Visiting Artist News

Guitarist Steve Lukather on Keeping the Faith and the Groove

November 2, 2015

Steve Lukather has played stadiums as Toto’s guitarist, toured with Ringo Starr, and laid down tracks with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Barbra Streisand. On October 22, he took the stage at the Berk Recital Hall to talk to a packed room about his career.

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Terence Blanchard in class with Berklee students

Visiting Scholar Terence Blanchard Empowers Students to Trust Voices

October 29, 2015

Five-time Grammy-winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who has scored nearly every Spike Lee film, works with Berklee students as a visiting scholar.

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Guitarist Joe Walsh Brings His Mojo to Berklee

October 29, 2015

Legendary guitarist Joe Walsh H'12 stopped by Berklee to talk about rock 'n' roll, his time with the Eagles, and musical mojo. 

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The Checkout – Live at Berklee Features Victor Prieto, Reimagining the Sound of Jazz Accordion

October 26, 2015

New York's WBGO-FM, NPR Music, and Berklee continue their Checkout - Live at Berklee series with jazz accordionist Victor Prieto and his trio.

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Rethink Music event participants

Industry Innovators Gather to Rethink Music

October 22, 2015

On October 2, more than 150 people gathered in Boston’s Innovation District to join Berklee in addressing the issue of fair pay for music creators in the age of online streaming.

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Berklee World Strings Collaborates with Iraqi National Symphony Conductor

October 20, 2015

The Berklee World Strings will perform two shows with Iraqi National Symphony Conductor Karim Wasfi, whose performance among the ruins of his Baghadad neighborhood hours after a bomb destroyed it made international headlines.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Donald Harrison Jr.

October 19, 2015

In this episode of Inside Berklee, Donald Harrison Jr. '81 talks about how growing up in New Orleans shaped him, Hurricane Katrina and its 10th anniversary, and what Berklee gave him when he left the Big Easy.

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Signature Series: Toto la Momposina Meets Berklee

October 5, 2015

The Signature Series at Berklee continues with Colombian singer, dancer, and teacher Totó la Momposina, who embodies the mingling of Colombia’s African, indigenous Indian, and Spanish cultures that make a unique musical tradition.

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Uruguayan Musician Rubén Rada Receives Master of Latin Music Award

September 29, 2015

Uruguayan musician Rubén Rada was presented with Berklee’s Master of Latin Music Award at an event hosted by the college's Latin Music Studies.

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Sudanese Artists Bring Songs of Conflict and Redemption to Berklee Signature Series Opener

September 22, 2015

Student Mohamed Araki produces a concert with indiginous Sudanese musicians performing traditional and original regional music joined by 32 Berklee musicians.   

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Beyoncé's Background Vocalist Shares Life Lessons from the Road

August 27, 2015

Crissy Collins, one of Beyoncé's touring background vocalists, shares some tunes and tales from life in the music industry.

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Fall Signature Series: Sudanese Music, Nosferatu, Toto La Momposina, Joyce Moreno

August 17, 2015

The Signature Series at Berklee presents an extraordinary fall season of performances by Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, and world-renowned musicians.

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Megadeth Bassist Dave Ellefson Shares Rock Solid Advice at Clinic

August 11, 2015

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares some hard rock and solid advice at his July 27 clinic at the Berklee Performance Center.

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Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett: A Man and His Band

July 31, 2015

Texas-born singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett talks about the joys of playing with great musicians and his approach to songwriting.

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Ingrid Jensen performs with members of the Ingrid Jensen Berklee Quintet

The Ingrid Jensen Berklee Quintet Creates ‘Life-Moments’ on the Road

July 13, 2015

In May, jazz trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen took four top-tier Berklee students on a five-date tour as part of the third edition of the Masters on the Road series.

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NPR Gives a Party for Berklee

June 27, 2015

Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson, of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, visited Berklee for an evening of listening to music with the extended Berklee community.

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Sivamani Inspires as Guest Artist at Berklee Percussion Weekend

June 24, 2015

Renowned percussionist Anandan Sivamani recently visited classrooms, conducted master classes, and performed at Berklee's Percussion Weekend.

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Terence Blanchard Named Visiting Scholar at Berklee

May 18, 2015

World-renowned trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and Blue Note recording artist Terence Blanchard will join Berklee as a visiting scholar in the Jazz Composition department beginning in the fall of 2015.

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Gary Powell talks to Panos Panay

BerkleeICE Series: Gary Powell Asks If Music Can Survive the Music Industry

April 29, 2015

In conversation with BerkleeICE founder Panos Panay, Gary Powell took the audience on a journey down his career path.

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Philip Glass Shares the Stories Behind His Music

April 24, 2015

Philip Glass’s recently published memoir is titled Words Without Music. Yet in an interview at Berklee Performance Center on April 1, music permeated the famed composer’s reminiscences, his observations, and even the sound of his voice.

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