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.
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.
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?
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.
Professor Wendy Rolfe performed with the Mercury Orchestra in Houston, TX; at the International Flute Festival in Quito, Ecuador; the Buzzards Bay Musicfest; the National Flute Convention in New Orleans, LA; and with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Professor Julien Kasper performed on Painting on Silence by Andrea Balestra ’07, with Scott Henderson, Steve Trovato, and Carl Verheyen.
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.
Kevin Barbour of Nashua, NH, composed, performed, and produced the music for his album 3. Visit www.abstractlogix.com.
Chris Fassbender of Grand Rapids, MI, is the house drummer at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar in Grand Rapids, and was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in April.