Alumni News

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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PODCAST: Samantha Preis '10

January 8, 2014

Connecticut native Samantha Preis ’10 began playing the piano at a young age, but didn’t care much for practicing the music she was given.  Instead, she preferred to write her own songs, a habit which led her to Berklee’s summer Songwriting Workshop, and from there to a songwriting scholarship.

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PODCAST: Sierra Hull '11

December 20, 2013

Listen to a tune from a Tennessee-bred bluegrass musician and alumna who's returning to Berklee for a New Year's Eve concert.

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Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter, Mandolinist Sierra Hull to Perform First Night Boston Concert, Broadcast on WUMB-FM

December 20, 2013

Sierra Hull performs as part of Boston's First Night Boston festival.

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Jason Lim '13: All of the Above

December 16, 2013

Performer and inventor Jason Lim synthesizes new experiences in the Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. “Berklee has the worldwide reputation and facilities that I wanted to experience,” he says, and adds that he began saving money to come to Berklee early on during his first degree program. He originally intended to stay for only a semester or two, but found the experience so rewarding that he completed a second degree, this time in electronic production and design (EPD).

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Berklee Alumni Earn 36 Grammy Award Nominations

December 11, 2013

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 30 Berklee alumni for a total of 36 Grammy Awards.

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PODCAST: Tom Griesgraber '95

December 10, 2013

This alumnus's flying fingers make magic with the Chapman Stick. After attending a Berklee in LA session, Griesgraber set his heart on Berklee, but knew he had his work cut out for him to succeed there. He began taking courses at MiraCosta college, and soon distinguished himself, tutoring other students, recording, and helping with administrative duties. He then transferred to Berklee, and two years later graduated summa cum laude.

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Simpsons' Alf Clausen is in Music Ville

December 5, 2013

Get the inside story from The Simpsons composer and Berklee alumnus who wrote the music for the recent show-opening mini-film featuring the show's characters in a battle over musical freedom.

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November 26, 2013

Boston-based R&B vocal quartet is hitting it big.

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PledgeMusic Creates New Platform to Connect Musicians and Fans—and Money

November 20, 2013

A music crowdfunding and direct-to-fan marketing platform, PledgeMusic lets fans give money to support their favorite artists in several ways, from helping them pay for studio time to financing their tours and more.

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The Groove: Backstage at the TD Garden

November 19, 2013

Josh Groban's musical director Tariqh Akoni '91 took time out of his busy schedule to give Berklee students a look at the process of preparing for a stadium show.

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The Groove: Passion Pit's Ian Hultquist '08

November 19, 2013

Berklee student and Groove writer Lisa Occhino sat down with Passion Pit's Ian Hultquist '08 to discuss the band's founding and recent success.

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PODCAST: Marga Lane '09

November 13, 2013

Marga Lane is a true triple threat–equally accomplished as an actress, dancer, and musician. She recently released her independent EP Expressions and has an acoustic follow-up EP slated to drop in early 2014.

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Berklee Named No. 1 Hollywood Music School

November 1, 2013

Berklee was named the No. 1 Hollywood music school in the world, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s ranking of the top 10 music schools. 

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PODCAST: Cotton Wine

October 30, 2013

This trans-national pop-Americana duo is so haunting and infectious they might be zombies.

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Inside Berklee PODCAST: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

October 18, 2013

A young trumpeter returns to Berklee to talk about a range of topics, including teaching, playing, current events, and the sound of music in post-Katrina New Orleans. He headlined at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and took the time while he was in town to chat about his latest recording, the current state of the industry, and the ways the culture of his hometown New Orleans is evolving.

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