Just like a raise-it-to-the-rafters gospel song, the audience’s refrain of “Wow! These kids can sing” was repeated often during the August 1 appearance of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir at the Newport Folk Festival.
Over the past 50 or 60 years, guitar styles have changed through the influences of each new generation. And yet the basics of guitar playing—in particular, rhythm guitar parts—continue to underpin the current trends of picking, strumming, and the use of effects.
By 2025, what should Berklee become? The world around us is changing faster than ever; and over the past 10 years, music and the music industry have experienced truly disruptive change. What will it be like 10 years from now?
One of the best ways to introduce music students to the Berklee teaching methodology is to bring the classroom to them. This was the concept envisioned by Gary Burton and Larry Monroe in the Berklee on the Road education series, which is offered in various locations.
Miguel Kertsman ’86 is on the phone from his native Recife, Brazil. It’s mid September, and he is at the tail end of a vacation that reunited him with family members, but he also managed to squeeze some business into the trip.
Frank E. Warren of West Roxbury, MA, was commissioned to write a solo piece for concert pianist Beth Levin titled “Three Glimpses of Beethoven.” The Boston premiere will be in May 2014 at New England Conservatory. It will also be performed in other locations, including New York City. Visit www.bethlevinpiano.com.
Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, wrote music for the films Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?, The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington, Miss You Can Do It, and The Diplomat. Visit www.joelgoodman.com.