What Have We Done So Far
University of Miami / Frost School of Music
Gunther Schuller: A Life in Music (SCORE Magazine, University of Miami)
Not many musicians can boast of playing under the baton of masters such as Arturo Toscanini, Frederic “Fritz” Reiner, and Pierre Monteux and having recorded with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. But also being a teacher, a record producer, publisher, and arts administrator -- all while also composing symphonic works, chamber music, and developing an overarching musical concept called Third Stream, a term coined to define a fusion of European classical music and jazz. And then, consider receiving a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Pulitzer Prize in composition, three GRAMMYs, and enough awards and honorary degrees to fill a few shelves. For mere mortals, it’s a mind-boggling proposition.
Then again, there is only one Gunther Schuller.
Dave Holland: Passing it On (SCORE Magazine, University of Miami)
Holland’s weeklong residency included lectures and masterclasses as well as rehearsals for a September concert during which he performed his music with the Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Septet. Watching Holland interact with students—always calm, understated, organized, clear of purpose, and patient—it’s easy to forget that his “day job” for most of his career has been primarily stage and studio.
When asked about the impact of the residency, bassist Charles “Chuck” Bergeron, a lecturer in jazz and musicology at the Frost School and faculty mentor for the school’s Stamps Jazz Quintet, didn’t hesitate: “A lot more practicing—by the students and the faculty.”
Dafnis Prieto and Gonzalo Rubalcaba Taking Music Mastery From the Stage to the Classroom (SCORE Magazine, University of Miami)
The addition of drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba to the faculty at the Frost School of Music — both originally from Cuba, both much-decorated artists— put a spotlight on Latin jazz in general and Afro-Cuban music in particular.
But that’s only part of their story.