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.
Jeff Lorber of Pacific Palisades, CA, and the Jeff Lorber Fusion released the album Hacienda on Concord Records. It features drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ’75, bassist Jimmy Haslip, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and other guests. Visit www.lorber.com.
Brian Bigelow of Fall River, MA, has worked as the vice chairman of the Fall River School Committee and a city councilor. He is rebuilding AFM Local 216 as the director of development and community affairs.