"I get a lot of juice from the musicians in the room," says Gretchen Peters. In the case of her new album, Blackbirds, this is an understatement. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the album features a who's who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss, and more.
But it's not the guests who make Blackbirds the most poignant and moving album of Peters's storied career; it’s the impeccable craftsmanship and her ability to capture the kind of complex, conflicting, and overwhelming emotional moments we might otherwise try to hide and instead shine a light of truth and understanding onto them. Blackbirds is, in many ways, an album that is unafraid to face down mortality. But rather than dwell on the pain of loss, the music finds a new appreciation for the life we're given.
Maria Rowinska has been working with Fordham Records for just over a year and is thrilled to be performing with this amazing group of musicians again. Her performance will include Brazilian classics as well as her own work, which will be released officially in a few months on her first EP.
In his senior recital, Ariel Shrum will combine the art of magic and sleight of hand with music. Apart from the magic, this recital will also feature Shrum's band, the Interlopers, playing a selection of jazz standards and some of their own original songs.
The 2015 Berklee International Network (BIN) Summit's closing concert will feature enrolled Berklee students from partner institutions in countries across the world. View a list of partner institutions here.
A few weeks ago, the music industry lost one of the greatest names in gospel music. Pastor Andrae Crouch brought secular and gospel music together and was responsible for the success of names like the Winans and the Hawkins Family. He received the prestigious honorary doctorate from Berklee, where professor Jetro da Silva had the privilege and honor to work with him and write several songs together, such as "He Does All Things Well."
This tribute concert is a collaboration by several Berklee faculty who were musically influenced by this iconic artist.