Posted in Organizations, People, tagged American Roots Music Program, Andy Statman, Bela Fleck, bluegrass, Blues, Bruce Molsky, Cajun, Charlie Haden, Country, Darol Anger, David Grisman, Don Rigsby, Doug Wamble, Edgar Meyer, Fletcher Bright, Folk, Geoff Muldaur, gospel, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, John Blake, John Lawless, Leo Kottke, Liz Carroll, Lloyd Maines, Mark O'Connor, Matt Glaser, Michael Doucet, Polka, Ray Benson, Ricky Skaggs, Sara and Sean Watkins, Ted Gioia, Tex-Mex, Western swing on December 17, 2009 |
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 all contemporary music originates. Students will delve into blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and other sounds.
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 Michael Doucet. (more…)
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Award-winning Bluegrass acts take the stage at The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, March 27 and 28, at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington. This is one of southwest Ohio’s most entertaining acoustic music events, occurring twice a year, in March and November.
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival features Bluegrass, Old-Time and Gospel music. Nationally and internationally known acoustic music groups are billed for March including The Seldom Scene, Longview, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and more. (more…)
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Posted in People, tagged gospel, Sister Rosetta Tharpe on December 20, 2008 |
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the pioneering gospel musician and instrumentalist, finally has a gravestone marking her resting place at Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia. Since her passing in 1973, the gravesite of Sister Rosetta had been a barren plot lacking any memorial. Today, a beautiful, rose-colored monument bears respect to one of America’s most influential artists of the 20th Century.
Sister Rosetta’s monument was partially funded by a benefit concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on January 11, 2008, that featured performances by gospel and spiritual music legends: The Dixie Hummingbirds, Odetta, Marie Knight, Willa Ward, The Johnny Thompson Singers, and The Huff Singers. Additional financial contributions were provided by Philadelphia’s Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
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