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Berklee Performs for Internet Company in China

The following post was written by music production and engineering professor Stephen Webber, who is among the faculty, students, and Office of Admissions staff traveling in China to promote Berklee’s auditions and interviews. This marks the first time Berklee has sent a student ensemble to China.

Today we left the hotel at 6:15 a.m. to pick up the equipment at Dulwich College, Shanghai (where we presented workshops yesterday), and made our way to the campus of Alibaba, China’s largest internet company.  We played a show for the employees, who were ready to rock out and have a good time.  Later we toured the facility, and were amazed at how this company has transformed e-commerce not only in Asia, but around the world!

Student Aries Deng and professor Stephen Webber

Student Nick Zeigler and Berklee instructor Raydar Ellis


Ambassadors Scratch the Surface in China

By: Jason Camelio, director of international programs

One of the most exciting developments in recent years in live performance for me is the mash up between electronic and live musicians.  Being on stage with turntablists, electronic musicians, emcees and acoustic musicians playing arranged tunes or improvising opens up a range of possibilities and heightens the interactive dynamic of the moment.  We had this in mind when we asked Stephen Webber to pull together the Scratch Ambassadors for Berklee’s first official concert tour of Beijing and Shanghai.

Berklee Scratch Ambassadors perform a showcase at Alibiba outside of Shanghai.

The Ambassadors, comprised of instructor Brian “Raydar” Ellis, Yaxin “Aries” Deng, Nick “Iron Fist” Zeigler-Heil, saxophonist/vocalist Vanessa Collier and professor Stephen Webber, were supported by associate director of admissions Alexia Rosari and a host of institutions and individuals in Beijing and Shanghai.  In just under 10-days the group presented clinics, master classes and concerts at a number of venues, including; concerts and clinics at Dulwich College (Beijing and Shanghai) as part of the Diversity Project program and in honor of Daniel Pearl World Music Day for the U.S. Department of State, concerts and a video shoot for the Communications University of China, clinics and a jam with a Mongolian ensemble at the University of Culture, clinics at the Central Conservatory of Music and a concert at the campus of Alibaba outside of Shanghai.

Take a moment to check out the CTV YouKu video from Alibaba and photos from the Scratch Ambassadors Tour for more details.

As a follow up to the Berklee Scratch Ambassadors’ tour, dean of admissions Damien Bracken, professor of guitar Jim Kelly and I traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to conduct auditions and interviews and to support the Dulwich College Music Festival.  The Festival was held at the Dulwich College Shanghai Campus in Pudong where they hosted students from a number of their campuses in the region, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and others.  Students were combined into a concert choir, symphonic orchestra, big band and small rock bands.  They worked with instructors and the Berklee team for three days and then presented two nights of concerts.

Late fall on the Great Wall in mid-November.

In the fleeting moments between clinics, concerts, meetings, and auditions and interviews members of the Scratch Ambassadors and our team did manage to take in a bit of the culture.  Some of the locations included getting out to the Great Wall, visiting the Drum and Bells Towers in Beijing, taking a quick walk on the Bund and visiting Jinling Street (music street) in Shanghai. Jim even got the chance to sit in with an excellent pop cover band at the Nashville located on Lucky Street in Beijing.

The life and rich culture of China, which is moving ahead at light speed, would need a life time to truly experience.  To be honest, we barely scratched the surface.

Final thoughts from China

Mark Campbell, Berklee associate VP for enrollment, packs his bags.

As we prepare to return home from China, a final thought or two.

Expo 2010 is on here in Shanghai and the theme is “Better City, Better Life,” a recognition that sustainable urban environments are crucial to global prosperity and peace.

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Berklee Visits China, 4

The author (left) with Mark Campbell, Berklee associate VP for enrollment and Greg Badolato, assistant VP for international programs.

Our visit to Beijing has proven very informative. Having had the opportunity to meet with and visit a variety of music educators, institutions and alumni living in China, I am struck by the palpable pulse of opportunity and possibility here.

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Berklee in China, 3: Learning to understand

Mark Campbell, associate VP for enrollment, reflects on the challenge and rewards of communication.

Effective communication leads to understanding, awareness and appreciation of similarity and difference.

Sometimes it’s difficult to get across your meaning, or to hear another’s intent. It’s a never-ending challenge; listen well, speak clearly.

Funny. . . but it does get the point across!

In coming to China, our approach has been to listen intently and focus on understanding first. We are here to learn. At the same time, music provides a common medium to share, to understand… to feel.

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