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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

Final thoughts from China

Mark Campbell, Berklee associate VP for enrollment, packs his bags.

As we prepare to return home from China, a final thought or two.

Expo 2010 is on here in Shanghai and the theme is “Better City, Better Life,” a recognition that sustainable urban environments are crucial to global prosperity and peace. Continue reading

Berklee Visits China, 4

The author (left) with Mark Campbell, Berklee associate VP for enrollment and Greg Badolato, assistant VP for international programs.

Our visit to Beijing has proven very informative. Having had the opportunity to meet with and visit a variety of music educators, institutions and alumni living in China, I am struck by the palpable pulse of opportunity and possibility here. Continue reading

Berklee in China, 3: Learning to understand

Mark Campbell, associate VP for enrollment, reflects on the challenge and rewards of communication.

Effective communication leads to understanding, awareness and appreciation of similarity and difference.

Sometimes it’s difficult to get across your meaning, or to hear another’s intent. It’s a never-ending challenge; listen well, speak clearly.

Funny. . . but it does get the point across!

In coming to China, our approach has been to listen intently and focus on understanding first. We are here to learn. At the same time, music provides a common medium to share, to understand… to feel. Continue reading