Let's Hear It

C. Lieurance

Classical improvisation, as opposed to jazz improvisation, is a way to create spontaneous music by one or more players using techniques and devices common in classical music. It has not been a part of most college programs, but Western Michigan University horn professor Lin Foulk thinks it should be.

Paul Jendrasiak

Edye Evans Hyde, the 2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year, and her husband, guitarist Mike Hyde, are a Grand Rapids-based musical couple. In a recent interview, they tell Keith Hall about how they met in college at the Tiki Bar, when Edye filled in at the last minute for a singer who had the flu. They've performed together ever since.

On Tuesday night at the New Vic Theatre in Kalamazoo, flutist Mira Shifrin will present 'An Evening of Beautiful Melodies.' It's a program she's been dreaming up for a long time: showcasing the deep lyricism of the instrument rather than its high-speed bird-like tendencies. She joins Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda studio to preview the concert by playing selections by Reinecke and Mozart. 

C. Lieurance

In the fall of 2014, Western Michigan University professor of cello Bruce Uchimura came up with the idea of bringing together four of his advanced students to perform as a cello quartet. The members of Cellicatessen -- Jordan Hamilton, Allyson Perez Monsanto, Adriana Fernandez Vizcaino, and Chaz Helge -- soon found they enjoyed exploring the repertoire for four cellos, and even writing and arranging their own works for the quartet.

Zolton Cohen

Joel Mabus's newest album, his twenty-sixth, is a collection of ten songs revolving around a theme: the blues. Just what kind of blues it is varies, as he explains in his discussion with Cara Lieurance for WMUK's  Let's Hear It. An album release concert for A Bird In This World is set for 8:30 pm at Bell's Eccentric Cafe on Friday, April 10.

Together, Joel and Cara sample six of the new tracks, all original songs from Mabus. He tells the story behind "Brown County Bounce," an instrumental that brings back a recollection of being kicked out of the Bean Blossom Festival in Brown County by fiddler Kenny Baker, for not paying admission.