Local Music

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

Craig Freeman

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. 


matthewfries.com

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.  


Last Gasp Collective

The Last Gasp Collective began just three years ago when two recently relocated brothers introduced themselves to Kalamazoo at open mic nights.  Now a 9-piece band that blends hip-hop, funk, soul, and jazz, the Collective has the flexibility to re-design itself for all kinds of occasions, from club gigs, to music festivals, to an evening at the theatre. Jay Jaksonn, Xavier Bonner, Joel Pixley-Fink, and Jordan Hamilton joined Cara Lieurance to talk about A Last Gasp Musical, describing it as " a seamless fusion of music, dance, drama, and visual arts".

Cellist Stefan Koch resumes his conversation with Jack Perlstein about Jewish composer Richard Stohr, who emigrated to the United States in 1938.  Koch recently released his second recording of music for cello by Stohr, on the Toccata Classics label. http://www.richardstoehr.com/

C. Lieurance

On Friday night, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival continues with a program called Breaking Barriers with Bach: Baroque To Celtic, featuring music of French, German, and Scottish composers of the Baroque era, with traditional Irish dance tunes interspersed, and finishing up with the premiere of The Butterfly, a work by Kalamazoo composer Carl Witt. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Carl Witt, Luke Cook, and Joanna Steinhauser (holding young Matilda in her arms) preview the music and talk about the process of bringing the program together.

The concert is at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall of the Light Fine Arts Center, Kalamazoo College, on Friday, June 8. 


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