Part 2: Logic
by John Anthony Martinez ’87
Read Part 1: Grammar here!
The ability to think critically is one of the most valuable assets any creative person can possess. As musicians and artists, we have the unique ability to use our talents to point to truths about the world around us that might otherwise go unnoticed, draw attention to injustices that might otherwise go unchallenged, or transport people through storytelling who have never traveled. Composers and musicians have been doing this for centuries; Bach’s sacred music, John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance”, and the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?” are good examples. Even if one is not a composer or songwriter, the ability to quickly analyze a piece of music and create (or recreate) an appropriate part for it is a necessary skill for anyone who plans to perform music well
Suhhyun Sarah Kwon is a seventh semester student at Berklee, dual majoring in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production. 버클리에서 Film Scoring과 Contemporary Writing and Production 복수전공으로 일곱번째 학기를 맞는 권서현입니다. 영어로 발음하기 어려운 이름이라 Sarah라는 이름을 사용하고 있습니다.
현재 버클리에는 한국에서 온 유학생 뿐만 아니라 미국과 다른 나라에서 온 교포까지 합해 대략 300명 정도의 한국인들이 있습니다. 약 4000명인 전체 학생 중 미국 국적이 아닌 학생들이 약 1000명인걸 생각하면 300 가까이 되는 숫자는 굉장히 큰거죠. 버클리에서 너무나도 쉽게 찾을 수 있는 한국인에 유학을 왔지만 유학 온 것같지 않다는 학생들도 많지만 그 만큼 장점도 많은 것 같습니다. 2008년 가을 학기에 입학, 2011년에 Electronic Production and Design으로 졸업한 권정은씨와의 인터뷰 통해서 한국인들의 네트워크 파워를 새삼 다시 한번 느꼈습니다.
Part 1: Grammar
by John Anthony Martinez ’87
Recently, I had the honor of conducting a masterclass, along with keyboard synth pioneer and Johns Hopkins University Professor Thomas Dolby, on the rhythm section at Oxford University. My lecture examined questions such as: What is time? What is rhythm? How do we define a rhythm section and what are the roles or functions that the individual members play in it? What does it mean to groove?
Guitar Professor Daniel Flors has been busy putting together Berklee Valencia’s first musical theater ensemble! Daniel Flors was one of the recipients of Berklee’s fellowship this year with an aim to explore and perform Musical theater with Students on the Valencia campus this semester. Early this year students auditioned with their best “16 bars” to be part of this exciting ensemble! With a selection of ten singers, and five band members, rehearsals have been well underway. The students participating in this special ensemble will have the chance to perform at one of Valencia’s best theater venues Sala Russafa on November 30th, 8:30 pm 2015 (Free admission, Tickets available at the door).
They will present a musical review entitled “An Evening of Broadway” which highlights Broadway hits from over the years including songs from West Side Story, Godspell, Dreamgirls and Wicked! The performance will be Directed by Daniel Flors himself and Choreographed by Student Affairs own Clara Barberá.
Check out this sneak peek rehearsal video from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar: