Local Music

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

Pino Manocchio

Honoring players of the past, and developing an original voice at the same time, isn't as contradictory as it seems, according to Emmet Cohen. The jazz pioneers he admires all paved the way by being confident in their own self-expression. Cohen is doing the same thing, while making it his mission to play alongside as many of today's jazz legends as possible.


WMU School of Music

The Western Michigan University Symphonic Band performs in Miller Auditorium this Sunday at 3 pm in a free concert. Director of Bands Scott Boerma stopped by to talk about the program of new and classic works for winds.


Ann E. Cutting

An ethereal singer, multi-instrumentalist and authority on ancient Celtic traditions, Loreena McKennitt begins a 25-city tour in Michigan this month, appearing at the Kalamazoo State Theatre on Thursday, October 13.

Tom Palumbo via Wikipedia Commons

Trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis had a career that spanned over 50 years. He recorded over 100 albums as a leader, and was a primary voice in many of the important developments in jazz history. In the first of five Jazz Currents episodes, Keith Hall celebrates what would have been the 90th birthday of one of the most influential musicians of all time. 


latitude49.com

Elisabeth Blair, a graduate student in composition at Western Michigan University, had a background in the egalitarian world of singer-songwriters before changing her focus to classical music study. There, she was confronted by a longstanding lack of recognition for women composers, past and present. She asked herself, "Where are the other composers like me?" and, "Why, in a season of concerts by top American orchestras in 2015, were only two percent of the works written by women?"


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