1999 film scoring alumnus K Ishibashi has toured with Sondre Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal, not to mention the splash he made with his previous band, Jupiter One.
A versatile musician, he has found success in many roles: violinist, composer, producer, and now as multi-lingual singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi.
In addition to blending English and Japanese lyrics, Kishi Bashi writes primarily on the violin, and performs all the instruments on his record 151a. A composer with a lush and cinematic sensibility, Kishi Bashi pushes the envelope beyond typical coffeehouse arrangements.
“Ah, the prayers of the millions, how they must fight and destroy each other on their way to the throne of God.”—Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck. (while listening to Jeff Buckley sing “Hallelujah,” no less)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, electro-pop artist Kiesza may be Berklee’s answer to James Bond. The 2011 alumna was a tall-ship sailor, a Miss Universe contestant, and a sniper and codebreaker in the Canadian military before discovering her talent for writing catchy dance anthems.
Now Kiesza can be found performing at festivals around the world, including a concert for 30,000 people in London and the Virgin Mobile USA Music Festival.
Metal Mike Chlasciak—a 1994 alumnus—has performed with many of the darkest names in the metal pantheon, including Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Sebastian Bach, and Axl Rose. He has released several instructional videos; appeared on television shows; penned magazine articles and instructional books; and even authored a literary volume of lyric poetry.
Brace yourself for the face-melting metal of “The One You Love to Hate,” featuring Metal Mike Chlasciak and the legendary Bruce Dickinson, from Halford Live - Rock in Rio 3.
Great website devoted to plot clichés and their resolutions. Sometimes it helps to realize that you’re not that original, and your problems have been solved before. It can help you push through to something that’s new and uniquely your own.
“What creates tension in a piece of fiction is partly the way the concrete words are linked together to make up the visible action of the story. But it’s also the things that are left out, that are implied, the landscape just under the smooth (but sometimes broken and unsettled) surface of things.
V.S. Pritchett’s definition of a short story is “something glimpsed from the corner of the eye, in passing.” […] The short story writer’s task is to invest the glimpse with all that is in his power. He’ll bring his intelligence and literary skill to bear (his talent), his sense of proportion and sense of the fitness of things: of how things out there really are and how he sees those things-like no one else sees them. And this is done through the use of clear and specific language, language used so as to bring to life the details that will light up the story for the reader. For the details to be concrete and convey meaning, the language must be accurate and precisely given. The words can be so precise they may even sound flat, but they can still carry; if used right, they can hit all the notes.”
This is a great conversation-starter article about citizenship from The Atlantic. It posits the idea that abolition of birthright citizenship might be a good thing for the health of the American polity overall.
Big ups to my friend Lesley Mahoney, who nabbed a Glimmer Train honorable mention in the Short Story Award for New Writers. I haven’t yet read her story “The Good Neighbor,” but I’ll keep nagging her until she lets me.
In honor of Lesley’s accomplishment, here is John Boutte’s “Good Neighbor.”