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1:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz In Revolutionary Times

This Wednesday evening, Chris Heim features one of the artists profiled in Robin D.G. Kelley's book Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz In Revolutionary Times.

Heim's review of the book:

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12:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

A Musical Life: Daniel Racer

Daniel Racer

Dan Racer teaches bass, music theory, composition and directs the Chamber Orchestra at Friends University. He is an active musician in the Wichita area performing as principal bassist for the Wichita Grand Opera and as a jazz bassist with many groups in the Wichita area. He also is an active composer with works in a variety of genres from classical to jazz and beyond. Many of his works have been premiered by Friends University ensembles as well as musicians in Wichita and around the world.

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12:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

A Musical Life: Arleigh Aldrich

Arleigh Aldrich

Arleigh Aldrich has been a cellist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for five years. She grew up in the Wichita area and was cultivated by the thriving music community. She graduated from Wichita State University with her degree in marketing, and works for the orchestra as a marketing and public relations manager.

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5:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Musical Space: John Cage

John Cage was one of the most influential and revolutionary composers of the 20th Century.

John Cage, one of the most influential and revolutionary composers of the 20th Century, was born almost exactly 100 years ago. He was very well schooled as a composer, but it seems as though his mission was to reject nearly every compositional technique he was taught, and instead push the boundaries, even the very definition of music. His results were, to say the least, interesting.

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7:59 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Musical Space: Old and New Standards

As jazz continues to evolve, what becomes a standard in the jazz repertoire has also changed.

One of the most remarkable things about jazz in '40s and '50s was how musicians could appropriate a popular song and turn it into a jazz composition. It was a beautiful artistic juxtaposition - someone could hear a song sung in a film or on a Broadway stage, and then the same night hear that song turned into a bebop tour-de-force in an after-hours jazz club.

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5:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Musical Space: Amateurs

A Rick Vito signature model Reverend guitar.
Credit Reverend Guitars

I'm told that a century ago the average American could sing 300 folk songs. Not too surprising, since back then, if you wanted music, you probably had to make it yourself.

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Music
10:04 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Wichita Musician Attributes Style To Family Influence

James Paul newest release, Colors

Wichita's James Paul is a solo musician but he can claim deep support from some fellow performing artists--his family.

It's easy to hear some musical influences in Wichita singer-songwriter James Paul's music. Gospel and soul are clear touchstones. But there are also touches of folk and country music, elements, he says, that came from two of his biggest direct influences, his mother and father.

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6:59 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Into It: Vinyl Records

LPs are the fastest-growing medium for recorded music.

Mark Foley explores the joys of vinyl.

For the past decade, vinyl records have been making a comeback. Today, LPs are the fastest-growing medium for recorded music. One estimate of sales for last year is four million—impressive in an industry that has been shrinking since the early 1980s.

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Music
6:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

WSU’s Lynne Davis Awarded Prestigous French Title

WSU's world-famous 4,600-pipe Marcussen organ in Wiedemann Hall.
Briana O'Higgins

A Wichita State University professor of organ has been awarded one of France’s most distinguished titles by the country’s Minister of Culture and Communications.

The title, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, or Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, was given to WSU’s Lynne Davis and recognizes influential artists and writers who have contributed to and encouraged French art and literature around the world.

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5:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Richard Crowson: Finally, A Halloween Song

Christmas has hundreds of songs. Thanksgiving has “Over the River and Through the Wood.” New Year’s has “Auld Lang Syne” and Easter has “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” But Halloween has zilch.

So here’s a song for Halloween. Played, appropriately I think, on the scariest instrument—the banjo.

This is a list of each scary thing that can frighten you this Halloween:

A letter for you from the IRS
A store-bought cantaloupe
Yet another GOP presidential debate
To drain your soul of hope

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