L.A. Newsbriefs

Justine Taormino

As always, our L.A.-based alumni have been busy in all quarters of the music industry. Here’s a rundown of what a few have been working on.

Alumni Beat

Karen Bell


End-of-Summer Berklee Dining Hall Hours

As the summer comes to an end, the hours of the Berklee Dining Hall will be slightly different than normal:

Monday, August 18 through Friday, August 22: Level 2 will be open with limited menu offerings:

  • Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

August 25 through August 30: The caf will be closed.

August 31: Open for the fall semester.

Fall 2014: CM361 World Music Resources in Composition

A creative approach to applying ideas and aesthetic principles from a variety of non-Western musical traditions to contemporary composition. Explorations of rhythm, melody, timbre, and form in the music of Africa, India, Asia, and South America. This course uses a “lecture-workshop” format for reflecting on and composing with non-Western views of time, space, and meaning in music. After completing the course, students will have composed several small pieces and one extended work combining Western and non-Western idioms.

Fall 2014 : LHAN-P288 The Music of Olivier Messiaen

Explore Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary music, ideas, and philosophy. Topics include modes of limited transposition, non-retrogradable rhythms, Hindustani rhythms, added value & added note systems, birdsong studies, and sound-color concepts. Major works examined include Quartet for the End of Time, Visions de l’Amen, Turangalîla Symphony, and Chronochromie.

Allen LeVines, Professor alevines@berklee.edu






150 Massachusetts Avenue Construction Notice

Columbia Construction Company is performing exploratory demolition and investigation in 150 Massachusetts Avenue during the semester break, to be substantially complete by the start of fall classes.

Work is generally focused on the former dining room and kitchen, though there will be noticeable activity on levels A and 1 along the Belvidere and Saint Cecilia Street sides of the building.

Exclusive Ticket Discounts to Boston Calling for Berklee Students

Boston Calling Returns to City Hall Plaza September 5, 6, and 7. Lineup includes Lorde, Nas x The Roots, Future Islands, The Replacements, The 1975, and more.

Limited discounted tickets are available for Berklee students at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office from Thursday, August 21 to Thursday, September 4. 

Single Day Friday: $40 (regularly $59)