ABOUT THE GROOVE
Berklee Groove is Berklee College of Music’s student voice, an online newspaper run by musicians, for musicians. The Groove was established in 1997 as a biweekly printed newspaper, but with the 2009 website launch it became an online-only publication. In 2018, it transitioned again, becoming a hybrid online publication with periodic special print editions, in the style of a magazine. With articles covering the latest music industry news, show reviews, album reviews, interviews, and more, The Groove strives to provide interesting, entertaining, and relevant information for the Berklee and Boston communities.
MEET THE TEAM
Francesca "CESKIE" Rijks, Editor-in-Chief
Born and raised in England, UK, CESKIE is a classically trained violinist and composer majoring in Professional Music, focusing on Performance and Songwriting, with a minor in Music Production. As well an EDM, Rock, and R&B influenced pop producer, singer-songwriter, and session violinist, CESKIE is a passionate entrepreneur. She directs her own live show venue, Studio Log Cabin, to raise money for local fundraisers in collaboration with up and coming Berklee artists. She has also music directed and arranged for numerous large scale shows, including a 36-musician show, celebrating the 2017 Grammys in the Berklee Caf. As a dual scholarship student at Berklee College of Music, she is a highly in-demand session violinist, having totaled over 250 sessions in the last two years. She has served as a Student Ambassador from September 2017. Having performed music ranging from Celtic, R&B, Funk, EDM, Film Music, Big Band, Jazz and beyond, she continues to absorb and grow within the Berklee environment. Recent performances include sharing the stage with Eugene Freisen, Jacob Collier at MIT, Tia Fuller’s Micki Miller Ensemble at the BPC. Recordings include work with Patrice Rushen, Thomas Newman, and Jesus Molina Acosta. In 2017, she received the Berklee Scholars Assignment Award for outstanding achievement and professionalism. Her score for short "Stadt in de mis" won the Goethe Film Award at Zebra International Poetry-Film Festival, also in 2017. She performed in a private event for Prince William in 2015. Alongside her Berklee studies, she studied for 200hrs to become a Yoga teacher in 2017, and is passionate about Ayurveda. Most of all her love for storytelling and the creation of unique human connection through art and performance drives her work.
Instagram - @CeskieMusic @studiologcabin | Facebook - @CeskieMusic | Website - www.ceskiemusic.com
I have to shout out to Dom Jones, who is simply one of the most incredible, intelligent, focused, hardworking, visionary, kind, and shining souls I’ve met at Berklee. Words cannot give justice to how grateful I am for her helping hand in giving me this role as Editor-in-Chief, and all the opportunity to grow personally and professionally that comes with directing the Groove empire she has silently, but powerfully built over the coming year! She is a wonder woman who will go far, so you all better watch out. Cheers, Dom!
Ryu Ishizawa, Staff Writer
Ryu Ishizawa is a producer and pianist from Lima, Peru. He started playing piano at age 8 and
hasn’t stopped since. While he finds his home in production, he mostly specializes in mixing andmastering through his acute and precise ear. In the past he has worked in scoring short films and video-games, and classical composition.
Ryu has a deep interest in the effect music has on societies and how music is made today. With a background in economics, Ryu explores the underlying realities of the music community in the 21st century and explores the power of the musician and artist.