Berklee College of Music
Voices and Visions from the U.S. and Scotland
The FUSION eBook presents an impressive display of creative talents, from students to featured artists with global reputations.
Jazz trumpeter and painter, Berklee professor Tiger Okoshi, has given us three vibrant watercolors. Tiger writes, “When I play my trumpet, my horn is my brush, high/low, fast/slow, bright/dark. I paint the air one note at a time.”
This special edition includes “The Scottish feature.” The people of Scotland vote this year in a special referendum to decide their nation’s future: to secede from the United Kingdom and become an independent country for the first time in centuries, or determine that they are “Better Together,” as part of the UK, alongside England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The world is watching as the Scots debate sovereignty and what it means to be Scottish. We do not presume to offer an opinion from Boston. We simply take this opportunity to highlight some of Scotland’s greatest writers and artists.
The book also includes gifted writers not from Scotland, including Major Jackson, a Guggenheim Fellow, and Lynne Potts, AGNI Poetry Editor and winner of the 2012 National Poetry Review Prize.
As part of our commitment to “Global Art, Words, and Music,” FUSION’s Translation Initiative pairs international writers with native English speakers, resulting in fine translations and a celebration of diverse cultures. We include here poems translated from Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Old Balinese.
One of our Scottish contributors, Douglas Dunn, was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2013.
Photographer Michael Russell is Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Government. His photographs provide an authentic perspective on the western constituency of Argyll & Bute, which he represents in the Scottish Parliament.
The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have more than 50 of Norman McBeath’s photographic portraits in their permanent collections.
BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson contributed an essay on co-creating Celtic Connections: Glasgow’s Annual Folk, Roots and World Music Festival.
This eBook edition is a rich exchange by extraordinary writers and artists on both sides of the Atlantic. We hope you enjoy the book and invite you to share your thoughts when visiting us at fusionmagazine.org/
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