Tufts Alum Gregg Kallor, A00, has recently released a CD entitled A Single Noon. Kallor started playing the piano as a toddler and before high school graduation he had already performed at the White House and toured Europe twice. As a double major in American studies and music while at Tufts, Kallor had the opportunity to further sharpen his skills.
Since graduating from Tufts, Kallor moved to New York to pursue music. In 2007, he had the opportunity to play his New York concert debut in Carnegie’s Hall Weill Recital Hall. Kallor’s most recent Carnegie Hall concert, in 2011, featured the first premiere of A Single Noon. He won the Aaron Copland Award for Composition which gave him the opportunity to live in Rock Hill, Aaron Copland’s restored, longtime New York home and take time to focus on his creative work, free from distractions and other professional responsibilities.
Unlike his first album, There’s a Rhythm, which featured his jazz trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott, his newest album is a nine-movement suite for solo piano. It is told through a combination of composed music and jazz improvisation. A Single Noon was inspired by Kallor’s life in New York – the music represents moments of caffeinated bliss, embarrassing subway mishaps, the buzzing energy of a city driven by dynamic, thoughtful, talented and slightly crazy individuals.
This year’s competitors were Waldo, CheddaSK, Bad and Blue, Indian Twin and Jay Roth and judges included Jonah Ollman, Cooper Loughlin and Stevie Wolf. The Tufts Concert Board posted photos of the battle on their Facebook page.
So who was the winner of this year’s battle of the bands?!? Jay Roth, the indie rock solo project of Justin Roth, will be the 2013 Spring Fling opener! The band’s lineup includes Justin Roth A15, Vocals; Melissa Weikart A16, Vocals; Chris Penny A15, Guitar; Peter Stone A15, Guitar; Zach Sogard A16, Keys; Tyler Corey A14, Bass; and Jonathan Gilad A15, Drums.
Congratulations to Jay Roth and good luck at your Spring Fling Performance!
Two Tufts Students, Danielle Feerst, A16, and Isabella Slaby, A15, are currently raising funds for their business, AutismSees. They are working to create an iOS app for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The goal of the app is to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to improve their social skills, personal presentation skills, and leadership development.
The app has a range of important features, such as using the device’s camera in order to give video feedback to the user. Any text can be imported into the app and visual cues will be embedded to make the user look up at a pair of eyes on the top of the screen, as many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders have difficulty with making eye-contact.
The part of their app they are currently raising funds for is “Text to Speech” technology. Basically, software will be embedded in the displayed text in order to detect vocal intonation, mispronunciations and timing of the user’s speech. This feature will help individuals to improve pronunciation, respond to questions on time and build vocabulary.
Watch the video below to see Danielle and Isabella discuss more details about their app and why they believe it can improve many lives:
The Tufts Jumbo Jugglers recently held a performance as a chance for the Tufts community to come see the amazing skills that these Jumbos refine every week. The group practices a variety of styles and techniques, including balls, contact staff, clubs, rings and devil sticks.
Their performance included guest acts by Vassar College’s Barefoot Monkeys, an acrobatic duo, and Cirque de Light, a local performing duo.
Watch the videos below for a taste of what Tufts’ juggler’s can do and click here for more videos:
Tufts Cycling is now on Tumblr!
The group, made up of both road and mountain bikers, will post photos and videos from their races and other team rides on the new Tumblr. Pictures from the Rutgers race weekend and the Men’s A Circuit Race at the Philly Phlyer are up now - check them out!
March 15 was “Match Day,” when fourth-year medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine gathered to learn where they will do their residency training following graduation. Nearly 200 doctors-in-training were in attendance, as well as their families, friends and the university community. Each was eager to receive the envelope which would contain the results of their match.
This year was the first time Tufts medical students were matched into a program called the “Maine Track” which is a partnership between Tufts University and Maine Medical Center for students interested in careers in rural areas.
Watch the video below to learn more about Match Day and see some of the excited students receive their matches.
Onstage & Backstage, a blog from the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, published a Q&A with Tufts alumnus and former Beelzebub Deke Sharon, A91, about his love for and career in a cappella music.
Sharon talked about what drew him to a cappella:
[The beelzebubs] came and sang at my high school and it just changed my life. I was like ‘what is this? This is the greatest thing in the world!’ Up on stage there was all this energy, all these sounds, layers of voices.
He also spoke about the most rewarding aspect of writing a cappella music:
It gets really exciting and interesting because while a voice can only make one sound at a time, it’s actually able to create a wider range of sounds than any instrument and it’s also able to span musical styles in a way that instruments really can’t.
Recently, Sharon co-authored the book A Cappella Arranging, which is essentially a textbook for a cappella writing for every vocal arranger whether amateur or professional.
Check out the video below of Sharon as he gives his opinions on a cappella dos and don’ts: