A Musical Life

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12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

A Musical Life: Billie Preston-Fredholm

Billie Preston-Fredholm is a singer/gutarist who performs under the moniker Pay-Day Motors and teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita.
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Billie Preston-Fredholm has been playing guitar since she was seven. Taught by her older sister, she quickly became a devotee of folk music. Later, she became interested in choral music and before long the two merged in a style that she practices to this day. Since 2008 she has performed as one half of a duo with Robin Roberts. In 2010 the pair released a CD called Pay-Day Motors. Preston (the name under which she performs) teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita and is also a cantor and choir member at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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12:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

A Musical Life: Steve Hatfield

Steve Hatfield is a freelance musician in the Wichita area.
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Steve Hatfield is a drummer/educator based in Wichita, Kan. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Williams, Martina McBride, Glenn Alexander, Bob Florence, and Jerry Hahn. He currently performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown, Music Theater of Wichita, and leads the aptly named Steve Hatfield's Band.

I’m Steve Hatfield. I’m a freelance musician in the Wichita area. I also teach at Wichita State [University] and I have my own private studio here in town.

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11:16 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Musical Life: Phil Ross

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Phil Ross is a founding member of the instrumental duo Cricket Wand. A 10-year veteran of the Wichita music scene, he has performed in a variety of bands including Arms For Hands, the experimental noise project Leavenworth, and Low Oriole. He is also owner of 5nakefork Records, co-owner of both Spektrum Music and Straight Screen Printing. Ross counts Primus bassist Les Claypool as his main inspiration for picking up the instrument. Cricket Wand’s current release is called Mega Series Fantastic.

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12:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

A Musical Life: Aaron Wirtz

Aaron Wirtz, whose stage name is Cutter J the Absurdist, performing what he calls "a living collage of music."
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Wichita-native Aaron Wirtz is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, Cutter J the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to DJing, turntablism, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer Reby Wirtz, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper.

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12:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Musical Life: Quinn Lake

Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist who performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She also runs a private music studio where she has about 35 students.
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Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.

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12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

A Musical Life: Bruce Huss

In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer, Bruce Huss is a acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.
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Bruce Huss has released three albums to date, including Migration Day, Acoustical Romance, and My Father’s Son. In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer he has placed as a top three winner at the Kansas Fingerstyle Championships. His music brings together elements of guitar masters such as Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins. Website:
www.reverbnation.com/brucehuss
 

My name is Bruce Huss I’m an acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.

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12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

A Musical Life: Torin Andersen

Torin Andersen is a Wichita based independent artist and musician.
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Torin Andersen is a Wichita-based independent artist and musician. He has played with more than 20 original musical acts (not including solo performances) since 1996. His current projects include: Spirit of the Stairs (guitar), Bridegeist (drums), JOOM (guitar) and Theta (synth/keys/programming).

Also a visual artist, Torin has shown work since 1999 including paintings, drawings, photographs and video installations. Constant exploration and experimentation has brought him to many different venues wearing many different hats, such as frequently hosting 1st Tues Talks for CreativeRush and writing for Wichita's weekly alternative newspaper, F5. Married to local artist Georgia Andersen, Torin continues to grow and challenge himself in new fields daily.

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12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A Musical Life: Beau Jarvis

Beau Jarvis spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita.
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Beau Thomas Jarvis holds an undergraduate degree from Friends University and a masters degree in Musicology from Wichita State University. He spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita. He has performed with Jean-Michael Byron (Toto), Doug Grean (Scott Wieland), The Lettermen, Benny Golson and Tim Orindgreff (Black Eyed Peas), among others. He currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, jazz big band, and aesthetics through music at Friends University and he plays with various musicians in the Wichita area.

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11:21 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A Musical Life: Kylie Brown

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Kylie Brown is a video producer, CreativeRush event curator, storyteller and a melancholy musician. She currently plays cello with The Broslyn Bards, Raging Sea and Everything and Nothing. She began learning cello at age seven, grew up in the classical world and participated in Wichita's Youth Symphonies; she became burned out and quit before her love of music diminished. After living and working in another state for seven years, she returned to Wichita, and ended up meeting musicians, artists, and poets who reignited this love of music.

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12:12 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

A Musical Life: Joey Henry

The Calamity Cubes are a thrashicana band consisting of Joey Henry, Brook Blanche, and Kody Oh.
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Joey Henry is a storyteller. For the past six years he has been traveling the country sharing stories as the banjo player and one of three singer-songwriters for the Kansas-based trio, The Calamity Cubes, along with bandmates Brook Blanche and Kody Oh. When not touring with The Cubes, he focuses on his solo project, Joey Henry's Dirty Sunshine Club and occasionally gets back to his indie roots by providing words and vocals for the Lawrence based Old Canes (Saddle Creek records) and “noise banjo” for the Kansas City based High Diving Ponies.

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