Berklee College of Music



Biography

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 75 years, the college has continually evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more.

With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with award-winning extension classes and degree granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after­school programming for underserved teens in 48 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. In New York City, Berklee is part of the Amp Up NYC partnership, providing the Modern Band music program to thousands of K-12 public school students. With a student body representing more than 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won 328 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

On April 24, the Conservatory Project will present the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, top students from Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), whose artistic director is pianist and composer Danilo Pérez. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment, where students explore their creativity, advance the power of music for the betterment of society, and connect their creative thinking with the natural environment. The group will present a variety of new jazz compositions written by members of the group, as well as pieces composed by modern masters.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/24/2015: Berklee College of Music

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform both original compositions and works by modern jazz masters. The sextet includes top student composer/performers from Israel, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United States.

Video 4/26/2014: Berklee College of Music

Israeli duo talYtali’s original instrumentation and musical aesthetics stand out in the global jazz music scene, heavily influenced by Israeli traditional songs and classical music. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/31/2014: Berklee College of Music Mix Maestros

With one foot in the past from old records and one foot in the future with the ensemble’s live interpretations, the Mix Maestros build a show drawing from all genres at any given moment. The performance features Raydar Ellis, MC and turntable; Jason Dawson, turntable; Stephen Carroll, turntable and drums; Luke Goh, turntable and piano; Sam Millinazzo, turntable and guitar; and Nullin Hassan, turntable and flute. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 6/11/2013: Berklee Scholarship Sextet

The Berklee College of Music ensemble performs jazz standards. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

Video 4/12/2013: Berklee College of Music

Students perform Waves of Visions, a collaboration between pianist and composer Yakir Arbib and visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/6/2012: Berklee College of Music Roots Roadshow

Members of the American Roots Music Program will shift from bluegrass to old-time to Celtic and Western Swing.

Video 3/9/2012: Berklee College of Music

Students from the school’s Silent Film Orchestra perform a 2011 original score to the 1925 Sergei Eisenstein film Battleship Potemkin. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 6/1/2011: Berklee World Jazz Octet

This groundbreaking ensemble employs instruments and grooves from many corners of the planet to create great, improvised music. Part of The DC Jazz Festival.

Video 2/26/2011: Berklee College of Music

Berklee Flamenco, directed by Javier Limón, performs original works by Limón, ensemble member Ariadna Castellanos Rivas, as well as works by Paco de Lucía. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 6/2/2010: Berklee World Jazz Nonet

This groundbreaking ensemble employs instruments and grooves from many corners of the planet in the service of creating great, improvised music.

Video 5/12/2010: Berklee College of Music

The Berklee World Strings, conducted by Eugene Friesen, performs works by Gershwin, Shostakovich, James Scott Skinner, and others.

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