SPRING MUSIC SERIES

Thomas Schuttenhelm
Tema Silk / NEPR

Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
Matthew Pandolfe / Courtesy Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Jazz vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a native of western Massachusetts, has been making a name for herself nationally.

Singer songwriter Abe Loomis plays his guitar in a sound isolating recording booth in a studio in Conway, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Abe Loomis of Conway, Massachusetts, says he feels deeply connected to western Massachusetts and to the Berkshires. 

Khalif Neville performs with Branford Marsalis at an event honoring Charles Neville.
Julian Parker-Burns / Laudable Productions

Pianist Khalif Neville is heir to one of the most prominent musical families to come out of New Orleans. Khalif is the son of Charles Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers, who have been performing together since the late 1970s.

Kiam Rennix.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

This is how a guitar prodigy starts out: Kiam Rennix of Springfield, Massachusetts, was seven years old, watching a Saturday children's show on public TV in his grandmother's house. A segment came on showing how to make your own string instrument.