Building Bridges crossing over the Electric Waters: Interludes and YouTube

billb-300x200Bill Banfield is a professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society and director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs at Berklee. An award-winning composer, jazz guitarist /recording artist, and public radio show host, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press on music, arts, cultural criticism, and history.


I don’t go to YouTube to learn music. I don’t want to wade through a bunch of electronically connected references that I know aren’t the real deal. I have little interest in pushing a button to discover the next new thing, but would  rather create a new chord, song, groove, and then take out a pencil and chart and orchestrate it. So let’s face it, there is a widening gap today between young people and the older folks’ “back in the day way.” Continue reading

Berklee Latino: Todo es posible en la vida si te lo propones

Berklee LatinoKevin Ramirez nos cuenta sobre su historia y cómo su perseverancia lo llevó a participar en Berklee Latino Bogotá y ser seleccionado como uno de los 7 becados para asistir a los programas de verano de Berklee en Boston.

Todo músico tiene un sueño por seguir, un sueño por el cual luchar y que anhela llegar, muchos lo ven como algo difícil de alcanzar, hasta incluso algo imposible, pero sin embargo, no lo es; y mi testimonio que pase en Berklee Latino es la muestra de eso.

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Study Abroad: Visiting Granada, Spain

HollisHollis Mugford is a sixth semester Professional Music major at Berklee. She is a pop, R&B, and country singer from Virginia. Her passion for writing and travel have inspired her to share her experiences and thoughts with the Berklee community and beyond as she embarks on her first semester abroad in Valencia, Spain. 


I truly beilieve in the saying, “it’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with.” This weekend was the best weekend of my life, just when I thought my life couldn’t get any better. Granada looked like I was in the next sequel to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and being with everyone in the group made it that much better.

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Gigs em Boston

Vinicius Sa
Vinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is
a Brazilian guitarist and composer who is majoring in Film Scoring.
Vinicius works as the Online International Ambassador for Portuguese
language since January, 2014.
Uma das coisas que mais gosto sobre morar (e estudar) em Boston é o fato de ocorrer shows toda semana, dentro e fora do campus da Berklee. Lembro de que, quando morava no Brasil, demorava muito para uma banda específica vir tocar na nossa cidade, e quando vinha, era sempre uma fortuna para comprar os ingressos.

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Los organizadores de Latinoamericando Expo visitan Berklee College of Music

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a fifth semester student at Berklee, majoring in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production and his principle instrument is violin. 

Stefano Melillo Meléndez, de Caracas Venezuela, en su quinto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín

Franca De Gasperi y Fabio Falzea visitan la escuela esta semana para hablarnos sobre el festival “Latinoamericando Expo”, el cual es organizado por ellos desde 1991.

Latinoamericando Expo es el festival de música latina más grande en Europa, contando con la participación de artistas de la talla de: Celia Cruz, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Guaco, Juan Luis Guerra y Don Omar, entre otros.

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