Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Self-Discovery in High School Created the Dangerous Muse

Dangerous Muse's Mike Furey has a strong presence on New York's electronic rock scene.
Credit Dalton Flint

Portland, Maine is considered to be a rather conservative part of the country. Mike Furey, who grew up near Portland, was rebellious because he did one thing: learned how to play piano.

He recorded himself singing television show theme songs as a five-year old.  Once he played it back, he stopped because he did not like what he heard. It was too high-pitched and out of tune.  He became his hardest critic at a very young age.

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Two UWM Guitar Students Study and Perform Puerto Rican Music in Milwaukee

Hector Torres Gonzalez and John Ruiz are two students in the Fingerstyle Guitar Program at Peck School of the Arts.
Credit Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Guitars have been around in one form or another for millennia, and there are as many styles as there are countries way they are played makes them unique. Spanish guitar music crossed the Atlantic ocean with the Conquistadors, and that influence can be heard in the guitar music throughout Latin America, including Puerto Rico.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mastersingers of Milwaukee Are 'Just Jazz'-ed to Turn 40

The Mastersingers of Milwaukee
Credit Mastersingers' Facebook

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, the conductor and music director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee.

From Mahler to Monk, the Mastersingers of Milwaukee has been entertaining area audiences for 40 years.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Two Guitar Giants Performed Together for the First Time in Milwaukee

Guitarists Lucas Michailidis and Peter Lang performed at the Zelazo Center on May 1st.
Credit MKE Unplugged

The fingerstyle guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee not only trains the next generation of guitarists but also brings in world class musicians to teach and perform.

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11:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Milwaukee Educators Win Award for Promoting and Teaching Music

We talk with two people honored for their contribution to arts education today.  John Waite is the director of instrumental music at Hamilton High School in Sussex and the winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2014 Music Teacher of the Year Award.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Currys: Band Gets Start in Oyster Bar, Now Performs around the Country

The Currys.
Credit Andrew Owen

The Currys, who live on the East Coast, consist of two brothers (Jimmy and Tommy) and a cousin (Galen) who got their start playing at oyster bars. They do not necessarily come from a musical family, but after teaching themselves how to play instruments, they wanted to go on tour.

They have been traveling around the country and have recently released a debut album, Follow.

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Jump-Swing Band, The King Comets, is Red Hot

Steve Braun, Michael Fricke, John Steffes, and Dennis Tomashek are The King Comets.
Credit King Comets-Milwaukee, facebook

Does your family have a stack of records that are not being played? Do any of those records at the rummage sale look intriguing? Many songs performed by the jump swing group, the King Comets, explored those records and now entertain swing dancers in Milwaukee from the songs they learned.

The King Comets are made up of Steve Braun, Michael Fricke, John Steffes, and Dennis Tomashek. They like the smaller number of musicians because they are more cohesive and they can hear each other better.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

French Horn Rebellion Break Orchestral Mold to Drop "Hot Dance Beats"

Robert and David Perlick-Molinari are the French Horn Rebellion
Credit Facebook

Stories that begin with “this one time…at band camp…” tend to be the butt of many jokes. The story that comes after that opening line suggests a wild memory of nerdy band kids doing something unexpected.

But most band kids know that the stereotype is a false one.

The group French Horn Rebellion is out to prove that former band students can play other music besides Sousa marches, overtures, and their jazz band’s rendition of “Glow Worm.”

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Milwaukee Band, Sulek, Named after Inspirational Band Teacher

Chris Winberg, Patrick Hoctor, and Ruthie Hoctor make up the Milwaukee band, Sulek.

Did you ever have that one teacher that made an impact on your life? That one that taught you not only about their subject but also taught you about life?

Patrick Hoctor and his bandmates happened to have had one of those teachers and decided to name their band after their band director, Mr. Sulek.

Sulek, an “Indie Pop” band, has morphed over the years through their sound and their members but has stayed together since high school.

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Composer Searches for Micro-Aural Worlds in Nature

Composer Cheryl Leonard looks to nature's micro-aural worlds for her music.
Credit Cheryl Leonard,

Music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.

That is what happened one day when outdoor-enthusiast and composer Cheryl Leonard was in the woods, improvising with a friend. She took a rosined bow and bowed the bark of a tree and other nature objects to explore their sounds. Although she did not hear much, she explored the idea further by amplifying the micro-aural worlds around us. That is the music to Leonard’s ears.

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