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Volunteering in New Orleans

Jordan Lockaby, Project Manager for the Dean of Admissions, writes from Berklee’s Gracenotes trip in New Orleans.

One week after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast with winds up to 175 miles per hour President Barack Obama addressed our horrified nation.

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“In the coming weeks, as the images of the immediate crisis fade and this chamber becomes consumed with other matters, we will be hearing a lot about lessons learned and steps to be taken… Once we stabilize the situation, this country will face an enormous challenge in providing stability for displaced families over the months and years that it will take to rebuild.”

This autumn marks ten years since the hurricane took almost 2,000 lives, and there is still work to be done to repair New Orleans.

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My Trip to Brazil: Performing at the 3rd Biennale of Bahia

Alexia Riner was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview Alexia’s photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

Alexia and Isadora in BrazilGoing to Brazil on behalf of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute was an unforgettable experience. We were exposed to an entirely new culture that opened my eyes and ears to the arts of Brazil.

Before going we studied the music of enigmatic Swiss/Brazilian musican Walter Smetak. He worked as a cellist, luthier, improvisor and had a major and mentored Brazilian luminaries Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Smetak won a prize for research in the 1st Biennale and taught at the Universidade Federal da Bahia that hosted our exchange along with the Biennale.  Continue reading

Brazil 2014: Biennial da Bahia (Jason Lim, Part 2)

Jason Lim was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

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Monday 14th July.  Day one in Bahia after arriving the previous night.  We met Christiano Figueiró, the faculty member who leads the body of students we were collaborating with.  First step was to source power adapters so we could use our computers and instruments.  My biggest concern on arrival was whether or not I would even be able to power my modular synth.  I own a Doepfer A-100 case with a PSU suited for US 110 volts AC standard.  During my layover in Sao Paulo I noticed that many power sockets in and around the airport were 220 volts, which set alarm bells ringing!  Thankfully the region of Salvador uses 110V as standard so I just needed a socket adapter.  Continue reading

Brazil 2014: Biennial da Bahia (Jason Lim, Part 1)

Jason Lim was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

The months leading up to the trip to Brazil was a very busy time.  I had family from Scotland in town in Boston for my graduation ceremony, I was prototyping future products for Qu-Bit during any spare moment and the 3rd production run of the Nebulæ module was about to begin. I spent about a month from May 22nd in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with Qu-Bit’s other half, Andrew Ikenberry (Berklee Alumni ’13), where we worked 12 hour days soldering modules and writing new firmware.  Continue reading

Berklee in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Dalton Harts was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazil, view photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

This summer I was fortunate enough to travel on behalf of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI) to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, for a performance at the third Bahia Biennale as well as an exchange with the University Federal da Bahia (UFBA).  The Biennale is a 100-day art and culture festival that draws artists from 22 countries to create over 30 events and exhibitions across Salvador and the state of Bahia.  We worked closely with students of music and technology from the UFBA, lead by UFBA faculty Cristiano Figueiró.  Continue reading