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Red Bull Music Academy heads to Tokyo in 2014

MUMBAI: The Red Bull Music Academy, over the course of the last 15 years, has visited some of the world’s most iconic and musically important cities. From Berlin to London, Madrid to Melbourne and last year’s stint in New York, it has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s most forward thinking music initiatives.

The Academy is all set to take off in Japan this October, getting visionary artists from around the world together with their local counterparts, and explore the country’s most current cultural offerings. Spread over two terms of 12 days each, the academy will house 60 upcoming musical mavens from across the world as they collaborate to create new magic.

Jivraj Singh, one of India’s most talented drummers and music producers, talented mohan-veena player Jeet Gupta and music producer Sonal D’Silva have represented India at the Academy previously. The Academy itself is intended for anyone with a strong yen for music and a desire to be involved in its evolution. From a producer to a vocalist, an instrumentalist to a beat-maker, an engineer to a songwriter or DJ, everyone is considered. Applicants need to download the form which is then handwritten, and needs to be submitted with a demo audio CD that is playable in a standard CD player. For details on the entire application process and the application form, please visit: redbullmusicacademy.com

Red Bull Music Academy held its first session in Berlin in 1998 and has since taken its kaleidoscopic array of events, workshops and studio sessions right around the world. Each event boasts of specially designed workspaces, high-end recording studios, and communal spaces – installed with an exhibition of local established and emerging visual artists. By night, Red Bull Music Academy presents a festival of ground-breaking signature concerts and parties held in the city’s cult venues, cultural institutions, and hidden spaces.

Exchange between genres and generations has always been central to the Academy philosophy. Former lecturers include Modeselektor, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Richie Hawtin, M.I.A., and James Murphy to name a few.

To tell the story of its 15 year journey, Red Bull Music Academy has invited award- winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film: What Difference Does It Make? A Film about Making Music that explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film offers some incredible views from some of music’s sharpest minds.