Preparing to Change the Game

By 
Jeff Dorenfeld

In recent years, Berklee has created academic institutes to offer students focused studies in specific areas of the contemporary music universe. Currently, there are eight areas of focused study that include Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute, Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, and the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, to name a few.

Commencement 2011

On May 6 and 7, Berklee celebrated the annual right of passage of another class leaving the college with students ready to make their way in the music industry. The 2011 graduating class, 908 strong, celebrated with the traditional commencement concert on the evening of May 6 followed by formal commencement exercises the next morning.

Berklee Beat

Matthew Witek

Drummer Matthew Witek and bassist Katie Thiroux '08 are living in Quito, Ecuador, and teaching at the Instituto de Música Contemporáea.

Joe Matzzie

Composer Joe Matzzie of West Hollywood, CA, founded the company Studio Miracles LLC, which provides technical support and consultation to composers, producers, and songwriters in the Los Angeles area. Visit www.studiomiracles.com.

Ahmad Farzad

Drummer and producer Ahmad Farzad of Brookline, MA, is a corporate relations and logistics coordinator for the 2009 Boston Music Conference. He is currently working with producer Ricky Pena and contributing to MuzikReviews.com.

 

Danny Boselovic

Composer Danny Boselovic of Vienna, VA, was commissioned by the Northern Virginia Dance Company, Mayzsol, to write music for its summer performance in New York. Boselovic and engineer Nick Ditri '08, and Will Forbes '07 established Arkatone Music and provide music for TV shows, including Jesse James Is a Dead ManCrime 360Sports Science, and Strong Men. As the remix duo the Disco Fries, Boselovic and Ditri received platinum plaques for their remix of Flo Rida's hit remix "Sugar" and "Jump" featuring Nelly Furtado. Ditri engineered Fatman Scoop's vocals for the Slaughterhouse debut LP on Koch Records. Visit www.arkatonemusic.com.

 

Alexander Bartolomei

Alexander Bartolomei of Wallingford, PA, is the director of new media at VP Records. He cuts album commercials, bonus DVDs, documentaries, and viral videos. The VP Records roster includes Dennis Brown, Josey Wales, Yellowman, and more. Visit www.vprecords.com.

Alex Terrier

Saxophonist and composer Alex Terrier of New York City released Roundtrip, a collection of original compositions featuring Roy Assaf '05, François Moutin, and Steve Davis. Terrier supports Reef Fest and will give a portion of the sales of his album to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Visit www.alexterriermusic.com.

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