“I was seven years old when Kennedy was shot,” Mackey says. “I was home sick in bed with a cold or something and watching cartoons, and the news broke in with this news flash. Soon after that, I heard the next-door neighbor rush into our apartment, and I heard my mom and this woman just start sobbing. I think that’s the first memory I have of my mother crying. Even then it struck me that here’s this national news event that my mother was taking very personally.&rdqu
Archive – September 2013
Among the usual world-class musical offerings set for our area during the 2013-’14 season, one stands out because of its drama and singularity: Princeton University graduate student Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Partita for Eight Voices,” performed under the auspices of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
Down Beat magazine publishes Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker's article "Modal Approaches to Jazz Composition" in their October 2013 Issue
In a jazz composition master class for Down Beat, the international magazine for Jazz, Blues & Beyond, Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker shares some of the advantages of exploring the rich and unique sound palette associated with the modal harmonic language and notes, "Once you check it out, you’ll be glad you did!!" Dr. Branker's latest CD release on Origin Records is titled Uppity with his ensemble Anthony Branker & Word Play performing his original compositions. The group f