Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2017

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians
Volume 
28
Number 
3
Spring
2017

Featured

Modems, Music, and Moonshots

By Mark Small

For Mike Cassidy ’98, music has been a constant source of inspiration throughout a fantastic career in science and business innovation.

Berklee Beat

East-West Pop Culture Nexus

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, Boston’s Symphony Hall was packed for a special celebration of the multifaceted career of Chinese-American superstar Wang Leehom ’99.

A Serenade of Gratitude

By Jessica Halton

New Academic Leaders Roll Up Their Sleeves

By Nick Balkin / Margot Edwards

Composition

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Composing with Carnatic Rhythmic Elements

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.

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony: Making Guitars for Stars

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.

Regional Spotlights

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

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.

Clicking in Portland


From the left: Sisters Aubrey and Angela Webber of the Doubleclicks Cahoots Photography

The Legacy of a Friend and Colleague

Former Percussion Department professor Ed Uribe, who passed away in November 2015, was the primary force in the genesis of Berklee’s hand-drumming and Latin percussion program.

Coda

How Streaming Will Change the Sound of Pop Music

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’.

Lead Sheet

Learning to Learn in Every Style

My office is sandwiched between two Berklee string ensemble rooms that provide an ambient soundtrack that fluctuates by the hour. 

Faculty Highlights

by Mark Small

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.

Assistant chair of Harmony Tom Hojnacki performed with Aretha Franklin at the Blue Hills Bank Concert Pavilion. His piano sonata, The Stars, was premiered by Stella Owen.

Associate professors Mimi Rabson (violin) and David Harris (electric tuba) and drummer Phil Neighbors as the band Triarky released the recording Shakin’.

Alumni News


Karen DeBiasse of Somerville, MA, has written more than 300 songs, and placed 15 in independent films. Her band Girl on Top has won multiple contests. Visit karendebiasse.com.

Jay Jennings of Burbank, CA, is the sound designer for the movie Transformers: The Last Knight and lead sound designer for the upcoming mega-shark thriller Meg (2018). Visit birdhousesound.com.