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Global Initiatives

Sharing Music Across Oceans

Iram SelemanIrma Seleman graduated from Berklee on May 2014. Irma transferred to Berklee from the International College of Music in Malaysia, a member of the Berklee International Network. While at Berklee she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production as well as Performance. You can find her performing all over Boston and New York.


IrmaSelemanTrio_Ilmari-Fabritius_4I thought I had seen a lot, learned so much, and met so many people from every part of the world when I came to Boston and Berklee, but I was wrong. These thoughts changed after I was offered an opportunity by Berklee to go to Finland and Russia for a Festival called Close Encounters Festival. The Pop & Jazz Konservatorio organized the festival and it took place in different venues in Helsinki and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Cluttered Clarity: Getting into the Montreux Jazz Festival

Ben KonenBen Konen is a student at Berklee College of Music. With the help of International Programs he and his band, Cluttered Clarity, will be touring around Europe this summer. Read more about Ben’s adventures here.

Last week I explained how Cluttered Clarity ended up having the US embassy in Luxembourg support our tour. This week, I will talk about the way Jason Camelio and his team helped us organize a 3 week-tour and get into the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Cluttered Clarity: The troubles of Sponsoring a Tour

Ben KonenBen Konen is a student at Berklee College of Music. With the help of International Programs he and his band, Cluttered Clarity, will be touring around Europe this summer. Read more about Ben’s adventures here.

Last week I explained how we found the members for the band Cluttered Clarity. Today I will talk about getting sponsors to pay the most expensive part in touring: the plane tickets.

As soon as I knew that the band had been accepted to the 2 biggest Jazz festivals in Luxembourg, Jernej and I were brainstorming about how to come up with 5,000 dollars, the amount of money you need to pay for 4 plane tickets. First, we started by walking into every office at Berklee that might have the slightest interest in funding the tour. It took us a whole afternoon to walk to about 10 different offices. Most offices couldn’t help us, but gave us advice, which office or person to contact. Further more they explained to us which kind of projects they will fund and told us to come back if we need more help.

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Students Share their Experience from the Berklee in Santo Domingo 2014 Program

Berklee on the Road (BOR) is one of the many programs produced by the Global Initiatives department at Berklee. This program provides students the chance to experience Berklee-like classes. The classes typically take place over a three- to five-day period. During these programs, students participate in lectures, labs, master classes, ensembles, workshops, and jam sessions during the day and have the opportunity to attend special events, panel discussions, and live performances in the evening.

Berklee on the Road (BOR) es uno de los muchos programas producidos por el departamento de Iniciativas Globales de Berklee. Este programa ofrece la oportunidad a estudiantes de experimentar el estilo de clases de Berklee. Típicamente los programas duran de tres a cinco días. Durante estos programas los estudiantes participarán en conferencias, laboratorios, ensambles, talleres y sesiones de improvisación durante el día, y tienen la oportunidad de asistir a eventos especiales, mesas redondas, y presentaciones en vivo en la noche.

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Circle Song Choir: The Road from Massa, Italy to Boston and Back

I was born and raised in Massa, a town in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy. Enclosed between the Apuan Alps Mountains (famous all over the world for their prestigious white marble) and the Mediterranean Sea, Massa is a quiet, provincial town with 60 thousand inhabitants. In spite of our small population, it’s incredible the amount of talented people who play there. There are more than ten music schools, countless bands, singers, musicians and teachers. We even have the great Massa and Carrara Orchestra, who recently played with many popular Italian acts and big international names like Sting, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli, Mario Biondi, and Giovanni Allevi. Growing up in such a stimulating musical environment and collaborating with so many young artists was absolutely crucial for my artistic growth.

Joey Blake clinic poster

My road from Massa to Boston passes through another beautiful Italian city, Perugia, where I won a scholarship for Berklee during the Umbria Jazz Festival. There, I met Joey Blake for the first time. Donna McElroy invited him to one of her lessons where he introduced us to the circle songs and after that day, my conception of singing and using the voice forever changed. I was completely amazed, I felt an overwhelming sense of emotion and joy, almost spiritual like. It was as if I was coming in touch with my soul for the very first time.

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