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India, days 5+6: In the audition room

Dan Carlin, Berklee’s chair of film scoring, reports.

Feb. 10–11: Over the past two days, we’ve held Berklee auditions at the Performers Collective here in Gurgaon, India. The demand was so great that, instead of working in shifts, our two audition teams were forced to double-book. In addition, this necessitated our corralling David McKay (Berklee’s vice president of institutional advancement) into performing interviews to handle the overflow.

On Wednesday, I teamed with Gregorio “The Great” Badolato. We saw a wide range of student musicians, some performing traditional ethnic music, some singing jazz or pop tunes, some spicing up Indian ragas with western harmonics, some playing the blues. Continue reading

India, day 4: Conversations, computers, and audition prep

By Dan Carlin, February 9, 2010.

Today we presented several clinics at the Performers Collective, covering such topics as improvisation, funk, film music, and music business. The students, once again, were very attentive and inquisitive. In fact, our experience over these last couple of days has been that once a clinic ends, we remain for a good 20 to 30 minutes speaking individually with students who are overflowing with questions. Continue reading

Berklee in India, day 3: The clinics begin

On their third day in India, Film Scoring chair Dan Carlin and the rest of the Berklee team. . . way too busy to send photos. . . get down to work at the World Scholarship Tour visit, orienting participants to the audition process.

This was our first day at the Performers Collective, the school where we are holding our sessions. Today was dedicated to orientation, with both morning and afternoon clinics in which we introduced the students to the Berklee audition and interview process. Continue reading

Berklee in India: Arts and eats in New Delhi

Our correspondent Dan Carlin, chair of film scoring, reports in after his first full day in India with Berklee’s World Scholarship Tour. Today, the team members meet their hosts from Performers’ Collective/Gurgaon School of Music, and learn about the area’s culture.

This has been a full day. At breakfast, I was happy to see that David McKay and Greg Badolato had arrived safely. Now we are six.

This being an official “day off,” our Indian hosts arranged for us to do a little touring of the area. We started at Qutb-Minar, an archeological site from the 12th century that included very interesting architecture. Like other older countries that have been invaded many times, India has a diverse mix of stylized structures. Continue reading

India: Arrival!

This week, Berklee holds a flurry of events in New Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay), India, including clinics and its first-ever auditions and interviews for prospective students. (Learn more about the trip.) The team includes David McKay, Berklee’s VP for institutional advancement; frequent fliers Jason Camelio and Gojko Damjanic of International Programs; contemporary writing and production faculty Michael Farquharson; and Dan Carlin, chair of film scoring, who takes us from his home in Massachusetts to touching down in the subcontinent.

This journey started with Jason Camelio picking me up at my Southborough home at 1:00 pm Friday, then we drove onto Newton, where Michael Farquharson hopped in, after which we swung by Beth Israel to pick up shot records. We finally arrived at Logan Airport in time to meet Gojko Damjanic and David McKay before catching our 4:00 flight to Newark. Anxious to experience as much of the notorious New Jersey culinary delights as possible, we dined in the airport and then allowed ourselves to be corralled onto the 8:45 flight to Delhi (moooooo). Continue reading