Profiles

JODY SPERLING ’92: DANCING IN THE ARCTIC

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-+*When choreographer Jody Sperling ’92 traveled to the Arctic Ocean last spring to find inspiration for her upcoming stage piece, she planned to dance on the planet’s dwindling northern icescape. Near the start of her 43-day journey aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, she wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate, as low clouds…

IMPROVISING A LIFE IN MUSIC: TAYLOR HO BYNUM ’98, MA’05

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-+*Musicians of the 21st century face unique challenges. For better or worse, affordable home recording, digital distribution, illegal downloading, and low-paying streaming services have irreversibly changed the business. Recorded music is no longer a significant source of income. The old rules no longer apply, but new ones have not yet been written. It can be…

RADIO’S BREAKFAST CLUB: ANGELA YEE ’97 SERVES IT HOT

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-+*    By Jessie Schiewe ’10 “Don’t screw this up,” Jay-Z joked when he bumped into Angela Yee ’97 in the hallway. She laughed—she’d known Jay-Z for years and was used to his quips—but still, he was right. Oh man, she remembers thinking, the pressure is really on now. It had been a little over…

WE GOT THE BEATS: LUKE WOOD ’91 AND BOZOMA SAINT JOHN ‘99

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-+*By Mike Sembos Beats Electronics was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. With smart design, premium audio, and eclectic marketing techniques, Beats connects with a young, cutting-edge generation of music listeners in ways the established audio companies are too out-of-touch to consider.…

IAN GARRICK-BETHELL ’02 TAKES A MOON SHOT

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-+*Ian Garrick-Bethell ’02 wants to get you pumped about the moon. One way he might do this is to send a small piece of you up there. Garrick-Bethell, a professor of planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and colleagues are inviting members of the public to submit a single hair, along with…

MUSICAL SCORED BY TRASK ’89 BECOMES A BROADWAY HIT

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-+*A revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical with a score by Stephen Trask ’89 and a book by John Cameron Mitchell, opened at the historic Belasco Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews this past April. In June, the show received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in…

COLLECTING HISTORY: KEVIN STRAIT ’97

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-+*Kevin Strait ’97 collects things: old hats, small tools, rusted shackles, dog-eared photographs, Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, the P-Funk Mothership …  those sorts of things. Their common thread is that they will all be part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), due to open in 2016 on the National Mall…

WEAR THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE: ALOK APPADURAI ’00

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-+*By Todd Stone ’05.  Alok Appadurai ’00 recently said that for most everything he has done professionally, he’s been able to take out his business card, look anybody in the eye, and say: “This is the work I do and I’m proud of it.” Appadurai can say this with extra confidence these days, because he…