Here are some select clippings from the past week showing the variety of hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. Note: Some links may have expired.)
(Broadway World 04/08/2018)
A graduate of The Eastman School of Music, Charles studied composition with Aaron Copland, and Nadia Boulanger. Like most composers, he found himself playing in bar rooms and strip-clubs (a particular boon for one who was to write the music for the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s). Having …
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s 56th annual composers award will be given to Kevin Puts at Saturday’s two concerts at the Fulton Theatre.
Like many of his predecessors, Puts, 46, is a leading contemporary composer of classical music. And like some, he is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
He earned both his bachelor’s and doctor of musical art degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His master’s degree came from Yale University. …
Gap Mangione then struck out on his own with the album Diana in the Autumn Wind, which featured future greats Steve Gadd and Tony Levin, both of whom studied at the Eastman School of Music.
“People assume because of the Eastman school there are so many great Jazz players in this area, actually the Jazz players were here and the good news is a lot of the people who were involved with the Eastman School of Music discovered that and connected themselves with those players who were here,” Mangione said. …
The project, which consisted of eight songs (all music and lyrics written and arranged by Christina Custode) put Custode on the singer/songwriter map and heralded as an excellent start to a long and promising career. Custode is a graduate from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, …
(The Heights 04/08/2018)
In fact, the principal investigator at the Harvard Music Lab, Samuel Mehr, never imagined he would find himself involved in this sort of work, let alone in the world of academia.
In the early days of Mehr’s research, he would apportion his time almost equally to lab work and music gigs on the side. Yet, music was still a first love for him. He recalls a family story of him matching notes played on the piano to the sounds of recycling trucks as they drove in reverse up the street. After carrying this passion through middle school and high school as both a pianist and a wind instrument player, he received a degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. His pivot into research was in response to his desire to understand how people used music in daily life, the acoustics of music production in informal settings, and the long-term effects of the use of music in the home on parent and infant health.
(Radio Prague 04/07/2018)
Many musical projects have noteworthy origin stories. But Dálava’s is truly one of a kind. Julia Úlehla and her musical and life partner Aram Bajakian began performing ancient Moravian folk songs – which they hadn’t heard – after happening upon them in a book named Živá píseň (Living Song). It had been compiled in the early 20th century by the former’s great-grandfather Vladimír Úlehla, a remarkable polymath.
Dálava are based in Canada but have a very international background. Úlehla, whose father left Czechoslovakia in 1968, spent time with a song-focused theatre company in Italy after training as an opera singer at the famous
Bruneian woman makes her mark in US film music industry
(Borneo Bulletin Online 04/08/2018)
A YOUNG woman from Brunei Darussalam has become the first from the country to work in the film music industry in the United States (US) of America.
Aisyah binti Zulkarnain, 22, composes music for visual media, mainly for films. She graduated from the University of Rochester, New York in May last year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Studio Arts. …
“Before I left for the States, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in film music. While the music degree at the University of Rochester covered a more general curriculum, I enrolled in specialty courses at the university and at the Eastman School of Music to focus on music composition and film music.
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