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.
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When you first meet someone as personable and mild-mannered as assistant professor John Funkhouser, the phrase “trial by fire” may not immediately jump to the fore.
Ensemble Professor John Pierce’s quintet with Brad Hatfield, Gaye Tolan Hatfield, Stan Strickland, and Bob Tamagni performed in Virgin Gorda at Jazz on the Hill. He also played on the CD Eula! with Eula Lawrence, Jon Hazilla, and Tim Ray.
Bob Doezema, Jeff Stout, Daryl Lowery, Jesse Williams,Al Kooper and Tom Arey ’02 shared a bill with the Zombies at the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia.
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.
Nick Puin of Strongsville, OH, is the music director of the Italian Band of Cleveland and a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild. His arrangements have been performed by the Baldwin Wallace and Case Western Reserve universities’ jazz ensembles.
Carol Evans of New Orleans, LA, is an active vocal and bell choir member, and a tutor for WyzAnt Inc.