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On June 1, Radio 3—a national public radio station with an average daily audience of 500,000—broadcast its two-hour morning show, Hoy Empieza Todo, from the scoring stage at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, with live performances and interviews with students, staff, and faculty.
Listen to the live show:
Hosted and directed by the charismatic journalist Ángel Carmona, the program featured the resident band We Don’t Sleep, featuring Berklee students Matthew Struthers, Ricardo Osorno, Michael Bester, and Johann Audiffren. At 7:00 a.m. they started to play their upbeat, solid funk original tunes, which set a lively mood for the rest of the show. Shortly after this first performance, a young group of actors started to read four classic movie scenes absent of music. The band was then commissioned to play tunes that intentionally contrasted with the feel of each scene, as a way to alter the narratives.
Other Berklee students were invited to perform, including Steve Umculo, who played his original song “Answer,” accompanied by Osorno, Bester, and Audiffren; Lili del Sol with Sergio del Castillo and César Secundino, who played an acoustic arrangement of traditional Mexican song, “La Bruja,” and Samuel Amos and Scott Peters playing the traditional folk tune, “Oh Mary Don't You Weep.”
Carmona also interviewed the campus’ Executive Director María Iturriaga and Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) Professor Victor Mendoza, who also played the vibraphone as the news of the day was announced; and Fernando Furones, a graduate student in the Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games program, about writing music for video games.
More than 50 people attended the live show, which was followed by a Valencian breakfast with horchata and fartons.
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