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’.
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.
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.
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 and guitarist Giovanni Moltoni released the CD Just Another Night: Live Trio with bassist Fernando Huergo, drummer Marcello Pellitteri. Visit giovannimoltoni.com.
Associate professor Bernardo Hernandez conducted the Conservatory of Santo Domingo Big Band during the Dominican Jazz Festival 2016. An orchestral arrangement he created for vibraphonist Victor Mendoza was performed by Orchestra L’Amistad in Valencia, Spain.
James Bass of Ponchatoula, LA, has retired from teaching with the Gifted and Talented Program of Louisiana to compose original songs. Bass won the 2014 New Orleans Guitar Center King of the Blues contest and was named the Louisiana Northshore best blues performer of the year twice. He has released two CDs. Visit facebook.com/james.bass.902.
Bassist Gary Davenport of North Forth Myers, FL, recorded “Love Wins Again” for Janiva Magness, a 2017 Grammy nominee. Davenport is the musical director and bassist for Magness and began a tour in Mumbai, India, in February.