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 Pratt Bennet has launched Leaps & Bounds, a series of interviews with experts in education-related fields. Visit www.cuttingedgeteaching.com.
Associate Professor Prince Charles Alexander mixed two songs for Alicia Keys’s educational app The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee.
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.
Gabriel Heiser (aka Gabe Hizer) of Antioch, TN, started a new band called Zen Poets. Visit www.zenpoets.com.
Drummer Pascoal Meirelles of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released his 11th solo album Dubai-Lima Guitar Project.