director emeritus while the new director, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, settles in to the role.


Martin Klemm

MOSS is probably best described as a collaborative project rather than a band. It brings together five top contemporary vocalists to create, in a short space of time, song arrangements that draw from a wide palette of styles and techniques. Each of the five - Jo Lawry, Lauren Kinhan, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, and Peter Eldridge - have unique talents and directions: Kinhan and Eldridge are part of New York Voices, Jo Lawry collaborates with Sting, Theo Bleckmann makes use of electronics in his solo ECM albums, and Kate McGarry often draws on her folk music background. Their kinship is based on recognizing their shared strengths and unique differences.

In 2008, with original member/founder Luciana de Souza (Lawry is her replacement), the five singers made a now-classic album, MossOnly in recent months have their professional lives allowed them to focus on a follow-up project. Western Michigan University, and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse, who arranged a WMU residency for the quintet, has played an important role in reuniting the singers and offering them the chance to work on new music. 

In the studio at WMUK, they sing new works and favorite from their first album, with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall leading them through a musical conversation. 


Robbie Lawrence/Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Pianist Igor Levit has been named the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award. The Award was announced today by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Kalamazoo New Year's Fest will feature a newly-formed classical group among the dozens of acts set for Saturday. It's called Heartside Harmony, and it includes top regional orchestral players among its ranks. Founder and violist Arturo Ziraldo talks to Cara Lieurance about the group, which aims to use music as a bridge to reach people of all walks and circumstances of life. 


C. Lieurance

Three members of the Kalamazoo Brass Collective - founders Bob Lewis and Craig Freeman, and trumpeter Dave Bernard - play inventive and original arrangements of seasonal music in the WMUK Takeda studio, and have a conversation about their lives as musicians with Cara Lieurance. 


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