Mixing it up musically

first_imgSpector agrees. “It’s been really cool to sort of help create this program,” she says. “I was so excited that it launched just in time for me to take it. I wanted a liberal arts experience, but I also wanted music, and not just classical.” In addition to her violin work, Spector (a voice principal at Berklee) plays guitar and piano, and has taken songwriting classes on both sides of the river. “It’s a nice mix of performance, composition, and the more scholarly work, which I really enjoy,” she says. “There are definitely clashes and challenges. But there are times when it all lines up nicely.”Spector’s solution to the crosstown back-and-forth has been to dig her old bike out of her family’s garage. “It’s the best thing ever,” she says. “I can stuff my books into my guitar case and ride across the river with it on my back. I can be totally independent, do my own thing.”But even more than the independence, Spector says the biggest advantage of the dual-degree program is the chance to enjoy two vibrant communities.“The biggest value of any institution is the people,” she says. “I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people at both places. It’s really helping me grow as a student and a performer.” Students can pursue bachelor of arts and master’s in five-year program Harvard and Berklee to offer dual degree Avanti Nagral, a junior psychology and global health concentrator, is similarly relishing the chance to explore Harvard’s intellectual resources on many different subjects. But she’s also been impressed — even amazed — by the caliber of talent and dedication of her fellow students at Berklee. “It’s great to walk into a room and know that maybe 80 percent of the people there are talented and committed,” she says. “You can’t find that at very many other places.”Nagral is a singer-songwriter whose most recent single, “The Other Side,” draws on her experience of living between two worlds: Boston and her hometown of Mumbai, and now Harvard Square and Back Bay. “I remember sitting and reading a neuroscience textbook while I waited for a private lesson at Berklee,” she says with a laugh. “People didn’t know why I was looking at pictures of a brain. But I’m interested in all of it.”Nagral and her fellow students admit that the logistics of pursuing a dual degree can be challenging: “I spend my life on the 1 bus,” Nagral says. But the experiences also inform each other. Nagral has used the techniques she has picked up from private instruction at Berklee in her work as a peer speaking tutor at Harvard, helping other students prepare for speeches and presentations by coaching them on stage presence and body language. “I’ll always start with a vocal warm-up,” she says. “I want them to understand that the voice is more than just words.”Nagral also finds ways to make her Harvard coursework applicable to her music. In the negotiation and conflict-management course she took this fall, she tailored some assignments to deal with contractual and legal issues in the music industry. She also convinced her professor in a gender studies seminar to accept an original song for her final class project.“My experiences definitely inform each other,” she says. “And my classes at Berklee have given me the vocabulary for some things I was already trying in my own music. It’s been great to have these practical skills — creating lead sheets, for example — and also to be asked good questions like, ‘What’s your purpose as an artist?’ I don’t always have an answer, but it’s well worth thinking about.”,“How You Gonna Hate” by 21CC (featuring Jenny Baker and Eric Tarlin) PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Two degrees, two colleges, two worldsAdjusting to University life is a challenge for any entering student. But for a handful of students enrolled in Harvard College’s dual-degree program with Berklee College of Music, the challenges — and the joys — are twofold.“I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect,” says sophomore Jenny Baker, a singer-songwriter and sociology concentrator. She’s taking advantage of the program to dive deeply into her passions: not only music, but gender studies, social and political inequalities, and criminal justice reform.“I’m so excited about the chance to tap into Harvard’s resources, and Berklee’s too,” says Baker. “There’s such a different energy at both places.”The five-year program, launched in 2016, allows students to pursue a bachelor of arts (A.B.) degree at Harvard and a master of music (M.M.) or master of arts (M.A.) at Berklee at the same time. During their first three years, students pursue a degree in the concentration of their choice at Harvard and take private instruction at Berklee. At the end of their third year, students complete an audition and interview to confirm their readiness for the Berklee master’s program. The fourth year focuses on completing all Harvard requirements, and the fifth year on the requirements for the M.M. or M.A.This fall, Baker was part of both Berklee’s Mixed Pop Styles ensemble and Harvard’s 21 Colorful Crimson, a group of undergraduates in the class of 2021 who create and perform an eclectic mix of music. “There are a lot more musicians at Harvard than I expected,” she says. Going over to Berklee for rehearsals and classes allows her to dive into vocal technique and the experience of performing in an ensemble. She is also interested in other aspects of music, including songwriting, music law, and the challenges faced by artists’ managers. Back at Harvard, she’s taking classes on subjects such as mass incarceration, U.S. immigration policy, and feminist political thought. “I’m interested in doing policy work one day,” she says. “But I’m also dedicated to my music.”,“The Other Side” by Avanti Nagral PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Voicing their differences PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Related Sophomore and saxophonist Eric Tarlin agrees. “I’m interested in music tech and music performance, but the liberal arts aspect of the program is really important to me,” he says. “I think that foundation is vital to becoming a thinking adult. So I’ve been thrilled to dig into liberal arts classes and music classes at Harvard, and then private lessons and ensembles and some other classes at Berklee.”Although the students enjoy the range of opportunities, they admit it can be tough to juggle not only the scheduling but the different approaches to music.“There’s a lot more structured classical music at Harvard,” says violinist and music concentrator Emily Spector, a sophomore who also participates in classical ensembles at Harvard. Tarlin, who plays in Harvard’s jazz band, points to the department’s emphasis on musicology, “very different” from the broad range of musically focused disciplines at Berklee. But, he says, the two approaches make for a fascinating give-and-take that is shaping him as a student and a musician.,“When the Highway Ends” by Emily Spector Diversity elevates student group 21 Colorful Crimson: ‘Music is universal and it has no boundaries’ The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Markovic is improving – Rodgers

first_img Liverpool need a good performance against the in-form Gunners, who have scored four goals in their last two matches in the Premier League and Europe. They have scored just seven goals in eight matches at Anfield in the league this season, goals which have produced just 12 points at home, and they are five points adrift of sixth-placed Arsenal before this weekend’s matches. Having lost to Manchester United last weekend to fall 10 points behind their arch-rivals they can ill-afford another defeat to a top-four contender. Asked what a victory over Arsenal would do for their season, never mind their confidence, Rodgers added: “Internally, it will continue our spirit and our focus. “For us it will good for confidence. But it will be a difficult game. “They are a top side with outstanding players. They did okay at home last week winning 4-1 against Newcastle and they played really well. “They have outstanding players but we will look to focus on ourselves.” Defender Dejan Lovren faces a late test to see whether he has recovered from the groin problem which forced him off against Bournemouth but it seems likely Mamadou Sakho could deputise in a newly-formed back three, which would be his first start in the league since mid-September. Arsene Wenger has hailed the talents of Raheem Sterling ahead of Sunday’s clash. Sterling was influential as Wenger’s Arsenal side lost 5-1 at Anfield in February, scoring twice as the Gunners conceded four times in the opening 20 minutes and their title challenge unravelled. With Luis Suarez now at Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge out through injury, Liverpool have become increasingly reliant on Sterling and Wenger has high regard for the 20-year-old England forward. “I rate him highly, Sterling,” Wenger said. “Everybody speaks about Suarez last year, but let’s not forget Sturridge and Sterling are very, very influential. “I think he is one of the great players in England.” Wenger declined to offer a reason why Liverpool, runners-up in the Premier League last term, are toiling so much this season. “It’s difficult for me to assess our direct opponent, two or three days before,” he said. “I expect to play against a very good team. This season they have a heavy schedule, like we have, playing Champions League games, Premier League games and it’s very demanding.” He is relishing returning to Anfield for the first time since February’s humbling experience. “I have a lot of respect for the crowd at Liverpool, because they stand behind their team,” Wenger added. “There’s a special atmosphere. I remember one day we were leading 5-1 at Liverpool and they were chanting ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. “It’s one of the few grounds in the world where you can see that. “There is a special combination of knowledge of the game at Liverpool and of support of their team. I have a huge respect for that.” That advice backfired when he was sent off just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the club’s Champions League exit against Basle last week after flailing an arm into an opponent’s face. However, employed on the left-hand side of a midfield four, requiring more defensive effort than he is used to, against Bournemouth on Wednesday the 20-year-old impressed and scored his first goal for the club. Press Association Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive. “I thought it was a great finish. I thought he was excellent in a role where we asked different tactical elements from him,” said Rodgers. “His energy and quality was good and he was a real threat for us.” Rodgers added on liverpoolfc.com: “It has taken him a bit of time to get going and we have talked to him about being more aggressive in his game. “In the 15 minutes before he got sent off against Basle – and it was disappointing that he was sent off – because he started really well. That’s the Markovic that we know. “Playing in that role (against Bournemouth) he was outstanding; he was defensively good and pressed the ball at almost all of the right times, so tactically he was very good. “And with the ball his speed and movement was excellent. He has got good quality and is a good footballer. It is pleasing. At 20 years of age, he looks like he is improving all the time.” Markovic cost Liverpool £20million when he moved from Benfica as one of Europe’s brightest talents but he has so far failed to show many glimpses of his potential. The Serbia international will hope he did enough in midweek to retain a place to face Arsenal at home on Sunday. last_img read more

Karela United, Enos Adepa part ways

first_imgKarela United have announced that they and their head coach, Enos Adepa, have parted ways.The announcement was made by the club on Saturday night via a statement issued the team’s management.No official reason was given but the club thanked Adela for his services.The former Ghana Premier League winner joined in Karela in December 2019 to help them navigate the season but results have not been good.Karela have won once in their last 9 league matches and they were 17th on the league log as of the time the league was suspended due to Coronavirus concerns.The club added that it has started the process of finding a replacement to handle the team awaiting the resumption of league football.last_img