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Global Initiatives

Berklee Indian Ensemble: Have you met Ava?

12628586_919155108167709_2231900511043166992_oI’ve known, loved and worked with Ava Dudani since my first semester at Berklee in 2014. If you’ve lived in Boston, chances are, you do too! An active performer and songwriter, Ava is an 8th semester Professional Music major focusing on Music Education and Songwriting sits down with me to share her story.

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Japan Outreach Initiative: Alexander Anderson

unnamed-6In February of 2015, I set out with one of my jazz composition classmates Connor Steck, to schedule a tour of Japan. The idea came to me after I was hosting a “crowded” jam session at my place, where we had maybe six horn players, four guitarists, a bassist, three drummers, and two pianists. I had just finished touring from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA, and was looking for my next big trip, confident in my managing abilities. After a short agreement, we set the dates for July 15th – August 1st, and decided to start putting the final band together.

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Ritmos del Mundo, Ritmos del Corazón – Global Initiatives at Berklee College of Music

Image by Carlos Ballester 2014

Image by Carlos Ballester 2014

Rhythm, our hearts – the first sound we hear in the womb.  This pulsation is the life force that has been with us since the beginning.  The drum was the first instrument created outside of our bodies, (other than the singing voice).  Banging on a hyde-skinned drum seems like a natural, primitive act of necessity.

I’ve always wanted to sing and write, strum chords on a guitar and give poetry a voice.  Performing and singing on a stage was something that came naturally to me, but after putting my heart deep into my first album, Bare Bones, in 2012, I still felt like there was a driving force that was missing.

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Jorrit Dijkstra’s Troubadour Tour 2015

On May 20th, 2015 I embarked on a two and a half-week European tour, filled with a combination of workshops and concerts. I decided that this time I would focus on my workshops on collective improvisation, targeting conservatory students, advanced amateurs and professional musicians. In addition I had a few solo concerts and improvisational concerts with local musicians interested in collaborating on a spontaneous note. Fortunately Berklee has been extremely generous in supporting the master class portion of this tour, making it all possible. An exciting tour with lots of new musical encounters (I felt like a real musical troubadour), and some extremely rewarding responses from the workshop participants.

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Cluttered Clarity: Friendship in the Music Business (part 2)

Ben KonenBen Konen is a student at Berklee College of Music. With the help of International Programs he and his band, Cluttered Clarity, will be touring around Europe this summer. Read more about Ben’s adventures here.

Last week I explained that sometimes in your career, you have to take business decisions against your friends. This week, I will explain that good friends will also help move your career forward.

For those of you that read the previous blog posts, you know that the last couple of months were really busy. I had to organize a tour and all the work that it brings with it. Unfortunately I only had little time to do all that work. When I told my friends about the project, I had a lot of great feedback from them. Further more, some people offered me their help, which I gladly accepted.

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