Happy to be invited back for Berklee Valencia's "Lago de Conciertos" concert series! As we were getting closer to thesis presentations, I wanted to try out some of my new original songs live on stage!
I'm grateful for the many opportunities I have here at Berklee Valencia to perform. At this forum concert I'll be playing many of my new original songs that will be featured on my new album as well as my version of some old classics.
On Friday, February 4, Berklee a Les Arts presented Abre los Ojos. The show, inspired by Georg Friedrich Händel's iconic work Ariodante, intended to examine how technology and our modern connections have in some ways further closed our eyes to the reality of the world. Photo by Tato Baeza
My first time performing at The Big E was amazing! This 17-day regional fair draws more than a million people from all over the country, and I was so honored to be a part of the entertainment!
Just in time for the holidays, I teamed up with fellow Berklee alum and great friend Isaac Wisdom on piano to bring you "I'll Be Home For Christmas!" Hope you enjoy our take on this classic song! Even better, this song will be exclusively playing on 94.7 WMAS - Springfield, MA throughout the holiday season! Make sure to tune into the station, and you might just catch it! Check it out on YouTube:
I had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by Territori Sonor, a Valencia-local radio show that covers music and artists around Spain. I even managed to do the entire interview in Spanish!
A select few of the graduate students at Berklee Valencia were invited to write, record, mix, and master a brand-new, original song in the span of ONE WEEK. "Wake Me In Spring" is a song about hope, acceptance of a changing world, and how to face the new reality we live in. I am extremely proud to have been a part of this experience with my Berklee family, and excited to share what we have created!
A whole year's worth of work, collaboration, and music brings us here... my debut full-length album "Fly Now" is coming out Friday, June 17! This album is a part of my Master's thesis
here at Berklee Valencia, and I am extremely excited to share it with you all soon! It features my previously-released single "On Top of the World" and the title track "Fly Now," (which comes out as a single on Tuesday June 14).
We did it! This week, the Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) Class of 2022 finished thesis defenses - please welcome the newest Masters of Music! Huge thank you to my advisors, friends and family throughout this incredible journey! I am officially a Master of Music!!
September - October 2022
For about a month and a half, I played acoustic and electric guitar in the pit orchestra for the Majestic Theater's run of "Mamma Mia!" It was an incredible experience to not only meet some new friends and see some old ones, but also to play the timeless music of ABBA!
Back in Western MA, I was excited for the opportunity to talk to local Times editor Dalton Zbierski about my time in Spain, moving from one stage of life to another, and my goals for the future.
Growing up with 94.7 WMAS FM always playing on the radio, I was extremely honored to hear that some of my songs from "Fly Now" would be played on the airwaves! Big thank you to everyone at the station, and a special shout-out to host Brett Provost for doing my first radio interview in America!
In January, Berklee hosted their 2022 Berklee Global Career Summit. This four-day conference included more than 30 music industry leaders from over 10 countries participating as speakers and mentors to students. I was honored to be part of the Berklee Showcase Concert that closed the event. I'm playing with Aliyah D. Qualls's project, "Aliyah y Los Chicos!" (We are the last performers in the show, at 1:35 on the video.)
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I had the amazing opportunity to perform for and jam with Justin Stanton from Snarky Puppy! Every day, I am reminded how incredibly lucky to be a part of this Berklee family, surrounded
by musicians and friends from all over the world!
While in Spain, I joined a band led by Wisconsin-based French horn player, Aliyah Danielle! Named "Aliyah y Los Chicos," we performed numerous times on the Berklee campus, as well as around Valencia. Aliyah's funk, R&B, and neo-soul-inspired originals, and similar-styled cover selections, would get the room hyped; our band represented five different states and two countries, and with our unique and different musical perspectives, we created something truly inspiring that I will remember for the rest of my life!
French horn and Vocals: Aliyah Danielle (WI, USA)
Alto and Tenor saxes and Vocals: Sam Kelly (CO, USA)
Keyboard and Trombone: Isaac Wisdom (AZ, USA)
Bass: Daniel de Boer (The Netherlands)
Drums and Programming: Christian Sessoms (DC, USA)