The October 24, 2014, tribute concert and honorary doctorate presentation to A.R. Rahman, India’s foremost film composer and songwriter, sent a surge of excitement through the Berklee campus to Boston’s Indian community and beyond, with the show sold out weeks in advance.
The 900 enthusiastic guests who celebrated the 20th anniversary of the annual Berklee Encore Gala filled the Boston Marriott Copley Place and raised nearly $2 million for the Berklee City Music program. Special guests included Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest, George Clinton and Parliament-...
Larry Oppenheimer ’77 (aka “Larry the O”) will be the first person to complete his degree through Berklee Online, the digital campus for Berklee College of Music, and will be among the graduates at Berklee’s 2015 commencement exercises.
An endowed scholarship has been established in the memory of late faculty member Walter W. Harp, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in civic engagement through music.
India’s premier film composer and songwriter, A.R. Rahman has written songs and underscore for more than 100 movies, including Slumdog MIllionaire and 127 Hours. Rahman spoke to Berklee today during his visit to Berklee in October.
Reuben Rogers ’94 is among the most sought-after upright bassists of the past decade, having recorded and toured with legendary artists such as jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Goldberg, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
Keyboardist, producer and songwriter David Frank delves into musical devices, connections and influences in the songwriting process. A founding member of pioneering synth duo The System, Frank has produced and played on recordings by Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and Phil Collins.
Berklee has joined forces with Little Kids Rock, a like-minded nonprofit, and the New York City Department of Education, to train certified music teachers to bring more popular music education to tens of thousands of NYC students in the next three years.
Bill Elliott, professor of contemporary writing and production (CWP) who deftly weathered many shifts in taste and technology while honing his musical expertise, is determined to pass on his on-the-gig wisdom.
Associate professor Henrique De Almeida authored the book Double Bass Drum Integration for the Jazz/Fusion Drummer on Berklee Press. Visit henriquedealmeida.com.
Major Scale Book, by assistant professor Tomo Fujita, is in its second edition, and is published by Rittor Music in Japan. His best-selling book/CD Playing By Ear & Feeling is in its ninth edition. Fujita’s materials have sold over 170,000 copies in Japan.
Dr. William Junior ’07 has many helping hands along his path to becoming an M.D. specializing in anesthesiology.
Bill Frisell of Seattle, WA, released the album Guitar in the Space Age!, featuring Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen. Visit billfrisell.com.
David Alan Bunn of Baltimore, MD, made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer, orchestrator, and bandleader for “The Black Stars of the Great White Way,” hosted by Cecily Tyson, Norm Lewis, and Phylicia Rashad.