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Fashion Designers’ Forgotten Muse

by Kim Logan ’10

Close your eyes, and you’re in 1965…  

Young haute designers Ossie Clark and Andre Courrèges are going head to head with heavyweight Yves St. Laurent to debut the collection that will most epitomize the swinging sixties.  You’re sitting front-row at all three runway shows, and you see the birth of the mini-skirt.  You see Mondrian and triangle-shift dresses, go-go boots and huge earrings.  You see sleek black turtlenecks and bottle-blond bangs, silver lamé and flamboyant furs.   It’s so thrilling to have time-warped to experience this psychedelic explosion of fashion culture, but perhaps even more exciting is the fact that all three of these designers have drawn their inspiration for their collections from the deep well of 1960’s musicians and artists.  Those black turtlenecks came from the slim bodies of Edie Sedgwick and Nico, and those mini-skirts were alive and well on Marianne Faithfull and the French pop darlings of yé-yé music long before they were sold in stores.

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Berklee Presents American Master’s Award

Nashville Music Icons Honored to Mark 30th Anniversary

by Shantell Ogden ‘05

In an intimate backstage event at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, March 17, Berklee College of Music presented its first American Master Awards to Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager; Eddie Bayers, drummer on more than 300 gold and platinum records; and Curb Group CEO Jim Ed Norman. The award was timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Berklee’s Nashville student trip, a trip that each of the award recipients have played a key role in cultivating throughout the years.

Left to Right - Jay Kennedy, Pete Fisher, Pat Pattison

Left to Right – Jay Kennedy, Pete Fisher, Pat Pattison

“This is a monumental year for us and we wanted to recognize some special people who have made this Nashville trip possible for students at Berklee,” said Jay Kennedy, vice president, Academic Affairs. “Tonight we are honoring industry leaders for their openness, generosity, and deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young musicians, providing them opportunities to grow as artists and leaders. Pete, Eddie and Jim have been leaders and succeeders in the music industry and we applaud them for their contributions.” Continue reading

I Lived in a Tent in a Ditch in the Woods

A Perspective on Life

By Eruch Kimball ’03

“So how’s the weather in EEEELL AAAAY???”, my mother asks through the speaker of an “i”
device. “Yeah, its pretty great. I think it got up to 82 today.”, I say, with slight enthusiasm. “How’s
winter treating you and Dad?”. “Well, its down in the 20’s. It’s a little cold”, she says. “Well”, I rise to speak, with an instant thought of tactical advantage, “just remember, I spent a week in the mountains of South Korea in January, with a high of 9!”Eruch Kimball

I like the outdoors. I also love air conditioning. When I was in the Army there were a couple of very memorable training events involving the outdoors. A night time live fire obstacle course. My first January in South Korea. And a special time where I lived in a tent in a ditch in the woods for a week. You knew I’d get to that title soon… Continue reading

Two-Five-One: Joo Won Park

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Joo Won Park (www.joowonpark.net) graduated in 2001 as a dual major of Music Synthesis and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is now working as a Visiting Assistant Professor of computer music at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.  Joo Won is also a performing electronic musician.

Name: Joo Won Park
Major(s): Music Synthesis, Contemporary Writing & Production
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Current City: Oberlin, OHJooWonBW

How does your degree play a role in your current career path?

I am currently teaching computer music at the Oberlin Conservatory. Many teaching jobs at the universities require that you have Master’s degree or higher. Berklee has given me right training and experience to pursue masters and PhD in music.  I also have been in contact with my Berklee professors for 12 years. They have helped and supported my through my graduate school years and beyond as a mentor and role model.

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Nashville Berklee Jam with Judy Rodman

Eric Normand ’89 runs the Nashville Berklee Jam. For the full post please visit nashvilleberkleejam.com.

The guest speaker for the June, 2014 Nashville Berklee Jam was award-winning vocal coach, Judy Rodman. In this in-depth workshop she covers many facets of the most challenging endeavor a vocalist will encounter, singing in the studio. Here are some highlights from her talk (her entire presentation can be viewed here).

“The studio is an odd place to sing, it’s very artificial…it requires perfection, because the mic is really sensitive… and recording is forever.” Continue reading