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Q&A with Sebastian Laverde, Musician, Producer, and Studio Owner

Colombian-born Sebastian Laverde M.M. ’15 settled down in Valencia after graduating from Berklee’s campus in Spain with two master’s degrees. He published his first album, Alma en Clave, in 2015, and he regularly plays drums or vibraphone with Latin jazz maestros and Berklee faculty and alumni. Last November, he opened his own recording facility, Jazztone Studios, where he serves as artistic director. We recently talked to him about his time at Berklee Valencia and what he’s been up to since graduation.

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Q&A with Artur Melo e Castro, Digital Product Analyst at Red Bull Media House

Artur Melo e Castro M.A. ’18 landed his current job at Red Bull Media House after completing a six-month internship with the company. For the Portugal native, who started his professional career in the biotech sector, Berklee Valencia was a life-changing experience that allowed him to shift career paths. We recently talked to him about his time at Berklee Valencia, and how the experience prepared him for his new position.

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Q&A with Alumnus Alexey León Reyes, Award-Winning Saxophonist

Alexey León Reyes hasn’t slowed down since earning his master’s degree from Berklee Valencia in 2014. The Cuban-born saxophonist and flutist has racked up top prizes at jazz festivals around the world, helped students achieve their musical goals as a teacher at Sedajazz in Valencia, and is about to release his third album, Okudzhava for My Mother, a homage to the Russian poet and songwriter Bulat Okudzhava. We recently caught up with him to discuss the inspiration behind his new project, and his career as an artist and educator.

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Q&A with Tonina Saputo, Singer-Songwriter and Bassist

While studying at Berklee Valencia, Tonina Saputo B.M. ’17 met Grammy Award-winning producer Javier Limón. The pair struck up a musical rapport that would lead to the release of her album Black Angel on Limón’s record label, Casa Limón, and a number of high-profile performance opportunities. We recently caught up with the St. Louis, Missouri-based singer-songwriter and bassist ahead of the release of her second full-length, St. Lost, a meditation on roots and rootlessness.

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Q&A with Mikaela Allen, Digital Marketing Manager, Analytics and Engagement at Tidal

Since earning her graduate degree from Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Mikaela Allen M.A. ’14 has accumulated substantial experience in the fields of digital marketing and social media. As a result, she now serves as digital marketing manager, analytics and engagement at Tidal, where she works with upcoming and established artists to help them boost their subscriptions and brand awareness.

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Gaining Work Experience Through Berklee Valencia’s Internship Program

Each year, about 20 percent of the graduate student body at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, chooses to do an internship in their fourth semester. Most of these opportunities are arranged by the International Career Center (ICC), which also provides students with expert guidance, cutting-edge resources, and professional development experiences throughout the academic year.

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