Inspired by Ray: The Ray Charles Symposium
American Roots Music Symposium
Inspired by Ray | September 21-23, 2012
The American Roots Music Program at Berklee presented its first symposium, Inspired by Ray, in September, 2012, in collaboration with the Ray Charles Foundation.
The conference used Charles as a prism through which to examine, discuss, and celebrate various aspects of American musical life. Scholars and musicians approached a variety of topics that any serious consideration of Charles raises: the musical substance of his work (including his singing, piano playing, and arranging); his choice of repertoire; the relationship between jazz, blues, gospel, and country music in the United States; the nature of individual musical genius in a societal context; and reflections on the transformative power of creativity. Watch videos of the symposium's culminating concert, InspiRAYtion, featuring artists such as Ricky Skaggs, John Scofield, and Raul Midón.
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