Berklee, Televisión Mexiquense Start Latin Music Television Series

Nick Balkin
June 1, 2011
Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler will be featured on <em>Berklee Studio Sessions</em>.
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Berklee College of Music and Mexican public television network Televisión Mexiquense (Canal 34) announce the launch of Berklee Studio Sessions, a new series featuring acoustic performances and interviews with renowned Latino singer-songwriters in a unique, intimate setting. Berklee and Televisión Mexiquense celebrated the series launch May 31 at a private event held at the Voila Antara, in Mexico City.

The artists, many of whom are Berklee alumni, will talk about their careers, sources of inspiration, and the importance of music education. Over the course of the season, Berklee will award four full-tuition Five-Week Summer Performance Program scholarships to Mexican musicians. The series is coproduced by Berklee alumni Daniel Dayz, from Mexico, and Javier Samayoa, from Guatemala.

Berklee Studio Sessions will be broadcast weekly, starting on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Canal 34 in Mexico and on Mexicanal in the United States, with extended reach to the Caribbean, Central America, most of South America, and Canada. It will also be streamed live on the Televisión Mexiquense website.

Each 30-minute episode will showcase a different artist. The first season will feature Latin Grammy Award–winning Mexican artist and Berklee alumnus Alexander Acha (son of the famous Mexican singer Emmanuel); Grammy Award–winning Mexican singer Aida Cuevas; Oscar-winning Uruguayan artist Jorge Drexler; Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, and Berklee alumnus Mane de la Parra; Leonel Garcia, Mexican singer-songwriter and former singer of the superstar pop duo Sin Bandera; Peruvian superstar Gian Marco; Daniel Dayz and Joel Waldman, Berklee alumni and winners of the 2009 Berklee Canta en Español songwriting contest; and other new talent. Berklee Studio Sessions is the first Mexican television show filmed in high-definition with Canon's 5D and 7D cameras.