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.”
Professor Wendy Rolfe gave premieres of “Three Women” for flute and piano by Professor Beth Denisch in Quito, Ecuador, and at the National Flute Association convention.
Associate Professor of Piano Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland released the CD Instinct.
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.
Bob Miller of Rochester, NY, and his group Nimrod Wildfire released the album Corporate Refugee, featuring guitarist Matt Backer ’80. Visit www.nimrodwildfire.com.
Steve Thomas of Concord, MA, worked with composer Shawn K. Clement ’88 on music for the movie Live Forever: A Ray Bradbury Odyssey.