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Ritardando and Glitter: Playing Violin at Newport Folk Festival 2018

Louisa Byron gets ready for the Lucius performance

Louisa Byron (right) and Lucius vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe

By Louisa Byron

“One day, tell our story of how we made something; we made something of ourselves.”

This Lucius lyric from “Two of Us on the Run” beautifully sums up my experience at Newport Folk Festival. It had its challenging moments and it had stunning performance moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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A Week of Songwriting in Beijing with Sony/ATV

By Salem Davern

Songwriting Panel in BeijingThere are many things I was able to check off of my life bucket list this summer: traveling out of the country for the first time, working with Grammy-nominated producers, and writing for a big-name label. This was all thanks to Berklee and Sony/ATV Beijing. The day I moved out of my humble 270 dorm room after finishing my first year of college, I remember taking a break from packing to check my email. Much to my surprise, an email from Bonnie Hayes with the subject “IMPORTANT” was waiting for me. I remember thinking, “This is either really good, or reeeeally bad.” I quickly skimmed the lines, and learned that Sony/ATV had selected me to be a part of their international songwriting camp in Beijing, China. Having never been out of the country before, or been involved in such a professional experience, I had no idea what to expect, but quickly accepted.

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In Memoriam: Mike Denneen

Dear Members of the Berklee Community,

Mike DenneenOn July 10, Mike Denneen, an esteemed faculty member, accomplished producer and engineer, and strong presence in the Boston music community, passed away at age 54 from cancer at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and good friends.

An associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department since 2011­, Mike was a successful producer, engineer, and keyboardist whose credits include recordings with venerable musicians Aimee Mann B.M. ’80, Patty Larkin ’74 ‘02H, Letters to Cleo, Kay Hanley, the Click Five, Guster, Howie Day, Fountains of Wayne, and Morphine. He also has credits on movie soundtracks such as Magnolia, and national branding campaigns for L.L. Bean, Dr Pepper, and the National Football League.

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Gracenotes group

Building Homes and Connections: Reflections from New Mexico

Continuing Berklee’s commitment to giving back to the community at large, the college’s Gracenotes Volunteer Committee sponsored its second annual trip to New Mexico. A group of nine staff and faculty members from the College and Conservatory traveled to Santa Fe to work in the Oshara Village, an ongoing Habitat for Humanity project to promote affordable home ownership for Santa Fe area residents by constructing simple, adequate, and safe houses through the efforts of volunteers, partner families, donors, and staff.

Ellen Thompson | Trip Leader, Ellen ThompsonStaff, Berklee College of Music

By trusting each other, being vulnerable, and sharing from our strengths, each of our group allowed for all the others to learn, contribute, and be contributed to.

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Six Students Reflect on Their Spring Break Visits to Music Industry Cities

Over spring break, Berklee students attended industry trips to L.A., Nashville, New York City, and Atlanta. Here, five students from various trips share their experiences with Berklee Blogs.

Claire Marie LimClaire Marie Lim | Atlanta

“As aptly put by one of the professionals we encountered, ‘Elsewhere, people try to cut your strings; in Atlanta, people give you ropes.’ The sense of community that we felt from Atlanta’s music scene was impossible to deny.”

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