New from Big Round Records: Mikarimba’s TAPEREBÁ

Described by critics as “beyond category, to use Duke Ellington’s signature compliment” (All About Jazz), Japanese marimba extraordinaire Mika Stoltzman brings her wealth of experience to her latest “Mikarimba” album, Big Round Records’ TAPEREBÁ. Vibrant and bursting with flavor (just like the Brazilian fruit which the album derives its title from), the jazzy TAPEREBÁ features... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Craig Peaslee and WINDSWEPT

Twice the recipient of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's Music Award (2013 & 2016), Craig Peaslee's music has been described as bold, crass, and unapologetic. His compositions can be traditional, multifaceted, dissonant, genre-bending, and have been known to directly confront social and political issues, bringing attention to such issues while also getting listeners to critically... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: David MacDonald and WINDSWEPT

Composer David MacDonald writes music that is serious and clever, expressing a fondness for groovy rhythms and delightful surprises. He simultaneously embraces and pokes fun at expectations, like smashing the formality of concert traditions through the irreverent firehose of social media. Growing up as a trumpet player in St. Louis MO, David attended the University... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Dwight Beckham

Dwight Beckham grew up in the countryside of Lamont OK, and spent his 64-year career as a trumpeter, band director, and composer in Hesston KS, another small town barely more than 100 miles from his birthplace. Beckham’s music is defined by a majestic, expansive sound that seems to reflect the geographic grandeur of the Great... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Ken Kuhn and WINDSWEPT

Kenneth A. "Ken" Kuhn is an electrical engineer specializing in electronic circuit design who had the privilege of growing up with a great appreciation of classical music. His favorite composers include Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. Over the years, classical music enhanced mental skills valuable for his engineering career. Ken found that composing music and... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Bill Whitley and THEN ELEPHANT SPEAKS

Elements of Gregorian chant, Indian raga music, gamelan, rock, and progressive rock are frequently present in Bill Whitley’s work. Western composers who continue to influence his work include Brian Eno, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Tetsu Inoue, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, and Paul Dresher. He has been described as having... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Santiago Kodela and PATTERNS

Santiago Kodela is an Argentinean composer and classical guitarist. He began his guitar studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuel de Falla" (Buenos Aires, Argentina) under the tutelage of María Catalina Bello. After years of outstanding academic performance, he relocated to Europe to pursue his bachelor's degree in Music Performance at the Royal Irish... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Bunny Beck and PATTERNS

As a composer, Bunny composes contemporary classical music as well as jazz and ballads. Her most recent works include Breathe for jazz ensemble, Suite for Sarro for string trio (featured on PATTERNS), Fantasy for Saxophones, (quartet), Fantasy for Brass (quintet), and the suite Two Rivers and An Ocean for mixed percussion ensemble. Her client commissions... Continue Reading →

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