Jan. 13-18: Musicians attend Berklee program in Mexico

Berklee Latino, Berklee College of Music's first-ever program to be taught in Spanish, commences its inaugural event, January 13-18, 2014 at the Mexico City campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey. Latin Grammy Award-winner Javier Limon and Grammy Award-winner Oscar Stagnaro will lead the program of lectures and master classes focusing on three major areas of study: musical composition, performance, and basic production skills. Berklee Latino will also feature panel discussions and public concerts by faculty and students.

180 students have been accepted out of more than 400 applicants from countries including Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and the United States. 28 of the students have been awarded a scholarship to attend. The students play a variety of instruments including voice, guitar, saxophone, drum set/percussion, bass, flute, piano, and violin.

Berklee Latino is the result of a collaboration with Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Escuelas de Música (ALAEMUS). This collaboration brings students from both organizations to the program and provides scholarships for students to attend. In addition, one Berklee Latino student will be awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in Boston.

Program highlights include a faculty concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Mark Walker, Sofia Rei, and Emmy Award-nominee Claudio Ragazzi on Monday, January 13 at 6:00 pm; a panel discussion with visiting artists, Mexican performer and composer Armando Manzanero and Peruvian singer Tania Libertad on Tuesday, January 14 - time to be confirmed; and a student led concert on Saturday, January 18 at 4:00 pm. All events are at the Tecnológico de Monterrey The two concerts are free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Berklee Latino faculty members will also perform at the Zinco Jazz Club in Mexico City on Friday, January 17 at 10:00 pm. For more information visit:

Javier Limón is a Latin Grammy Award-winning producer for artists including Diego El Cigala and Bebo Valdés, Paco de Lucia, and Andrés Calamaro. Grammy Award-winner Oscar Stagnaro has worked with such performers as Paquito D'Rivera, Jorge Drexler, Rosa Passos, Ivan Lins, and Isaac Delgado.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world's first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college's national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college's first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

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