Local Music

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

WMU School of Music

On the eve of the 60th annual WMU Concerto concert, the three winning soloists--  trumpeter Brent Proseus and soprano Caitlin Borke, both from Michigan, and violinist Negar Afazel, from Iran-- join Cara Lieurance to preview their concertos and talk about their individual musical journeys. The free concert is Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm in Miller Auditorium. Andrew Koehler will conduct the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. 

LHI Live: Advanced Looping With After Ours

Apr 12, 2019
Craig Freeman

After Ours is a South Bend-based duo that packs an amazing amount of sound into its grooves. Eli Kahn plays a hybrid 7-string instrument on which he can play bass lines, rhythm guitar, and lead guitar with help from an impressive  effects rack. Arthur Schroeder is an in-demand drummer with a background in jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Their latest album, released in August, 2018, is called All The Time.

In a live performance in WMUK's Takeda studio, Kahn and Schroeder demonstrate their loop-based music and talk to host Craig Freeman about the versatility of the duo. They've played together for over 10 years, an experience that has given them both the same "loop mind" and an instinct for adapting their sound to any venue, from an underground club to a champagne bar bookstore.

A.R. Venter

Martha Councell-Vargas, professor of flute at Western Michigan University, with her former student, choreographer and director EJ Schubkegel, will present a concert that goes well beyond the boundaries of the traditional classical recital. Visible Voice integrates visual art, choreography, and costumes to tell a story through music for flute. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Councell-Vargas and Schubkegel talk about the extra-musical work that went into this one-of-a-kind program.  


Dylan Foley, who grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York, is a young and highly-regarded fiddler in the Irish tradition. For his midwest tour, Foley is touring solo: just himself and his fiddle. He says he got accustomed to playing solo at a regular gig he plays in the Bronx, where he now lives.

Foley credits Charlie Coen, an Irish priest who moved to New York in the 1950s, with bringing together young and old to play Irish tunes at a long-running session he attended as a boy. That experience, plus his mentorship with Mike McHale, and his fiddle teacher Rose Flanagan, put him on the path to becoming an Irish fiddler. To this day, Foley says he enjoys listening to the older generation play, as much as playing himself.

Dylan Foley performs at the Richland Community Hall on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm. Admission $15 cash at the door. His latest albums are Deliriously Happy and The New York Connection.

Jane Kozhevnikova

Ben Schmidt-Swartz, a jazz tenor saxophonist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Western Michigan University, will perform new music from a project called 'Spiritus' at The Union Cabaret and Grille on Wednesday, April 3. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Schmidt-Swartz and vocalist Lexi Galla go behind-the-scenes with stories of how the project grew out of improvisation and a personal approach to faith.