Craig Freeman

WMUK Music Contributor

Craig Freeman is a freelance musician and teacher in west Michigan who performs with multiple ensembles and projects. At Western Michigan University, he studied trombone with Steven Wolfinbarger, graduating in 2011. Craig is originally from the Cleveland area.

Email: mercer03 (at) gmail.com

Craig Freeman

What does it take to be a professional classical musician while maintaining a private teaching studio of 40-50 students? Trumpeter Keith Geiman addresses that question with WMUK contributor Craig Freeman, performing some of his favorite pieces with his Britton-Geiman Duo partner, pianist Thom Britton. They play arrangements of Clark's Venus Waltz, Gershwin's Summertime, and the Thiele/Weiss tune, What A Wonderful World. In remembrance of influential Western Michigan University performer/educator  Stephen Jones, Geiman plays two verses of Amazing Grace.


Catalina Gonzalez

Jordan Hamilton is a performer who took his training in classical cello and transformed himself into a soloist who sings, raps, writes, and performs electro-acoustic arrangements on the cello. Originally from Maryland, he is a member of the Last Gasp Collective, and recently completed his master's degree in music performance from Western Michigan University. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman invited him to play his eclectic solo set live in the Takeda Studio and talk about his uncommon path to self-expression.


Craig Freeman

The musical duo Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, formed in 2014 by Sarah Fuerst and Phil Barry, two members of the six-piece group the Corn Fed Girls, will release their first full-length album, Songs for Mixed Company, on Saturday, July 29 at Louie's Trophy House Grill in Kalamazoo. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman invited them to preview their work in the studio at WMUK, where they performed three live versions of their songs and shared one of the album tracks, "Miss You." 


Craig Freeman

Singer Shelagh Brown (pronounced SHAY-lah) and her husband, guitarist Robbie Koets, perform original songs and talk about the writing process with interviewer Craig Freeman, in a live session recorded by engineer Martin Klemm. An extremely versatile singer, Brown was trained in classical music as a member of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in music theater. She has branched out to country, Christian, and pop music in the years since.

C. Lieurance

Dede Adler and Josh Holcomb of Dede and the Dreamers join Craig Freeman in the studio to play original songs and talk about what's behind their hard-to-categorize music. Alder formed Dede and the Dreamers for a single occasion: to lull a crowd to sleep in the wee hours of a music festival. Two musician friends - John Driscoll and Chris Michels- accompanied her on drums and bass as she sang and played vibraphone. That was the beginning of the band, which classically-trained violist Josh Holcomb would join later, bringing voice, viola, improvisation, and an array of effects to the sound of the group.

Singing while accompanying oneself on marimba, which Dede Alder taught herself to do, is almost unheard-of in the world of singer-songwriters. Hear their unusual sound in this session, hosted by Craig Freeman, recorded in the Takeda studio at WMUK, with Martin Klemm engineering.


Pages