A musician born and raised in Syracuse, New York in a musical family, Daniel Pugh has been playing piano since the age of five and performing since the age of seven. Although he began with classical music, by the age of 13, Pugh started playing jazz and soon after auditioned for the Stan Colella All-Star Youth Big Band of the City of Syracuse. This band performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival and the OCC Jazz Festival, where Pugh received several awards for his outstanding musicianship and ability as a soloist.
Pugh attended Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse and was awarded the Sarah Lombardi Award for Musical Excellence; upon graduation he was given the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence by the Marine Corps. Prior to graduating high school, he volunteered at nursing homes playing duo or trio jazz. Since attending Berklee, he has performed at the Berklee Performance Center, written original compositions and performed them at the Syracuse Jazz and Wine Fest, performed weekly at a local jazz club, and performed at private events in the Boston area.
After graduating from Berklee, Pugh plans on composing and performing his and other musicians’ works as well as teaching.
Students and faculty from Berklee's Electronic Production and Design, Songwriting, and Contemporary Production and Design Departments have been collaborating on new electronic songs that will premiere as part of the Cambridge Science Festival in a program called Songs from Sound. Joining as a collaborator and performer will be Nona Hendryx, Berklee ambassador of artistry in education. Join some of the most adventurous and talented students and faculty at Berklee for this multimedia concert featuring quadraphonic sound and multiscreen videos.
The people of the Ukraine are currently experiencing very difficult and challenging times. Entire cities in the east of the country are practically destroyed, more than 5,000 people have died, and nearly 500,000 have been identified as refugees. This concert, presented in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is being held in order to assist Ukrainian refugees, displaced children, women, and seniors.
This concert is meant as an expression of the Berklee community's solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The program will feature Gary Burton, Fred Hersch, Vadim Neselovskyi, Ronen Itzik, Daniel Loomis, and the Berklee-based choir Pletenitsa, directed by Chistiane Karam. The music will concentrate on Ukrainian folk songs and original compositions by Berklee’s Ukrainian faculty member Vadim Neselovskyi.