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Young Saxophone Avatars Hailey Niswanger and Daniel Rotem Headline The Checkout—Live at Berklee Concert Broadcasts

February 13, 2018

Two of the most greatly admired young saxophonists to study at Berklee in the last decade are set to headline the spring season of essential New York jazz station WBGO’s The Checkout—Live at Berklee concert broadcasts, on February 21 and March 14, at the Red Room at Cafe 939.

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Tali Rubinstein and the Flamenco Legends band take a bow after a performance

Berklee Blogs: Tali Rubinstein Tours with 'Flamenco Legends'

January 31, 2018

This past fall, Israeli recorder player and composer Tali Rubinstein B.M. '14 toured with Flamenco Legends, the late Paco de Lucia's band, now led by Javier Limón. What follows are a few selections from a travel journal she kept over the course of the tour.

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Berklee Alumni, Professor Recognized at 60th Grammy Awards

January 29, 2018

Berklee alumni, including a current associate professor, were recognized across genres at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 28.

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Berklee alumnus Michael Semanick; photo by Anthony Pidgeon

For Work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Alumnus Michael Semanick Receives 11th Oscar Nomination

January 26, 2018

Michael Semanick, a 1985 graduate of Berklee’s music production and engineering major, recently received his 11th Academy Award nomination following his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Chinese pop singer/songwriter Jiayun Yu B.M. '17

Pop Singer Jiayun Yu B.M. '17 Reflects on Bridging Chinese and Western Music Industries

December 21, 2017

During a recent symposium with members of the Chinese music industry, pop singer-songwriter Jiayun Yu B.M. '17 discussed the benefits of Chinese and western music industry cross-pollination, the art of collaboration, and what inspires his own songwriting.

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"Battleship Potemkin"

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Berklee Silent Film Orchestra to Perform Original Score for Battleship Potemkin in Upcoming Concerts and Screenings

December 21, 2017

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, one of the world’s top silent film ensembles, will bring its award-winning film/concert experience to several venues with upcoming presentations of its original score, performed live-to-picture, to 1925 silent film classic Battleship Potemkin.

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Berklee students Chris Walton, Chris Ellis, and Micah Nicol

Students Build Band with Guidance from Bluegrass Master Tony Trischka

December 20, 2017

Banjo icon Tony Trischka, who has mentored the likes of Béla Fleck, builds bluegrass knowledge and confidence among students involved in Berklee’s American Roots Music Program.

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Batu Sener B.M. '12; photo by Raphaël Brochard

Behind the Music of Ferdinand with Batu Sener, Film Scoring Alumnus

December 15, 2017

Batu Sener, an alumnus of Berklee's film scoring program, discusses his work, alongside his Oscar-nominated mentor John Powell, on the new film Ferdinand, based on the popular children's book.

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PODCAST: Iris Lune Challenges Pop Music Status Quo

December 12, 2017

In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, we're listening to the title track of Iris Lune's newest album, "Lost in Chatter", to hear how the band is creating music that challenges the status quo of today's pop music.

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Berklee Alumnus Wins Latin Grammy for "Despacito"

November 17, 2017

Berklee College of Music graduate Luis Saldarriaga B.M. '14 walked away from the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards with a gold-plated gramophone trophy on Thursday, November 16.

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2016 Berklee graduate Kanako Hashiyama conducts during a Berklee Silent Film Orchestra rehearsal.

Film Critics Laud Berklee Silent Film Orchestra’s Score for Varieté

November 2, 2017

Leading film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, author of dozens of popular books on film, is among those who have recently praised the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

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Lauren Kinhan B.M. '86, who recorded her new album at Berklee with eight-time Grammy-winning producer Elliot Scheiner, will perform at the Red Room at Cafe 939 in Boston on November 8.

PODCAST: Lauren Kinhan Salutes Nancy Wilson

October 31, 2017

Critically acclaimed vocalist Lauren Kinhan B.M. '86 has released a new album, recorded in Berklee's Shames Family Scoring Stage, honoring legendary jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson, and will perform as part of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a broadcast series with New York City jazz radio station WBGO, at the Red Room at Cafe 939 on November 8.

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Three Takeaways from Berklee's Career Center Internship Expo

October 27, 2017

More than 20 employers across the arts and entertainment industries participated in the expo to recruit for internships, offering students a jumpstart on their career. The following is a sampling of tips to help land an ideal internship, a list culled from students who attended the expo.

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors to play the 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Berklee Musicians to Fill the Bill at 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

October 26, 2017

Several of jazz's leading lights, including many Berklee faculty members, students, and alumni, are slated to perform at the 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, held October 29 and November 1-5.

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Tommy Torres B.M. '93

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Berklee Alumni Nominated for 2017 Latin Grammy Awards in Many Categories

October 13, 2017

Berklee alumni could take home 2017 Latin Grammy Awards for their performances, production, songwriting, mixing, and engineering on the biggest Latin music albums of the year.

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Molly Tuttle '14; photo by Kaitlyn Raitz

Alumnae Tuttle and Hull Win Top Bluegrass Honors

October 5, 2017

Molly Tuttle, a 2014 Berklee alumna, and fellow alumna Sierra Hull B.M. ’11 recently received 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA) for Best Guitarist and Best Mandolinist, respectively. Each were the first female instrumentalist to win in their award category since the IBMAs began in 1990.

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Berklee Alum, Khiyon Hursey (14')

From Berklee to Hamilton: Khiyon Hursey Shares Broadway Experiences with Students

September 29, 2017

Khiyon Hursey B.M. '14, a New York City-based songwriter and musical theater composer who has worked on the Broadway productions of Hamilton and Witness Uganda, recently visited the weeklong summer Musical Theater Intensive program at Berklee.

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Berklee to Present Honorary Doctorates to Michael Gibbs and Bill Frisell in Concert with Gary Burton

September 28, 2017

In a career-spanning concert, Michael Gibbs, who directed the groundbreaking Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra in the 1970s, reunites with Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell and Grammy-winning jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton for a concert featuring acclaimed saxophonist Jim Odgren and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Hopkins.

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Berklee Presents American Master Award to Rick DePofi at Power Station at BerkleeNYC

September 22, 2017

Berklee presented Grammy-winning alumnus Rick DePofi with an American Master Award at the launch party for Power Station at BerkleeNYC.

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Jazz stars come together to salue Fred Taylor in support of a scholarship in his honor at Berklee

Slideshow: Jazz Luminaries Share Stage in Honor of Fred Taylor

September 20, 2017

Several of the leading figures in jazz today came together to pay tribute to Fred Taylor, the beloved impresario who has been at the heart of the Boston music scene, and the jazz scene at large, for more than 50 years.

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