Contemporary Performance | Berklee Valencia Campus

Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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