Visiting Artist News

John Mayer gives advice to student Danny Silberstein

John Mayer Shares the Stage with Student Songwriters

June 20, 2017

On a tour stop in Boston with his band, Dead & Company, songwriter and guitar titan John Mayer '98 visited the Berklee Performance Center (BPC) to hear original songs from six Berklee students.

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Nedelka Prescod and her ensemble perform at tribute to Leadbelly

Roots Roadshow Salutes Leadbelly, American Music Pioneer

May 31, 2017

Berklee's American Roots Music Program recently presented the music of one of the most influential figures in the history of American music: Hudson "Huddie" William Ledbetter, otherwise known as "Leadbelly."

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Todd Rundgren receiving an honorary doctorate from Berklee

PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Todd Rundgren '17H

May 30, 2017

In this episode of Inside Berklee, musician Todd Rundgren '17H reflects on his decades-long career as well as his Berklee experience as an honorary doctorate recipient and this year's commencement speaker.

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Raju Singh

Bollywood Composer Raju Singh on Film Scoring Process

May 26, 2017

Raju Singh, one of Bollywood's most in-demand composers, speaks with Berklee students about his experience with creating music for TV shows and films such as the current box-office hit Half Girlfriend.

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Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2017

Dedicated to Danilo Pérez, Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Features Alumni, Students, and Faculty

May 25, 2017

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest was dedicated to Danilo Pérez, the Grammy-winning artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and featured several Berklee alumni while incorporating opportunities for students.

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MMI Honors Kurdish Vocalist Aynur at Concert that Brings Crowd to its Feet

May 11, 2017

Kurdish vocalist Aynur Dogan received the Mediterranean Music Institute Award on March 16, becoming the first woman to earn the honor since the its inception in 2014. Immediately upon winning the award, she dedicated it to the resilient women of her homeland.

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Suzanne Ciani; photo by Salim ALi

Sound Pioneer Suzanne Ciani Talks Creative Process with Students

April 28, 2017

Sound design and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani capped off her residency at Berklee, sharing her knowledge with students, from the early days of electronic music to her creative advertising work.

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PODCAST: Sounds of Berklee—Black Violin

April 18, 2017

Black Violin will perform its violin-driven hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music at Berklee as part of the group's Unity Tour. 

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Keynote presentation at the BPC with Talib Kweli, Dave Dorn, and Panos Panay.

Students Find Opportunities, Advice, and Pivotal Experiences at Career Jam 2017

April 13, 2017

With representatives from companies such as Apple Music, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Vevo, Kickstarter, and more, Berklee’s Career Jam offered students workshops, mentoring sessions, and recruitment tables, all aimed at helping Berklee students launch successful careers.

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Indian Folk Star Raghu Dixit Visits Berklee for Residency and Sold-Out Concert

April 12, 2017

Raghu Dixit, who was recently at Berklee for a concert and four-day residency that included a public talk, the making of a music video with the Berklee Indian Ensemble, a sold-out concert, and a workshop, brought his infectious joy to the Red Room at Cafe 939. 

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Mixing engineer Marcella Araica

Marcella Araica Advises Students on the Art of the Mix

April 10, 2017

Marcella Araica, who has mixed and/or composed for Usher, M.I.A., Meek Mill, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, and more, spent last week talking with Berklee music production and engineering students on a range of issues and providing feedback on their mixes.

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Tirgran plays piano passionately.

Slideshow: Celebrating the Music of Tigran Hamasyan

April 6, 2017

The ninth annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival celebrated the music of Armenian jazz pianist and multigenre composer Tigran Hamasyan in a concert that featured him performing with students at the Berklee Performance Center.

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Bastille Talks with Berklee Students about Going from London Basement to Arenas Worldwide

March 30, 2017

In town Monday night for its show at the Agganis Arena, the members of the British indie pop band Bastille, perhaps best known for the chart-topping song "Pompeii," stopped by Berklee that afternoon to screen its new documentary and talk to students. 

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Curator of American Music to Begin Herb Alpert Residency

March 28, 2017

John Hasse, curator of American music for the Smithsonian Institution, author, and jazz pianist, will begin his post as the 2017 Herb Alpert Scholar-in-Residence on April 3.

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Patrice Rushen '05H

Slideshow: Defining Traditions at Black Music Matters Concert

March 24, 2017

Visiting artists Patrice Rushen '05H, Morris Hayes, and Stokley Williams headlined a recent celebration of black American music as part of Berklee's Signature Series.

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Songwriter India.Arie performs a song with Berklee student Lisa Oduor-Noah

India.Arie Keeps the 'Songversation' Going

March 22, 2017

As part of Berklee's annual MLK Celebration week, songwriter India.Arie gave a live Q and A to a packed audience in the David Friend Recital Hall as well as performed with students the following night at the Berklee Performance Center.

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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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Film Composer Ramin Djawadi Returns to Berklee During Game of Thrones Tour

March 15, 2017

Earlier this month, Djawadi returned to Boston for the first time in 17 years, in town for the nationwide tour of the music he wrote for Game of Thrones

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WBUR Radio Boston: Composer of Seinfeld Theme Breaks Down the Music

March 13, 2017

Iconic theme song composer Jonathan Wolff spoke with Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR's Radio Boston about his visit to Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students regarding his successful 29-year Hollywood career.

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