News from the Institute

PODCAST: Tonina Saputo

March 21, 2017

Student Tonina Saputo has been part of the Mediterranean Music Institute's Refugio del Sonido project, was selected as one of Univision's U-LAB artists, and will perform in Spain's Ellas Crean Festival. Here's a track off her upcoming first album. 

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Kurdish Vocalist Aynur to Receive MMI Award as Institute Launches Women in Action Initiative

March 8, 2017

At its annual spring concert, on March 16, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) will honor Kurdish musician Aynur with this year’s Master of Mediterranean Music Award and, at the same time, launch its Women in Action initiative, which seeks to raise awareness of female artists and to promote gender equality in the Mediterranean music scene.

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Univision and Javier Limón Unveil First U-Lab Emerging Artists

March 3, 2017

U-LAB, a partnership between Univision and Berklee's Javier Limón to support new musical talent, recently announced its "first class of emerging artists" are Marianella "Nella" Rojas B.M. 15, Desmond "D.J." Scaife Jr. B.M. '16, and current Berklee student Tonina Saputo.

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UNESCO Artist for Peace to Visit Berklee's Valencia Campus and Perform in Casa Árabe Concert

March 1, 2017

The Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) and Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, will join Casa Árabe in celebrating its 10 anniversary at a concert featuring Iraqi composer and oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma on March 12 at Madrid's Teatros de Canal. 

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Christiane Karam

February 28, 2017

In this episode of Inside Berklee, Christiane Karam B.M. '03, an associate professor in the Voice Department, talks about her musical journey in exploring ways that different cultures intersect and find common ground, and how this journey, in part, led her to found the Middle Eastern Festival, now in its ninth year.

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MMI Recordings Launches 'Mediant Collective'

November 21, 2016

The Mediterranean Music Institute launches their fall 2016 MMI recording, featuring student band the Mediant Collective.

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Slideshow: Refugio del Sonido Concert Addresses Refugee Crisis

October 20, 2016

As part of its Refugio del Sonido project, which aims to spread awareness of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) recently presented its annual concert to a sold-out hall at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain.

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Berklee Alumni and Faculty Nominated for 2016 Latin Grammy Awards

October 7, 2016

Twelve Berklee alumni and one faculty member received 14 Latin Grammy Award nominations for producing, mixing, engineering, and songwriting across five categories.

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Berklee Students, Alumni Perform on Flamenco Album Nominated for a Latin Grammy

September 22, 2016

José Mercé's 2016 album, Doy La Cara, is nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album. It was produced by Mediterranean Music Institute Artistic Director Javier Limón and features nine current or former Berklee students. 

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Berklee's MMI and Iberia Take Paco de Lucía's Guitar on Tour and Create Documentary, Scholarship

June 28, 2016

La Guitarra Vuela (The Guitar Flies) was produced by Javier Limón of Berklee’s Mediterranean Music Institute in cooperation with Iberia airlines, which sponsored not only a trip but also documentary and two full scholarships for guitarists from Spain or Latin America to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

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El País: The Melody of Exile

May 20, 2016

A group of students who fled war-torn countries recorded four albums under the direction of Javier Limón as a tribute to the millions of refugees around the globe, and to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

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The Mediant Collective on Tour This Summer

May 17, 2016

With the support of the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute, The Mediant Collective band will tour in June 2016, performing more than 10 concerts and offering three clinics in Spain, Greece, Israel, and Turkey. 

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Slideshow: A Roma Berklee Night

April 21, 2016

To mark International Roma Day on April 8, Berklee's Mediterranean Music Institute and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University joined forces to address issues facing the Roma community in Europe and to celebrate its culture.

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Flamenco Legend Pepe de Lucía Receives Mediterranean Music Award

November 17, 2015

Flamenco singer and composer Pepe de Lucía receives the Master of Mediterranean Music Award in the Mediterranean Roots Festival in Valencia.

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Mediterranean Music Institute Holds First Mediterranean Roots Festival

November 16, 2015

The Mediterranean Roots Festival (Festival Raíces del Mediterráneo), produced by the Mediterranean Music Institute and Berklee’s Valencia campus, held concerts on October 29 and 30 that celebrated the musical heritage of the Mediterranean area and its fusions.

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Inaugural Mediterranean Roots Festival to Be Held in Valencia, Spain, October 29-30

September 30, 2015

The Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute and Berklee's Valencia, Spain, campus present the Festival Raíces del Mediterráneo (Mediterranean Roots Festival).

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The Vasilis Kostas Quartet Tours Greece

July 11, 2015

In collaboration with the Mediterranean Music Institute, composer, laouto, and guitar player, student Vasilis Kostas toured Greece with his band, the Vasilis Kostas Quartet.

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Javier Limón Performs at Mediterranée International Festival in Israel

July 2, 2015

Javier Limón, MMI's artistic director, performs at the Mediterranée International Festival of Music in Ashdod, Israel with alumni pianist Tal Even Tzur and recorder player Tali Rubinstein, harmonica player Antonio Serrano, and special guest singer-songwriter David Broza.  

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Vasilis Kostas Quartet on Tour in Greece this Month

June 3, 2015

Laouto and guitar player Vasileios Kostas will be on a Greek tour with his quartet in June 2015.

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MMI Recordings Releases 'Christiane Karam and the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir,' 'Layth & Naseem'

April 24, 2015

The MMI Recordings is launching two new albums to finish this school year. Christiane Karam and the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir features more than 40 student performers as well as the Berklee World Strings directed by Eugene Friesen, and Layth & Naseem is the first release by Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq and Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash.

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Antonio Serrano and the MMI Honor Paco de Lucía

April 15, 2015

On April 8, a little more than a year after Paco de Lucía's death, Serrano joined dozens of Berklee students onstage at the Berklee Performance Center to celebrate his legacy at the Mediterranean Music Institute’s spring concert.

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Javier Limón and Magos Herrera to Perform at Lincoln Center with Student Gilbert Mansour

March 18, 2015

Javier Limón, the artistic director of the Mediterranean Music Institute, and jazz singer Magos Herrera will perform standards from their 2014 duo album Dawn on March 26 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Lebanese student percussionist Gilbert Mansour will join them as a guest artist.

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The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert

May 6, 2014

Berklee Latino and the Mediterranean Music Institute, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, presented a concert that took the audience on a journey through Spanish music. 

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The Mediterranean Music Institute Presents a Week of Concerts, Clinics, and Master Classes

February 11, 2014

Under the musical direction of Javier Limón, artistic director for Berklee's Mediterranean Music Institute, four Berklee students will give six concerts in Spain, February 11-19.

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