Lushh | WMUK


Thad Stalmack II, artist

The five members of the neo-fusion band Lushh, formed in 2015 by a group of advanced and adventurous jazz students, have been spending a lot of time outside the familiar hallways of Western Michigan University's School of Music. They've been gaining real-world experience in venues from Chicago, to Detroit, and beyond, playing for new audiences, forging new connections, and now, going on tour with a new full-length album. It will be available on Wednesday, April 24 in a performance at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Lushh will open for Boney James at 7:30 pm. 

In the studio with Cara Lieurance, the members of Lushh - saxophonist Eddie Codrington, guitarist Andrew Saliba, keyboardist Grayson Nye, bassist Matthew Epperson, and drummer Madison George - talk about their commitment to their sound and the strategies that have helped them follow their path.  

Peter Warner

Lushh's Eddie Codrington, who wrote the music, and audio/visual artist Peter Warner, who created the visuals, join Cara Lieurance to preview The Archangel Suite, an immersive musical and visual experience which will be offered in two free concerts on Saturday, March 16 at 6 and 9 pm in the Multi-Media Room in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Codrington explains that he was searching for a theme for a series of pieces, something like Gustav Holsts's The Planets, when the idea of archangels popped into his mind. He began researching the histories of these sacred beings, ultimately choosing four - Raphael, Gabriel, Lucifer and Michael - to compose jazz-based pieces around. Warner was the collaborator on a previous Lushh project, Insight Unsought, and he worked for eight months on creating visuals that relied on both abstract and symbolic images which worked with the theme and the music.

Minor Element

Anthony Tyler and Braulio Green of Minor Element, Tony Mitchell of Basic Comfort, and Jay Jackson and Terence Smith of Last Gasp Collective join Cara Lieurance to talk about a big "collab" this Friday night at Bell's Eccentric Café, which will bring together their three groups as well as the band Lushh. Doors open at 8:30 pm, for further details, visit Minor Element's website.

Hannah Elizabeth

Lushh came out of the unexpected chemistry between five jazz students and a sound engineer at Western Michigan University. On the first track they recorded - an original arrangement of the "Great Fairy's Theme" from the video game The Legend of Zelda - they captured a sound that made sense, even though they were pulling from an array of influences in an on-the-fly recording. Now, after months of gigging around Michigan while studying at WMU, Lushh will record a full-length album in front of an audience on November 18th at Overneath Creative Collective