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Felipe Tellez Morgana Premiere at Buñol

Morgana Overture Premiere with the San Rafael Symphonic Band of Bunyol

It was a real treat taking the short trip from Valencia to Bunyol to witness the premiere of one of my overtures by the local Symphonic Band from the Conservatorio Profesional de Música San Rafael de Buñol. This was made possible through collaboration and internal competitions from within Berklee, in order to select the pieces to be played.

Meeting new people, conductors, players and a new audience is very important for composers, and I feel lucky to have been given the chance.

-Felipe Téllez

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Berklee and Beyond at SXSW 2016

Curtis Killian, Web Content Producer for Berklee’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Institutional Advancement, spent a few days at SXSW in Austin to capture the Berklee experience there, including performances from alumni and student bands. 

Day 1, Wednesday March 16

Caught Mexican pop sensation Jesse & Joy at The Spotify House . The brother/sister duo’s album ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? and its songs won four 2012 Latin Grammys, including awards for Berklee alumni Gustavo Borner ’89 (Engineer/mixer/mastering) for album of the year  and songwriter Tommy Torres ’93 for song of the year on behalf of the group.
Jesse and Joy at the Spotify House, SXSW 2016 (photo by Curtis Killian)

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The Trivium in Music – Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric

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?

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Peaches & Cream: A Phonobooth Recording

by Zachary Lucia ’14

Kim Logan ’10, a singer-songwriter in Nashville recently recorded an original song, Peaches and Cream, in a 1947 coin-operated phonobooth at Third Man Records.

You may remember Kim from her awesome blog post about fashion trends and the musicians that once heralded them.  With this project Kim again shows a deep appreciation for music’s history and her efforts to show its relevance to our modern day trends.  As if the phonobooth video isn’t cool enough,

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The First Sound We Hear… and the Second

by Eruch Kimball ’03

We all begin life the same way. We all develop in a similar environment.  We all listen to the same things. Our world is sound. Seventy decibels of sound. Constant. All inclusive. It is our only reference to the world we’re just beginning to learn about. Equivalent to driving down the highway with the windows rolled down, the first world we experience as humans is filled with sound.

The Mother’s heartbeat.  Comforting, yet unending. A steady pulsing wave of ocean-like noise as air rushes in and out of her lungs. The gurgle of her internal organs, comforting, like the purring of an engine. All of these sounds are echoed and reverberated through the fluid that cradles us as we slowly awake to the world.

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