Rodrigo’s journey of composition and classical piano started at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Being multi-talented, Rodrigo played in several bands as pianist, keyboardist and drummer, having participating in a discography of a few more than ten CDs, while simultaneously expanding his professional career as composer, arranger and working as a musical producer and director. As an international musician, he has conveyed his Brazilian energy to audiences in Spain, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Vienna.
Dr. Helen Deborah Lewis shares the journeys of her students as they participate in her Drag Performance class at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and challenge their own personal identities. She encourages listeners to challenge their own identities and to be fierce as they live their lives out loud.
Matthew Struthers shares his journey of learning to accept and live with Cerebral Palsy. He teaches us that it’s okay to fall down, both literally and figuratively, as long as you have a plan to get back up.
In this talk, Aithan Shapira unpacks the necessity of developing creative instincts that enable leaders to thrive in our age of accelerating uncertainty. He reveals perspective-shifting tools from the arts that can be used to step confidently into uncertainty and make decisions with speed and conviction.
Hugh is a 19 year old singer-songwriter, constantly on the move. He takes inspiration from artists like Ben Howard and Leonard Cohen, as well as from philosophy, which he has always found himself drawn to. He also writes and plays for a duo in Boston called Think of England.
His music has been featured on several of the most popular podcasts, blogs, publications, and local radio stations across the US and Europe.
AJ Ramirez, Guy Schneider, Tejas Gorti, and Matt Mcintyre
Alta Tension is a four piece experimental instrumental band formed in Valencia, Spain. Their sound is based heavily on progressive music, with touches of electronica, jazz, and alternative rock. Alta Tension combines standard live rock instrumentation with electronic influences and technology, favoring group vibe and flow over individual soloing.
Liz Pryor tells us her powerful story of enduring teen pregnancy and keeping it a secret from her loved ones for most of her life. She shares how letting go of all judgement allowed her to move forward into a happy life.
Conci Althouse talks about her work as a documentary filmmaker, following a man named Brian through his journey entering society after decades in prison. She describes the emotional connection she created with Brian and how it affected her artistic vision as she watched him grow.
With elegance and humor, Magic Julius presents an original magic show.
Brian Cole talks about the impact of arts education in different stages of human development. He shares his specific experiences of success through organizations like Berklee College of Music, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and El Sistema. He shares how the power of art can truly make a difference in the world today.
Mayur Jumani / Connecting the Dots
Mayur Jumani is an Electronic Dance Music Producer and Instrumentalist from Mumbai, India. After being a bedroom producer for a few years, he decided to pursue a Master’s in Music Production, Technology & Innovation from Berklee College of Music.
Path to Another World
Behind the creation of the Sanddorn Balance, there has been an elaborate production over several years. The artists have worked with selected choreographers, rehearsed in dunes of the Gobi Desert and improvised in palm groves with Palblattrippen. Each of us knows how much sweat and patience is involved in creation. Therefore, it is very unfair and legally impermissible to copy this act without contributing to the high production costs through licensing. Some of his students have been able to perform this act, but all have been given permission by the creator, Rigolo. Through this revenue Rigolo can continue to produce great acts for all to enjoy.
TATIANA OLIVEIRA SIMONIAN / Learning How to Embrace Silence
Learning how to embrace silence may sound hard for someone immersed in the music industry. However, Tatiana has become an expert at it. Through a thought-provoking and witty talk, she will share her personal story and some tips on why she believes its important to learn to love the discomfort of silence.
Ian Kagey / "The Sky Isn't Falling" Saving the Recording Music Industry
As an experienced sound technician, sound engineer, and music producer, Ian has spent many hours in the recording studio and has witnessed them begin to disappear over the years. In this influential talk, Ian will talk about this phenomena and challenge the recording music industry to take a page from the nonprofit industry.
Alexandra Lúgaro / Independent Candidacies, Social Media, Rescue of Democracy
As an politician running on independent party platform, Alexandra will discuss the rise in independent political parties all around the world, what the implications are, and how they are changing the face of politics as we know it.
Maria Iturriaga / Emotional Intelligence and Music
With a very unique and international childhood, Maria had to learn the lessons of life very quickly. Through a funny and inspiring talk, she will share why she believes high emotional intelligence is important in education and how music can play a role in teaching our students this.
Jonathan Iwry / The Rhyme and Reason of Intuition
In an entertaining talk, Jon will share his view on why intuition matters in our lives and give a demonstration of his intuition in action.
Zoe Schneider / Millennials, The Struggle is Real
In a well crafted and dynamic poem, Zoe tackles the stereotypes and struggles that millennials battle with on a daily basis. With a hopeful outlook, she calls to action all generations to support one another.
Adam Melonas / Using Imperfection as a Vital Tool in Innovation
As an Executive Chef for many years, Adam expected nothing but perfection from himself and the others around him. Through a series of personal stories, he will share the way he began to embrace imperfection and why he believes it is essential to achieve true innovation.
Brail Watson / Let it Be
Phillip “Brail” Watson, 25, is a classically trained vocalist, cellist, songwriter, rapper and producer from Topeka Kansas. Brail has spent the last 6 years both recording, performing, and speaking in many communities across the United States under his mantra “change the world through music.” Brail is currently the Vice President of the multimedia conglomerate New Midwest Entertainment, where he handles community outreach, marketing, and produces for a host of talented hip-hop artists on the label end as well as running a regional video game tournament. With an expansive vocal range, and a multitude of genre’s to draw inspiration from including hip-hop, soul, and R&B Brail is known to bring the house down in any performance situation.
LaVaaz / Stay
LaVaaz is the brainchild of vocalist Dani Turner (Austin, TX, USA) and producer Jain Harshit (New Delhi, India). The pair met while studying in Valencia, Spain. The duo brings new wave electronica music together with a tasteful blend of power vocals and smooth beats. Together, LaVaaz creates a uniquely evocative sound through their electro pop infused storytelling.
Olivia Dawn & Tryangle Man / Rise
Formerly fellow classmates at Berklee Valencia, Olivia and Ryan come together to present “Rise”, an uplifting song about picking yourself up when you are at your lowest and overcoming obstacles through hope.
Kev Nemelka / Sustainable Practice: Reconciling Art and Effective Altruism
Kev, an art curator and expert on sustainable art practice, has dedicated his studies on how art can not only be beautiful but should also be practical. In an insightful and visionary talk, he will reshape our view on art and its ability to serve society in a pragmatic way.
Mike Muse / Another Glass of Champagne, please?
In a dynamic, funny, personal, and though-provoking talk, Mike discusses classism and privilege in our society.
Universitat Politecnica Valencia / Hyperloop: From Valencia to the World
The Spanish Makers UPV team from Valencia was awarded both Top Design Concept and Propulsion Subsystem Award at SpaceX's Hyperloop Design Weekend, a global challenge to realize Elon Musk's ambitious vision of the future of transportation. The team of only five students was competing against large teams from world's most prestigious Universities. With their disruptive ideas they are living proof that a small team of motivated students can reach the highest of highs if they set their minds to it.
Will Lydgate / Changing the way we think about chocolate
A descendant from a long line of chocolate farmers on the island of Kauai, Will Lydgate is passionate about changing the way that people view chocolate. In a talk that is informative, fun, and tasty, Will will tell you about the origins of chocolate and why you should eat it everyday.
David Reinado Martínez & Jose Martorell / La Historia de las ciencias en 10 minutos
La Historia de las ciencias en 10 minutos
Ashley Graham / Plus-size? More Like My Size
Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn't leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model. Inspiring body confidence in the next generation, Ashley expresses the need for the universal embrace of body diversity as beauty paradigms continue to shift.
Hannah Fraser / Turning Fantasy Into Reality: Joyful Ocean Activism
Hannah Fraser, a real-life mermaid and ocean activist, swims with sharks, whales and manta rays to highlight conservation issues with stunning imagery that inspires action and educates worldwide.
Neil Harbisson / Sending Our Senses to Space
Cyborg activist and Catalan contemporary artist and composer, Neil Harbisson, best known for his ability to hear and perceive colors outside the ability of human vision, talks about how becoming a cyborg can help humans extend their perception of nature and space.
Damian Drăghici / A Roma Tale: From Artist to Minister
From beggar to Berklee, from artist to Minister of the European Parliament, Damian Draghici talks about his own Roma tale.
Koen Suidgeest / Who is Saving Whom?
Documentary film director, writer and photographer, Koen Suidgeest followed his life-long dream of turning exclusively to creating his own documentary projects. In this talk, Koen examines how raising a child on the street adds an immense new challenge to the lives of teenagers. But in some cases, the babies are actually helping their mothers off the street. And, every time this happens, two lives are saved.
Amy Israels and Friends / "Sage"
Amy Israels, Sergio Martinez, Olivia Mok, and George Karpasitis perform the song "Sage" at TEDxBerkleeValencia 2015.
Kristina & André / "Balkan Song Medley"
Kristina Bijelic and André Pazmiño Betancourt perform the song "Balkan Song Medley" at TEDxBerkleeValencia 2015.
Chloe Pandora / "Sweet Revenge"
Chloe Pandora and Ricardo Curto perform the song "Sweet Revenge" at TEDxBerkleeValencia 2015.
KTunes & Schipper / "Electro-pipes"
Tunes & Schipper perform the song "Electro-pipes" at TEDxBerkleeValencia 2015. Visuals by Nick Bernstein.
Nicolas Altobelli / Rosetta: A Journey to Our Origins
An incredible tale of Rosetta’s journey in space through the eyes of a student, Nicolas Altobelli talks about his own journey in becoming one of the leading scientists of the mission at the European Space Agency.
Carmen Pellicer Iborra / A Teacher Can Change a Student; A School a Community
A good teacher can change a child's life, but a good school can make a huge difference in a local community. If you want to change a country, you need to change the education. Carmen Pellicer Iborra, Spanish Theologian and professor, analyzes how we can do this.
McKenna Smith / The Nuances of Failure
McKenna Smith shares a spoken word summary of her greatest life lesson, one that examines how humanity can push past uncertainty and fall in style.
Liz Teutsch / A Shift in the Conversation
In this call-to-action, Liz Teutsch asks the world to look closely at how social injustices are perpetuated in day-to-day conversations and to consider shifting the everyday conversation to bring about positive social change.
Karen Korellis Reuther / Leaving Your Dream
Should one dream last us an entire lifetime or an entire career? Creative Director and Brand Psychologist, Karen Korellis Reuther, says sometimes you have to love it and leave it. Fire yourself.
Shain Shapiro / Music Makes Cities Better
In this talk, Shain Shapiro, Founder and Managing Director of Sound Diplomacy, approaches city-making differently by looking at how music and music strategies impact how our cities operate and function -- because music strategies make cities better.
Kathleen M. Howland / How Music Can Heal Our Brain and Heart
Music therapy is an ancient and yet very modern practice that has the power to heal and transform our brains and bodies in significant ways. Kathleen Howland, speech language and music therapist explains how music really does have the power to heal our brain and heart.
Alan Hensley / The Assets of Adversity
Alán Hensley argues how adversity can be a positive resource by telling a powerful story from his childhood as an illegal Mexican immigrant in the United States that he has never publicly shared.
Jodie Rogers / The stories we tell ourselves
Jodie Rogers talks about how the thoughts in our minds, the ‘what if’s, the ‘but’s and the ‘maybe’s, the self doubt and the fear can shackle you to the ground. You need to believe that you control your thoughts, not the other way around and actively take the driving seat of your own life.
Luiza Sales Rangel / "Mansinho"
Luiza Sales performing "Mansinho" at TEDxBerkleeValencia, with fellow Master in Contemporary Performance student Peter Connolly on the guitar. Music by Luiza Sales. Lyrics by Gustavo Pereira.
João Bruno Soeiro / Passion is not enough
Joao Bruno Soeiro, a graduate student in the Master in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games, speaks about his own life experience to explain the importance of being able to push aside our ego and desire to be successful in order to really enjoy what we are doing and cultivate our creativity.
Ganavya Doraiswamy / Entrapped words -- creativity in context
Ganavya Doraiswamy, a Valencia campus post-graduate fellow and singer who was born in New York City and raised in Southern India, drew on her experience working in a prison to talk about how creativity is born out of necessity, and how it can be used to solve problems.
Ben Houge / Food opera - an approach to scoring everyday life
Ben Houge, a Valencia campus faculty member and a composer for video game music, talked about his idea for pairing music and food by designing music to accompany specific dishes at a restaurant via individual speakers.
Belén Maya García / Soleá performance
Acclaimed contemporary flamenco dancer Belén Maya García performs a Soleá (a traditional flamenco style) to the music of Jesús Mendez, at TEDxBerkleeValencia.
M.T. Aditya Srinivasan / The rhythm of intent
M.T. Aditya Srinvasan, a graduate student in the Master in Contemporary Performance, native of Chennai, India, and tabla player, talked about rhythm as machinery that moves everything, and its presence in all aspects of life.
Michael Sean Harris / Lionheart -- Cultural Currency
Michael Sean Harris, a student in the Master in Music Technology Innovation and native of Jamaica, presented on the theme of “cultural currency.” “The message is that folk music is a vast, untapped cultural resource that must somehow evolve and grow to remain current and maintain vitality,” he explains. “It has always been a passion of mine to fuse Jamaican folk music with other styles.”
Stephen Webber / The Most Important Thing
Stephen Webber talks about the most important thing you need to know when producing records. Taking a look back at his personal experiences when meeting some of the most important recording engineers in the world he concludes that the most important thing to be successful when producing any form of art, including music, is to have to have the ability to convey emotion.
Erick Crockenburg and Tad Cooke / The magic of abandoned space
Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg present the creativity behind entrepreneurship and community. As recent graduates of University of Vermont, they created a proposal for building redevelopment as co-directors of New Moran.
Javier Mariscal / History of Colors
Designer Javier Mariscal explains the origin of the universe and how the world we know was created from different colors with a friendly animation and his distinguished charisma.
Lucas Vidal / Sharing emotions through music
Renowned film composer and Berklee undergraduate film scoring alumni Lucas Vidal talks about how music can shape the emotions of an audience, using examples from his own work and personal experiences.
Panos Panay / How my guitar taught me entrepreneurship
Panos Panay talks about his personal experience with music and how learning to play the guitar led him to be a successful entrepreneur in the music business, because music teaches you the ability to listen and to get up again and again when you fail.