Visiting Artist News

Voltage Connect Conference Brings Together Pioneers of Electronic Instruments

February 23, 2017

Berklee’s first Voltage Connect Conference, taking place March 10 and 11, will examine the development and direction of electronic instruments, from early commercial synthesizers in the 1970s to the present, and bring together major figures in the field.

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Photographer Henry Diltz Captured the Adventure of Laurel Canyon Music in the '60s

February 17, 2017

The music from the 1960s and early 1970s, as well as Henry Diltz’s photos, will be featured in the upcoming concert Great American Songbook: Tribute to Laurel Canyon at the Berklee Performance Center on February 26. Diltz will host and narrate the performance.

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The Middle Eastern Festival Brings Tigran Hamasyan to Berklee

February 17, 2017

This year’s Berklee Middle Eastern Festival features the music of Armenian pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan.

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Craig Hella Johnson on Turning Hate into Art

January 26, 2017

Craig Hella Johnson, composer of Considering Matthew Shepard, talks with Boston media about the years-long process of creating an oratorio from a crime that evoked a myriad of emotional responses in him.

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Craig Hella Johnson

PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Craig Hella Johnson

January 20, 2017

Grammy-winning conductor/composer Craig Hella Johnson, founder and artistic director for the choral organization Conspirare, discusses his newest work, Considering Matthew Shepard, which the outfit will perform at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m.

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India.Arie to Perform at Berklee’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 19, 2017

Berklee's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature inspiring Grammy-winning guest artist India.Arie; a keynote address from Harvard professor, author, Berklee trustee, and activist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and a performance by Bill Pierce, chair of Berklee's Woodwinds Department.

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Akon, Joel Katz, and Others Bring a Bit of Berklee to Gabon

January 10, 2017

Hit hip-hop artist, songwriter, and producer Akon, Afrobeat sensation Davido, and prominent entertainment attorney Joel Katz speak at a Berklee on the Road program in Libreville, Gabon.

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Slideshow: Shankar Mahadevan and Berklee Indian Ensemble Deliver High-Octane Show

December 20, 2016

Shankar Mahadevan took the stage at the Berklee Performance Center on December 13, surrounded by the Berklee Indian Ensemble, performing to a sold-out and enthusiastic house that cheered on the star who’s known for his work on many Bollywood soundtracks and for his best-selling album Breathless.

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Jack DeJohnette plays drums.

Jack DeJohnette, Influential Drummer and Mentor, Visits Berklee

December 14, 2016

Grammy-winning drummer, pianist, and composer Jack DeJohnette, who has played alongside Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans, among others, and mentored an array of Berklee faculty members, recently participated in a weeklong series of workshops at Berklee.

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Geneo Grissom, New England Patriots defensive lineman and drummer

Video: Patriots Lineman Geneo Grissom Feels the Beat

December 12, 2016

New England Patriots defensive lineman Geneo Grissom, a drummer, recently visited Berklee for a lesson with John Ramsay, chair of the Percussion Department, and a jam session with students.

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Kelly Price speaks to students.

Recording Artist Kelly Price Shares Personal Journey of Triumph with Students

December 1, 2016

Seven-time Grammy nominee Kelly Price spoke with Berklee students about confronting body image stereotypes in the music industry, her personal journey of healing and overcoming obstacles, and fighting for her dreams until she found success.

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PODCAST: Taylor Davis

November 22, 2016

As the last stop on her 2016 tour, in which she traversed much of Europe, violinist Taylor Davis plays at Berklee’s Red Room at Cafe 939 on Monday, December 5, 2016. Listen to a track, "Nebulous," from her last album.

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Berklee Indian Ensemble Welcomes Shankar Mahadevan as Artist in Residence in December

November 22, 2016

The Berklee Indian Ensemble, a dynamic group of students representing more than 40 countries, will perform a sold-out concert with Indian master vocalist and composer Shankar Mahadevan on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

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Pablo Ziegler plays the piano during the Signature Series concert.

Slideshow: Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee

November 18, 2016

Latin Grammy-winning Argentine pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Zielger thrilled the Berklee Performance Center with his Argentine new tango as part of Berklee’s Signature Series.

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New Orleans-based artist Big Freedia at the Berklee bookstore

Big Freedia Brings Label-Defying Bounce to Berklee

November 17, 2016

Big Freedia, a leading artist in the New Orleans-based bounce music genre, took time during her tour stop in Boston to field questions from Berklee students about topics ranging from working with Beyoncé to the challenges of being an openly gay and African American artist in the music industry.

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Alex, Stephen, and Will pose together backstage.

On Broadway, Alumni Lacamoire, Oremus, and Wells Give Back

November 10, 2016

Broadway titans Alex Lacamoire ’95 (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Stephen Oremus ’92 (The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots) recently spoke as part of a panel moderated by Will Wells '11 (Hamilton), "Directing Greatness: An Evening Behind Broadway." Lacamoire then visited Berklee, giving notes to students working on an upcoming production of In the Heights.

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PODCAST: Pablo Ziegler

November 1, 2016

Pablo Ziegler, the longtime pianist for late tango great Astor Piazzolla, is one of the foremost figures today in tango nuevo, an innovative style of music that blends traditional Argentine tango with American jazz. On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Ziegler will bring his music to the Berklee Performance Center.

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Jazz trumpeter Daniel D'Alcantara

BIN Faculty of the Year Brings Wisdom, Grooves to Campus

October 31, 2016

To help commemorate the Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year selection, honoree Daniel D'Alcantara, a Brazilian jazz trumpeter, was brought to campus to conduct a series of master classes over a three-day period, which concluded with a concert in the David Friend Recital Hall.

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Billboard: John Oates Enlists Berklee Students for New Song 'Smoke and Mirrors'

October 14, 2016

John Oates of Hall and Oates, the best-selling duo in music history, collaborates with Berklee students on new song and music video "Smoke and Mirrors."

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Pablo Ziegler

Signature Series Presents Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee

October 12, 2016

Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee features the Latin Grammy-winning Argentinian pianist, composer, and arranger—one of the most important figures in Argentine new tango—performing his inspired compositions and arrangements with a large student orchestra.

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