2014 BCMN Conference Highlights

City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day
City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Amy Bojanowski

Over 200 Network members, music educators, and arts advocates came together in Los Angeles to discuss “Innovations in Youth Development,” the theme of this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference.

The conference kicked off on November 2 with “Youth Power-Up Day,” a free outdoor festival at Grand Performances, that featured performances by youth ensembles from around the country, a community drum circle hosted by Remo, and a jam session led by Kevin Eubanks.

Attendees moved indoors to the nearby Omni Hotel for the next three days full of inspiring presentations, panel discussions, and interactive activities. BCMN Conference veteran Libby Chiu started each day with a networking workshop that featured special guests such as Jonathan Zeichner (APCH), Andy Davis, and youth ambassadors from A Place Called Home.

Two of the more popular sessions were a panel discussion led by Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington with Sheila E, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, and Donald Harrison about working with young musicians
; and Ron Weisner’s all-star panel discussion about the music industry featuring Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Bobby Colomby, Tommy LiPuma, Ray Chew, and Ricky Minor.

The conference also featured a master class at the Grammy Museum; presentation by Network members such as Mike Anderson, Joey Arreguin, Gordon Cobb, Kevan Ellis, Greg Holt, Thomas Howard, Mark Kohler, Bethany Paulsen, Milton Ruffin, Ed Sublett, Frank Van Bree, and Cliff Weeks; plus a visit by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

With so many thought-provoking sessions, attendees left Los Angeles feeling inspired to further their work with young musicians.

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Lalah Hathaway Added to the BCMN Conference and Master Class

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Lalah Hathaway is a Grammy Award-Winning musician.  She recently won the Grammy for best R&B Performance with Snarky Puppy for “Something” check out the video below to hear her performance. Originally from Chicago she was born into a musical family as Donny Hathaway is her father.  She wrote her first song as a 10th grader and later went on to study music at Berklee College of Music, and released her first self titled album in 1990 that had hits such as “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Heaven Only Knows” and “I’m Coming Back.”  Currently Lalah is working on a new albumn titled “Lalah Hathaway Live,” you can find out more on her website and contribute to her Pledge Music Campaign: www.lalahhathaway.com

Lalah Hathaway will be participating in the Berklee City Music Network Conference in two roles.  She will first participate on Terri Lyne Carrington’s panel titled “Working Hard, Aiming High: Developing the Young Artist” on Monday, November 3 from 11:05am-12:05pm.  Later that night she will be one of two clinicians at the Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class (check out the video below) hosted at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum where she will critique five bands from across the Berklee City Music Network during a live performance.

Check out her interview with Shea Rose ’11, a Berklee City Music alumna, and where they discussed her experiences at Berklee and beyond, her perspective on the music industry, and her experience with Berklee City Music Network member member Stax Music Academy in Memphis.

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Berklee City Music Network Conference

Monday, November 3 – Wednesday, November 5
Omni Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
American Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development
Engage in presentations and conversations with music industry and education giants including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Weisner, Tommy LiPuma, Lalah Hathaway, Kevin Eubanks, Patrice Rushen and Mark Slavkin.

Register to Attend: 1-day and 3-day passes available

  • $275 for the three-day conference (or $125 per day) for network members, Berklee alumni, and music educators (with a .edu email address)
  • $350 for the three-day conference (or $175 per day) for nonmembers
  • Student rate: We are giving away 25 free three-day passes to undergraduate and graduate students (passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis; RSVP to Christina Quarles). Undergraduate students are also eligible for a $25 per day rate.

Schedule, registration and speaker bios are available on the conference website.

BCMN Conference Master Class – Monday, November 3, 7:00pm

Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Students from five of our Berklee City Music Network sites will be coached by leading industry artists, including Kenny Lattimore, Ashley Rodriguez, Shoshana Bean before performing on stage that evening for a panel of clinicians.

Limited seating is available at the Clive Davis Theater, and therefore admission can only be guaranteed to the first 100 Conference registrants. Tickets are free with registration for attendees who register for 3-day passes or with a single day (Monday). Be sure to register early to secure your seat!

Check out the highlights from last year’s BCMN Conference Master Class.

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Playlist: Berklee Alumni Garner 36 Grammy Nominations

For the 56th Grammy Awards the National Academy of Recording Arts Sciences nominated 31 Berklee College of Music Alumni in  19 categories for a total of 36 nominations.   For the third year in a row, Berklee Alumni are nominated in the top three categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Imagine Dragons

Before the Grammys are broadcast live on Sunday, January 26, on CBS at 8:00 p.m. EST, be sure to listen to all the Berklee Alumni who are nominated on our Spotify Playlist, and for more information on Berklee and the nominations please click here.

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Record of the Year

  • “Radioactive,” artist: Imagine Dragons – Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members, guitarist Wayne Sermon ‘08, drummer Daniel Platzman ‘09, bassist Ben McKee ‘09Josh Mosser ‘05, engineer/mixer
  • “Locked out of Heaven,” artist: Bruno Mars – Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker ’99, co-producer; Josh Blair ’99, engineer/mixer
  • “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – Berklee nominees: Tony Maserati ’86, engineer/mixer

Album of the Year

  • Red, artist: Taylor Swift – Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker ’99, co-producer; Pawel Sek ’00, engineer/mixer
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Kendrick Lamar – Berklee nominees: Anna Wise ’10, featured artist; Dawaun Parker ’05, co-producer

Song of the Year

  • “Just Give Me a Reason,” artist: Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Berklee nominees: Jeff Bhasker ’99, co-songwriter.

Best Pop Instrumental Album

  • Hacienda – artist: Jeff Lorber Fusion – Berklee nominees: Jeff Lorber ’71
  • Summer Horns, artist: Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot – Berklee nominees: Mindi Abair ’91

Best Rock Performance

  • “Radioactive,” artist: Imagine Dragons – Berklee nominees: Imagine Dragons members, guitarist Wayne Sermon ’08, drummer Daniel Platzman ’09, bassist Ben McKee ’09

Best Metal Performance

  • “The Enemy Inside,” artist: Dream Theater – Berklee nominees: Dream Theater members, guitarist John Petrucci ’86, John Myung ’86
  • “In Due Time,” artist: Killswitch Engage – Berklee nominees: Killswitch Engage member Adam Dutkiewicz ’99

Best R&B Performance

  • “Something,” artist: Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – Berklee nominees: Lalah Hathaway ’94

Best R&B Song

  • “Love and War,” artist: Tamar Braxton – Berklee nominees: Makeba Riddick ’99, co-songwriter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • “Stadium Jazz,” artist: Donny McCaslin – Berklee nominees: Donny McCaslin ’88, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • After Blue, artist: Tierney Sutton – Berklee nominees: Tierney Sutton ’87

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Guided Tour, artist: The New Gary Burton Quartet – Berklee nominees: The New Gary Burton Quartet members, vibraphonist Gary Burton ’62, guitarist Julian Lage ’08, and drummer Antonio Sanchez ’97
  • Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, Terri Lyne Carrington – Berklee nominees: Terri Lyne Carrington ’83

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra feat. Joe Lovano – Berklee nominee: Joe Lovano ’72

Best Latin Pop Album

  • 12 Historias, artist: Tommy Torres – Berklee nominee: Tommy Torres ’94

Best Bluegrass Album

  • This World Oft Can Be, artist: Della Mae – Berklee nominee: Della Mae member Courtney Hartman ’12

Best Musical Theater Album

  • Kinky Boots, artist: Original Broadway Cast – Berklee nominee: Stephen Oremus ’92, co-producer

Best Instrumental Arrangement

  • Wild Beauty, artist: Brussels Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano – Berklee nominee: Gil Goldstein ’70, arranger

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

  • Swing Low, artist: Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding – Berklee nominee: Gil Goldstein ’70, arranger

Best Recording Package

  • Automatic Music Can Be Fun, artist: Geneseo – Berklee nominee: Mike Brown ’99, art director

Best Engineered Album, non-classical

  • …Like Clockwork, artist: Queens of the Stone Age – Berklee nominee: Gavin Lurssen ’91, mastering engineer

City Music Spotlight: Thomas Stewart IV

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Network Site: Campus Club Milledgeville
 
Grade: 12th
 
Hometown: Milledgeville, GA
 
Instrument: Vocalist
 
Number of Years Playing: 6 years
 
Favorite Song: How Can I Ease the Pain- Lisa Fischer
 
Favorite Musician: Lalah Hathaway
 
First Song Learned: You Are My Sunshine
 
What does Berklee City Music mean to you and what are your goals at 5-week?
Berklee city music to me means greatness. My goals for the program are to develop my craft and meet different teens that are serious about music like I am.
 
What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician and pursue it as a career?
As a musician I believe in storytelling. Everyone has a story to tell, music tells stories that a lot of people can relate to. Music moves, music heals broken hearts, mends broken wounds and comfort lonely souls. I want to be the person that sings that music to the people.
 
Who’s had the greatest influence on your life and why?
My family has been the number one supporter in my life. They believe in me even when I sometimes don’t believe in myself and I think that’s awesome.
 
Outside of music what are your interests and hobbies?
Outside music my hobbies are: knitting, cooking, learning about the principles of the hair and scalp fashion and lots of exercise!