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.
The Berklee World Strings performed Professor Bruno Råberg’s “Triloka” under Mimi Rabson’s direction. Råberg also toured Finland with Jussi Reijonen as well as several alumni. He also played in Sapporo, Japan, with Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore, and Mark Walker.
Professor Bruce Gertz appeared on the CDs The Heart of a Champion with Trio-Now and Moonlight Alley with the Nick Goumas Quartet.
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.
Richard Ruotolo of Meriden, CT, released a CD of compositions, arrangements, and performances on vibraphone and other percussion instruments. He leads a quintet in Connecticut. Visit www.ruotolomusic.com.
Slavko Avsenik Jr. of Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been active in film and television scoring. Two of his recent projects include The Charmings for television and the score for the film Iron Sky.