A Musical Life

KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin interviews Wichitans who live a musical life... as a full-time vocation or a part-time passion.

Emily Hill is lead guitarist in the band Stand Up. She is completing her final year at Wilbur Middle School in Wichita. Stand Up is working on its first EP. Here, Hill recalls the band’s first public gig. “We played formal at our school. That was a big deal for us. That was the first gig that we ever played. We were just used to playing in our garage for my mom. We got to play in front of all of our grade. We were all really nervous in the weeks before, when we had practices and were getting...

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William Flynn is assistant professor of jazz guitar at Wichita State University. He is involved in a variety of jazz-based musical ensembles including Driver, Friendly Skeleton, and The Songbook Project. “One analogy that’s used a lot in jazz improvisation education is the language analogy. It’s kind of overused but it’s overused because it’s such a good analogy to make. We’re having a conversation right now. We’re not inventing new words. We’re not reinventing grammar, syntax. We’re using...

Michael Malcolm

Nikki Sample is a solo singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of the Wichita band Big Red Horse . She lives in Wichita with her husband, Ryan . I've been a musician and a singer my whole life. But I put it down for about 10 years and did the big girl job thing--and I still do. I was asked to join a musical project and it rekindled my love for music. I had forgotten how much I needed it. It had been a long time since I'd had it in my life. The band stuff is very fun and sweaty and energetic and I...

Connor Hays

Michael J. Engdahl is a guitarist, composer, and teacher based out of Wichita, KS. He plays in the local alt-rock band Coriander, the modern jazz quartet First To Leave, and leads his own trio, ME3. A recent graduate of Wichita State with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, Michael teaches at Senseney Music and has been a part of the local music scene for many years. His most recent recording, Live! At Miller Concert Hall debuts original compositions in the jazz idiom. Michael is looking forward to...

Kerry Burrow

Daniel Davis is the founder of ICT Fest, This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern and has performed in a variety of music projects, including Yamoto, Ricky Fitts, and Living Ghost. He lives in Wichita with his wife and daughters. By his early twenties Daniel Davis had become one of the most influential Wichita musicians of his generation: He was a member of the band Ricky Fitts, an indefatigable quartet that played anywhere at any time for seemingly any reason at all, he booked a seemingly endless...

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David Lord is a guitarist responsible for several releases under the Francis Moss and Wonder Revolution monikers. He is an accomplished educator and business owner who operates Air House Academy and Air House Records in Wichita. Lord has also recorded with brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning as part of the band Solagget Francis Moss music is my music in relationship to the forest. So, it’s all kind of forest inspired. The story with Francis Moss is that I was on tour with Solagget. We had a few...

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Ian Stewart is a visual artist and musician based in Wichita. “My name is Ian Stewart and I make music under the name Cleme. It’s all collage based; it’s taking multiple things and turning them into one hopefully good piece. Essentially there is no difference in my production method in doing a design for someone and this. It’s all layering and sometimes I’ll find that I’ve layered far too much and I’ll have to scrap things. It’s static in some ways but then with effects and modulation of...

Ty Kasper

UJ Pesonen plays a variety of instruments, including drums, violin and guitar. He loves listening to music in the vinyl medium and his band, Wrong Kata Trio. The group has recently issued the album Come Morning . “I am UJ Pesonen. I play in the Wrong Kata Trio which is based in Lawrence but I live here in Wichita. We’re afraid to call it jazz because a true jazz fan who would come to see us would be disappointed. We’re not honoring that legacy, really. But we all love old Miles Davis and we...

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Influenced by blues, jazz, and all things American music, Jim Vegas has lived in Boston (where he attended Berklee College of Music), Chicago, Fort Collins, Colorado, Los Angeles, and now Wichita. His wide range of influences and experiences can be heard via his songs, including those found on his latest release, The Bullfight in Our Heads . On his song, “The Dream Thief”: “I used to live in L.A. and there was a place in Chinatown that used to have a lot of music. One night, after going to...

Trisha Weilert

Joal Cachero performs and records under the name Golden Living Room. Golden Living Room has three releases to date available via This Ain't Heaven Recording Concern . Cachero will issue two split releases in the coming months, including one with Dreamcrusher. My name is Joal Cachero and my primary musical project is called Golden Living Room. I was very influenced by video game music--a lot. I liked the way it sounded. People are calling it vaporwave. When you're in areas of these video games...

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