swing-dance-in-old-townFor Eli Gauden, the “Concert and Touring” class for Berklee Study Abroad students put on “a night with international music, drinks and chat”, where she did not only help organize the show but also got to perform in it.

This is what she had to say about it:

Last night I fell in love with music, a little bit with Spain, and a little bit with humanity. The place was The Sporting Club art gallery in Valencia. The event was “a night with international music, drinks and chat“. The people were artsy, young to middle-aged, locals and tourists. I was lucky to warm up the stage and the atmosphere for Canadian Wendy McNeil, Valencia based Cavallo&Hugo Mass, and American DJ’s Jake&Kyle.

I’ve played some challenging gigs lately, in venues not meant for soft, communicative voices like mine. However, last night, the audience sitting, sat quiet as mice in the dim, cozy gallery. They gave me their full mind and attention, allowing me to stand confident in the stage-light and tell my stories just the way my heart wants to tell them. What a difference it makes; the audience, the venue and the atmosphere! Yes, my “talent” as a performer matters, but yet, if the audience is not open for my music, I could sing my heart and soul like never before, and it would make no difference.