Berklee and Heavy Rotation Records band Nini & Ben (Christina Fabi and Benjamin Gebert) play “Shine” at the Bowery Poetry Club, with bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer Jake Cohen, guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steel guitarist Tommy Bohlen:
People at this conference get straight to the action. Beginning at 9:00, back-to-back conferences were programmed to keep people informed and interested in the event. The topics covered included: methods to adapt to a transitioning music industry, considerations for writing and promoting commercial music, legal aspects of songwriting and copyright protection, and one-on-one chats with famous and successful music producers. KC Porter was among the people in the chat, along with Victor Manuel (writer of Celia Cruz’s hit single, “La vida es un carnaval”), and Marco Flores (producer for Thalia, Gloria Estefan, and Carlos Ponce).
As much as I hate airports, I was psyched about the treatment we received the moment we stepped off the plane in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. People working with the conference picked us up and did everything possible to receive the best treatment. They sped our passing through airport security and customs. After the uncomfortable lines and waiting at Miami and Boston airports, this felt like a wonderful welcome. Upon arriving at the hotel where the conference would take place, Gabriel Traversari, the founder and president of the conference, gave us a very personal and warm welcome. He mentioned he was really excited and honored that Berklee and LAMBA had a presence in this nascent project.
Hello, everyone! My name is Nicolás Mariñelarena, and I’m the president of the Latin American Music & Business Association at Berklee. We strive to connect Berklee students with the Latin music industry, and usually organize school trips, panels, and even televised contests and concerts.
We usually call relevant industry figures – such as artists, producers, managers, engineers, and business people – to visit Berklee and give clinics, but this time it was the other way around… Continue reading →
In the last few years, a number of dedicated and ambitious students have developed strong ties with the Latin American music industry—organizing events in Boston and at the Latin Billboard Awards, and working behind the scenes at the Latin Grammys. Coming up, the new leaders of the Latin American Music and Business Club jet down to Nicaragua for the Central American Music Conference. They’ll schmooze with kings of cumbia, rulers of reggaetón*… aaand Ricky Martin’s producer. This weekend’s so bright, they’ve got to wear shades. Can’t wait to hear about it.
* Now in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.