Clinics and Master Classes

BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963, when he ran Paul’s Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, across from the Lenox Hotel.  

John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie played there, and so did Bruce Springstein, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind & Fire when they were starting their careers.

Taylor ran the clubs until 1978, then went on to produce concerts in Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Garden, working with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others.

In 1991, Taylor began working at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, and turned it into one of the top 10 jazz clubs in America. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and today is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series.

Admission: 
Free

The Music from Chile

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This clinic and performance by Berklee students from Chile will feature the great diversity of Chilean music.

Admission: 
Free

David Tronzo Clinic

Monday / July 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

David Tronzo has been voted among the top 100 guitarists of the 20th century and the top 10 jazz guitarists by Musician magazine. He's also been named the Best Guitarist in NYC by the New York Press, and was one of 30 musicians worldwide to receive a nomination for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts for music.

Tronzo’s unique playing style has resulted in an innovative body of extended techniques for the slide guitar: fluid single lines, finger-behind-the-slide chords, and harmonic slaps using plastic cups, rags, pencils, and wires.

Tronzo has toured extensively worldwide with such artists as John Lurie, John Haitt, Reeves Gabrels, Jerry Granelli, Michael Blake, Spanish Fly, and the Tronzo Trio. 

 
Admission: 
Free

Lauren Passarelli Performance and Clinic

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Master guitarist Lauren Passarelli has been a guitar professor at Berklee since 1984. She’s a songwriter, Beatles expert, creativity and technology clinician, recording engineer, music producer, and music arranger. Passarelli has conducted songwriting workshops, guitar presentations, and concerts of original music throughout New England. With hundreds of CDs, digital downloads, and videos on YouTube, her songs available worldwide. In this clinic, Passarelli shares her passionate views on the creative process, the Beatles, songwriting, guitar teaching, and working with recording technology.

Admission: 
Free

Bobby Stanton: Guest Performance/Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Bobby Stanton moved to Nashville early in his career and played with several different artists. He met guitarist Lenny Breau and after studying with him decided to move to Boston and attend Berklee. He graduated with honors and received the Ovation Award from William Leavitt and Gary Burton. He taught at Berklee for several years and continued to play and record with a wide variety of artists. 

Stanton has contributed articles to international music publications such as Guitar Player magazine. As a songwriter he has won awards from BMI and ASCAP. He also won seven Boston Music Awards and has extensive playing experience in theater, radio, recording and television. He is currently teaching at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

 
Admission: 
Free

The Music of Veena and Sitar by Durga Krishnan and Vinayak Sharma, with Pravin Sitaram on Mridangam and Nishikant Sonwalkar

Friday / April 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Durga Krishnan is known marvelous playing in Carnatic (South Indian classical) style on the veena. Vinayak Sharma is a talented sitar player in the Hindustani (North Indian classical) style and known for his vocal and instrumental technical intricacies. They will play accompanied by Pravin Sitaram, known for his unobtrusive approach to mridangam, and Nishikant Sonwalkar's passionate tabla. Together they convey an infectious joy in their playing.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, LearnQuest Academy of Music, and the Liberal Arts Department.
 

Admission: 
Free

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Presents Danilo Perez

Wednesday / April 23, 2014 / 10:00 a.m.
Fordham Road Studio
25 Fordham Road
Allston
MA
02134

A hands-on music laboratory focusing on the historic and creative development of global jazz, from Africa to Europe and the Americas.

Admission: 
Free

Henrique De Almeida Drum Set Clinic: Versatility and Flexibility

Friday / April 4, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drum set artist and associate professor Henrique De Almeida will present a drum set clinic and performance titled Versatility and Flexibility. He will be performing examples with his quartet World News, featuring Daniel Smith on saxophone, Daniel Day on bass, and Leo Blanco on keys.

Admission: 
Free

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Presents: Creativity and Expression in the Arts, an Interactive Composition Workshop with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Anthony Scibilia

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

In this workshop, students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform and present their compositions to BGJI faculty members Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Anthony Scibilia and receive their feedback in front of the audience.

This workshop is part of the BGJI class Creativity and Expression in the Arts, where students explore the many conversations that occur between works of visual art and music. Most immediately, students compose, improvise, and perform musical works and arrangements based on specific examples of painting, photography, sculpture, and hybrid art forms on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. On another, more abstract level, students are asked to think about the structural and poetic correspondences that exist between works of visual art and musical works. Painting and photography form two strong points of focus for this class; still, the nature of our explorations demand a wide and generous appraisal of other art forms, including sculpture, architecture, poetry, poetic prose, as well as historical and critical texts, as these allow us to comprehend our primary objects of inquiry more clearly. In addition to composing and performing musical works, students reflect on their own process in writing.

Admission: 
Free

Bob Tamagni: Chart Reading for Fun and Profit

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

A clinic for drummers on chart reading and interpretation presented by faculty drummer Bob Tamagni.

Admission: 
Free

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