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Brazil

My Trip to Brazil: Performing at the 3rd Biennale of Bahia

Alexia Riner was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview Alexia’s photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

Alexia and Isadora in BrazilGoing to Brazil on behalf of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute was an unforgettable experience. We were exposed to an entirely new culture that opened my eyes and ears to the arts of Brazil.

Before going we studied the music of enigmatic Swiss/Brazilian musican Walter Smetak. He worked as a cellist, luthier, improvisor and had a major and mentored Brazilian luminaries Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Smetak won a prize for research in the 1st Biennale and taught at the Universidade Federal da Bahia that hosted our exchange along with the Biennale. 

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Brazil 2014: Biennial da Bahia (Jason Lim, Part 2)

Jason Lim was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

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Monday 14th July.  Day one in Bahia after arriving the previous night.  We met Christiano Figueiró, the faculty member who leads the body of students we were collaborating with.  First step was to source power adapters so we could use our computers and instruments.  My biggest concern on arrival was whether or not I would even be able to power my modular synth.  I own a Doepfer A-100 case with a PSU suited for US 110 volts AC standard.  During my layover in Sao Paulo I noticed that many power sockets in and around the airport were 220 volts, which set alarm bells ringing!  Thankfully the region of Salvador uses 110V as standard so I just needed a socket adapter. 

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Brazil 2014: Biennial da Bahia (Jason Lim, Part 1)

Jason Lim was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazilview photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.

The months leading up to the trip to Brazil was a very busy time.  I had family from Scotland in town in Boston for my graduation ceremony, I was prototyping future products for Qu-Bit during any spare moment and the 3rd production run of the Nebulæ module was about to begin. I spent about a month from May 22nd in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with Qu-Bit’s other half, Andrew Ikenberry (Berklee Alumni ’13), where we worked 12 hour days soldering modules and writing new firmware. 

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Musica de America Latina

 The following post was written by Zayra Pola, International Admissions Online Ambassador of Berklee College of Music.

El término empleado popularmente “música latina” se empezó a utilizar a partir de los años 50 en los Estados Unidos para referirse a los ritmos musicales típicos de América Latina, buscando una diferenciación entre los estilos de origen afroamericano de los afrolatinoamericanos. En este sentido, se considera que hacen parte de la música latina, un gran número de géneros: el merengue, la bachata, la salsa, el reggaeton, la rumba, la ranchera, el bolero, la bossa nova, la cumbia, el tango, el tamborito, el fado, la milonga, el rock latino; desde la música norteña de México a la sofisticada habanera de Cuba, desde las sinfonías de Heitor Villa-Lobos a los sencillos sonidos de la quena. El único elemento en común que tienen estas músicas es el uso de los idiomas latinos, predominantemente el español y el portugués de Brasil, aunque en este último país se prefiere el termino música de América Latina.

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Turnê com a cantora finlandesa Anni!

Hoje irei escrever sobre o mais novo e excitante acontecimento na minha carreira musical! Fui convidado para participar da minha segunda turnê nos Estados Unidos. A vocalista finlandesa Anni Matilla, graduada pela Berklee College of Music sairá em turne fazendo vários shows na costa leste dos Estados Unidos e ela me encarregou com a responsabilidade de achar uma banda e de ser o diretor musical da empreitada para ela. Confiram sua música gravada em Helsinki na Finlândia!

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