Post by Jason Camelio, director of international programs.
Ronan Guilfoyle is a force in the world of music. In addition to being a world-class bassist, composer and educator, he is the founder and artistic director of the Newpark Music Centre just outside of Dublin. His deep passion for music and music education, intense studiousness and brilliant wit have taken Newpark from its start in 1979 to its current status as a top institution for contemporary music education. Continue reading →
The past two weeks have been extremely busy for all of us, and hugely successful too. The four Dublin performances were all packed and very well received. The workshop and the two performances in Sligo also had really good numbers, especially for a Sunday and Monday night. The Headford workshop was tied in with a summer school that’s was going on at the time so there were about 30 students between the ages of 8 and 18, many of which came to the performance that night with parents and siblings. So, again the room was filled to capacity! The workshop at the Berklee International Network partner Newpark Music Centre in Dublin was attended by several of the degree students and a number of younger students who had heard about it either on the internet or from their teachers.
Pianist Christian Li, drummer Roberto Giaquinto, saxophonist/leader Matt Halpin, bassist Jared Henderson and guitarist Mike Bono on tour in Ireland.
The Irish Times – Ireland’s newspaper of record – ran a comprehensive story on Berklee in Dublin and the college’s stepped-up recruitment efforts in the Emerald Isle as its lead arts feature on Friday. The piece essentially gave readers a crash course on Berklee and its strong links to Ireland, with quotes from trustee Bill Whelan, Irish jazz star and Berklee alumnus Brian Dunning, and others. It also included four large color photos of students at the workshops and a shot of The Edge speaking at Berklee’s 2007 commencement ceremony.
As a bonus, the Times online produced a multimedia feature with audio and photography from the improvisation workshops.
1. I am really, really tired. Three planes, four airports, 30 screaming babies (roughly) … 12 hours to ponder how others manage to get restful sleep in those evil, miniature seats. What is your secret, guy snoring loudly in the row behind me!?!