Contemporary sounds from the Arab world, Turkey, and Iran--Crossover, popular, and traditional styles. Semester repertoire chosen according to student interest. We play music from many artists, including Dhafer Youssef, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Charbel Rouhana, Hossam Ramzy, Fairuz, Davood Azad, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Sezen Aksu, Fairuz, Sayyid Darwish, Natacha Atlas... Lots of modal improv, new grooves, some odd-meters etc. This is an opportunity to work on improvisation and interpretation without worrying about lots of chord changes.

Coda: Reflections on Making an Indie Album

Terry Wollman


Final Cadence

Arielle Schwalm


Music educator Eugene Langdoc '58 of Littleton, NH, passed away due to cardiac complications. He was 75. Langdoc was an arranging and composition major at Berklee. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University and his doctorate from Rockville University in Maryland. He leaves his wife, Maryann, and son William.

Nashville Notes

Karen Bell


L.A. Spotlight: The Rescues

Peter Gordon


L.A. Newsbriefs

Justine Taormino


There's no better way to start my first L.A. Newsbriefs column than by spotlighting this year's Emmy nominees.

Alumni Beat

Karen Bell


In my new role as chief alumni affairs officer, one of my goals for the college is to strengthen alumni-student connections. One of my efforts will involve creating and supporting opportunities that enable students to hear from alumni who have encountered success in music and business, offering more of the real-world information which students often clamor for.

Tips from a Road-Tested Bebopper


Rhode Island-based saxophonist, flutist, and jazz composer Greg Abate '71 has enjoyed a busy career as a jazz sideman and headliner for more than three decades. He averages 150 nights a year on the road playing in several European countries and throughout the United States. Abate plays modern and hard bop, and in 1991-after years of touring with the Ray Charles Orchestra and then the Artie Shaw Orchestra-launched his solo career.

Some Rights Reserved

Andrew Clark


It's hard to believe, but at one time the biggest threat to the intellectual property of musicians was copying CDs. For a time, even bootleg-cassette copies of albums were a danger. It's even harder to believe that those days were just a little more than a decade ago.

Bright Lights in Europe

Mark Small

Bringing it All Back Home

Less than a decade after graduating from Berklee, award-winning jazz guitarist David Doruzka '02 of Prague, Czech Republic, has become a sought-after musician throughout the European continent and Scandinavia. He is highly regarded for his thoughtful approach to music in general and his controlled guitar virtuosity. Doruzka plays with a range of acts including his own trio as well and artists based in several different countries.