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Multicultural

国際色豊かなバークリー

こんにちは。今回のブログでは、バークリーの特色の1つである国際的なコミュニティについてご紹介します。学生のほぼ半数が留学生であるバークリーでは、一般教養の科目で色々な言語や、色々な国の文化、音楽の歴史について学ぶことができます。ジャズやロックなどアメリカ系の音楽に留まらず、中東、アジア、ヨーロッパ、南米などなど、まさに世界中の音楽の演奏を学ぶことができる合奏(アンサンブル)の授業が、一週間に400以上に渡って開催されています。

作曲や編曲の授業では、他国の音楽について取り組むこともできますし、自国の音楽の理解を深めることももちろんできます。

Soya Soo 今日は、私が何度かコラボレーションをさせてもらった、マレーシア出身でMusic Production and Engineering専攻を卒業した、Soya Soo (Yew Ping Soo)さんをご紹介します。

現在LAでキャリアを築いているSoyaさん(https://soundcloud.com/soya_soo)は日本の音楽やアニメ文化に傾倒が深く、良い影響を受けているそうです。バークリー在学中から精力的に課外製作に取り組んでいました。私も、色々な国(マレーシア、韓国、インドネシア、台湾、オーストラリア、ノルウェイ、トルコ、日本など)のミュージシャンがコラボレーションする彼のプロジェクト”你YOU by Julia Wu”で、バックコーラスのアレンジをさせていただきました。

今回は、Soyaさんへのインタビューをご紹介します。

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PANDATONIC Concert

yoshieYoshie Nakayama, from Tokyo, is a Contemporary Writing and Production major, finished her 5th semester in the Spring 2015. She studies arranging, recording/mixing with ProTools, and singing in vocal ensemble. She graduated Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo with Bachelor of Music from Music Education major, Music Education minor, with a license of teaching music in japanese Junior high/senior high schools.

こんにちは。一週間空いてしまいましたが、いかがお過ごしでしょうか。
今日は、先日開催されたバークリーの新しいクラブ’PANDATONIC’による初めてのコンサートについてご紹介します。
私も所属しているこのクラブは、名誉顧問にバークリーでソルフェージュやイヤートレーニングを長年教えていらっしゃる松岡由美子先生をお迎えしています。学生の45%が留学生であるバークリーならではの、それぞれの国や地域ごとの音楽、食べ物、服装などのオリジナリティを理解し合い、それを共有/融合できるように、バークリーの教員によるクリニックや、学生による学内外やバークリー最大のコンサートホールでのコンサート開催を目的としています。

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2012 Spring Orientation

Orientation week was an invigorating frenzy of free mini chocolate bars, fliers and pamphlets recruiting a myriad of 18-year-olds to various majors, and expounding upon them the secrets of success as a student at the Berklee College of Music. To wrap up the week were a few weekend events to give the students a better idea of the experiences that Berklee could offer them in their future and present Berklee careers.

First, on Friday night (January 20th), was a soul-brightening performance by the lovely ladies of Zili Misik. This group was comprised of seven beautiful, energetic and high-spirited women (all but one were proud alumni of Berklee) who danced around the stage, displaying incredible musical prowess as well as great passion for life and art. Their repertoire consisted of a perfect mixture of original creations as well as traditional folksongs from Haiti, Brazil and West Africa – all infused with endearing anecdotes, captivating rhythms, and danceable melodies. They brought an incredible energy to the room, and left everyone bopping their heads and feeling uplifted and full of life. Following their concert was a reception in the loft – free food for all, and a chance to mingle with other new students, as well as the ladies of Zili Misik. Upon meeting them, the warmth that exuded from the stage was clearly presented face-to-face, and their gratitude for their unique experiences at Berklee were readily shared.

zili misik

The next morning was the Berklee Women’s Welcome Brunch. A spread of deliciously unique food – including mini pancake and raspberry kabobs (genius!) – was the perfect backdrop for a few hours of inspiration, anecdotes and laughter. The tables were laden with various inspirational quotes by and for women, and after much chatting and feasting amongst the tables, these quotes were read out loud to nods of understanding and smiles of illumination.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone. Whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” Sandra Day O’Connor

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” Ani Difranco

After a few moving speeches by Berklee alumnus Maya Khaldi and Ayeisha Mathis – highlighting their experiences at Berklee, the difficulties of being a woman in the music industry, and the triumphs of rising above those social constructs – Hannah Christianson took the stage. I have been a huge fan of Hannah’s since I first caught wind of her music – with piano and vocal stylings reminiscent of Regina Spektor, her music is laden with catchy melodies and enriching messages. Her performance was fantastic as always, and ended with a jubilant sing-a-long.

After taking a few hours to allow stomachs to digest exorbitant amounts of smoked salmon, pastries and pancakes, it was time to head over to the Museum of Science for the culminating artistic event of the weekend – a collaboration between Boston-bred rock quintet, Ghosts of Jupiter, and the scientific geniuses of the Museum. It was quite the trippy experience, to say the least – lying back, watching entranced as this vast, dome-shaped screen lit up with the most striking of visuals dancing in front of your eyes and taking you on this insane journey through space. I remember there was one point where I closed my eyes for but a moment, and when I opened them again, there was this colossal owl – eyes flashing, feathers radiant and lustrous – soaring into my face.  It truly was a visually and aurally stunning show, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. I so look forward to the next musical and artistic collaboration that the museum chooses to take on!

All in all, it was a great success of a weekend – wonderful music, conversation, food, art, guidance – and a perfect beginning to what is sure to be a fabulous semester at the Berklee College of Music!

To check out the ladies of Zili Misik, go to www.zilimisik.com.

To check out some of Hannah’s music, go to www.musicofhannah.com.

 

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