Classical musicians interpret the notes on the page very literally and limit improvisation to an occasional cadenza. Conversely, jazz musicians get their kicks from straying from the written page, using the chords as a starting point for macrolevel improvisation.
Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive. The grant was funded through the program Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects.
“My two favorites are Ray—and Donna McElroy,” says Berklee Vice President for Special Programs Rob Rose of the song’s interpreters. “Both are different. McElroy is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program Matt Glaser received the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association.
Professor Sheldon Mirowitz worked on the score to the film First Comes Love, and scored the Museum of Science, Boston film Moons.
For so many local alumni in Music City, the year 2012 was successful, inspiring, exciting, scary, and entertaining. As we look forward to all the promise of 2013, let’s recap what some alumni have been up to.
Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, had his guitar piece “Donut Music” recorded on the CD All We Know Is Now by Keith Calmes.