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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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Musical The Kiss to Have Its World Premiere at Berklee

March 23, 2017

The Signature Series at Berklee presents the world premiere of the musical The Kiss, with book and lyrics by Cheryl Coons and music by Berklee professor Peter Eldridge. Inspired by the sensual portraits of artist Gustav Klimt, the musical asks the question, “Who is the woman in ‘The Kiss’?”

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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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PODCAST: Tonina Saputo

March 21, 2017

Student Tonina Saputo has been part of the Mediterranean Music Institute's Refugio del Sonido project, was selected as one of Univision's U-LAB artists, and will perform in Spain's Ellas Crean Festival. Here's a track off her upcoming first album. 

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BPMI Releases Its Dorm Sessions 12 Compilation through Stem Platform

March 21, 2017

Berklee Popular Music Institute, and its student-run label Heavy Rotation Records, releases Dorm Sessions 12 through Stem, a financial platform that simplifies payments for musicians and content creators. 

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Celebrates the Impact of Jazz Era Icons

March 20, 2017

On March 31, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will present its eighth annual Berklee Global Jazz Summit with a special concert. This year’s summit celebrates the impact of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald in today’s global jazz era.  

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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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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Ken Zambello and the Singers Showcase

March 17, 2017

In this episode of Inside Berklee, Ken Zambello talks about what it takes to get into the annual Singers Showcase, how Elvis Presley made rock famous, and what students today know of Elvis' music. 

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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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Student Band luhx. Maps Out Light and Shadows, and a Sophisticated Groove

March 16, 2017

The Berklee band Luhx (styled “luhx.”) chose its name as a derivation of the word lux, the unit of illumination, because of the brightness the four band members hope their music will bring to listeners’ lives.

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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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Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Neil Portnow, and Shin Joong Hyun to Receive Honorary Degrees at Berklee Commencement

March 13, 2017

Songwriter, producer, recording artist, and pioneer of multimedia and computer technology, Todd Rundgren, will be this year’s commencement speaker, and will address more than 1,000 Berklee graduates on Saturday, May 13, at the Agganis Arena.

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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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Students pay tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Slideshow: Laurel Canyon Tribute Travels Hippie Highway

March 10, 2017

With a photo backdrop narrated by legendary rock 'n' roll photographer Henry Diltz, Berklee students and faculty performed songs by the LA singer-songwriters of the 1960s and ‘70s who were at the forefront of the Laurel Canyon scene.

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Conductor/Composer Craig Hella Johnson

Slideshow: Considering Matthew Shepard Rouses Symphony Hall

March 10, 2017

Grammy-winning choral group Conspirare, led by composer/arranger Craig Hella Johnson, brought its stirring oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard to a packed Symphony Hall, with an audience that included Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

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Kurdish Vocalist Aynur to Receive MMI Award as Institute Launches Women in Action Initiative

March 8, 2017

At its annual spring concert, on March 16, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) will honor Kurdish musician Aynur with this year’s Master of Mediterranean Music Award and, at the same time, launch its Women in Action initiative, which seeks to raise awareness of female artists and to promote gender equality in the Mediterranean music scene.

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Weakened Friends, featuring bassist and alumna Annie Hoffman B.M. '09

PODCAST: Weakened Friends

March 7, 2017

Indie rock trio Weakened Friends will kick off a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. starting at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, where they will meet up and perform with several other Berklee alumni and student bands for the festival's Boston and Beyond party on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

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Kevin Hammer B.M. '99; photo by Belinda Huang

Kevin Hammer ’99: Creative Thinking, from Music to Tech

March 3, 2017

Kevin Hammer '99 gets creative with Boston-based software company Skyhook Wireless while continuing to pursue his progressive metal music.

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Stokley Williams, Patrice Rushen '05H, and Morris Hayes

A Celebration of the Black Music Tradition Comes to Berklee

March 3, 2017

A concert celebrating the tradition of black music and its many contributors will take place at the Berklee Performance Center on March 9. Africana Studies Presents: Black Music Matters, part of the Signature Series at Berklee, will feature an array of guests who have influenced today’s pop, R&B, and soul music.

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Univision and Javier Limón Unveil First U-Lab Emerging Artists

March 3, 2017

U-LAB, a partnership between Univision and Berklee's Javier Limón to support new musical talent, recently announced its "first class of emerging artists" are Marianella "Nella" Rojas B.M. 15, Desmond "D.J." Scaife Jr. B.M. '16, and current Berklee student Tonina Saputo.

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