Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2017

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians


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


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.


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.

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.

Alumni News

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

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