Shorewood Ripples

Music classes explore virtual options

A student's laptop sits open for orchestra class. Virtual music classes have been especially challenging.

Sophia Wiley

October 15, 2020

With all courses being virtual this school year, some may wonder about the technicalities of music classes. Like all teachers, Karen Frink, orchestra director, and Bryan Kujawa, band director, are trying to manage their curriculum online.  “It’s been okay. I think that a lot of the responsibility is...

Mobile Music Series showcases local bands

Mixtape MKE performs as part of the Mobile Music Series on the back of the RAD Wagon. This series has allowed for live music to continue during COVID times.

Sophia Wiley

October 15, 2020

Taking off in June, Shorewood’s Business Improvement District (BID) introduced the Mobile Music Series, an event that brings live bands around the community with the help of a wagon.  “Back in June, we had several of our events get cancelled because of COVID, and I had seen a vehicle called the Funk Clu...

Joji’s new album Nectar satisfies listeners with wide range of styles

The cover of Joji's new Album, Nectar. The album features a wide range of styles from piano ballads to fast-paced tunes.

Eva McNally

October 15, 2020

Japanese singer-songwriter, George Kusunoki Miller, professionally known as Joji, recently released his second studio album entitled Nectar. The album was intended to be released earlier this summer, but was pushed back due to COVID-19, and it was well worth the wait. Joji is known for his comedic Y...

Music education isn’t just for the classroom

Nicholas Emanuelson, junior, plays his cello in his living room. His parents are both high school orchestra teachers and make sure he practices daily.

Shannon Carlson and Sophia Wiley

January 9, 2020

In a family of violinists, Nicholas Emanuelson, junior, is the only cellist. His parents, John Emanuelson and Karen Frink, signed him up for cello lessons at the age of five.  His father is the orchestra teacher at Homestead and his mother is the orchestra teacher at Shorewood. Because both of h...

Courtney Barnett’s MTV Unplugged is an undeniable gem

Courntey Barnett during her performance on MTV Unplugged. The live album was released on Dec. 6, 2019.

Ethan McKaig

January 4, 2020

On Dec. 6, Courtney Barnett, the Australian born singer-songwriter and musician, released her “MTV Unplugged” performance. Consisting of 8 acoustic songs (43 minutes), both original and covers, they display Barnett’s raw talent of songwriting and musicianship. On Oct. 22, the album was recorde...

Dreamy new jazz album “Resavoir” soars

The cover of Resavoir's first single off the album, Escalator. The song was released in January 2019.

Ethan McKaig

September 28, 2019

What music plays in your dreams? The dreams where you are flying; where you are floating in the middle of the ocean; where you are sitting on a cloud. What music goes along with those images? I've found it: Resavoir's debut, self-titled album. The Chicago based jazz ensemble, founded by Will Miller (m...

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