Local Music

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

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Johnaye Kendrick performs Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, at 8 pm in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall at the Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival. Friday's concert opens the event, which brings high school-age students to campus for performances and workshops during the day on Saturday.  Johnaye Kendrick will be joined by a quartet: Western professors Matthew Fries, piano; and Thomas Knific, bass; and student Madison George, drums. On Saturday, Kendrick will be the featured guest soloist with Gold Company.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse, Kendrick describes her artistic journey as a search for "a voice" that took time and experience to develop.  Her years at WMU, singing in Gold Company under Steve Zegree were formative, as was her further education at the Thelonius Monk Institute and at Loyola University. Today, she lives in Tacoma, WA, and recently released her second album, Flying, to rave reviews.


Uli Templin

Cara Lieurance talks to David Binney about why he moved back to California after nearly 38 years in the New York jazz scene, and how his restless creativity leads him to new projects. 


Joel Mabus

Joel Mabus, a keen and witty songwriter, and a prodigious player of guitar, banjo, and ukulele, has developed a sixth sense of songwriting over a lifetime of working at it. Sometimes he lets a tune wait around for years for it to find its place, and other times, the song is ready to go out into the world almost immediately. 

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Mabus says the music on this album came together fairly quickly. In particular, Mabus poured his rage and remaining hope into"Yes, Truth," which was a response to a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, 2018. Together, they touch on each of the 10 songs on the album.

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It's not everyday you meet a musical group that's been together for 33 years. Even rarer is a group of 33 years' standing that includes all of the original founding members. Ann Elliott-Goldschmid (first violin), Sharon Stanis (second violin) and Joanna Hood (viola) joined Cara Lieurance for a trip down memory lane and a look at their program for March 20 at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall on the BPI Series. 

Rostislav Dubinsky, the great Russian violinist of the Borodin Quartet who moved to the United States in the early 1980s to teach at Indiana University, was a major early influence. A friend of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, he shared his insight and musical notes on the composer's intentions. Now based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the members of the Lafayette Quartet say they took their name from the Detroit boulevard of the same name, where they lived soon after forming the group.


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The North American tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical involves a company of 50 performers, musicians and technicians, six of whom are trained to take on all the roles in the production at a moment's notice. These talented chameleons are called "swings," and Kaylee Harwood joined the company in this capacity around a year-and-a-half ago, as did company manager Ryan Lympus. Harwood and Lympus take us behind the scenes of the tour, which stops at Miller Auditorium until Sunday, March 24.   


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