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Hong Kong: Jeannie’s Last Days in Hong Kong

gagne-jeannieJeannie Gagné is an Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee. International Programs at Berklee recently helped Jeannie plan a trip to Hong Kong where she is teaching and performing. Here she recounts her experiences while traveling abroad. You can read other posts about her trip here.

 

On Wednesday May 21 Kelvin Lau and I taped a 2-hour spot for DBC Radio, an internet program on music. I sang four songs self-accompanied on keys, and Kelvin sang 5 songs with pianist Cedric Chan. We were interviewed by Kathy, with Wilson at the controls. The show airs in late June. When I left at 1am Kelvin was still recording, they went all night! Continue reading

Hong Kong: Birthday, Teaching, and Exploring

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Jeannie Gagné is an Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee. International Programs at Berklee recently helped Jeannie plan a trip to Hong Kong where she is teaching and performing. Here she recounts her experiences while traveling abroad. You can read other posts about her trip here.

It’s already Sunday May 18 here! These days have been full and wonderful and I have much to share.

Jeannie and friendsI’ve taught several voice lessons, this has been really fun. I’m making many new friends. I am really falling in love with people here, so generous, so warm.

I’ve tasted lots of new foods (though it’s a bit tough being a wheat-free vegetarian!) and seen more of Hong Kong. The way to get around is by walking, taxi or the metro. There are taxis everywhere! Continue reading

Hong Kong: Making New Friends Abroad

gagne-jeannieJeannie Gagné is an Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee. International Programs at Berklee recently helped Jeannie plan a trip to Hong Kong where she is teaching and performing. Here she recounts her experiences while traveling abroad. You can read other posts about her trip here.

 

Second Full Day, May 15 2014

Buildings in Hong  KongI’ve settled into my hotel room with a view of a huge building and a little bit of Victoria Harbour that separates where I’m staying in Wanchai, on Hong Kong Island, from Kowloon across the way. Hong Kong is tall buildings everywhere! And I’m from New York City, but even so, here in Hong Kong everything seems very tall and UP. Continue reading

Berklee Performs for Internet Company in China

The following post was written by music production and engineering professor Stephen Webber, who is among the faculty, students, and Office of Admissions staff traveling in China to promote Berklee’s auditions and interviews. This marks the first time Berklee has sent a student ensemble to China.

Today we left the hotel at 6:15 a.m. to pick up the equipment at Dulwich College, Shanghai (where we presented workshops yesterday), and made our way to the campus of Alibaba, China’s largest internet company.  We played a show for the employees, who were ready to rock out and have a good time.  Later we toured the facility, and were amazed at how this company has transformed e-commerce not only in Asia, but around the world!

Student Aries Deng and professor Stephen Webber

Student Nick Zeigler and Berklee instructor Raydar Ellis


Berklee Sends First Student Ensemble to China

Music production and engineering professor Stephen Webber is accompanying the Scratch Ambassadors to China, marking the first time a Berklee student ensemble has traveled and performed there. The group, along with other faculty, students, and Office of Admissions staff, will be promoting Berklee’s auditions and interviews in China. Student Aries Deng, who hails from Beijing, is among the students featured in the ensemble. The following is a post penned by Webber.

This morning the Scratch Ambassadors (aka Berklee Turntable Crew) performed for my Intro to MP&E class in recital hall 1W—it should be a good warm up concert for our tour of China! We leave super-early on Friday morning (6:00 a.m. flight).

We’ll be spinning and scratching and blending and bopping our way from Beijing to Shanghai, performing and presenting workshop at two colleges, one university, and what I’m being told is the top conservatory in China!

We’ve got four turntablists, one rapper, and a singer who doubles on sax and Akai EWI (Electroninc Wind Instrument). I wonder what they’ll make of us over there?  As far as I know, Berklee has the only college touring turntable crew in the world!  I can’t wait to meet our audiences, and to play some uniquely American music—fusing hip-hop, jazz, funk, Latin, rock, and spoken word.

I’ll check in later from the road!

Stephen Webber and the Scratch Ambassadors