On this week’s Champaign Is Also A Band, Sven Zooms with hip-hop savant AMS the. Nerd King about his track “Sisyphus,” the importance of intricate wordplay, and some of his influences from growing up in Hyde Park.

Listen to the full interview here, and stay tuned for part two next week:

EP106 – José Guzmán – ”Holande Pa Uste” Champaign Is Also A Band

Sven meets up with José Guzmán (He/Him) in the lobby at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to talk about his composition "Holande Pa Uste" as performed by the UIUC Latin Jazz Ensemble, finding a musical connection with blending different Puerto Rican musical traditions as well as West African styles, and his favorite non-musical things.   José is running the 2023 Chicago Marathon for his favorite charity: Mercy Home, you can donate to his fundraising here: https://marathon.mercyhome.org/chicago2023/jguzman SONG: Holande Pa Uste performed by UIUC Latin Jazz Ensemble. Soloists: Matthew Storie on alto sax, Jack Cassidy on trumpet, and Kurt Reeder on piano. BANDS: Mr. Chair (Madison, WI), KASA Quartet, Eddie Barbash with KASA Quartet, The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective Favorite treat: Almond croissant or Banana bread with black coffee. Photo credit: Herminio Rodriguez

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