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Berklee Latino: A week with Paquito D’Rivera

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。今回は、去年に引き続き(去年の様子はこちら)一週間バークリーサマープログラムで教えてくださった、グラミー賞を14回受賞しているPaquito D’Riveraのコンサートのご紹介です。
パキートのバンドメンバーであるオスカーとマークが、バークリーでベースとドラムの教員をしているご縁で、今年もパキートがバークリーに一週間来てくれました!
去年は、こちらのブログでも報告したように、バークリーでのマスタークラスでもずっと楽器を吹きながら色々なお話を聞かせてもらえたのですが、今年のパキートウィークでのマスタークラスでは、オスカー、マーク、そして去年も来ていたピアニストアレックスなど、バンドメンバー総動員で、パキートは客席にいることはあってもステージ上に立つことはほとんどありませんでした。というわけで、初日にバークリーで開催されたパキートのコンサートに行けなかった私は、金曜の夜に隣のケンブリッジにあるレガッタバーというところで開催されたライブを見に行きました。
Paquito at Regatta Bar

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The Word Maven of Athens

A few weeks have passed since we all returned from Athens, but after bumping into one of the Berklee students in Athens back here on campus, I felt compelled to do one final blog post about last semester’s trip.

Much as they might have wished they could resist the well-worn quip, some of Berklee’s students in Athens last semester walked out of their twice-weekly language class at some point muttering to each other, “It’s all Greek to me.” It was funny the first few times, but eventually, they were faced with the cold, hard realization that Greek was the toughest class they had at Nakas and it wasn’t getting much easier as the semester wore on. Despite the challenges of a new alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar, each of the students knew enough to get by. They could certainly order food and ask for directions.

But to the group, one student stood out as their go-to Greek language expert, the one who could always get them out of a jam when they the deltas and gammas looked like stick figures. That person was music education major Jen O’Shea.

Jen O'Shea, on bouzouki.

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