Alumni News

PODCAST: Matthew Stevens

March 27, 2014

Born in Canada and based in New York, 2004 Berklee alumnus Matthew Stevens is a jazz guitarist who has been turning heads as sideman and bandleader.

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PODCAST: The Jitterbug Vipers

March 25, 2014

Alumnae Sarah Sharp and Masumi Jones are the Berklee half of the Jitterbug Vipers, and play a languid blend of country, Americana, and swing.

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Berklee Represents Boston and Beyond at SXSW

March 25, 2014

At Boston and Beyond, the official Berklee SXSW party, up-and-coming student bands, as well as celebrated alumni and members of the Boston music scene, converged in Austin. 

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Flight of Fire Releases Their “Stolen Voices Project”

March 24, 2014

Berklee band Flight of Fire has released their "Stolen Voices Project", which thematically centers on sexual assault and rape. The band's front-woman, Dorian Maverick discusses her motives and inspirations for the project.

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PODCAST: The Field Effect

March 13, 2014

The Field Effect is a rock quartet featuring four Berklee alumni with a passion for well-crafted songs filled with introspective lyrics, infectious melodies, and ferocious rhythms.

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The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Matthew Stevens Quintet

March 11, 2014

Presented by Berklee, NPR Music, and WBGO FM, The Checkout - Live at Berklee, brings critically acclaimed alumni back to their alma mater for intimate concerts at Cafe 939. The series continues on Wednesday, April 2, with guitarist Matthew Stevens and his quintet, featuring Gerald Clayton (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), and fellow alumni Eric Doob (drums) and Paulo Stagnaro (percussion).

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Alumni and Students Hit SXSW Stages

March 10, 2014

Berklee-affiliated musicians will be everywhere at South by Southwest this year, including official showcases and unofficial ones, panels, and the annual Berklee live music party.

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PODCAST: Thaddeus Hogarth '88

March 7, 2014

Associate professor of guitar Thaddeus Hogarth '88 might just be the world's most popular guitar teacher.

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Alumna Mayssa Karaa Sings a Stirring Cover for 'American Hustle'

February 25, 2014

Berklee alumna Mayssa Karaa '12 sings a stirring Arabic cover of "White Rabbit" for American Hustle

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The Checkout – Live at Berklee with Warren Wolf and Wolfpack

February 25, 2014

The Checkout – Live at Berklee continues on March 5 with Warren Wolf and Wolfpack live at Cafe 939, over the web at, and through WBGO FM's airwaves. 

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Alumnus Conducts, Orchestrates The Lego Movie

February 24, 2014

Alumnus James T. Sale has credits on some of today’s biggest hit movies, including as conductor/orchestrator for The Lego Movie.

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PODCAST: The Crash Kings

February 21, 2014

Brothers Tony and Mike Beliveau play old-school rock 'n' roll with a twist—no guitars. Using only keyboards, bass, and drums, they create a hard-hitting sound that has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative chart, and netted them a featured performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Berklee's SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond

February 19, 2014

Berklee College of Music presents its SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond on Thursday, March 13, noon – 6:00 p.m., in Austin, TX. Berklee’s ninth annual SXSW Party is presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Alumni Affairs, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), with media sponsor Vanyaland and features up-and-coming Berklee and HRR alumni and students performing rock, pop, electronic, Americana and folk.

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Master's Film Scoring Program in Spain Prepares Chinese Composer for Career

February 11, 2014

Composer Yiyi Ma was among the inaugural class at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain, studying alongside 19 others in the master's scoring program.

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Berklee's James Sale Conducts Music for 'The Lego Movie'

February 10, 2014

With a $69 million opening weekend, The Lego Movie is this year's hottest movie—and Berklee alumnus James T. Sale '92 is a part of its creation.

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Makeba Riddick Shares Her Journey to Success

January 31, 2014

Grammy nominated songwriter Makeba Riddick ('99) discusses her accomplishments as well as her challenges in the music industry.

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Berklee Alumni Win Eight Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014

Berklee alumni took home eight trophies during the Grammy Awards 2014 ceremony, including faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington, who was the first woman artist to win in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.

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PODCAST: Jason Lim '13

January 23, 2014

Originally from Falkirk, Scotland, Jason Lim ’13 is a polymath in the finest Berklee tradition. An accomplished violinist, guitarist, drummer, inventor, and recording engineer, he is equally comfortable on both sides of the sound board and soldering iron.

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PODCAST: Guillermo Klein '94

January 21, 2014

Making music that is "occasionally Ellingtonian, occasionally classical, and always beautiful," according to PopMatters, an Argentinian alumnus returns to Berklee to perform with his band and Berklee students. "Mariana" is from his latest disc.

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Berklee Presents its SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond with Media Sponsor Vanyaland

January 15, 2014

Berklee College of Music announces Boston-based music news website Vanyaland as media sponsor for its ninth annual SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond on Thursday, March 13, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at Brush Square Park in Austin, Texas.

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