“Atravesando Mares” explores how heritage and identity can be the innate drive of creativity and shape the way one can express themselves artistically. I speak of how I found a community of like-minded musicians and I was able to grow as an artist in that safe space. The importance of my family and the way I came into my identity as an adult and through the medium of music is a big reason for this project. My main objective with this project was to create an artistic identity of someone who possesses a unique knowledge of Latin American and Spanish Traditional music and applies that knowledge and experience to create original and reinterpreted works. My research consisted of exploring the Latino experience in America and how it relates to my personal experience. For this I often refer to the book “Oye Como Va: Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music” by Deborah Pacini Hernandez. I also wanted to go into more depth in my creative choices and so I decided to research the broader idea of remixed art and how it relates to my process and the current music trends for the genre of music that I am create. I explore the execution of the 4 songs I chose to record while at Berklee Valencia and my professional plans for the future of my artistic career and highlight the skills and experience gained from this unique and cutting-edge program.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
identity; latin music; folk; traditional; remix; creativity; South America; heritage
Somer, Katiana Maria. “Atravesando Mares.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2020. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/179.