Berklee Unveils New American Roots Program
By Allen Bush, Director of Media Relations - Berklee College of Music
November 23, 2009 - 5:00 pm
Berklee College of Music
Boston, Mass. — When Mark O'Connor performs at Berklee College of Music on Dec. 10 with a group of faculty and students, he'll be celebrating more than the end of his week-long residency. He'll introduce Berklee's new American Roots Music Program, directed by Matt Glaser.
Reflecting violinist Glaser's own eclectic tastes and journeys, the American Roots Music Program explores America's musical and cultural heritage, and creates a focus on the styles from which contemporary sounds originate.
Students will delve into blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and other music.
Glaser will design the curriculum, promote nontraditional improvisation, develop faculty programs, and host visiting artists, concerts and symposiums.
Top contemporary performers, writers, and producers who are carrying on the American roots traditions constitute the board of advisors to the Roots Music Program: Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Charlie Haden, Edgar Meyer, David Grisman, Andy Statman, Don Rigsby, Lloyd Maines, Liz Carroll, John Blake, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Molsky, Ted Gioia, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Darol Anger, Ray Benson, Doug Wamble, John Lawless, Fletcher Bright, Sara and Sean Watkins, and Micheal Doucet.
About the Concert:
Americana and Roots: Mark O'Connor at Berklee takes place on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. General admission tickets are $20-$25, and available at the Berklee Performance Center box office, at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (617) 931-2000. For concert information, call (617) 747-2261.
In addition to O'Connor, performances will includes Berklee faculty members Matt Glaser and John McGann, student bluegrass groups, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra.
Berklee Performance Center
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Thanks, totally involved, everything I do is under that roots music umbrella:
• Private lessons on mandolin and guitar
• Celtic Music Ensemble
• Django Reinhardt/Gypsy Jazz Ensemble
• Mandolin Chord Lab
• String Improv Skills Lab (Bluegrass, Celtic and Swing)
• Bluegrass Guitar Lab
Also the Summer Five Week Program (string theory and bluegrass ensemble), Acoustic String Festival, and a variety of concerts, workshops (hosted Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Tommy Peoples and Matt Flinner among others). Lots going on for mandolin at Berklee, we have around 23 principals at the moment and lots more doublers (including bass/mandolin!)
Mandolin has been an instrumental principal at Berklee since 2004, and mandolinists can take advantage of anything offered at the school...we have mandolinists majoring in performance (natch), film scoring, music therapy, trad composition, jazz composition, music technology, music education, you name it...
Good luck with your concert there!
The program may be new but the students are already there to help it thrive.