Daily Archives: August 6, 2015

Bolivian Anthem rehearsed with Berklee College and Bolivian musicians at the Salt Flats of Uyuni!

A great gift by Bolivian musicians and Berklee College for Bolivia’s 190th Independence Anniversary!

Berklee College and Pagina Siete report:

It will be played tomorrow, in SANTA CRUZ

Premiere of Berklee College’s filmed video of Uyuni

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 8.59.59 AMBerklee College of Music, the largest private university of music in the world and headquartered in Boston (USA), and national artists, will debut the National Anthem music video of Bolivia, shot in the Salar de Uyuni (Potosí).

The film, produced by Bolivian Sounds, will be shown tomorrow [08/05/2015] at 10:00 at the Centro Boliviano Americano in Santa Cruz. [to watch it, please use the link provided at the bottom of this post, thank you]

Participating in the filming, were five musicians from Berklee College of Music and three Bolivian guests. Among the artists are Eddy Navia in the charango, Quicho Jimenez with the zampoña, Ana Lucia Maldonado in the eastern drum, the singer Isabel Guzman y Gamarra. There will also be the Colombian percussionist Esteban Roa Fuentes, American violinists Alan Price and Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh, and the Nicaraguan flutist Juan Rosales. Song video was recorded using folk instruments.

Berklee’s arrival to Bolivia is the result of an initiative of several students, especially Luis Gamarra, who is, until today, the only student in the school with Bolivian nationality. “The musician created in 2013 a non-profit organization called Bolivian Sounds to present to the world the talents of the country and provide opportunities for Bolivian musicians, artists and dancers,” the statement said.

Last June, 120 young Bolivians held auditions to enter the Berklee College of Music.


Berklee Holds Auditions and Interviews in Bolivia for the First Time

By Margot Edwards
June 8, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 9.32.10 AMBerklee will visit Bolivia for the first time as part of the Berklee World Tour, where the college holds live audition and interview (A&I) events for musicians interested in studying at Berklee. All applicants will be considered for a host of scholarships that Berklee awards annually. College representatives plan to hear 120 musicians in La Paz (June 22 and 23) and Santa Cruz (June 25 and 26). A group of current Berklee students will also lead clinics and workshops, and perform concerts with local musicians.

Berklee’s trip to Bolivia is the result of an initiative by students including Bolivian vocalist Luis Gamarra, and Colombian percussionist Esteban Roa Fuentes. Gamarra, who was the only Berklee student from Bolivia at the time, created the nonprofit group Bolivian Sounds in 2013 to showcase talent from the country to the world and provide opportunities for Bolivian musicians, artists, and dancers.

“It would be absurd to think I’m the only musician from Bolivia who’s talented enough to be at Berklee,” said Gamarra. “I know there are thousands of kids who could be here. I just want to give them the same opportunity that I had.” With that goal in mind, the group successfully petitioned the college’s Office of Admissions to add the country to Berklee’s audition sites.

“We are excited to make this first official audition and interview visit to Bolivia,” said Damien Bracken, Berklee’s dean of admissions. “Berklee has a long tradition of recruiting talented students from all over Latin America and we are confident that our exploration there will yield new talents that may otherwise have gone undiscovered.”

The student group—Gamarra and Fuentes, along with American violinists Alan Price and Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh, and Nicaraguan flutist Juan Rosales—will also film a music video in Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. The song, an arrangement of the Bolivian National Anthem, is a collaboration between Bolivian and Berklee musicians recorded using traditional folkloric instruments and featuring Grammy nominee Eddy Navia on the charango. The video is planned for release on August 6 to coincide with Bolivia Independence Day.

Musicians come to Berklee from every corner of the earth, making the college uniquely international. More than 30 percent of the college’s students come from outside the United States, representing more than 100 countries, and Berklee has strong ties to South America with Berklee International Network (BIN) partner schools in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Ecuador. The A&I events in Bolivia are part of a larger effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented areas of the world and foster a significant cultural exchange.

Berklee’s unique audition and interview process is designed to uncover the applicant’s musical strengths and academic goals while helping assess their aptitude and ability to succeed in the college’s dynamic environment. Each year, Berklee’s World Tour visits more than 50 cities in search of talented instrumentalists and vocalists—an effort that is supported with more than $40 million in scholarship funds available to prospective and continuing students.

Watch a video featuring Luis Gamarra talking about the project. [to watch it, use the link down below]

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Margot Edwards is a manager in the Office of Media Relations. Media inquiries: medwards@berklee.edu.


The video of our National Anthem can be watched using this link