Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers | Berklee Valencia Campus

Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers

Claire Mas

Former Head of Digital at Island Records

Claire Mas has managed the digital strategy of top artists such as Sigrid, Robyn, Mumford & Sons, Ray BLK, and Hozier, among others. She is an influential voice in the digital music...

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Claire Mas has managed the digital strategy of top artists such as Sigrid, Robyn, Mumford & Sons, Ray BLK, and Hozier, among others. She is an influential voice in the digital music ecosystem, having previously headed up digital at Communion, led training for Music Ally, and managed independent artists.

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Shawn Barron

Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records

Shawn Barron

Shawn Barron is the man behind the signing of Drake, Diggy Simmons, Wale, Curren$y, and Ty Dolla $ign. He is now senior director at Atlantic Records and has previously worked for Universal...

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Shawn Barron is the man behind the signing of Drake, Diggy Simmons, Wale, Curren$y, and Ty Dolla $ign. He is now senior director at Atlantic Records and has previously worked for Universal Records and Koch Records.

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Ekaterina Bazhanova

Director at Music Development Russia

Ekaterina Bazhanova is the founder of Music Development Russia, a company providing services in different areas of the music business. Its key activities are artist development, music...

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Ekaterina Bazhanova is the founder of Music Development Russia, a company providing services in different areas of the music business. Its key activities are artist development, music business consulting, publishing, events, and music exports. Bazhanova has worked with artists such as Yuar, Tesla Boy, Poko Cox, On-the-Go, and НААДЯ, among others.

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Tony Woodcock

Visiting Professor for Music and Social Entrepreneurship

Tony Woodcock

Tony Woodcock is a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience directing major performing arts and...

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Tony Woodcock is a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience directing major performing arts and higher education organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He’s known for innovation and creative empowerment with a proven track record of success in management, fundraising, teaching, and executive mentoring.

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Montserrat Andrée Carty

Goodreads Contributor at Amazon

Montserrat Andrée Carty

Montse Carty has worked in various areas of the music industry: artist relations, artist programming, and global marketing for music companies including Sony Music Entertainment, Pandora...

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Montse Carty has worked in various areas of the music industry: artist relations, artist programming, and global marketing for music companies including Sony Music Entertainment, Pandora Media, and various nonprofits including the San Francisco Symphony.

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Cherie Hu

Freelance Writer, Editor, and Podcaster

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu defines herself as a citizen of the music tech macrocosm. The main topic of her work is...

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Cherie Hu defines herself as a citizen of the music tech macrocosm. The main topic of her work is how technology transforms music and culture. Her written work can be found at Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide, Columbia Journalism Review, Pitchfork, and many other publications.

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Javier López

Sales Director for Midem

Javier López

Javier López is sales director for Midem, the leading international marketplace for the global...

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Javier López is sales director for Midem, the leading international marketplace for the global music community. He is in charge of Midem’s commercial reach in a wide variety of countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Australia, among many others.

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Stephen Budd

Music Executive at Stephen Budd Music Management

Stephen Budd

Stephen Budd Music represents some of the most successful and influential producers, songwriters,...

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Stephen Budd Music represents some of the most successful and influential producers, songwriters, mixers, engineers, remixers, and programmers from Europe and the U.S. In addition to his management services, Budd himself is a music cultural commentator and an advisor to music festivals and live events.

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Kali Bradford

Label Manager at Distiller Music Group

Kali Bradford

Kali Bradford’s role includes partnership management, artist and label development, and project...

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Kali Bradford’s role includes partnership management, artist and label development, and project management for the group’s live session channel, Distiller TV. Previously she has worked as the music and talent coordinator for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and as the social media coordinator for Fierce Panda/Club Fandango.

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Suze Lord

Freelance Marketing Consultant

Suze Lord

Suze Lord is a freelance marketing consultant helping companies such as British Airways, Yves Saint...

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Suze Lord is a freelance marketing consultant helping companies such as British Airways, Yves Saint Laurent, Virgin, and Liz Earle Cosmetics with their branding and communication strategies.

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Billy Seidman

Songwriter, Producer, Musician, and Educator

Billy Seidman

Billy Seidman is the cofounder of the BMI Contemporary Pop Workshop and Song Arts Academy. He is on...

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Billy Seidman is the cofounder of the BMI Contemporary Pop Workshop and Song Arts Academy. He is on the songwriting faculty at New York University Steinhardt and the New School in New York. He has trained writers including Bebe Rexha, Rachel Platten, Chris McClenney, and Khalid.

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William Cepeda

Award-Winning Jazz Musician

Known as a cultural icon in Puerto Rico, four-time Grammy nominee and composer William Cepeda was born and raised in Loiza, the heart of Puerto Rico’s Little Africa. His work and research...

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Known as a cultural icon in Puerto Rico, four-time Grammy nominee and composer William Cepeda was born and raised in Loiza, the heart of Puerto Rico’s Little Africa. His work and research on Puerto Rican music, dance, and culture have earned him multiple awards, grants, and recognition. In 2013, Cepeda was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

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German Ramos

Associate Professor of Music Acoustics at Berklee College of Music

German Ramos is involved in audio technology courses for musicians covering acoustics, audio effects, and sound synthesis. He has served as an employee for many professional audio companies...

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German Ramos is involved in audio technology courses for musicians covering acoustics, audio effects, and sound synthesis. He has served as an employee for many professional audio companies doing research and development.

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Yvette Noel-Schure

Founder of Schure Media Group and Beyoncé's Publicist

Yvette Noel-Schure is a seasoned and respected industry veteran, and one of the top creative executives in the music PR business. She has developed press campaigns for a diverse roster of...

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Yvette Noel-Schure is a seasoned and respected industry veteran, and one of the top creative executives in the music PR business. She has developed press campaigns for a diverse roster of artists, including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Chloe X Halle, Prince, John Legend, and LeAnn Rimes, among others.

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Scott Cohen

Co-founder of The Orchard

The music business program had the pleasure of hosting Scott Cohen, the co-founder of The Orchard,...

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The music business program had the pleasure of hosting Scott Cohen, the co-founder of The Orchard, the world’s largest digital distribution company. Cohen is a world-renowned lecturer who visited the campus to discuss reinventing business models as we see them. Currently, he is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and is a member of the British Phonographic Industry Council.

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Nona Hendryx

Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer, Songwriter, Author, and Actress

Nona Hendryx’s legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Fans know her as...

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Nona Hendryx’s legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Fans know her as a founding member of the girl group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 1999. She is currently ambassador for artistry in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Steve Stoute

Founder and CEO of Translation, and Author

Steve Stoute is the founder and CEO of the brand development and marketing firm Translation, and author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of...

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Steve Stoute is the founder and CEO of the brand development and marketing firm Translation, and author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. For more than a decade, Stoute has worked to identify and activate a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands like State Farm, Jeep, and the National Basketball Association, helping them thrive in the changing cultural climate. He has worked with artists like Will Smith, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Iovine, and Solange Knowles. During his special visit to our campus for the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar, Stoute shared his knowledge about the music and advertising industries with our students and gave them valuable advice on how to succeed in this evolving space.

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Tin Men & The Telephone

Jazz Band

An Amsterdam-based jazz and improvisational band, Tin Men and the Telephone employ live...

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An Amsterdam-based jazz and improvisational band, Tin Men and the Telephone employ live electronics, projected visuals, and audience participation in their work. They incorporate their own groundbreaking technology (an app of their own design) to get audiences involved in their one-of-a-kind concert experiences.

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Rob Dickins

Former President and Chairman of Warner Music UK

Industry legend Rob Dickins is former president and chairman of Warner Music UK. Dickins is...

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Industry legend Rob Dickins is former president and chairman of Warner Music UK. Dickins is responsible for the signings of Prince, Madonna, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic), Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, among others, to the UK company. Dickins visited our campus as a special guest for the final week of the Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business Degree Program A&R seminar.

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Walter Thompson

Composer

Walter Thompson has achieved international recognition as a composer and for the creation of...

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Walter Thompson has achieved international recognition as a composer and for the creation of Soundpainting, the universal, multidisciplinary, live-composing sign language. Thompson has composed soundpaintings with contemporary orchestras, dance companies, theater ensembles, and multidisciplinary groups in the United States, Europe, and South America.

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Jean-Luc Cohen Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music

A seasoned sound designer and composer, Jean-Luc Cohen Sinclair has collaborated with some of the most influential artists of his time, from Trent Reznor to the Scissor Sisters to Zach de...

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A seasoned sound designer and composer, Jean-Luc Cohen Sinclair has collaborated with some of the most influential artists of his time, from Trent Reznor to the Scissor Sisters to Zach de la Rocha and Rage against the Machine, and coproduced an album with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.

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Martin F. Frascogna

International Entertainment Attorney

Named the official U.S. ambassador for the Global Entertainment and Music Business Program, Martin...

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Named the official U.S. ambassador for the Global Entertainment and Music Business Program, Martin Frascogna led an extraordinary week of seminars focusing on the U.S. market. Frascogna is an international entertainment attorney who represents clientele in 34 countries spanning six continents. His clients include international musicians, Grammy winners, international labels and tours.

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Maggie Radford

Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group

Maggie Rodford is an established music supervisor and producer who has worked on many feature films and television series, including The Gladiator, The Lion King, Thor, Pan, Harry Potter...

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Maggie Rodford is an established music supervisor and producer who has worked on many feature films and television series, including The Gladiator, The Lion King, Thor, Pan, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and many others. She has a strong musical background, and has studied piano, cello, and choral music. She is currently Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group, a California based firm for music supervision and production services.

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Steve Genewick

Recording Engineer

Possessing over 25 years of experience both as a studio and live recording engineer, Steve Genewick has worked primarily out of Capitol Studios as a staff engineer since 1994. He is a...

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Possessing over 25 years of experience both as a studio and live recording engineer, Steve Genewick has worked primarily out of Capitol Studios as a staff engineer since 1994. He is a three-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer and has worked with artist such as Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Neil Young, Quincy Jones, and Paul McCartney, among others.

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Helienne Lindvall

Head of Business Relations at Auddly

An award-winning songwriter, musician, and writer for publications including the Guardian, Helienne Lindvall is head of business relations for Auddly, a music rights management platform....

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An award-winning songwriter, musician, and writer for publications including the Guardian, Helienne Lindvall is head of business relations for Auddly, a music rights management platform. Lindvall has worked in a wide range of music industry roles including session singer, recording artist, and performer.

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Gregg Field

Chair, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Board of Councilors

Gregg Field is a six-time Grammy Award winner and was named Producer of the Year in 2010. Commonly referred to as one of the most versatile and highly sought-after producers, drummers, and...

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Gregg Field is a six-time Grammy Award winner and was named Producer of the Year in 2010. Commonly referred to as one of the most versatile and highly sought-after producers, drummers, and educators in music, his list of collaborators include Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Bublé, among others.

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George Garzone

Professor of Woodwinds and Jazz at Berklee College of Music

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on...

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Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of the Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on more than 20 recordings.

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Fernando González

International Editor of ‘JAZZIZ Magazine’

Fernando González is a Grammy nominee and an Emmy-winning arts journalist active in record production, teaching, radio hosting, and arts administration. He is currently working as the...

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Fernando González is a Grammy nominee and an Emmy-winning arts journalist active in record production, teaching, radio hosting, and arts administration. He is currently working as the international editor at JAZZIZ Magazine, a media outlet that has been covering the music scene, documenting innovations, and charting industry trends.

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Stef Pascual

Head of Digital at Crown Talent and Media Group

Stef Pascual handles digital strategy and marketing for a variety of music and live events and media clients like Fusion Festival, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Stacey Solomon. She is...

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Stef Pascual handles digital strategy and marketing for a variety of music and live events and media clients like Fusion Festival, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Stacey Solomon. She is also half of Silent Cult Records, an independent label founded in 2017.

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Stephen Webber

Executive Director, BerkleeNYC; Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Berklee

An award-winning composer, musician, producer, and engineer, Stephen Webber was founding director of Berklee’s Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program in...

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An award-winning composer, musician, producer, and engineer, Stephen Webber was founding director of Berklee’s Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program in Valencia, Spain. Webber wrote the best-selling book Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ and founded the world’s first college-level classes in DJing and turntablism.

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Irene Blecua

Film editor

Irene Blecua is a world-renowned film editor in Spain. She was born in Barcelona and has studied at New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has built a...

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Irene Blecua is a world-renowned film editor in Spain. She was born in Barcelona and has studied at New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has built a significant body of work, editing more than 30 feature films, and has recently been involved in collaborations with Netflix.

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Alison Wenham

Founder of the Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Alison Wenham has worked in the music industry for 35 years, and is one of the most experienced and well-known international practitioners in the business. Wenham founded the Association of...

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Alison Wenham has worked in the music industry for 35 years, and is one of the most experienced and well-known international practitioners in the business. Wenham founded the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in 1999, and has been its chair and CEO since its inception. In the past 10 years, she has guided AIM’s growth and influence to become one of the most respected and successful trade associations in the world. Wenham visited our campus to speak to our students about the music business industry.

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Scott McNearney

Sponsors Chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive

Scott McNearney, sponsors chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, visited the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar to discuss the ins and outs of festival sponsorship with our...

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Scott McNearney, sponsors chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, visited the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar to discuss the ins and outs of festival sponsorship with our students. For more than 15 years, McNearny has successfully directed and shepherded hundreds of uniquely integrated brand programs at the SXSW Conferences and Festivals, creating lasting and positive impacts on the world’s forward-most thinkers. Brand concert events led and developed with McNearny’s expertise include talent ranging from Jay- Z and Prince to Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg.

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Cindy Castillo

Artist Manager and Founder of Gigntik Management & Booking

Special guest to the music business seminar, Cindy Castillo, artist manager and founder of Gigntik Management & Booking, spoke with our students about artist management and how to develop...

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Special guest to the music business seminar, Cindy Castillo, artist manager and founder of Gigntik Management & Booking, spoke with our students about artist management and how to develop synergies with artists. Based in Madrid, Spain, Castillo’s companyis dedicated to management and artist booking, producing national and international tours, and everything related to the organization of tours and events.

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Abraham Laboriel Sr.

Bassist

Bass extraordinaire, Abraham Laboriel Sr., has been featured on more than 4000 recordings. Abe...

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Bass extraordinaire, Abraham Laboriel Sr., has been featured on more than 4000 recordings. Abe spent a few days with graduate and undergraduate students sharing his wisdom and knowledge on music and on life.

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William Bell, Al Kapone and Martin Shore

Creative Team

Berklee had the pleasure of hosting a residency by several members of the creative team from the...

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Berklee had the pleasure of hosting a residency by several members of the creative team from the award-winning musical documentary Take Me to the River, including Martin Shore, director, William Bell, songwriter and producer, and Al Kapone, rapper and producer. As part of this residency, students were given the opportunity to apply to attend a special songwriting and production workshop. Selected students received constructive feedback and advice on their own songs from experienced professionals.

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Melissa Aldana

Saxophonist

Berklee had the pleasure of hosting an inspiring “Improvisational techniques” clinic with...

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Berklee had the pleasure of hosting an inspiring “Improvisational techniques” clinic with Chilean saxophonist and Berklee alumna Melissa Aldana. Aldana is a Concord Music Group recording artist and recent winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's International Jazz Saxophone Competition. She is currently making waves in the professional world and visited our campus to share her musical and career experience.

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Christiane Karam

Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee's Boston campus

Christiane Karam, assistant professor of voice at our Boston campus and founder and leader of the Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, visited our campus and dropped in on the graduate...

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Christiane Karam, assistant professor of voice at our Boston campus and founder and leader of the Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, visited our campus and dropped in on the graduate middle eastern music ensemble headed by saxophone legend Perico Sambeat.

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Eddie Gómez

Double-bassist

Legendary Puerto Rican double-bassist Eddie Gómez visited campus to receive an honorary doctoral degree in a ceremony held at the Palau de Les Arts auditorium and to give some master...

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Legendary Puerto Rican double-bassist Eddie Gómez visited campus to receive an honorary doctoral degree in a ceremony held at the Palau de Les Arts auditorium and to give some master classes to our students.

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Michael League

Bassist, Composer and Producer

Michael League is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer who is involved in a number...

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Michael League is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer who is involved in a number of projects, most notably Snarky Puppy. League visited campus with New York City-based band "FORQ," featuring members Henry Hey and Adam Rogers. The group gave a masterclass and performed for students.

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Miguel Zenón

Saxophonist

Multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim Fellow, MacArthur Fellow and Berklee alumnus Miguel Zenón is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his...

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Multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim Fellow, MacArthur Fellow and Berklee alumnus Miguel Zenón is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. During his visit, he shared his musical journey, music composing process and influences with students at our campus.

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Pat Pattison

Professor of Lyric Writting and Poetry at Berklee's Boston campus

Pat Pattison gave one of his legendary master classes where he worked on the students' original songs, improving them by applying his Stable/Unstable technique. Pattison is one of the...

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Pat Pattison gave one of his legendary master classes where he worked on the students' original songs, improving them by applying his Stable/Unstable technique. Pattison is one of the professors of Lyric Writing and Poetry at Berklee's Boston campus. He is also the author of Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. Pattison also gave a clinic called 'Writing Better Lyrics' together with Clare McLeod.

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Gergõ Borlai

Drummer, Arranger, an Music Director

Visiting Artist Gergõ Borlai and Berklee Faculty Gary Willis did a recording workshop of...

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Visiting Artist Gergõ Borlai and Berklee Faculty Gary Willis did a recording workshop of 'Watermelon Man' with Contemporary Performance students. They focused especially on drums and bass and how to navigate a real-world recording session by setting up the ideal recording environment, including mic selection and placement, playing to a click, and how to monitor yourself.

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Jim Kelly

Guitar Faculty at Berklee's Boston campus

Visiting professor from our Boston campus's guitar department, Jim Kelly, visited Valencia and interacted with our students for a week-long...

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Visiting professor from our Boston campus's guitar department, Jim Kelly, visited Valencia and interacted with our students for a week-long residency.

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Banjo Duo

World-renowned banjo players Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn visited campus to conduct a workshop...

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World-renowned banjo players Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn visited campus to conduct a workshop with students in the Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) master’s degree program. The duo also offered a clinic to the entire student body. Fleck is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most technically gifted and innovative banjo players in the world, and has been a Grammy Award nominee in more categories than any other musician in history.

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Yoron Israel

Assistant Chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee's Boston campus

Yoron Israel is Assistant Chair of the percussion department at our Boston campus. He brings unique influences and experiences in Jazz and various other musical styles having played with...

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Yoron Israel is Assistant Chair of the percussion department at our Boston campus. He brings unique influences and experiences in Jazz and various other musical styles having played with musicians such as Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell and Abbey Lincoln, among others. He spent a week at our Valencia campus, sharing ideas and guiding ensembles.

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Alberto Iglesias

Composer

Acclaimed Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias visited campus to give a clinic to students about scoring for films and his techniques for writing. He is a scholar with classical training...

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Acclaimed Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias visited campus to give a clinic to students about scoring for films and his techniques for writing. He is a scholar with classical training including piano, guitar, composition, and counterpoint, and electronic music studies. He has composed music for dozens of films worldwide and has won many awards, including being nominated for several Academy Awards, most recently for his work on the films The Constant Gardener, The Kite Runner, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Alejandro Amenábar

Film Director, Screenwriter and Composer

Alejandro Amenábar is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and composer. Among other honors, he...

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Alejandro Amenábar is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and composer. Among other honors, he has won nine Goyas, two European Film Award and an Oscar. He was on campus to give a talk to the scoring for film, television, and video games program.

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Richard Davis

Author of Complete Guide to Film Scoring

Berklee’s Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games Master's Degree Program welcomed Richard...

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Berklee’s Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games Master's Degree Program welcomed Richard Davis, author of Complete Guide to Film Scoring, as a visiting professor. During his visit, Davis led a session with our students focusing on film scoring and orchestration. In his own words, "A big part of what I teach is storytelling through music. It's also understanding how the music fits in as a partner. It must have an intention, and a flow that communicates very specific feelings or ideas to the audience."

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Eduardo Tarilonte

Sample Library Developer

Eduardo Tarilonte is an award winning sample library developer with many best selling titles, and a prolific composer who has completed over 300 different musical projects over his 20-year...

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Eduardo Tarilonte is an award winning sample library developer with many best selling titles, and a prolific composer who has completed over 300 different musical projects over his 20-year career. He visited campus to speak to students about producing and developing sample libraries and effectively using them in compositions.

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Eric Reasoner

Film Scoring Professor at Berklee's Boston campus

Eric Reasoner is a professor at Berklee’s Boston campus in the Film Scoring department. He...

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Eric Reasoner is a professor at Berklee’s Boston campus in the Film Scoring department. He visited our campus to speak to students about his experience as a music editor and the importance of the position when it comes to composing soundtracks for film. He is a Berklee alumnus, and has held the position of supervising music editor at Segue Music. He has numerous major motion picture screen credits including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon 3, Curly Sue, Swing Kids, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Lethal Weapon 4, and others.

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Federico Jusid

Composer

Federico Jusid is a Spanish and Argentinian composer with a prolific career, having written music for 30 feature films and over 15 television series. Currently working in Madrid and Los...

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Federico Jusid is a Spanish and Argentinian composer with a prolific career, having written music for 30 feature films and over 15 television series. Currently working in Madrid and Los Angeles, he visited the Valencia campus to give a clinic to master’s students about composition and film scoring. He is also an accomplished pianist with concert performance all over the world and has written pieces for symphony and solo piano.

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Mason Daring

Composer

Mason Daring is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and Emmy-winning composer for film and television. He has worked on more than 70 productions, including major and independent films,...

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Mason Daring is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and Emmy-winning composer for film and television. He has worked on more than 70 productions, including major and independent films, and owns his own record label, Daring Records. Mason came Berklee in Valencia as a visiting professor, teaching classes on film scoring in addition to a class titled Performance Techniques in the Recording Studio.

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John Chowning

Composer, Musician, Inventor, and Professor

American composer, musician, inventor, and professor John Chowning visited our campus to share his...

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American composer, musician, inventor, and professor John Chowning visited our campus to share his discovery of the FM synthesis algorithm in 1967 with our students. Chowning also led the Vox Festival during his time in Valencia.

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David Mash

Senior Vice President for Information, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee

Author of nine books and a recognized expert on music technology, David Mash is senior vice president for information,strategy, and technology at Berklee. One of Berklee's true innovators,...

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Author of nine books and a recognized expert on music technology, David Mash is senior vice president for information,strategy, and technology at Berklee. One of Berklee's true innovators, he founded the Music Synthesis Department (today known as Electronic Production and Design), developed the Center for Technology in Music Instruction, and assisted in the design of the Berklee Learning Center, the country's largest networked music-learning facility.

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Young Guru and Sean C

Producers

Award-winning producers Young Guru (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for his work on "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys) and Sean C (award-winning American producer, DJ,...

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Award-winning producers Young Guru (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for his work on "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys) and Sean C (award-winning American producer, DJ, and artists and repertoire specialist) came to our campus for a series of seminars open to all students

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Brian “Raydar” Ellis

Artist, Producer and Berklee Assistant Professor in Songwriting

Berklee College of Music graduate, artist, producer and current Berklee assistant professor in Songwriting, Brian “Raydar” Ellis visited our campus and performed with students at...

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Berklee College of Music graduate, artist, producer and current Berklee assistant professor in Songwriting, Brian “Raydar” Ellis visited our campus and performed with students at Innovation En Vivo. “Raydar” Ellis currently teaches Hip-Hop Ensemble and Turntable Technique at Berklee’s Boston campus and has collaborated with Mos Def, Roy Hargrove, DJ Rob Swift, and CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley during his career.

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BT

Artist, Producer, Film Composer

BT is a platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist. He is an...

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BT is a platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist. He is an internationally-renowned recording artist himself, trusted by superstars such as Sting, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Madonna, Seal and Peter Gabriel to produce modernist and memorable hits, with a bleeding-edge electronic flair. He has composed unforgettable scores for films The Fast and the Furious, Partysaurus Rex, Go, Stealth and Oscar-award winning Monster.

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Dave Smith

Engineer and Musician, Creator of Prophet 5

Dave Smith, who visited campus to give a masterclass, is an engineer and musician who has pioneered...

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Dave Smith, who visited campus to give a masterclass, is an engineer and musician who has pioneered many groundbreaking music technologies. Smith was responsible for the first polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer, the Prophet 5, and later the multitimbral synthesizer. He is also referred to as the 'Father of MIDI' for his role in the development of MIDI, now a standard interface protocol for electronic instruments and recording/pro audio equipment.

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Leslie Ann Jones

Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound

Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, visited the Valencia...

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Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, visited the Valencia campus to talk to our composition and technology students about recording music for films and video games and about setting up microphones for different instruments and styles.

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Moldover

Musician, Artist, and Inventor

Musician, artist, and inventor Moldover visited our campus to take part in the innovation seminar...

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Musician, artist, and inventor Moldover visited our campus to take part in the innovation seminar with students from our Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program. Known as the "godfather of controllerism," he spoke to our students about his recent work and the formula for the future of live-sound manipulation: Computer + Controller = The New Instrument.

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Tommy Torres

Producer, Singer, and Songwriter

Tommy Torres is an award-winning producer, singer, and songwriter from Puerto Rico. During his visit to our campus, he selected a song by alumna Vanessa Barabad ’14G,, to walk students...

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Tommy Torres is an award-winning producer, singer, and songwriter from Puerto Rico. During his visit to our campus, he selected a song by alumna Vanessa Barabad ’14G,, to walk students through the recording and production process. Torres, a Berklee alumnus himself, also talked to students about life after graduation.

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Benji Rogers

Founder of PledgeMusic

Benji Rogers is the founder of PledgeMusic, which is a direct-to-fan platform as opposed to a crowdfunding website. Rogers is a London-born musician who has been recording and touring since...

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Benji Rogers is the founder of PledgeMusic, which is a direct-to-fan platform as opposed to a crowdfunding website. Rogers is a London-born musician who has been recording and touring since 1999, and he visited our campus to speak with students about his experience running PledgeMusic.

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Panos Panay

Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship)

Panos Panay is the founding managing director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media...

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Panos Panay is the founding managing director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, Panay created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. As a passionate arts and business advocate, Panos serves on a number of boards, including as the chair of Berklee's Presidential Advisory Council for six years.

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John Blackwell

Drummer

John Blackwell Jr. visited campus to offer a clinic to the entire student body. Blackwell Jr. is a recognized drummer and a Berklee alumnus. His recordings and performances include Patti...

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John Blackwell Jr. visited campus to offer a clinic to the entire student body. Blackwell Jr. is a recognized drummer and a Berklee alumnus. His recordings and performances include Patti LaBelle, Prince, The New Power Generation, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, among many others. Blackwell talked about his musical background, his Berklee years, and the importance of adding business skills to his professional career.

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Joca Perpignan and Alon Yavnai

Duo

Master percussionist-songwriter Joca Perpignan and pianist Alon Yavnai visited campus to host a Brazilian rhythm and aesthetics workshop. The duo also talked about creating effective...

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Master percussionist-songwriter Joca Perpignan and pianist Alon Yavnai visited campus to host a Brazilian rhythm and aesthetics workshop. The duo also talked about creating effective arrangements and creating a sense of space and variation when playing in a small ensemble.

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Don & Dale Franzen

Entertainment Lawyer and Former Executive Director at the Broad Stage, Respectively

Don and Dale Franzen are a husband and wife industry duo. Don is a practicing lawyer of entertainment and business law, and counts among his clients leading figures in the music and...

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Don and Dale Franzen are a husband and wife industry duo. Don is a practicing lawyer of entertainment and business law, and counts among his clients leading figures in the music and recording industries. Dale has over 30 years of experience in the creative arts industry as an opera singer, artistic director, producer, public speaker, mentor, and consultant.

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Patrice Rushen

Record Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Music Director and Singer

Well known for her Grammy-nominated single 'Forget Me Nots,' American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist Patrice Rushen visited our...

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Well known for her Grammy-nominated single 'Forget Me Nots,' American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist Patrice Rushen visited our campus to speak about her experience in the music industry, and to coach students musically. She ended her week long visit with a performance that featured our students.

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