The Inside Story: Hans Bakker and FIGMENTS 2

After finishing his studies in piano, church organ, and choral conducting in Utrecht, Hans Bakker began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Lela Kaplowitz and TO ONE

World-renowned jazz vocalist Lela Kaplowitz’s mission is to stimulate, entertain, and show beauty. Singing professionally since she was 16 years old, Lela has performed with many prominent musicians and groups from The Duke Ellington Orchestra to 2Cellos, and has performed at NYC’s most prestigious venues, including most recently at her Carnegie Hall debut for the... Continue Reading →

Conversations with Mike Fansler: THE RIVER OF TIME

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Mike Fansler, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Western Illinois University. Under Mike's leadership, the Western Illinois Wind Ensemble maintains a demanding performance schedule, presenting a range of repertoire from historically significant masterworks to exciting world premieres. His Navona Records album THE RIVER... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Mira Spektor and DAYTIME & NIGHT SONGS

Hailed by the New York Times as “An interesting composer” and “attractive and tonal” with music described as “a passionate duet” and “a sprightly songfest,” prolific contemporary composer Mira J. Spektor’s career spans decades, languages, and disciplines. With a compositional repertoire including chamber operas, musicals, film scores, art songs, and cabaret, Mira has written English, French, and... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Dennis Kam

Dennis Kam’s obituary notes the Hawaii native will be remembered for “wearing aloha shirts…loving the color green, playing tennis, [and] tai chi practices,” a touching tribute that adds winsome detail to Kam’s international education in music composition and estimable legacy as an educator and musician. In 1974, after studying music in the United States, Austria,... Continue Reading →

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