Tag Archives: Music

The Music of Spring

This week’s episode features three University of Michigan music students discussing their spring compositions and performances. Rachel Epperly, a composition undergraduate, begins the show with a piece of hers called “Time Arrives.” Donia Jarrar spoke to us about her recent composition work, Seamstress. And Taya König-Tarasevich, pictured, spoke about the three flutes she’ll play in her Masters Recital.

After the live broadcast, we were able to record Taya playing another piece from her repertoire. As a bonus, you can listen to that here:

A Musical Exploration with Taya Konig-Tarasevich

In this week’s segment of It’s Hot Out There, flautist Taya Konig-Tarasevich joins us in studio to teach our listeners about flutes and please them with her incredible music. She explains to us the differences in pitch, sound, and history between the classical, baroque, and modern flutes. Her visit comes just before she showcases her immense talent in her very own masters recital, In a Living Memory.

The video cannot do her immense talent justice, and this is a very small sampling of the work that will be used in her show. Not only will she be gracing the crowd with her music, Taya will also include spoken poetry, an orchestra, and many other instruments throughout the show. To hear these songs and many others, make sure to get to The First Congressional Church of Ann Arbor, located at608 E William St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, this Friday from 6:30-7:45. We hope to see you there, and be sure to keep it hot!

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: Feelings that Connect Us All

Remember that edgy “out there” episode of Its Hot in Here where talented artists sang live tunes from the Tony Award winning musical Urinetown, while talented scientists talked to us about  research  on “peecycling” (or the recovery on nutrients from urine for use in agricultural fertilization?)  Along the way we considered infrastructure (including urinals!) in our greenways and parks, and how more art and science can be showcased in our public spaces.

Well,  they’re back. For the dead of winter spring break in our studios we welcomed the talent behind the  Penny Seats Theatre Company’s recent cabaret style show  Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.  Fresh from their sold out, critically acclaimed performances at the downtown pub Connor O Neill’s, we head from guests including cast members Lauren London and Roy Sexton, show director Laura Sagolla, and musical director Richard Alder.

Jacques Brel is a famous Belgian singer-songwriter who wrote his songs in French during the 1960s. Through his art he became extremely well-known in France, to the degree that the French recognize Brel the way Americans know Bob Dylan or JoniJacques_Brel_Is_Alive_Cast_Recording Mitchell. The show, originally produced in 1968 off broadway, is a revue of Jacques Brel’s music and explores the universal emotions of love, loss, fear, obsession, and hope. Brel’s work is laden with pathos, yet also lighthearted. Continue reading Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: Feelings that Connect Us All

Science and Social Conflicts in Climate Planning: The View from Ethiopia

This week’s show brings our listeners more than an hour of in-depth analysis and lively conversation on the challenges of climate change planning, both in Ethiopia and across the diverse governance landscape of East and North Africa. Tying in closely with a case study newly developed by a team of SNRE students for the pilot project “Michigan Sustainability Cases,” the broadcast explores the complexity of crafting effective and equitable adaptation policy. Specifically, we ask how national adaptation plans are made? By and for whom? What are the decision-making criteria? And what could these criteria fail to account for? Bringing together legal, anthropological, and environmental expertise, the broadcast takes adaptation policy as the starting point for a broad-ranging dialogue on climate change impacts, social conflict across ethno-linguistic groups, and national planning as a tool of marginalization.

Continue reading Science and Social Conflicts in Climate Planning: The View from Ethiopia

Urinetown: Arts in our Parks and the Future of Peecycling

A local artistic and scientific collaboration between Ann Arbor’s Penny Seats Theatre Company and the University of Michigan’s Environmental Biotechnology Group is offering performances of the musical UrinetownThe Musical! as well as innovative water conservation research over the next three weekends starting July 30. Continue reading Urinetown: Arts in our Parks and the Future of Peecycling

Poets and Patriots: A Conversation with Mark Clague

Join us this week for a patriotic (and musical) edition of It’s Hot in Here as we discuss symbols of American pride (or are they?), the cultural context from which Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock arose, the newest news concerning the Geddes road expansion and the fate of the surrounding trees, and more!

Mark Clague (see credentials above) studies all forms of music-making in the United States, especially in Chicago, focusing on the functional aesthetic of music and the relationship between music and society. Continue reading Poets and Patriots: A Conversation with Mark Clague

Music and Environmental Politics

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Rebecca Hardin, Jennifer Johnson, David Clive and Bailey Schneider were joined in the studio by the lovely Donia Jarrar, a Palestinian composer and DMA student here at the University of Michigan. On this week’s segment of It’s Hot In Here, we discussed the pros and cons of the proposed reconstruction of Geddes Avenue and its social, economic and psychological effects on the Ann Arbor community, transporting trees on the University of Michigan campus, Donia’s recent trips to Palestine and her work here at U of M and over in the Middle East.

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It’s Hot in Here’s Lovefest 2K14!

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February 14th marks the most celebrated (albeit, corporatized) day for lovebirds everywhere AND one of the final days of WCBN’s Annual FUNdraiser.

In celebration of this delicate confluence – where love and money intertwine and beget more love and money –  we invited friends (and friendly lovers) of It’s Hot in Here to join our exxxtra special Lovefest 2K14 Fundraiser edition. We featured the loveliest of tunes and the hottest of our It’s Hot in Here Family for an exxtra-special hour of heart-warming, purse string-loosening news|views|grooves. Continue reading It’s Hot in Here’s Lovefest 2K14!