Visiting Artist News

Susana Baca Meets Berklee

November 7, 2014

A 30-piece student band in joins the Grammy- and Latin Grammy Award-winning vocalist in performing original, student-written arrangements of her original music. Baca is the former cultural minister of Peru and the country's first black cabinet member.

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President Brown Interviews Herbie Hancock

October 31, 2014

Berklee president Roger H. Brown interviews jazz pianist Herbie Hancock as part of the Boston Book Festival.

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A. R. Rahman Challenges Berklee Students to Innovate

October 27, 2014

A. R. Rahman, the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer for films such as Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, encourages Berklee students to experiment with Indian music.

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Talib Kweli (left) with Brian "Raydar" Ellis (right)

Hip-Hop Hero Talib Kweli Drops Knowledge on Berklee

October 14, 2014

At the eighth annual Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium, acclaimed rapper Talib Kweli offered advice to the upcoming generation of hip-hop hopefuls.

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Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium: A Rap with Talib Kweli

September 8, 2014

Berklee’s annual Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium: A Rap with Talib Kweli, features an interview with the iconic hip-hop artist.

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A. R. Rahman, Del McCoury, Aloe Blacc, Catherine Russell, and Susana Baca Headline Berklee Signature Music Series

August 18, 2014

This fall's Berklee Signature Series brings bluegrass, blues, Indian, R&B, and Afro-Peruvian music.

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D.M.C. Discusses Future of Hip-Hop with Summer Students

August 13, 2014

Berklee summer program students recently heard from hip-hop pioneer Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels of RUN-D.M.C.

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Guitar Virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel Advises Berklee Summer Students

July 23, 2014

Tommy Emmanuel, often considered the best finger-style guitarist in the world and a visiting artist with Berklee’s Guitar Sessions summer program, recently shared his road-tested advice and jaw-dropping performance technique with students.

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Academy Award-Winning Composer A. R. Rahman to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Berklee

July 16, 2014

World renowned film composer A. R. Rahman will perform with Berklee students at Boston's Symphony Hall and conduct on-campus workshops as part of the Berklee India Exchange.

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Jaleel Shaw Headlines Free Jazz at the Fort Concert

July 11, 2014

Saxophonist and bandleader Jaleel Shaw will headline the annual, free Jazz at the Fort concert in between performances at international jazz festivals. 

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Dawaun Parker ‘05: Find Your Voice and Move Forward

May 1, 2014

Alumnus Dawaun Parker, a dynamic rapper, and Grammy Award-winning producer, visited the campus in April to present a clinic.

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PODCAST: Geri Allen

April 11, 2014

Beautiful writing and playing marks "Your Pure Self . . . Mother to Son," a solo piano composition from Geri Allen.

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Jimmy Page, Geri Allen, Valerie Simpson, Thara Memory to Receive Honorary Degrees

March 13, 2014

On May 10, 2014, this year's honorary doctorate recipients will be recognized for their achievements in and influences on music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture.

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Harry Belafonte to Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate at Tribute Concert March 6

February 24, 2014

Berklee students and faculty will celebrate Harry Belafonte's life and music at The Life and Music of Harry Belafonte: A Tribute Concert. Berklee president Roger H. Brown will present Belafonte with an honorary doctor of music degree in recognition of his inspiring musical and humanitarian achievements.

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Berklee Middle Eastern Festival: The Music of Armenia

February 13, 2014

The Signature Music Series at Berklee presents the sixth annual Middle Eastern Festival: The Music of Armenia, featuring Perspectives Ensemble directed by flutist Sato Moughalian, a cappella folk trio Zulal, and live painting by Kevork Mourad. The concert also features Berklee’s Pletenitsa Choir, the Berklee World Strings directed by Eugene Friesen, the Sayat Nova Folk Dance Ensemble, and special guests.

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Hipsters and Hackers: Berklee Meets MIT

December 19, 2013

Panos Panay, founding managing director of Berklee's new Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, helps create a bridge between students at Berklee and MIT.

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December 5, 2013

Listen to a tune from one of Brazil's most acclaimed composers and guitarists.

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Slideshow: Clinton Cerejo and the Indian Ensemble

December 3, 2013

Multi-instrumentalist Clinton Cerejo joined forces with Berklee's Indian Ensemble in a celebration of the star's music at the Berklee Performance Center.

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Bollywood Composer and Indian Pop Music Idol to Hold Residency, Perform on Campus

November 19, 2013

Bollywood sensation Clinton Cerejo will hold an artist-in-residency at the college and will perform with students on November 26.

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Signature Music Series Presents: Guinga Meets Berklee

November 14, 2013

The 2013-2014 Signature Music Series at Berklee wraps its fall season on December 12 with acclaimed Brazilian composer and guitarist Guinga performing his original songs with the 30-piece Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.

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