music

Mitch Teich

Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph has a new album — his 20th since 1982 — called “Here Come The Young.” During a recent visit to Milwaukee he came by the Lake Effect performance studio to tell the story behind, and perform, the album's title track:

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Mitch Teich

Musician Marc Revenson (also known as Lil' Rev), is a veritable ambassador to the ukulele. Based in Sheboygan, Revenson travels around the country sharing his love for the Hawaiian instrument.

His most recent album, "Sing Song Daddy," features Americana music, including a couple of the tunes he played in Lake Effect's performance studio, "The Old Sheboygan Soft Shoe" and "The Milwaukee Waltz." He says the ukulele played a role in making Americans participants in music, rather than just listeners.

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Willy Porter is a well-known singer-songwriter in Wisconsin. He wrote and performed the Lake Effect theme - and lots of other, better-known songs, and has shared stages with many of the state’s other musicians.  But much of the reason he landed on the state’s musical map is an album that made a national splash 25 years ago.

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It’s virtually fall in Milwaukee. And that means the area’s arts organizations have started new seasons. There are big titles and some lesser-known ones on offer, from concerts at the new Fiserv Forum to small gallery shows.

Milwaukee Magazine previews the fall arts season from the theater, arts and entertainment scenes in its current issue.

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Every month we talk with internationally reknowned cellist Robert Cohen about the life of a touring professional musician. This month, we find Cohen getting ready to go to Slovakia to perform as part of a festival called Konvergencie, or Covergences in English.

Roger Goun

Almost four decades ago, a Milwaukee music ensemble performed its first concert to an audience of about 30 people. From those humble beginnings grew Present Music, an artistic fixture on the Milwaukee arts calendar.

The brainchild of conductor and trumpeter Kevin Stalheim, Present Music has a devoted audience for a genre of music that often gets no love: contemporary classical music. Stalheim says the idea to start the group 37 years ago came out of a trip to Amsterdam to hang out with The Netherlands Wind Ensemble:

Bonnie North

Jazz is a distinctly American art form. But musicians from other cultures and countries have found their way into it and have made it their own.

Cuba is a prime example. This small island country off the coast of Florida has put its cultural stamp on jazz with giants like Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and Chucho Valdes. American jazz artists like Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie looked to Cuba and took its Latin influences into their own music. And now another generation of Cuban musicians takes center stage.

Ross Zentner

If you've ever seen a Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) production, you already know they don’t present your normal operatic fare. If you’ve never seen a Milwaukee Opera Theatre production — from "The Mikado" performed with toy pianos and handmade percussion, to a mashup of opera and heavy metal called "Guns and Rosenkavalier" — a performance by MOT is sure to shake out any assumptions about opera you might have

Joy Powers

The husband and wife duo of Ben and Emily Roberts proudly say they’ve never said no to a gig. Touring for years, the couple has attracted fans to their harmonies, their strings, and their lyricism. 

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Ben Folds is a renaissance man. He’s a songwriter, an accomplished pianist, a producer for other artists, an actor, a passionate photographer, and a storyteller. In 2017, he was named an artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Ben Binversie

The Canadian band The Stanfields don’t fit into any one musical mould. They’re hard driving rock 'n' roll, they’re a bit rootsy, and they also draw on the Scots and Irish fiddle traditions of their Nova Scotian home.

"You know, there’s a lot of stuff we’re doing now that we weren’t ready to play [before], because...we’ve evolved," says Jon Landry. "And we’ve evolved together in these last three years in ways that I never would have imagined when I think back to the times we were throwing chairs at each other."

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Canadian musician Shreem is Jay Andrews, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now based in Toronto. He's in Milwaukee to perform at Irish Fest all weekend. Shreem uses traditional Cape Breton fiddle tunes is his music, but his mix of very traditional fiddle tunes, hip hop, overdubs, and house is unique in the world of Celtic music.

Lauren Sigfusson

The five piece Irish band Seo Linn has a distinctive style that combines the traditional sense of Irish music along with the new. Performing and writing music in English and Irish, Seo Linn sometimes switches languages in mid-song. The group's original songs, Irish covers of pop tunes and high energy stage show has catapulted them from barely being a band to headlining shows internationally.

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Bonnie North

The distinctive sound of The Jason Seed Stringtet is two parts classical, one part jazz, and more than a little bit rock and roll. Seed, who is both the ensemble's guitarist as well as its composer, has married the timbres of electric guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass in both original tunes and covers since 2008.

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Rob Randolph

Britney Freeman-Farr and Quinten Farr first met as teenagers at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, playing together in the jazz lab. A marriage, vocal cord surgery and a few albums later, the two are still together.

Britney, known by her stage name B~Free, boasts a soulful sound and a creative vision. The musical couple continues to push each other to achieve their goals while maintaining balance between support and criticism.

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