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.”
Assistant Professor Sergio Bellotti performed at an Italian drum festival and endorses Yamaha drums.
Professor of Apostolos Paraskevas premiered two movies: one as a director and one as an actor at a film festival in Greece. His piece “An Orange” was recorded by the duo Lagrimosa Beltà.
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.
Rick Smith of Concord, CA, built a project studio called Liberty Hill Studios and will release new music in 2013.
Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, and his label ScienSonic Laboratories, have partnered with the Space Foundation, which recognizes products that use space technology, or those that enlighten and inspire with space-related themes. He also released the album Bronze Nemesis. Visit www.sciensonic.net.