Alumni News

Guitar Major and EPD Grad Team Up to Take on NYC's Electronic Dance Music Scene

March 29, 2017

Since signing with Manhattan-based artist management outfit Moodswing Management, Zak Leever B.M. '16 and guitar major Alex Waldin have made inroads as DJs, performers, remixers, and producers in New York City's EDM scene. 

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Beyonce's original all-female band take the stage.

Slideshow: Beyoncé's Original All-Female Band Reunites After 10 Years

March 17, 2017

On March 2, the Berklee Performance Center welcomed Beyoncé's original all-female band to the stage, reuniting the members in a 10-year anniversary concert that featured student singers, musicians, and dancers.

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Carlos Vives and friends perform at Berklee concert in Bogota, Colombia

Slideshow: Berklee Musicians Perform with Carlos Vives and Other Top Colombian Artists

March 17, 2017

Berklee alumni, student, and faculty musicians recently performed alongside some of Colombia’s most renowned artists, including Carlos Vives, who received Berklee’s Master of Latin Music Award.

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Author and singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden '05

Berklee Blogs: Pursuing a Passion in Music—Jerilyn Sawyer B.M. '13

March 13, 2017

Author and singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden B.M. '05 recently sat down with fellow alumna Jerilyn Sawyer B.M. '13 to pick Sawyer's brain about her success in the artist management world.

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Weakened Friends, featuring bassist and alumna Annie Hoffman B.M. '09

PODCAST: Weakened Friends

March 7, 2017

Indie rock trio Weakened Friends will kick off a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. starting at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, where they will meet up and perform with several other Berklee alumni and student bands for the festival's Boston and Beyond party on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

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Kevin Hammer B.M. '99; photo by Belinda Huang

Kevin Hammer ’99: Creative Thinking, from Music to Tech

March 3, 2017

Kevin Hammer '99 gets creative with Boston-based software company Skyhook Wireless while continuing to pursue his progressive metal music.

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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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Gary Burton Performs at Berklee as Part of His Farewell Tour on March 5

March 1, 2017

Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone bring their Duets concert to the Berklee Performance Center on March 5 as part of Burton's farewell tour.

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land'

Behind Oscar-Nominated Films, Alumni Expertise

February 27, 2017

Many Berklee alumni worked on music and sound in support of some of this year's Academy Award–nominated films, including most of the films nominated for a 2017 Best Picture Oscar.

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Berklee, Vanyaland Announce SXSW Party, Boston and Beyond, March 17

February 22, 2017

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017, fast-rising Berklee alumni and student acts will perform dream pop, folk, surf, psych-rock, fuzz-rock, and more. The lineup features Aüva, Bat House, Boketto the Wolf, Contact, Rebecca Loebe, TRISHES, and Weakened Friends.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—David Mash

February 15, 2017

After more than 40 years as an integral leader at Berklee, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology David Mash, who Rolling Stone has called the "leading evangelist for the marriage of music and technology," reflects on his work and the Berklee community leading up to his retirement this spring.

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Berklee Alumni Recognized at 59th Grammy Awards

February 13, 2017

Berklee Alumni were recognized across genres at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Lalah Hathaway ’94 joined the exclusive ranks of those—such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles—who have won R&B Grammys four years in a row, while Donny McCaslin '88 accepted on behalf of the late David Bowie '99H.

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NPR Music Features Charlie Worsham '06 in 'Songs We Love'

February 9, 2017

NPR Music recently placed rising country music star and 2006 Berklee alumnus Charlie Worsham’s new song, “The Beginning of Things,” on its running list of the year's best songs.

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Pablo Munguía

Pablo Munguía: Making Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Sound Great

February 5, 2017

What goes into producing the world's most watched musical event, the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Pablo Munguía, multi-Emmy-winning program director at Berklee’s Valencia, Spain campus and 1997 alumnus, discusses the nature of his intense live audio work on his 11th Super Bowl.

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Students pose in front of an "Empower" sign at Indiegogo headquarters.

Every Berklee Career a Startup: Students Explore Silicon Valley over Winter Break

February 1, 2017

This winter break, Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) gave students perspective on the careers and creative headspace of Silicon Valley leaders at companies such as Google X, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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Banda Magda

PODCAST: Banda Magda

January 31, 2017

Rising world music outfit Banda Magda is soon to release a much-anticipated new album, Tigre, and will perform at Berklee’s Red Room at Cafe 939 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as part of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a series in which alumni return to perform a concert for broadcast via New York jazz station WBGO-FM/wbgo.org.

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Cobi Makes Debut on Fallon's Tonight Show

January 24, 2017

Cobi (aka 2008 Berklee graduate Jacob Michael) made his late-night television debut on Monday night, performing his breakout hit “Don’t You Cry For Me” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Artist's rendering of Dennis Montgomery III

Berklee Faculty, Alumni Join Pastor Who Served with Martin Luther King for Gospel Broadcast

January 11, 2017

Could there be a more crucial moment to bask in the glory of Gospel music? Berklee musicians provide the salve. 

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Firas Hassan Works to Save and Spread Syrian Music

January 9, 2017

By going to Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain, Syrian musician Firas Hassan not only saved himself, but perhaps he may have helped save some of his culture's music.

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Esperanza Spalding

From Bowie to a 'New Breed,' Berklee Artists Climb 'Best of 2016' Lists

December 22, 2016

2016 was a banner year for Berklee artists contributing to albums that made strong showings in “best of” lists from some of the country’s most respected music journalism authorities.

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