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Tag: Italia


Los organizadores de Latinoamericando Expo visitan Berklee College of Music

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a fifth semester student at Berklee, majoring in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production and his principle instrument is violin. 

Stefano Melillo Meléndez, de Caracas Venezuela, en su quinto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín

Franca De Gasperi y Fabio Falzea visitan la escuela esta semana para hablarnos sobre el festival “Latinoamericando Expo”, el cual es organizado por ellos desde 1991.

Latinoamericando Expo es el festival de música latina más grande en Europa, contando con la participación de artistas de la talla de: Celia Cruz, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Guaco, Juan Luis Guerra y Don Omar, entre otros.

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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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