Clinics and Master Classes

Launching a Sound Career in LA

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard founded Hexany Audio with the dream of creating an environment where great artists could thrive. He currently heads up project development and management in addition to working on projects in a variety of creative capacities. Richard has credits on AAA games, blockbuster films, and regularly lectures on the topic of game audio. He’s also been a firm believer in Terran domination since the original StarCraft.

In this presentation, Richard will:
• Introduce to Hexany Audio
• Skype with his office and team in LA
• Analyze a recent Coca Cola / AMC spot
• Discuss what an audio production company look for in its employees
• Q&A

Admission: 
Free

Successes in the Latin Music Industry in Europe

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Franca De Gasperi, director and founder of one of the biggest Latin music festivals in Europe, LatinoAmericando, will speak with the Berklee community about how she has helped to develop a stronger musical connection between Latin America and Europe. She has worked with artists such as Mana, Calle 13, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, and Marc Anthony, just to name a few.

Admission: 
Free

Alon Yavnai: Improvisation and Free Play

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alon Yavnai

Berklee associate professor and pianist Alon Yavnai presents an interactive workshop which focuses on being "in the moment" when improvising. The workshop explores ideas embodied in this quotation from violinist, composer, poet, teacher, and computer artist Stephen Nachmanovitch: “The heart of improvisation is the free play of consciousness as it draws, writes, paints, and plays the raw material emerging from the unconscious. Such play entails a certain degree of risk.”

Yavnai was born and raised in Israel, where he studied classical and popular music. From 1991-1993, he lived in Costa Rica and played with Paquito D’Rivera. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, and in 2001, he beca e an integral member of D’Rivera’s Latin jazz quintet and his jazz chamber trio. He has also played, toured, or recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Boston Pops, among many others. He has performed for several films and television programs and has appeared as a soloist for numerous renowned orchestras.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting Artist John Patitucci will hold the first of his semesterly clinics in an open format, with playing, discussion, and questions about bass technique and music.

Admission: 
Free

Compression Techniques

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Compression is an essential tool for just about any mix in every style of music. From subtle smoothing to aggressive smashing, compressors can help make your mixes louder and more modern-sounding. In this workshop, you'll learn how compressors work and techniques for dialing them in to suite your tracks. Topics will include:

  • Compressors vs. limiters
  • Using the attack and release times to control the groove
  • Ratio, threshold, and other compression parameters
  • Parallel compression and sidechain compression techniques

Admission: 
Free

Plug-In to ProArts

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Did you know Berklee is in a network of arts colleges in the Boston area? Meet other student artists, musicians, writers, dancers, producers, and performers in an interactive, collaborative environment. Food and refreshments will be provided!

For more information, visit proarts.org.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman Tango Clinic

Monday / September 22, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tango clinic by renowned saxophonist and composer Oscar Feldman, accompanied by Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Willis

Thursday / October 30, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Department welcomes jazz electric bassist Gary Willis. A founding member of Tribal Tech and a member of Wayne Shorter's band, Gary's fretless prowess has permeated myriad styles of music for over 30 years. A solid groove combined with a deep harmonic sense makes Gary a "bassist's bassist" and one of the best improvisers of our time.

Gary will share his experiences, wisdom, and technique while playing some great music and answering questions. Bring you basses and your questions 

Hosted by Berklee bass chair Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Alain Caron

Friday / October 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Department welcomes MarkBass artist and Canadian bass virtuoso Alain Caron. From the seminal fusion group Uzeb to Mike Stern, Alain covers all basses. He has authored books and DVDs and brings to Berklee a wealth of experience in improvisation, composition, slapping, and fretless bass. Bring your basses and your questions. 

Hosted by Berklee Bass chair Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 3

Monday / November 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Moira Lo Bianco earned a degree in classical piano performance from F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, Italy, in 2004. Soon after, she undertook studies at the University of Tor Vergata and completed her bachelor's degree with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music. She received a scholarship to Berklee and graduated with highest honors in 2012. Her first album, Lunaria, was released in 2013. Lo Bianco was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards. This clinic draws on her considerable training in classical music: "I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition,'' Lo Bianco said. "Through a series of presentations, improvisation, and ear training exercises, my goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely reinvent a classical composition."

Admission: 
Free

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