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    INSPIRED BY RAY: The Ray Charles Symposium presented by the American Roots Music Program at Berklee

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    September 21 - September 23, 2012


    INSPIRED BY RAY: The Ray Charles Symposium presented by the American Roots Music Program at Berklee

    Presented by the Berklee American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music in collaboration with the Ray Charles Foundation.

    Ray Charles is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest geniuses in all of American music. In this artistic and academic symposium we will use Charles as a prism through which to examine, discuss, and celebrate various aspects of American musical life.

    This conference will approach a variety of topics that any serious consideration of Charles raises: the musical substance of his work (including his singing, piano playing, and arranging); his choice of repertoire; the relationship between his performances and earlier versions of the same songs; the relationship between jazz, blues, gospel, and country music in the United States; the nature of individual musical genius in a societal context; and reflections on the transformative power of creativity.

    Who is invited?
    We anticipate that this symposium will interest a wide range of people, including performers, music journalists, scholars, musicologists, sociologists, psychologists, and others.

    Symposium format:
    The three-day program will include panel discussions, individual presentations, and concerts.

    Call for creative contributions:
    In an effort to expand the conventional academic discourse, this Berklee symposium welcomes a variety of creative submissions: papers, topics for panel discussions, performances, musical works, and more.

    For more information and to submit a proposal, contact Matt Glaser, artistic director of the American Roots Music Program, or Joe Walsh, managing director of the American Roots Music Program.
    (617) 747-2296

    Admission Info:

    $100 includes access to all panels and a ticket for the closing night concert featuring John Scofield, Raul Midón, and Johnny Mathis with Berklee students and faculty members.

    Registration will open summer 2012.

    General Day and Time Info:

    Friday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00 pm
    Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Phone: (617) 747-2296

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