La Santa Cecilia, Latin Recording Academy, and Berklee in Spain
La Santa Cecilia tapped to Support Ryan Bingham
La Santa Cecilia, known for mixing traditional Mexican music with pop songs, is embarking on a 10-city tour with Americana singer/songwriter and Academy Award winner Ryan Bingham, who is a fan of the band. While the indie group sings in Spanish, it's the whimsical, upbeat music, led by singer Marisol Hernandez, that has scored the Los Angeles-based act a Latin Grammy Award nomination, as well as synchs in such TV shows as HBO's "Entourage." The tour, La Santa's first with an Anglo artist, starts Sept. 25 at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
Latin Recording Academy Acoustic Series Expands
The Latin Recording Academy recently launched its annual acoustic sessions in Mexico City with Colombian rocker Juanes and Mexican pop band Reik. The series, previously held exclusively in the United States, will lead up to the Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 15 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. This year's series also marks a new partnership with Heineken. Nominations will be announced Sept. 25, with ballots due Oct. 23. Other acts participating in the sessions will be announced shortly.
Berklee Offers New Graduate Program In Spain
Berklee College of Music has opened a campus in Valencia, Spain, that coincides with the launch of a new graduate program. Students can now get degrees in music business, global entertainment and contemporary studio performance, as well as scoring for film, TV and videogames. On Sept. 17, Berklee president Roger Brown will give the welcoming speech at the new campus to an inaugural class that includes more than 70 master's degree students from 22 countries taking the year-long program. Additionally, the global studies program allows Berklee students from Boston to study in Valencia.