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yoshieYoshie Nakayama, from Tokyo, is a 4th semester Contemporary Writing and Production major, trombone principal student. She also studies jazz vocals, and vocal ensemble. She graduated Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo with bachelor of music from music education major. She has license of teaching music in japanese Junior high/high schools.



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Student Post: Friendliness, Generosity and Kindness Abroad

Drum principal and professional performance major, Elena Bonomo ’14, blogs about the recent BIN visit to Kuala Lumpur’s International College of Music. 

Guitarist and electronic production and design major Annie Grunwald (`13) and drummer and professional performance major Elena Bonomo (`14) back stage at KLPAC.

Guitarist and electronic production and design major Annie Grunwald (`13) and drummer and professional performance major Elena Bonomo (`14) back stage at KLPAC.

Having the chance to perform in Malaysia was one of the best experiences of my life! At the start of our journey, Annie (Grunwald) and I had no idea what to expect. Neither of us had ever traveled so far from home before! As soon as we were introduced to the students from International College Music (ICOM), we knew that this trip was going to be special.

Our first days were spent rehearsing with the girls for the Tribute to Classic Rock Concert. Annie and I were part of the “Women In Rock” portion of the show (the other two sets were tributes to American Rock and British Rock). The rehearsal process was one of the most intense that I’ve ever experienced. We ran through our set, performed numerous sound checks, learned the stage blocking, got fitted for costumes, ran dress rehearsals, and received notes from the directors and producers of the show. The attention to detail (from the monitor levels, to the video angles and lighting cues, to the stage blocking, to the sound in the house) was at a level that I never experienced before. Everyone who was responsible for producing the show really did an amazing job ensuring that every single aspect of the show was perfect.

I had such a fun time performing in the two concerts! The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center (KLPAC) was such a beautiful venue in which to perform. What really amazed me was the fact that everyone who performed in the show also doubled as a guitar tech, drum tech, etc. And many of them played multiple instruments during the show! It was hard to tell which one was their principle instrument, since they were all equally amazing on everything that they played. Many of the students also ran sound and lighting, which can be such a hard task, given that there were three different sets with multiple instrument changes. It was really an honor to share the stage with such talented musicians! We really appreciate that the students from ICOM let us be part of a show that was so special to them.  They had been working on this show for 3 months before we got there.

Annie Grunwald (guitar - Left) and Elena Bonomo (drum set) performing at the 2013 ICOM Celebration Series - Classic Rock Showcase at KLPAC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Annie Grunwald (guitar – Left) and Elena Bonomo (drum set) performing at the 2013 ICOM Celebration Series – Classic Rock Showcase at KLPAC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Along with performing in the two tribute concerts, we also had some time to explore the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. We visited the Batu Caves (and became best friends with the monkeys), shopped at Central Market, visited some malls, and ate a tasty banana leaf dinner in Bangsar Village. The girls had been telling us about how we just HAD to try banana leaf since the first day we got there — and wow, it was so worth it! It’s basically a ton of spicy chicken, lamb, fish, rice and vegetables that are served family style, on top of a banana leaf! And you’re supposed to eat it with your hands. It was definitely messy, but so worth it!

Traveling to Malaysia was one of the best experiences of my life, and I will remember it forever. In just a week, we made such close friends and it was hard to say goodbye. Even though we were halfway across the world, everyone that we met made us feel right at home. We were so humbled by the friendliness, generosity, and genuine kindness of everyone we met at ICOM. I look forward to working with all of these talented people someday in the future, and also seeing some of them at Berklee next year! I hope that someday we will get a chance to repay them for all that they did for us. Many thanks to ICOM president Miss Irene (Savari), ICOM vice president Dato’ Ravi (Savari), professor of music technology Mr. Nilesh (Thomas), Roger Brown, Tod Oliviere and the Scholarship Office, Jason Camelio, and everyone who made this trip possible! I am truly honored to have been part of such an amazing journey.”

Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez

Horacio nace en La Habana el 24 de Abril del 1963, en el seno de una familia profundamente enraizada en la tradición de la música cubana y hondamente marcada por las influencias del jazz americano. Su talento resulta evidente desde joven: a la edad de 12 años, entra en la prestigiosa Escuela Nacional de Arte, donde estudia con los mejores profesores cubanos, tales como Fausto García Rivera, Enrique Pla y Santiago Rieter.

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Nate Morton ’94 Gives Back to Students!

Nate Morton ’94 is living the dream. He currently performs with Cher at The Coliseum at Ceasar’s Palace and is also in the house band for daytime talk show, The Bonnie Hunt Show. Morton has been touring and teaching since the early 90’s and continues to build his career as a professional musician. He is currently a Pearl, Remo and Zildian sponsored drum clinician.

Morton was touring with The Voice this summer and took time out of his busy schedule to sit down and have dinner with some students. The students had a great time and had amazing things to say about this awesome Berklee experience.

“The trip was awesome.  It was a great opportunity to talk to a working professional and get their take on the industry.  It was also a lot of fun to see the show and even to just hang out with Nate.  He was a real awesome person.  Thanks again for the opportunity Berklee!”

-Dennis Suozzi (current 5th semester student)

“Nate was insightful and humorous all together! Seeing Nate perform live on stage was like “Wow”. I didn’t want him to stop playing! I really held on to what Nate said, that he has not “arrived” yet. It was an honest statement that I will never forget. We are always evolving in our gifts and successes in life. This experience is just the beginning in helping me shape my own career path. Thanks Nate!”

– Alumna, Matt Williams ’11

“Meeting Nate Morton was refreshing because he was so humble, and he was excited to talk to the students and give his insights on how to have a successful career as a drummer. I think it meant a lot to the students that he is an accomplished, well-seasoned professional, and yet he gave he replied to them as if they were on his level already. His playing was powerful and steady, and he’s really great at accompanying the singers, and at the same time shining his bright spirited playing on stage.”

-Alumna, Evan Baughman ’07

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