Win Tickets to see Godwin Louis Live at the Red Room

The BIRN wants you to win a pair of tickets to see Berklee and Thelonious Monk Institute alumnus Godwin Louis live at the Red Room at Café 939 on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Louis will be playing selections from his upcoming debut release, Global, which features some of the hottest young musicians on the New York City jazz scene.

To win tickets, email your name and phone number to GodwinLive@thebirn.com. There are four chances for you to win a pair of tickets to this can’t miss show.

The winners will be chosen at random. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Featured Interview: Shizuno Furuya, Founder and CEO of EchoKids

Shizuno Furuya is a recent graduate of Berklee and founder of the non-profit music education program EchoKids. Shizuno started the program while attending Berklee, and has grown the program immensely since. There are currently five mentors and 17 students at EchoKids, and it is growing every day.

EchoKids is a private lesson program that teaches kids from the ages of 2-13 various music lessons such as piano, voice, violin, etc. The mentors are all current Berklee students who have a passion for teaching and sharing their craft. Lessons are currently held at Berklee and take place 7 days a week, depending on both the families and the mentor’s schedules. 

Shizuno grew up in Miami, Florida and started taking piano lessons at age three. Looking back on a few of her teachers growing up, Shizuno really understood the importance of making learning music fun when you’re young. Because of her positive lesson experiences, she carried a few specific skills with her into her own teaching. During her sophomore year at Berklee, she listed herself online for teaching opportunities around Boston. She started teaching lessons around the area, and became popular with families because of how qualified yet affordable she was. She realized this was something she was really passionate about, and decided to make it a career.

While she was in her last semester at Berklee, Shizuno crafted the idea for EchoKids in one of her business classes, taught by Joe Miglio. With the help of five other classmates, the idea for EchoKids was created and soon became a real business. Continue reading “Featured Interview: Shizuno Furuya, Founder and CEO of EchoKids”

Welcome Back! Love, The BIRN

The Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN) welcomes you back for the spring 2019 semester. It is going to be a good one!

Are you interested in becoming a BIRN DJ?

BIRN membership is open to all current students of Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee at the beginning of each semester.

Representatives of student clubs and organizations are welcome to join to promote their club’s mission and activities.

To join, please come to our first meeting of the semester on Monday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. in room 112 of the 22 Fenway building.

For more information, visit thebirn.com/join.

Featured Interview: BIRN Visual Media Director Isabel Kret

Isabel Kret is the visual media director at the BIRN, and in her last semester at Berklee. She is from Washington, D.C., and majors in MP&E and Professional Music, with focuses in music technology and songwriting, and minors in commercial record production. She has been surrounded by musicians and artists her whole life and comes from an extremely artistic family. Her mother used to tell her that she literally “breathed music” when she was little. At just six years old Isabel began playing classical piano and then continued to expand her musical interests in the guitar, flute, Celtic flute, and penny whistle. She grew an interest in writing pop and rock music after she wrote her first song at ten years old.

In high school, she also became really interested in heavy metal guitar, and started working at a studio and recording her songs. Working in the studio struck up her interest for production, and from then on she has had a passion for producing and engineering. In addition to her many musical talents, Isabel also has a strong passion for photography and design, and she started working in a dark room in high school, and then went on to be the editor of her high school literary art magazine. Continue reading “Featured Interview: BIRN Visual Media Director Isabel Kret”

Bella’s Prime Slices (12/1 – 12/7): Holiday Edition

 

PJ Morton – Christmas with PJ Morton – (R&B)

PJ Morton unleashes a festive helping of New Orleans-styled carols on his first-ever holiday album, Christmas with PJ. The eight-track stocking stuffer is engrossed in the signature sounds of NOLA like jazz, Creole, and Cajun music. Although Morton decorates Christmas with PJ with his bluesy hometown traditions, the talented musician makes sure to keep the spirit of Christmas alive through each rendition. He also invites guest stars Yolanda Adams, Stokley and Hasizzle for the sleigh-ride. Continue reading “Bella’s Prime Slices (12/1 – 12/7): Holiday Edition”

Win tickets to See HAERTS Play at Great Scott!

The BIRN would like you to win tickets to see Arts & Crafts recording artists (and Berklee alumni) HAERTS live at Great Scott on Thursday, December 6. The band is touring in support of their brand new release New Compassion and has racked up over 275,000 monthly streams on Spotify.

Email your name and contact information to HAERTSLive@thebirn.com for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. The deadline to enter is December 5 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!!

Show Review: Speedy Ortiz at the Sinclair – 11/27

I was really happy to catch this performance Tuesday night at the Sinclair. I got there early enough to hear the very first openers, Halfsour, a three piece classic indie rock band.  Front woman, Zoë Wyner, doubled on vocals and bass, speaking for the band but making it clear that talking in between songs was her least favorite part of being on stage. They were a pretty quirky little trio and had a great set, but their level of quirk was nothing in comparison to the next band, Palberta.

Palberta was peculiar and off beat, but completely on brand. All three members switched instruments multiple times which kept the audience on the edge of their seats (in a general admission standing room). They conversed with the audience like they were making weird small talk with a stranger in an elevator, but everyone laughed through the uncomfortableness and seemed to enjoy the bands personality and overall sound. Continue reading “Show Review: Speedy Ortiz at the Sinclair – 11/27”

Video: Aisha Burns Plays BIRN Alive

Folk-rock violinist, vocalist, and songwriter Aisha Burns stopped by the BIRN studios recently for a live performance and interview.

Burns was raised in Texas and is now based in Massachusetts. She began her journey in the folk-rock world in 2005 and was touring and recording by 2006. Aisha released Life in the Midwater, her debut album, in 2013, and this May released Argonauta. NPR points out the “delicate intimacy” of her music while Dazed Magazine describes the works in Life in the Midwater as “twisting, ethereal, and arresting.”

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.

 

Video: Gina Chavez Performance on BIRN Alive

Multi-ethnic Latin pop/folk singer Gina Chavez stopped by the BIRN studios recently for a live performance and interview.

Chavez is known for blending the sounds of her many influences seamlessly. She has had a great deal of success in her career, hitting the top of the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts after her national feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2015, Chavez performed with her band on NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts, making the top 15 of Tiny Desk performances that year. Chavez also won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2014 with her Spanish anthem, “Siete-D.”

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.