Photo by Kent Fairfield

Photo by Kent Fairfield

Roland Kushner and Michael London sing Songs of Spirit, Livelihood, and the Pursuit of Harmony in a program of folk, blues, pop music, and original material.  Their program ranges from William Blake to Rumi, from Steve Earle to Anne Hills, from the streets of Bethlehem to the waters of Nova Scotia.  Both Roland and Michael are active singers and performers; their duet performance features songs inspired by their day jobs as management professors at Muhlenberg College, the “Songs in the Key of M” they use to help illustrate the intricacies of organizational life to students.  Their carefully crafted harmonies, solid guitar work, and joyous spirit of song make for a memorable evening of music. They have performed in concert at Mayfair, at Muhlenberg College, and at Drexel University.

Roland Kushner is a long-time Lehigh Valley folk musician and arts advocate who has appeared at Musikfest, Mayfair, and at Godfrey Daniels.  He released one CD of original material, 527 in 2000. He was a member of the Steel Festival Songwriters and was Music Director for Selkie Theatre’s production of Occupy Your Mind in 2012.  Roland has a long and deep involvement with folk music as a performer, writer, advocate, and broadcaster.   He sings of love, work, travel, history and fun in a melodic and rhythmic style influenced by both traditional and contemporary styles, all presented in a clear and engaging tenor (www.rolandkushnermusic.com). 

Known as a passionate interpreter of Rumi, the great 13th century Sufi poet, Michael London offers us a musical window into the ecstatic poems which reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity and beyond and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy.  He performs regularly and has recorded three CDs (Everything is New, The Soul Wakes, and The Field) with a fourth scheduled for release in late 2014.  An accomplished song writer, Michael is adept at many guitar styles, has his own recording studio and is a soulful and moving singer, taking the stage with comfort and poise.   His influences are wide ranging including James Taylor, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye.  He is also a college professor by day and has a great ability to get students and audiences involved.  (www.michaellondon.net)