Local Music

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

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Dr. Aaron Humble, professor of voice at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, presented a solo recital of sacred art songs on Friday evening in the Cathedral Church of St. Augustine. He was joined by Karen Kness, Gunta Laukmane and Thomas Fielding.  Before the concert, Humble and Fielding joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about the program.


Meghan Stagl and Matthew Epperson started their duo while studying jazz at Western Michigan University, where, they say, jazz students are thrown into a churning musical mix from the get-go. They like their collaboration for the same reasons: their roles combine to suggest all the elements of a song, but there's a lot of freedom to play around with the tunes. With a new album in the works, they joined Cara Lieurance in the Takeda Studio for a selection of old and new standards.


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Three musicians from Under One Sun, a critically acclaimed jazz and world music all-star band, do their best to explain what the audience can expect when they take the stage tonight in the WMU Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 pm, in their Michigan debut. Drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, etc.) calls the group "aspirational" - the collected talent is so strong and so diverse, it embodies unlimited potential. Composer/saxophonist Billy Drewes, whose music served as the focus for Under One Sun's 2016 album, says he chose to write several new pieces for the project, but also found some works to bring back from the last 40 years of his compositions.  Salar Nader, who was drawn to drums from the time he could crawl, demonstrates the language of syllables that correspond to drum patterns - a memory and practice tool that allows drummers in his tradition to become masters of complex rhythm.

Tickets and more information here.

The Bullock Performance Institute series continues tonight with a concert of new works for saxophone and electric guitar, performed by saxophonist Drew Whiting and guitarist John Mayrose. Whiting, Mayrose, and composer Ed Martin join Cara Lieurance for a preview.


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Chris Ludwa, director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, and Michael Palmer, director of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, talk about the variety of music that will be performed on Valentine's Day by the two groups.

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