Since Somerville native Matt Glaser’s younger days in Upper East Manhattan, the world renowned violinist and Berklee Professor has worshipped, like many, at the feet of “The Genius.”
“A lot of the music I’ve tried to make has been inspired by Ray Charles” Glaser said. “Its like a flame in the background for me.”
With such a flame as an inspiration, it seemed a no brainer to hold a symposium on the history of American roots music in Charles’s honor. A man who so effectively and eloquently tied the different forms of rural American music together.
The three day symposium, Inspired by Ray, to be held Sept 21-23 at Berklee College of Music, will be a mix of presentations and performances, from discussions on Charles’s involvement in both the black and blind community, to performances by many world renowned musicians who have crossed paths with Charles or his music in some form or another.