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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Almost a Pianist, Virtuoso Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Impresses with Signature Style

Virtuoso guitarist Pierre Bensusan
Credit Pierre Bensusan

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Pierre Bensusan.

For a virtuosic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan almost ended up a piano player. He started his formal music study in piano at the age of seven, not long after his family moved from his native Algeria to Paris.

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In-Studio Performance
12:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Half of Semi-Twang Stops by the Studio

All of Semi-Twang
Credit Deone Jahnke

Three of the six members of Semi-Twang stopped by the studio for an acoustic performance  March 21. In the interview they discuss their album release show at Shank Hall for their album the Why and the What For and perform two of their songs, Au Contrare and Wrong Side of the Tracks. The band also talks about the "wealth of material and dearth of money" that inspired them to create the new album and the finer points of what it takes to craft an album. 

Band Website: http://www.semi-twang.com

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Renowned Violinist and MSO's de Waart Reconnect Through Bruch

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Najda Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Her solo performances are electrifying: she combines supreme artistry and musicality with both precision and fearlessness. She dives deeply into the music and takes her audiences along with her on that journey.

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Arts & Culture
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Move Over, Bach - There's a Lot of New Classical Music to Hear

Yehuda Yannay, former composition professor from UWM
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Yehuda Yannay.

At some point, all music is new. Bach was new in his day as was Beethoven. However, their “new” seems old and traditional to us. Throughout the 20th Century, classical music took a different turn; composers began writing atonal music and began using nontraditional instruments, such as wine glasses and radios. American-Israeli composer and performer, Yehuda Yannay, was well into his career in the late 20th Century, making him a contemporary of John Cage and Phillip Glass.

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Arts & Culture
10:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

English Isn't Their First Language, But International Students Perform "Phantom" with Ease

Dominican High School--Phantom of the Opera
Kate H. Jurgens

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley investigates Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Do We Love the Racket of Garage Bands?

The Shags, a 1960s garage band from Milwaukee
Credit Image courtesy from 1960sGarageBands.com

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College.

Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
11:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Into "The Beautiful Wild" With Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant's latest album, "The Beautiful Wild," was just released in the United States
Credit Mat Dunlap photo

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jenn Grant.

Jenn Grant is not a well-known name to American music fans.  Yet.

The Canadian singer-songwriter is working hard to be noticed in this country.  She toured across the upper midwest with Erin McKeown, took a brief break back home in Nova Scotia, and is back at it with a show at Madison's High Noon Saloon Thursday evening, also in support of McKeown.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Musician Takes Mature Approach to Kids' Music

The Happy Racers' Nathan Meckel make kids' music with a grown-up approach.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Nathan Meckel.

There once was a time when there two kinds of musicians: those who played for kids, and ones who played for grown ups. And there was not much overlap, in the styles of music aimed at the two groups of listeners. That’s changed in the last decade or two, and now it is not such a stretch for a musician to find his or her feet in both worlds.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Was Stephen Foster the First Real American Pop Star?

Stephen Foster, 19th century American composer
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Ryan Schleicher, the bassist and vocalist for the Milwaukee band, Juniper Tar, and musical partner Christopher Porterfield, the singer-songwriter behind the band Field Report.

Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Willy Porter Pours Fuel on a Musical Feast with 'Cheeseburgers and Gasoline'

Milwaukee musician Willy Porter's wide-ranging style comes to life on his new album.
Credit Photo by Rodney Bursiel

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Willy Porter.

Learn how to win a copy of Willy Porter's new CD here.

When we were setting up an interview with Milwaukee musician and songwriter Willy Porter, we tried to remember whether he'd ever been on Lake Effect. Then of course, it dawned us: he's on every day - as the writer and performer of our theme music.

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