BIN: My Beginning in Music and Experience at EMMAT

BIN LogoThe Berklee International Network (BIN) consists of 19 schools around the globe who’s mission is to seek talented students to enroll in Berklee programs and create opportunities for students to grow and develop their skills, through exposure to other cultures, diverse audiences, and master musicians; and develop careers with global focus. Each month a BIN student will share his experience, culture, and music. Learn more about the BIN and their students at Berklee Blogs.

By: Camilo Echeverry

La música empezó siendo para mí el más divertido de todos los juegos. A los 4 años disfrutaba profundamente las interminables horas que pasaba con mi guitarra, para entonces mucho más grande que yo, frente al reproductor de cassettes, repitiendo y replicando las melodías y los acordes que escuchaba en las canciones de Atahualpa Yupanqui, Facundo Cabral, Mercedes Sosa, Charly García, The Beatles… Continue reading

Cory Henry fará show na Berklee!

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.


Hoje venho falar de um evento espetacular que irá acontecer nesta sexta-feira, dia 27 de Fevereiro às 7 horas da noite, no prédio 921 Boylston Street (Uchida Building) da Berklee. O ganhador do Grammy em 2014, e atualmente tecladista do Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry irá visitar a faculdade e ministrar o evento chamado “An Evening With Cory Henry”.

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STAND: Running a Student-Led Initiative at Berklee, Part 2

IMGP71522.jpgThis post was written by Elena Goddard, fourth-semester songwriter, pianist, and music business/management student from Smithers, British Columbia. She is the executive coordinator of Berklee’s Student Government Association, chair of STAND, and a peer advisor.

(Continuation of Part 1. Read it here.)

When school started up in the fall, I invited fellow students to join the committee and help lead projects and campaigns within the initiative. I didn’t expect a huge turnout, and I guess it was because I underestimated how much this topic affects people. The first meeting brought new student faces and was filled with brilliant ideas and passion for this topic. The next meeting, those students brought more people. I had fellow Berklee peers emailing me saying they wanted to get involved but couldn’t make our weekly meeting times, so asked if they could instead join one of the projects.

We began planning an event called Twilight Induction. Our longterm vision for this event was to incorporate it into Orientation Week and show students that Berklee is a safe place for them to get help; it’s an open-minded place for them to be themselves, ask questions, and also show that they should help create an open environment. Even though we were in the middle of the semester, we held our first Twilight Induction, which consisted of speeches by members of P-Funk, some awesome mini-talks by students and faculty, lighting candles (fake ones; don’t worry, I wasn’t about to burn down Boston) that say “I stand because…” and writing our reasons down, and then reading through a list of codes of conduct we believe in at Berklee. This was followed by a performance of “Imagine”. Even though we had such a short timeframe in which to pull off the event, it was so well received and was awesome to be a part of.

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Thania Sanz, pionera por treinta años

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a sixth 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 sexto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín.

Thania Sanz ofreció clínica sobre la influencia del Jazz y la música latina en el Pop y lo demostró a través de material original gracias a la invitación del Berklee Voice Department.

Thania es el perfecto ejemplo del músico completo. Ella es multiinstrumentista , especializada en Jazz, productora y educadora. Graduada en Berklee College of Music en Vocal Performance y Composition, regresó con treinta años de vida artística a su casa de estudios para contarnos sobre su carrera y enseñarnos su trabajo.

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Herbie and the Hi-Lo’s

37863_409686911221_6329760_nJustin Poon is a sixth-semester student at Berklee studying buddhism, performance and electronic production and design. As a founding member of Affiliated Gallery, a creative design group based in Toronto, Justin is involved in film scoring and sound design. He is also involved in producing for singers and hip-hop artists wherever he can find them.

When it comes to musical influence, it is in my belief that anything can be relevant. I have long ago dropped the attitude of dismissing anything that wasn’t relevant to what I was working on. I can freely vibe out to the new Drizzy while walking to my Pat Metheny ensemble, or figure out the chords to a Concha Buika arrangement before I spin EDM at the BIRN. When he was learning jazz, Herbie Hancock was very influenced by vocal groups, particularly the Hi-Lo’s, a group arranged by Clare Fisher, who also worked for heavyweights such as Dizzy Gillespie, Paul McCartney, Al Jarreau, and Prince. According to Hancock, Fisher was applying harmonic concepts far more advanced than what most people were doing.

Herbie, who formed a barbershop quartet in high school, talks about how this vocal influence to harmony is apparent in records such as Speak Like A Child, where all the individual parts very much have a vocal sound, in the way that they are all very free. Being one of my favourite Herbie records, I love the way that the horns feel like they have lyrics for them, and this liberates Herbie to texturally lay down a larger scope the rhythmic law. The parts seem a lot more purposeful; they suit the horn they are written for a lot more.

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