An international cast of students will perform the timeless music of A. R. Rahman, the prolific Grammy-winning and Academy Award-winning composer (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and performer. Rahman will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee and join the Berklee musicians to perform several of his memorable songs.
In conjunction with the new Berklee India Exchange, proceeds will be used to create a fund in A. R. Rahman’s name to provide scholarship support for students from India to attend Berklee.
“I’m deeply moved to receive an honorary doctorate from such a distinguished school which has contributed so much to the world of music,” said Rahman. “I’m especially proud and honored the college is graciously establishing a scholarship in my name for future generations of musicians to follow their dreams.”
“A friend from India described A.R. Rahman to me as John Williams and Sting rolled into one – a leading film composer and a wildly popular, brilliant songwriter and performer,” said Berklee president Roger H. Brown. “We welcome him to Berklee, where the college and our students look forward to paying our respects.”
Akenda is a four-piece band of current Berklee students influenced by jazz fusion, progressive rock, classical, and electronic dance music. This recital will showcase compositions by guitarist Bert Cheshire.
Students from Christine Fawson's Brass Playing and Singing Ensemble will perform. This concert will consist of fresh interpretations of old jazz standards sung by brass principles who will double on vocals.
Since the 1973 release of his debut album, Crazy Life, Gino Vannelli has remained one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music.
He is the recipient of multiple Canadian Juno awards, has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and has sold more than 10 million records worldwide with hits including “I Just Wanna Stop,” “Living Inside Myself,” “People Gotta Move,” “The Wheels Of Life,” “Black Cars,” and many more.