Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain, will host the fourth edition of TEDxBerkleeValencia on Saturday, April 29, at Palau de las Arts Reina Sofía. Themed Unexpected Outcomes, the event will feature international leaders, artists and entrepreneurs like Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante), Latin Grammy Award-winning producer of Calle 13; Justina Omokhua, Global Head of Content at Apple Music; Aithan Shapira, leadership strategist and CEO of Making to Think; life advice expert Liz Pryor; and documentary filmmaker Conci Althouse.
TEDxBerkleeValencia will stream live at Facebook.com/BerkleeValencia between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Berklee students will also participate both as speakers and performers. Matthew Struthers, an exceptional pianist who was born with cerebral palsy, will share his unexpected outcomes of pursuing his passion for music, while bassist and singer-songwriter Satarra, pianist and drummer Rodrigo Andreiuk, singer-songwriter Hugh Macdonald, and experimental instrumental band Alta Tensión will offer performances ranging from soul to electronic music.
TEDxBerkleeValencia is the result of Berklee’s mission to embrace and foster creativity, innovation, and excellence. Since 2014, students from the Global Entertainment and Music Business graduate program at the Valencia campus have organized the event, which has sold out every year.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
- Eduardo Cabra, producer of Calle 13—Better known by his stage name Visitante, Cabra is a Latin Grammy Award-winning producer, musician, composer, and performer from Puerto Rico. He currently manages La Casa del Sombrero, a platform for artists and bands from around the world to produce their projects, and a cultural center to exchange global ideas.
- Justina Omokhua, Global Head of Content at Apple Music—Omokhua’s vision at Apple includes helping the brand maintain meaningful connection to consumers by influencing culture, staying future focused and bringing possibilities to life. She has also served as a delegate at the 2015 United Nations Social Impact Summit and currently sits on an advisory board for Power Strides Career and Executive Coaching.
- Liz Pryor, life advice expert—Pryor is author of What Did I Do Wrong?, nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award. Her new memoir Look At You Now was recently sold to Sonar Entertainment to be made into a limited television series.
- Conci Althouse, documentary filmmaker—Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, her still and motion photography have been screened worldwide. Narrative storytelling led her to documentaries. She recently shot the feature Land of the Free, directed by Camilla Magid.
- Aithan Shapira, innovator and leadership strategist—Shapira speaks at global venues about the value of leadership in uncertain times, and how to lead by seeing and listening differently. He advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare and energy companies. His research on how the arts can transform leadership and organizations has guided entertainment experiences, products and corporate cultures.
- Matthew Struthers, student at Berklee Valencia––Struthers has been involved with music his entire life, since he first touched a piano key at the age of three. Born with cerebral palsy, he was inhibited from certain physical activities, but that allowed him to follow his passion of music. Throughout his struggles he discovered his talent, and saw music to be an emotional outlet. He soon found that playing and performing for other people brought him the greatest happiness.
- Brian Cole, Dean at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)––Cole is an experienced and innovative leader in the arts and education, which can be seen through his work as both an executive in higher education and an orchestral and operatic conductor. Brian also served as the founding Dean of the Valencia campus from 2012 to 2016.
- Helen Deborah Lewis, Faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee––Lewis is a faculty member and the Academic Coordinator in the Theater Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston. She teaches modern drama, dramatic theory and criticism, queer theory and gender studies, graduate studies, and acting.