#BerkleeAnywhere Wraps More than a Year of Virtual Performances with Final Show
For over a year, the #BerkleeAnywhere weekly concert series has showcased Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students from across the globe collaborating for virtual performances. Beginning in April 2020, a time when concerts and in-person events were being canceled, #BerkleeAnywhere focused on student artists who were continuing to create, collaborate, and innovate even during the difficult stay-at-home period. Every week on Berklee’s Instagram and Facebook pages, students worked together to help bring music to audiences that hungered for music more than ever before.
On August 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the final #BerkleeAnyhwhere show will feature Curtis Heimburger B.M. '21 and Josh Polack B.M. '21 from the Boston-based rock band Mom Rock. The members met at Berklee in 2018, bonding over their mutual love for rock bands such as Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Bleachers, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. In a few short years, Mom Rock has earned a reputation for their electrifying performances, eclectic original songs, and monochrome get-ups. They have been featured in Alternative Press and Sound of Boston, and were voted winners of the Suburban Rose Magazine Internet Indie Awards. The performance will be broadcast on Berklee's Facebook and IGTV pages.
Throughout August 2021, #BerkleeAnywhere has continued to showcase student performers with immense talent and inspiration. On August 3, Venezuela-native Daniella Ravelo brought her vocal stylings—combining R&B, soul, pop, and Latin ballads—to the #BerkleeAnywhere stage. Accompanied by guitarist Alejo Topet, Ravelo covered “Those Sweet Words” by Norah Jones, “A Primera Vista” by Pedro Aznar, and “In Too Deep” by Jacob Collier, with audio mixed by Rodrigo Martins and video edited by Jihae Kim. A video of Ravelo's full performance can be viewed on Facebook.
Shifting focus mid-month, #BerkleeAnywhere’s #BerkleeBound series featured students from the entering class of 2021. On August 10, Montreal-native multilingual singer Rebecca Soul, collaborating with keyboardist Samuel Gagnon, performed “Queen” by Jessie J, “Les trottoirs du boulevard St-Laurent” by Diane Tell, and “Tango” by Diane Reeves. A video of Soul's full performance can be viewed on Facebook.
On August 17, Tehran, Iran native Armin Morshed performed solo on classical guitar, covering “Until” by Sting, “You Don’t Want to Get You One of Those” by Tommy Emmanuel and Mark Knopfler, and his original song “Heaven’s Path.” The performance already has almost 150,000 views on Instagram, making it the most-viewed episode in the #BerkleeAnywhere series. A video of Morshed's full performance can be viewed on Facebook.
On August 24, San Diego native, vocalist and songwriter Destiny, performed “my future” by Billie Eilish, her original song “Ride,” and “My Hair” by Ariana Grande. A video of Destiny's full performance can be viewed on Facebook.
"It has been heartening to see how the series has created such a following from our musicians, community, and audiences around the world that look forward to a new release every week,” says Jonathan Foo, concert producer and event liaison for Berklee. “Despite such a trying year and a half, music has proven that it will live on. As we conclude this journey, we are excited to start a new chapter of projects with our community as we continue to create, innovate, and adapt to the pandemic and everything that life throws at us."
View all of the past performances of #BerkleeAnywhere on Berklee’s Instagram or Facebook pages, or on this YouTube playlist. And stay tuned for an announcement of new, upcoming performance series from Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students.