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Where are they now. . . find out how Berklee grads make their way in the music world.

A Different Kind of FOMO: ‘Tali Jams New York’ (Episodes 3.5 and 4)

Israeli recorder Tali Rubinstein

Image by Noam Galai

By Tali Rubinstein B.M. ’14

Hello, good people! Thanks for joining me again on my weekly diary.

For those who are just joining—I am writing about the documentary series about my life as a musician in NYC, which is actually me giving an interpretation of the interpretation of my own life. Feeling confused? So am I.

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Hey Jealousy: ‘Tali Jams New York’ (Episode 3)

Tali Rubinstein

Image by Noam Galai

By Tali Rubinstein B.M. ’14

Hey guys!

I’m glad you’re back. Really. I missed you.

Today I want to talk about something no one likes to talk about: jealousy. I’m not even sure I feel totally comfortable to dig into this topic myself. It’s an embarrassing one, a negative emotion that doesn’t have the legitimacy or “prestige” of sorrow, anger, or agony. It’s just this annoying feeling that creeps up sometimes, unwanted, and makes us secretly hate ourselves a tiny bit when it hits.

Wait—can I actually change the topic? Maybe write about the Super Bowl?

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A Recorder vs. the Big City: New ‘Tali Jams New York’ Web Series (Episodes 1 and 2)

Tali Rubinstein web video serie

Image by Noam Galai

By Tali Rubinstein B.M. ’14

How do I begin describing this project?

I’ve been playing the recorder for all my life. Music, to me, began with the Israeli equivalent of “Hot Crossed Buns”, trying to hit all the notes in the right order and rhythm. It was, back then, just a game. A very challenging, imagination-evoking game, but nevertheless—my only goal was to nail it—the simple excitement of getting it right . Little did I know back then, as a 7 year old, that this game would become my life. As I grew up and evolved as a musician, layers of knowledge, technique and style, as well as pure love and appreciation to music, were added to my playing, but that initial spark, that eagerness, has stuck with me. In a way, every time I play the recorder, I feel like that 7 year old kid, that just can’t wait to take on the challenge.

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Thinking ‘Big Picture’ in Nashville: Drummer John Rodrigue ’09

In this interview, alumna Shantell Ogden sits down with alumnus John Rodrigue to talk about his road to Nashville success.

By Shantell Ogden B.M. ’05

Nashville drummer John Rodrigue

Drummer John Rodrigue ’09

Born and raised in Houma, Louisiana, John Rodrigue ’09 was raised on classic rock and roll by two music-loving parents. Rodrigue received a drum set for his 11th birthday and that was just the beginning.

By the time he was 13, he was playing on the club and bar scene in a punk band with his older brother. Through high school he played in marching, jazz, and concert bands before starting Berklee in the spring of 2006 after being awarded a partial scholarship.

John took a moment out of his busy touring schedule to answer a few questions.

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From Grief to the Opry: Jenn Bostic ’08

In this post, singer-songwriter, author, and alumna Shantell Ogden sat down with fellow alumna Jenn Bostic to talk about Bostic’s musical journey. In this profile penned by Ogden, Bostic discusses her road to the Grand Ole Opry and beyond.

By Shantell Ogden B.M. ’05

Country music rising star Jenn Bostic

Jenn Bostic

“I threw myself into music to grieve,” says artist and songwriter Jenn Bostic ’08.

The Nashville-based Berklee alumni lost her father at age 10 and music became a place to process the loss she felt. It wasn’t until entering Berklee in the fall of 2004 that she really became a fan of country music.

“I studied music education at Berklee and while there started doing weekend gigs with a local country band called Digger Dawg with fellow alum Charlie Hutto, singing all the country hits,” she explained. “I would attend classes all week and play shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday I would do all my homework, and the process would start again.”

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