Posts Tagged music

A Single Noon – Gregg Kallor

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.

Watch the music video below for the first single ‘Espresso Nirvana.’

For more information and updates on Kallor, like his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

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Magic Man Climbs the Charts

Tufts graduate and musician, Alex Caplow, A12, is reaping the fruits of his labor with the release of  Magic Man‘s new single, “Paris.”

This single is quickly captivating music lovers everywhere and has even proven its worth on Hype Machine, a music discovery site that compiles the songs music bloggers write about into feeds and playlists. One of their playlists, “Popular Now ranks the top tracks on the site based on how many likes each song received. According to the Last.fm blog, Magic Man reached the coveted #2 spot on the “Popular Now” list with more than 1,640 listens and 1,260 likes in less then a week.

Magic Man began as Caplow and his friend’s side project while at Tufts and has since grown into a 5-piece group. Like what you hear? You can download the single here and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tufts Does the Harlem Shake

The first Harlem Shake video went viral in early February and since then countless groups – from students to companies to puppies – have remade their own versions of this internet meme. All over Tufts campuses various Tufts students have been contributing to this latest craze.

Check out these two Tufts Harlem Shake videos:

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The Robot that Played the Violin

For Professor Rogers’ Introductory Robotics and Mechatronics (ME 84) class, students were required to design a robot to play a musical instrument.

Upon hearing their assignment, Emmanuel Runes, E13, Alexander Metzger, E13, Brad Nakanishi, E13, Bronson Wongkew, E14, and Nate Goldsberry, E13, decided to challenge themselves and take on the violin. Why is the violin a challenge, you ask? “Basically, the difficulty is not only being able to hit the various strings for pitch difference, which by itself can be a difficult problem, but the hardest issue is the bowing motion: you need to apply the correct amount of force and correct amount of speed for bowing because too slow or fast causes squeaking from the violin and negatively affects the sound,” explains Metzeger.

After more than 130 hours working on the project, the group debuted their masterpiece at a special Robot Concer in Distler Performance Hall on December 6. Check out the fruits of their labor in the video below!

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Tufts Gospel Choir: “I Got A Reason”

The Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir performed its fall show on November 16. The Gospel Choir is one of Tufts’ largest student music groups, and its performances are always spirited, joyous, and fun. Tufts students of all backgrounds and singing abilities are invited to join the Gospel Choir each semester. The group meets  on Friday afternoons to sing a variety of choral works from the African American tradition of religious music.

Check out this video of the 2012 Gospel Choir performing “I Got A Reason”:

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Tufts Chamber Singers Perform “Simpson Romantic Songs”

The Tufts Chamber Singers, an ensemble run through Tufts’ Music Department that performs canonical compositions along with more contemporary arrangements, decided to add some playful humor to its most recent show. The performance featured a rendition of composer Paul Crabtree’s “Simpson Romantic Songs,”  series of love poems, set to sweeping, dramatic music, that tell the trials and woes experienced by our favorite animated family from Springfield.

Crabtree, a noted contemporary composer and avid Simpson’s fan, noticed that his favorite American TV staple is chock-full of emotional messages, and decided to set them to music. So when the ensemble sings of love, forgiveness, and personal expression, they’re turning the seemingly silly words of Homer, Marge, and Bart into deep messages that resonate with us all.

Check out this video from the performance:

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Japanese Culture Club: “Discover Japan Through Music”

On November 1, the Tufts Japanese Culture Club hosted an event entitled “Discover Japan Through Music.” The Club invited noted Japanese musicians to share their musical talents with the Tufts community. The performance featured traditional Japanese music, as well as “J Pop” (Japanese Pop), and the performers impressed the audience by their use of unique instruments, including the shakuhachi (a Japanese bamboo flute) and the koto (a Japanese string instrument).

In the Made in Medford video, Japanese Culture Club co-president May Igawa, A13, introduces the performance and gives some background on the featured performers. Check out the video here.

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The Rare Occasions: “Miss Mary Mack”

The Rare Occasions, a band featuring students from Tufts and Berklee College of Music, has released a music video for “Miss Mary Mack,” a track off of their “Demo Recordings” EP. The band has performed at several on-campus events and continues to be at the forefront of the Tufts student music scene. Last spring, they won Tufts’ Battle of the Bands, which gave them the opportunity to open for Guster and Lupe Fiasco at Spring Fling. Check out the music video below!

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Engineers Make Music

Students in Professor Chris Rogers’ Introduction to Robotics class are having some fun in the classroom! Rogers, who works at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), is working with students to make musical instruments out of LEGO NXT equipment. This is LEGO engineering technology at its finest  and it produces some impressive digital music, too!

Watch the video below, and learn more about LEGO NXT technology here:

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Former Bubs work on “Pitch Perfect”

Pitch Perfect, an edgy new film about college a cappella, hits the big screen next week. When you hear the film’s fun mashups and rockin’ tunes, know that two former Jumbos are behind the movie’s unique soundtrack–Ed Boyer and Deke Sharon, former members of the Tufts Beelzebubs, collaborated on Pitch Perfect’s pop rhythms and bubble gum remixes. Boyer, who did the musical arrangements for Glee’s Warblers, and Sharon, who is often considered a leader in the a cappella community, worked to make Pitch Perfect’s unique mash-ups into a cappella masterpieces. And with a star-studded cast–including Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow–Pitch Perfect is all about showcasing vocal talent: It’s a grown-up Glee, of sorts. Make sure to check it out on October 5th!

Here’s the cast performing an a cappella mash-up of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way you Are” and Nelly’s “Just a Dream”:

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