music en Re-thinking creativity's role in education <p>It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons.</p><p>But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.</p><p>(For a more complete look at the state’s requirements, <a href="">click here</a>.)</p><p>Alburtus says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 18496 at Re-thinking creativity's role in education Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" <p></p><p>Oakland County-based singer-songwriter and producer Liz Larin is coming to the Ark in Ann Arbor on August 3. She joins us today on Stateside to talk about her new CD “Hurricane.”</p><p>Larin started with a band in the 1980s and evolved from there as an artist. She plays almost all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals on her record. She even creates the visual images seen when she plays on stage. She said since the 80s, she has become more confident in her musical instincts.</p><p>“I hone the songs until the idea is as clear as possible and as visual as possible,” Larin said. “I want the listener to be able to listen to it and picture something – to the right of them, to the left of them – and what is actually going on while they are moving through the music.”</p><p>She says "Hurricane" has a narrative arc - a&nbsp;hero’s journey.</p><p>“It starts with the idea that everything that you thought about yourself and about the world, it just doesn’t fit anymore,” Larin said. “And you realize you have to go and find yourself and you have to find out what reality is for you.”</p><p>Larin said the title track “Hurricane” is the feeling of change. The track “Super Hero” is the story of a parent and a parent’s love for a child.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18468 at Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend <p></p><p>"Baroque on Beaver" is a classic music festival held on Beaver Island running from July 25&nbsp;to August 3.</p><p>Anne Glendon heads the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.</p><p>She said there will be about 50 musicians at the festival. Most of them have lived in Michigan or have strong ties to the island. &nbsp;The concerts are held in different venues on the island. There is a variety of music playing as well, such as chamber music, jazz, and baroque, of course.</p><p>“It’s quirky, just like the island and we wouldn’t have it any other way, and also it’s, we think, pretty top rate music,” Glendon said.</p><p>Check out the performance list <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:06:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 18454 at "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit <p>DETROIT - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at scrubbing an FBI report that describes fans of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.</p><p>Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government isn't responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.</p><p>Fans of Insane Clown Posse are known as Juggalos. The FBI report labels the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," although that description isn't part of the most recent national report on gangs.</p><p>Juggalos say their reputations have suffered because they have jewelry or tattoos with the group's symbol, a man running with a hatchet.</p><p>The lawsuit was dismissed last week. The Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18290 at Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of the most stirring and glorious melodies ever sung – and it can be one of the easiest tunes to sing badly.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">But did you know that our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” started out as an English club song? And it has officially been the national anthem for <em>less </em>than a century?</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mark Clague is a musicologist with the University of Michigan. He’s been working on a project, “<a href="">Poets and Patriots: A Tuneful History of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner</a>.’”&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Today, he shared some of that history with us.</span></p><p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">* Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">*&nbsp;</span></em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This segment originally aired on February 12, 2014.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16418 at University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song <p></p><p><em><a href="">Update: Rob Cantor has posted a new video showing how he faked every one of the 29 celebrity impressions, using the voices of 11 different impressionists. I'm a fool</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How's your work day going? Productive? Ready for a break? Good.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Rob Cantor is a Los Angeles-based musician who grew up in Michigan.</p><p>You might know him as the guy in the yellow tie from <a href="">Tally Hall</a>, a band that formed while Cantor and his band mates attended the University of Michigan in 2002.</p><p>Tally Hall took a run at stardom after signing with Atlantic Records. They had some <a href="">appearances</a> on <em>The Late Late Show</em> with Craig Ferguson, and, as the band's <a href="">Wikipedia page </a>claims, Tally Hall continues to have a "relatively significant cult following<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More recently, Tally Hall's band members have been working on solo projects, and Cantor is promoting <a href="">a new solo album</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That brings us to the crazy video Cantor posted today.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 18221 at This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song "The Drift" EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name is </span>Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh. He's a 24-year-old student at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Singh has teamed up with former U of M student Michelle </span>Chamuel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to produce an extended-play recording called "<a href="">The Drift</a>."</span></p><p>And if that name and voice ring a bell, they should. &nbsp;Chamuel came in second on season four of "The Voice."</p><p>With virtually no promotion, the EP hit No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts.</p><p>And the title track of "The Drift" features more Michigan talent, including rapper Isaac Castor of Saline High School. Castor and&nbsp;Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh joined us today.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</em><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em style="line-height: 1.5;">* This segment originally aired on February 18, 2014.</em></div><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16496 at "The Drift" EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice Sharing the songs that saved your life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we’re starting a new series about music. We’re calling it "What’s the Song That Saved Your Life?"</span></p><p>Stateside’s Kyle Norris asked a lot of people that question. She found that sometimes they have an immediate answer. And other people really have to think about it. &nbsp;Kyle talked with folks at a bowling alley in Wayne, Michigan, and shares their responses.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p><em>All this week we’re going to hear from people who say one song saved their life. And we want to hear from you. Do you have a song that saved your life? Tell us the story! Call us and let us know at 248-962-3806. And you can also use #song-saved-me on twitter. Stateside's Kyle Norris produced our series, and she may even use your story on the air.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:38:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 18024 at Sharing the songs that saved your life Get well, Casey Kasem: You've made me a better music fan <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that Detroit native and Wayne State University alum Casey Kasem is in critical condition with an infected bedsore at a Washington state hospital.&nbsp; St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor says the 82-year-old Kasem is receiving care for a serious pressure ulcer he had when he was admitted Sunday.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Mike Perini has been thinking about the impact the former radio host has had on the current radio host.&nbsp;</em></p><p>I loved numbers when I was a kid, and I loved music.</p><p>Songs and numbers made everything better: songs made me happy and sad and filled my head with delightful tunes.&nbsp;Numbers looked cool, they were reassuringly orderly, and they were fun to count.</p><p>In 1975, when I was ten years old, I found out that there was a radio show that put numbers and music TOGETHER—Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40”—and I was a goner.</p><p>It was immediately clear I would have to give over my life to the show each Sunday.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:34:35 +0000 Mike Perini 17899 at Get well, Casey Kasem: You've made me a better music fan Ann Arbor group records Senegalese music for struggling villages <p></p><p>The music of the Keur Daouda Cisse village in Senegal has been recorded for Community Voice International.</p><p>They are just one of 10 communities that has been recorded for the organization. It's an Ann Arbor-based group that records music by people who live in struggling villages in Senegal and turns the recordings into profits that go directly back to the community.</p><p>The Founder and Executive Director of Community Voice International, David Bleckley, joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:54:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17830 at Ann Arbor group records Senegalese music for struggling villages Detroit dance style the subject of a new documentary <p></p><p>It's called The Detroit Jit. It’s a dance style that started as a street dance in Detroit in the 1970s by three brothers who were known as The Jitterbugs.</p><p>And now the Jit and The Jitterbugs are the subject of a documentary that will be screened Friday at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>Haleem Rasul is the founder of the dance group HardCore Detroit, and the producer of the film "The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of The Jit.”</p><p>Here's the trailer:</p><p></p><p>We welcomed Haleem Rasul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to the program today, and</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;one of the founders of The Jitterbugs,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Tracy McGhee.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:20:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 17700 at Detroit dance style the subject of a new documentary Detroit has a rich country & western music history <p></p><p>When you think of music that's made in Detroit, you certainly think of Motown. There's R&amp;B, gospel, jazz, rock, rap – and there is country.</p><p>The Motor City has a rich history of country &amp; western and bluegrass musicians, along with clubs, showrooms, and radio stations that got that music out to an eager public.</p><p>Craig Maki tells their story in his new book, "Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies,” and he joined us today.</p><p>This segment was edited by Crissy Zamarron&nbsp;with Mercedes Mejia.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:14:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 17661 at Detroit has a rich country & western music history Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher <p>What stories should we tell about the arts?</p><p>That's a question we sometimes ask on our <a href="">Facebook page</a>. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.</p><p>Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School.&nbsp; Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:</p><p>Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 17526 at Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher Gilmore International Keyboard Festival underway <p></p><p>Even though life took him in a somewhat different direction, Irving S. Gilmore has turned Kalamazoo into a place that truly celebrates piano music.</p><p>The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is in full swing and runs till May 10.</p><p>Dan Gustin, the director of the Gilmore, joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:46:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17423 at Gilmore International Keyboard Festival underway "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature <p></p><p>After two years of planning, the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University is launching a new project. It’s called “Music in Our Parks.”</p><p>The project shows us how nature and landscape affect the process of making music. Here's a video promoting their effort:</p><p></p><p>Bill Ryan is the director of Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble. He was joined on our program by one of the members of the New Music Ensemble, percussionist and senior music performance major, Josh Dreyer.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:52:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17386 at "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Republican state representative says he was on the "wrong side of history" when he opposed same-sex marriage during his time in Lansing 10 years ago. On today's show, Chris Ward, former representative from Genoa County talked about the gay marriage ban and the future of the Republican Party.</span></p><p>Then, we spoke with a very talented Flint rapper about his music and raising the profile of the Flint community.</p><p><br />We heard from writer Deidre Stevens about the Ca-Choo Club, a very unique way to attract allergy sufferers to Sault Ste. Marie.</p><p>Also, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Michigan's Aug. 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up. W</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ho are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</span></p><p>First on the show, y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday was the deadline to file objections to the disclosure statement spelling out Detroit's plan to climb out of its bankruptcy hole.</span></p><p>And yes, objections poured in – long lists of objections to the disclosure statement.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to tell us who's objecting, why, and what comes next.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17150 at Stateside for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don't make the mistake of thinking that fresh new music – rap, electronic and more – comes out of Detroit.</span></p><p>Listen to what's coming out of Flint.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran is a Flint artist: singer, songwriter, rapper, electropop, rock. Tunde is attracting lots of attention, including a glowing review in the New York Times for his new EP, Yung Archetype.</p><p>Tunde Olaniran joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:50:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17147 at Flint singer/songwriter Tunde Olaniran creates fresh new music How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit <p><a href="">The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus</a> will perform Brundibar this weekend at the Detroit Opera House. The children's opera was originally performed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p>In the 1940s, European Jews were sent to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. It was a transit camp where Jews were sent before being moved to other concentration camps, including Auschwitz.<br /><br />The Nazis also used Theresienstadt in their propaganda efforts.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 16856 at Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution <p>Vinyl records. The sight and sound of an LP can unleash torrents of sentiment and memories for those who grew up dropping that needle onto a shiny record.</p><p>And if you've grown up only downloading your music digitally, you need to know that there’s nothing finer than wandering through the aisles of a record store – a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;record store like </span>Dodds<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Records in Grand Rapids, which has served music lovers for some 30 years.</span></p><p>With a new owner who is committed to keeping the love of records alive, the future for the venerable Grand Rapids business is looking bright.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16513 at A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution