Clinics and Master Classes

Jay Clayton Vocal Jazz Workshop

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this workshop, vocal innovator Jay Clayton shares her practice techniques and approach to free improvisation as well as fresh ideas for improvising over chord changes. Clayton is one of the pioneering teachers of improvised vocal music. She served as the director of the vocal department at Cornish College of the Arts for twenty years, is currently based in New York, and is on the jazz faculty at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

This workshop includes group exercises as well as opportunities to perform individually. Come ready to sing!

Admission: 
Free

American Authors

Friday / February 13, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

James Shelley and Zach Barnett of the American Authors, whose hit song "Best Day of My Life" reached number 1 on the Hot Adult Billboard chart last year, will play songs, discuss their creative process, recount their career path, and ruminate on life after Berklee in this two hour clinic.

Please RSVP to songwriting@berklee.edu if you'd like to attend.

Admission: 
Free

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 6

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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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, and 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

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 5

Wednesday / March 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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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, and 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

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 4

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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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, and 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

The Music Of Persia

Monday / March 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Middle Eastern Festival clinic will feature the guest artists who will perform at the Seventh Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival (The Music Of Persia) at the Berklee Performance Center on March 3. Concepts of traditional Persian music will be explored and demonstrated.

Admission: 
Free

Ben Cantil & Gadi Sassoon workshops and performances

Wednesday / December 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Fenway Rm. 112
Rm. 112, 22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
02215
This week we are hosting two EPD alums who are successful, touring EDM artists. Gadi Sassoon aka Memory 9 will be hosting a session on Tuesday, December 2 in A73, sponsored by the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, that will be open to all in EPD. In addition, there will be two events in room 112, 22 The Fenway co-sponsored by EPD and the Berklee Electronica Club.
 
Wednesday, December 3
6:00 in Room 112, 22 The Fenway
Electronic Music Composition and Workflow Concepts using Ableton Live
With Ben Cantil (Encanti) and Gadi Sassoon (Memory 9)
 
How do we optimise the process of creating electronic music?  What are we listening for when we want to improve and expand on our own methods? This workshop will primarily focus on the building blocks of track construction, from conception to execution.  We will explore a couple of new theories for idea management and for allowing your creativity to flow freely.  We will also take a look at some novel approaches for making music out of sounds, and taking your EDM productions to the next level.  
 
After the workshop both Encanti and Plan 9 will be play a show at Wonderbar in Allson. There will be half-price admission for Berklee students with their Berklee ID.
Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492927224320444/
 
 
Thursday, December 4
6:00 in Room 112, 22 The Fenway
Through the Looking Glass with Zebbler Encanti Experience
Ben Cantil and Zebbler
 
Zebbler is a world-class pioneer of projection-mapped stage designs for touring musical artists, working with acts such as Shpongle and EOTO.  Teaming up with Encanti, the duo Zebbler Encanti Experience has staked a special place in the national electronic bass music scene as an exclusively Audio/Visual performance.  EDM.com recently pegged ZEE as a leading underdog act of the Glitch Hop scene, adding that ZEE "is truly an element of its own, and fits the description of glitch-hop down to a T".Zebbler and Encanti will talk about touring, collaborating, creating large scale projection art, and making music that speaks through visual performances.
 
Encanti Bio
 
Encanti is the artist name of Ben Cantil a Berklee alumni who graduated in 2007.  As an electronic music producer, he has toured nationally with Zebbler Encanti Experience, an audio/visual collaboration with projection-mapping pioneer Zebbler.  As a sound designer, he has worked extensively with companies like Cakewalk, iZotope, and Ableton to create presets and expansion packs for their products.  Encanti currently has a residency at Berklee Valencia where he teaches electronic music classes for masters and undergraduate students.
 
Memory 9 Bio
 
Gadi Sassoon '05 spent the years immediately after leaving Berklee cutting his teeth on the UK scene, taking up several monikers and becoming a household name (as Memory9) at iconic London club nights during dubstep's early days. Over the years he has performed at clubs and festivals on four continents, sharing the stage with too many legendary acts to mention. He is a regular contributor to Ninja Tune's Solid Steel radio show and has produced electronic projects for several independent labels, to the acclaim of DJ Mag, XLR8R, Fact, Vice, Laurent Garnier, Coldcut and BBC Radio amongst many others.

Michael Bierylo

Chair, Electronic Production and Design
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St. 
MS-161 ELPD
Boston, MA 02215-3693
Office: 161 Mass. Ave Suite 401
617-747-8275
Skype: mbierylo

 

Admission: 
Free

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute Panel Discussion

Thursday / December 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and the guest artists from Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute as they discuss the musical legacy and impact of Gaye, and their tribute performance honoring his work. The panel discussion will be moderated by Berklee instructor Brian ”Raydar” Ellis.

Admission: 
Free

Finale Score & Part Prep Workshop

Friday / December 5, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With finals coming up soon, you probably have projects that need to be printed and submitted to your professors. Often, though, it’s hard to understand how score and part edits work in Finale. And when it comes time to print, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to figure out page setup issues. In this workshop, we’ll discuss preparing scores and parts for printing in Finale and help you take the headache out of the process.

Admission: 
Free

Online Branding for Musicians

Thursday / December 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With the internet as a primary source for the discovery of new music as well as a means for fans and artists to connect with each other, having a strong online presence and brand is essential for musicians. In this event, we’ll look at some of the different options for creating and hosting a website, get tips and suggestions from a designer, learn about best practices in social media marketing, and use the artist Tycho as a case study. Finally, we’ll take a look at the online presence of some Berklee students, with the option for those in the audience to submit their websites & social media pages for critique by the panel.

The event panel will consist of:
Elise MacDonald – Assistant Director for Career Resources & Programs, Career Development Center
David Seah – Investigative Designer
Alex Gold – Social Media Director, Neon Tommy (USC)
Blair Pershyn – Manager of Training and Programs, Learning Center

Admission: 
Free

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