Much like the first time I heard John Coltrane’s Giant Steps album, Indian music startled my sense of curiosity. Below, I’ll discuss some Indian musical elements that I incorporated in my composition Triloka: Three Realms.
Based in Toronto, Linda Manzer works mostly solo in her shop, hand-building a small number of acoustic guitars every year for demanding customers such as Metheny, singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, and jazz guitarist Julian Lage ’09.
Nadia Sosnoski '12 is often booked for appearances that feature her singing while suspended on aerial silks before her audience. Her unique combination of singing and aerial arts used to be a rarity in Music City, but has become one way for Sosnoski to—let’s say— elevate her profile.
Streaming platforms now boast more than 100 million paying subscribers worldwide. And the popularity of these services continues to rise, with more than one trillion plays logged last year alone. The times, they are a-changin’.
After four decades Bill Scism, a professor in the Jazz Composition Department, retired in the summer of 2016. During a recent phone call, Scism reflected on his musical journey, the largest portion of which includes his 41 years as a faculty member at Berklee.
Professor Rod Morgenstein released Profit with his band the Jelly Jam featuring Dream Theater bassist John Myung and King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor.
Professor Danny Harrington performed on Harry Carney’s baritone saxophone during in a November 2016 event during which iconic instruments were donated to Berklee’s Africana Studies Department by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.
Composer and pianist Jawasnza Kobie of Wilmington, DE, was named a 2017 jazz composer resident artist at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Kobie is collaborating with playwright and Yale University drama professor Deborah Margolin on an original concept introducing young audiences to jazz music. The project will be performed at the Kimmel Center in May 2017. Visit jkobiemusic.com.
Doug Hammer of Lynn, MA, released his 11th album, Americana. It features Steve Chaggaris ’92, Dave Landoni ’85, and Brian Maes ’80, as well as Berklee faculty members Dave Buda and Jon Finn. Visit doughammer.net.