Local Music

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

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Pianist Emilio Solla is a New York-based  jazz and tango composer and arranger originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. A fan of Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango as a young performer, Solla says he learned to appreciate older tango styles at the height of his career as a jazz pianist. At 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov 6 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Solla will join the WMU Jazz Orchestra and faculty performers for a concert featuring his original compositions and arrangements. As he tells Cara Lieurance, many of his pieces expand on jazz or tango to embrace folk forms and sounds, in a process that allows cultures to meet and connections to form. Solla cautions classical musicians not to treat the tango, and Piazzolla's music, as "easy."

Emilio Solla's newest album is Puertos: Music from International Waters, featuring Solla and his Tango Jazz Orchestra. 


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Song On The Times is the newest album from the a cappella quartet Windborne, which performs at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Nov 10 at Gull Lake United Methodist Church in Richland, MI. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Jeremy Carter-Gordon talks about the themes of freedom, equality, and justice that unite the songs on the album, some of which date back 400 years. 

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation.


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The Western Winds, a chamber group featuring faculty and graduate students side-by-side on individual parts, offers a program of modern, romantic and neo-Baroque works at 7:30 pm Monday, Nov 4 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Graduate student Brittany Bissa and Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands at WMU, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the program. 


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Composer David Colson, who founded the new music ensemble Birds On A Wire not long after joining the WMU School of Music in 2007, previewed the group's concert with Cara Lieurance. It's set for  7:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 30 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Not only is it "themed" for Halloween, it will feature the world premiere of Colson's Ghost Music, a new piece for solo marimba. Colson talks about writing the pieces for Matthew Coley, a leading solo percussionist and a master of an array of global percussion instruments.


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Nobuntu is a five part a cappella vocal ensemble made up of women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. At 4 pm on Sunday, Nov 3 they'll visit Kalamazoo as part of their North American tour to perform at Chenery Auditorium.  Cara Lieurance talks to singer Duduzile Sibanda, who says her career in performing got started when she became fed up with her job as an accountant. Sibanda says groups like Nobuntu can add to the appreciation of music and dance at home and abroad. 

Nobuntu's concert is part of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival concert season. Tickets are available through the Bach Festival's website.


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