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렌트카로 보스턴 밖으로

1488057_10202967673859454_893676143_nSuhhyun Sarah Kwon is a eighth semester student at Berklee, dual majoring in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production. 버클리에서 Film Scoring과 Contemporary Writing and Production 복수전공으로 여덟번째 학기를 맞는 권서현입니다. 영어로 발음하기 어려운 이름이라 Sarah라는 이름을 사용하고 있습니다.

저번주 금요일에 구정을 맞이해 보스턴으로 부모님이 오셨습니다. 주말과 월요일에 차를 빌려서 저 혼자 있을때는 갈 수 없는 곳에 돌아다녔습니다. 보스턴 시내에서 40분 정도 떨어져 있는 프리미엄 아울렛를 시작으로, 코스트코, 이케아 등을 갔습니다.

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global-initiatives

Berklee Indian Ensemble: Spotlight on Sanchitha Wickremesooriya

Sanchitha blogFrom 60F to 30F in 24 hours, Boston’s weather has been quite a spectacle to experience. As I sit at my dining table, sipping on coffee while it snows outside, Sanchitha Wickremesooriya is enjoying the 80F sunshine in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He laughs when I show him the snow on Skype.

“The sun is where it’s at!” he chuckles. Having finished his last semester at Berklee in the Fall of ‘15, Sanchitha is back in Colombo, multi-tasking and handling various projects. He tells me how he wants to restart his Family Record Label, Sooriya. Surprised, I realize there’s a lot I don’t know about his background.


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Berklee Behind The Music Featuring Seven Spires

Seven SpiresThere is nothing more promising than musicians who can deliver just as much as they do on their recordings as they do live. Berklee band Seven Spires is just the theatrical metal band to do it. With their combination of classical style vocals mixed with a metal rock inspired band, they sure are able to sweep you off your feet and into the mosh pit.

All the official members of Seven Spires are students here at the Berklee College of music and they each come from very different backgrounds. Born and raised in Texas, Adrienne Cowan, the front women, was offered a full academic scholarship sponsored by Lolapalooza music festival. She is now studying Pro Music with an emphasis in composition.

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雪のシーズン到来!

yoshieYoshie Nakayama, from Tokyo, is a Contemporary Writing and Production major, 7th/last semester. She studies arranging, recording/mixing with ProTools, playing trombone for concerts/recordings, and singing in vocal ensembles. She graduated Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo with Bachelor of Music from Music Education major, Music Education minor, with a license of teaching music in japanese Junior high/senior high schools.

こんにちは。ご無沙汰してしまいました。
今年のボストンは暖冬で、クリスマスは半袖の人もいるほどで、年が明けてから雪が降ることはあっても軽い量だったり暖かい日が多く、本格的なコートは着る必要がありませんでした。先週と今日、月曜は雪で休校になるという、ある意味春学期を実感する天気になっていますが、天気予報によれば、今日の雪の後今週は寒波で寒くなるようですが、それが過ぎれば春の気候に向かうということで、何だか拍子抜けしてしまいます。
こちらは先日雨の後に大雪になった日に少し郊外の駅に行った時に撮った写真です。
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こちらは通学路で翌朝に。
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雪で休校になるのは授業料を損してしまうので残念なのですが、景色が綺麗になるのは歓迎です。

さて、前回のブログで触れましたが、私のリサイタルを先月25日にバークリー新校舎のカフェテリアで開催しました。
先学期に入学されたトランペットの山口雄大さんとクラリネットの壱岐薫平さんのお二人が撮影し、山口さんが編集してくださったダイジェスト映像を公開いたしました。
冒頭にアカペラを二曲、その後バンドでアフロキューバンのオリジナル曲を一曲、ブラジル音楽を4曲演奏しました。全て私の編曲によるものです。よろしければご覧ください。

それでは皆さん、今週も良い一週間をお過ごしください!

student-experience

Life, Light, Legacy, and Ledisi

By Dominique Jones

Singers perform at the annual MLK Jr. celebration

Photo by Kelly Davidson

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a polarizing figure in the African-American community. He’s someone that everyone learns about, and an archetype that is often used to frame black intellect, religion, and politics. So, when I learned of all of the celebratory events around MLK Day at Berklee, I expected the same old routine. People would quote and make reference to his “I Have A Dream” speech, the March on Washington, his untimely death, and that’s it. My expectation was that it would be generic, and therefore, boring.

What happened instead was one of the most unapologetic celebrations of blackness that I have ever witnessed in an educational setting.

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