Berklee College of Music.  Arguably the most successful school for the study of contemporary music and related subjects, in the world. As a student and then returning a few years later as a young full time faculty, these were two defining moments that shaped my art and career. Berklee also ignited the passion for teaching at the college level which has led to adjunct at UNLV, adjunct at NNU as well as seminars, directed study programs and private lessons

The articles below contain all the information typically required for application of employment at Berklee.  It is also a collection of archived information of some of the standout work I did at Berklee as full time faculty as well as highlights of my professional career developments in:

Teaching / Education:

  • Developed the Berklee Songwriting Department and Songwriters Competition & Concert.
  • Started the Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble (1983).
  • Faculty Senate Rep (along with Mike Scott) on the Accreditation Steering Committee (1982.)
  • 92% rating from student surveys and department evaluation.
  • Life long personal and professional relationships with both former students as well as faculty.
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Admagination's "10 Minute Choir" actually takes about 30 minutes...truth be told!  Many times we've needed to add the big choir sound to jingles, live production tracks and original songs. Needless to say, we don't have the budget or the room AND we need it yesterday!  This technique uses only 1 female and 1 male vocalist!

SCROLL DOWN for diagrams & score of our technique, and to watch our short, fun video demo!

 

Here's a short example of productions we've used this concept in:

NY Burrito / Jingle (Broadway Choir)
Joyful, Joyful / Live Show Production
Charlie Frog / Jingle (Faux Childrens Choir)
Rock of America / Original Song for G.W. Bush Inaugural-2001
 
 
Credits, Diagrams, Score & Video

"Que Pena" is an original instrumental from Toto Zara's 7th album "Antillano" which features salsa, bolero, cumbia and other styles he wrote durng his tours of his home country of Spain, France (the Latin Quarter) Brazil and New York.  Toto was the youngest of several siblings that became a popular european family group called "Zara"

In 1973, his family had a number one hit with "Eres Tu" one of only 5 foriegn language songs to make it to number one!  recorded under the group name of "Mocedades" (Musical Youth) from Bilbao, it was this song hat brought Toto and his 3 brothers and 2 sisters to America where they eventually settled in Las Vegas.

Toto's father (family name Zaratiegui) founded a nation school of the arts in Tafallia, Spain which today still stand in the town square as a historical landmark.  At the age of 8,  Toto was featured guitarist and flamingo-dancer during public concerts by noted French composer Gilbert Becaud.

Audio, Score and Animated Score

Once in a life time a project like this comes across the "transom" (sorry for the pun).  As an avid racing sailor, musician, producer and decent video editor, I was asked to pull this together.  This project was a combination of HD extreme sailing videos, massive EDM, rock / orchestral scoring, Latin EDM, girls on a beach in bikini footage...and plenty of research.

Xtreme Cloth (referencing the cloth of the sails and the cloth of the swim suits) was conceptualized by a crazy group of sailing enthusiasts and brought to Admagination for the final production!

Check out the video (Part 1 of 4) and the process used by clicking the "Read More" below.

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