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.”
Sabato “Tino” D’Agostino won the Goldin Award for Excellence in Education. He also led the Arlington, MA, High School Honors Orchestra on a concert tour of Europe.
Associate Professor John Stein released the album Bing Bang Boom!, featuring bassist John Lockwood.
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.
Visual artist Roberta Fabiano of Stony Brook, NY, displayed her art work as an installation at the Cutting Room in New York City. Visit www.robertafabiano.com.
In October 2012, percussionist Lilian Carmona of São Paulo, Brazil, gave a clinic on Brazilian grooves at Berklee.