Posted by boston.com July 16, 2013 10:00 AM
An ongoing partnership between Lollapalooza, one of the premier music festivals in the world, and Berklee College of Music, the leading college for contemporary music, has resulted in scholarship awards for outstanding young musicians. Adrienne Cowan is the 2013 recipient of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship, a four-year, full tuition award that brings her to Berklee in the fall. Kate Diaz has been awarded the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship to attend this summer. Berklee alumni group Brite Lite Brite, a duo comprised of Somerville and Cambridge residents, is also performing at the festival through the partnership.
Lollapalooza 2013, August 2–4 at Grant Park in Chicago, features The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
This exciting partnership is the first educational initiative of its kind for Lollapalooza. “At this moment, the music of the future is being written and rehearsed. Young musicians, given the gift of song unknown to us now, will one day validate our feelings and inspire our lives. Lollapalooza encourages their genius,” said Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. “I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Professor Jeff Dorenfeld, who developed the partnership between Berklee and Lollapalooza producers C3 Presents. “Because of the Berklee Lollapalooza scholarship, students with financial need are realizing their dream to attend Berklee College of Music.”
Berklee Alumni Brite Lite Brite Perform at Lollapalooza
Brite Lite Brite have taken electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production. The group is comprised of Berklee alumni singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch of Somerville, and electronics master Luke Johnson of Cambridge. Brite Lite Brite perform at Lollapalooza on Friday, August 2, at 12:00 p.m. on Perry’s stage.
Brite Lite Brite have won numerous awards, including the grand prize electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest for “Sky Turns Red;” semi-finalist placement in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition; and grand prize electronic category and 2nd place overall in the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest for “I Lost My Heart Tonight.” Brite Lite Brite was selected to play Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 by thousands of voters and a panel of judges, opening for M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris.
"It means the world to us to be playing Lollapalooza," said Stankevitch. "Music is a part of who we are, and although we've never attended Lolla in the past, we've always wanted to because we're huge music fans as well, so to be performing this year is an incredible opportunity for us on so many different levels."
“Twitchy, Scandinavian-sounding electro-pop imbued with urgent, even desperate, vocals,” said SPIN Magazine. Brite Lite Brite’s new album, Stalker, comes out in August. They also appear on Dorm Sessions 8, the latest release by Berklee’s student-run Heavy Rotation Records.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow