Cara Lieurance

Announcer & Producer

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday evenings Tues-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.

Email: cara.lieurance (at) wmich.edu

Spice Institute

SPLICE -  Summer institute for Performance, Listening, Interpretation, and Creation of Electroacoustic music - is a weeklong, intensive program for performers and composers who work with instruments and electronics. Held at Western Michigan University's School of Music, over 60 musicians and composers from across the US will participate in workshops, masterclasses, private lessons, and public performances of new works. The public is invited to free concerts each weeknight at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, and a full day of performances from 10:30 am - 8:00 pm, on Saturday, June 30. 

Co-founders Christopher Biggs and Keith Kirchoff, performer/composer Sam Wells, and composer/participant Carolyn Borcherding joined Cara Lieurance to talk about the variety of public concerts offered during SPLICE week, and how electroacoustic music festivals and workshops foster community and growth within the new music world.


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When two musicians find themselves compatible with each other, distance matters less. Fiddler Ryan McKasson, who lives in Tacoma, WA and Boston-raised singer/guitarist Eric McDonald, of Montreal, Canada, are a top-notch duo that play traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and North America. They recently visited WMUK while touring with their new album, Harbour

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The Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop is celebrating its fifth year with a special guest: trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, a Kalamazoo native whose career took him to Juilliard, then to the Canadian Brass, then to his own New York-based performing groups, Founders and Useful Chamber. On Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm, Ridenour's Founders Trio will perform a free public concert in the Light Fine Arts's Dalton Theater at Kalamazoo College. Keith Geiman, the co-founder of the Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, spoke with Cara Lieurance about the importance of young trumpeters maintaining the progress they've made during the summer, and about the other public events the workshop is offering - including student recitals and ensemble concerts - during the weeklong event. 


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Kjartan Code was raised in Kalamazoo, but for most of his twenties he has circled the globe, playing gypsy-style violin in street and festival settings. In a live performance at WMUK, with guitarist Bert Ebrite and percussionist Carolyn Koebel, Code talks to Craig Freeman about the demands of busking and the influence of the many cultures he's been immersed in on his music. 


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In two sessions, at 6 and 8 pm on Friday, jazz pianist Matthew Fries and bassist Phil Palombi will record a concert in an intimate live setting in front of an audience at Overneath studios in downtown Kalamazoo.  It's part of a series hosted by Overneath called the KBR Sessions.

Fries is the newest member of Western Michigan University’s jazz faculty, having joined the WMU School of Music last September. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he discusses his decision to leave New York City after 23 years, his influential teacher, Donald Brown, and his recent project with his sister, artist Loryn Spangler-Jones

Reservations for the KBR Sessions are available at this website.  


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