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PODCAST: Life After Berklee—Donny McCaslin '88 on Recording with David Bowie

February 10, 2016

Last year saxophonist Donny McCaslin '88 and his jazz quartet were enlisted by David Bowie H'99 to record what became Bowie's 25th and final album, Blackstar. Just weeks after the album's release and the shock of Bowie's death, McCaslin talks about recording with Bowie and longtime producer Tony Visconti.

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Living Colour and Drummer Will Calhoun '86 on Fire at Berklee

January 1, 2016

Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun '86, shares advice for Berklee students, thoughts on the drums from a global perspective, and blazing chops throughout a clinic at David Friend Recital Hall.

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DIY Creativity Shapes Alumna's Career in U.S., India

December 16, 2015

Singer-songwriter and alumna Zoya is finding success in her native India and the United States with her signature folk fusion that combines elements of pop and Northern Indian music with varied, unusual instrumentation.

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Lil John Roberts '92 with students in the Shames Family Scoring Stage, December 9, 2015

Drummer "Lil' John" Roberts '92 Meets and Performs with Students

December 14, 2015

On break in the midst of touring with Janet Jackson, drummer and producer Lil John Roberts '92 visited Berklee to perform and speak with students.

 

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PODCAST: Victor Prieto '02

November 2, 2015

An alumnus from the Galician region of Spain is single-handedly putting the accordion on the map in the jazz world.

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Berklee Alumni Build Careers, Connections in Brooklyn

August 21, 2015

For the better part of the last decade, Berklee alumni artists, engineers, producers, songwriters, and venue owners are among the graduates who have sown deep roots in Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. 

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Students jamming at So.i.Heard House of Music

New Lessons: Berklee Alumni Craft the Future of Music Education

August 10, 2015

Several Berklee alumni have taken their experience with the Berklee way of learning into the world of private music lessons in order to find new ways to innovate and build on that traditional model.

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Jamie Scott, Julian Bunetta '01 and John Ryan '10 at the 2014 BMI London Awards, honored for their song "Story of My Life"

Alumni Julian Bunetta '01 and John Ryan '10 Propel One Direction to No. 1

August 9, 2015

Julian Bunetta '01 and John Ryan '10 had a hand in shaping the songs and sounds on the last  three record-breaking albums from the English-Irish pop group, One Direction, with another album in the works.

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Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

Alumni Behind Scenes and Sounds on Summer’s Blockbusters

August 6, 2015

Berklee alumni are once again playing key music and sound roles on many of this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Advice for Berklee Students from Alumni in the Film Industry

August 6, 2015

Alumni working on music and sound for some of this summer’s biggest blockbuster films reflect on their time at Berklee and share tips for students interested in working in the industry.

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Alissia '14

Alissia ‘14: Can’t Fake the Funk

July 21, 2015

Five years ago, Alissia ’14 was a student shooting for a scholarship to Berklee at the Umbria Jazz Festival. Now, the Berklee graduate and rising sensation is bringing her fresh brand of modern funk to tens of thousands from the festival’s stage.

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Sound designer/editor Eugene Gearty '82 (second from left) at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.

For Sound Designer/Editor Eugene Gearty '82, Creativity Is Essential to Any Industry Career

July 21, 2015

Oscar- and Emmy-winning sound designer/editor Eugene Gearty '82 (Hugo, Boardwalk Empire) visited his alma mater earlier this year to speak with students about his 30-year career in sound on nearly 100 films including Life of Pi, The Departed, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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Imagine Dragons (left to right, Daniel Wayne Sermon '09 Dan Reynolds, Daniel Platzman '11, Ben McKee ' ) speaking with students July 1, 2015 at TD Garden.

Imagine Dragons Bring Students Behind the Scenes on Smoke and Mirrors Tour

July 21, 2015

Before a packed show at the TD Garden on July 1, Imagine Dragons gave a group of Berklee students a behind-the-scenes look at the production of its major worldwide Smoke and Mirrors Tour.

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Bette Midler's core touring band in the Shames Family Scoring Stage

Touring Musicians Panel: Bette Midler Band Visits Berklee

June 19, 2015

A panel of expert musicians including guitarist Tariqh Akoni ’91 and percussionist Taku Hirano ’95 gave students insight into the music industry while in Boston for a Bette Midler concert at the TD Garden.

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DaNiiVORY performing alongside Beyoncé.

DANiiVORY ‘08: From CeeLo to the Super Bowl with Beyoncé

May 11, 2015

Born Theresa Danielle Flaminio, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter DANiiVORY '08, who has toured with Beyoncé, CeeLo Green, and Imagine Dragons, sets out on her own.

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Nikki Glaspie '05

Nikki Glaspie '05: Beyoncé and Beyond

May 11, 2015

After a five-year stint drumming with Beyoncé right out of Berklee, alumna Nikki Glaspie breaks out on her own with the Nth Power.

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PODCAST: Holiday Mountain

May 7, 2015

Holiday Mountain, an Austin-based psych dub pop trio formed at Berklee in 2011, was recently featured in Spin magazine and is currently on tour in support of its EP, You Be You, Part One. 

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'Mad Men' Composer David Carbonara Got Seduced by Film Scoring at Berklee

May 7, 2015

David Carbonara '85 has scored all seven seasons of Mad Men, which is in its final run on AMC for the second half of its seventh, and last, season

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Pianist and Composer Mina Yu' 12

PODCAST: Mina Yu '12

April 21, 2015

Jazz pianist and composer Mina Yu '12, a native of Korea now based in New York, releases her debut album Papa's Records.

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PODCAST: Curtin

April 6, 2015

The debut album from Brooklyn-bred duo Curtin, One for the Doghearted, features Berklee alumni Sweeney Tidball ’03 and Andrew Tracy ’04, who also handled mixing, as well as Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

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