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.
Associate professor D.J .Hatfield created a sound installation titled “Tgilen! O Ngiha no Riyar” (“Listen! The Voice of the Ocean”) for the International Austronesian Arts Award in Taitung City, Taiwan.
Professor and guitarist Lauren Passarelli released A Parallel Sunrise, her ninth disc of original music. Her tribute group AfterFab recently headlined at the first annual Beatles Festival in London, Ontario, Canada.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone of West New York, NJ, and his group the Cello Quartet released the album 88. Breakstone is joined by cellist Mike Richmond, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and drummer Andy Watson in a tribute to the great jazz pianists. Visit joshuabreakstone.com.
Vocalist and songwriter Michéal Castaldo of New York City released the digital EP Temptation Down in Rio featuring eight version of the title track composed by Castaldo and Keith Edwards. Jose Feliciano sings and plays guitar on the EP. Visit youtube.com/watch?v=hkw6ad9lVgs.