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."
Recording drums is fun but often challenging. In this workshop, we'll help you learn how to choose the right mic, determine proper mic placement, and record with anywhere from 1 to 4 mics. We'll also discuss audio interfaces, drum setup, phase considerations, and basic mixing techniques.
Gifted and inspiring classical crossover soprano Bárbara Padilla will be sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Berklee students.
After overcoming a recurring battle with stage-four cancer and becoming the first hispanic finalist on America's Got Talent, Padilla returns to the global music stage with a self-titled debut album recorded at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Padilla is represented by Cristina Abaroa '91 and her CD is being released through Abaroa's independent record label, Moon Moosic Records.
This event is sponsored by the Voice Department, Office of External Affairs, Global Initiatives, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, LMCC, and LAMBA.
Interested in getting started with sound design? Then join Berklee Sound Design Network members Austin DeVries, David Lin, and Lucas Alexiades as they explain what sound design is and what exactly goes into being a sound designer. They will provide examples from film, TV, and video games to help you understand how sound design can be used to support narratives. They will also offer up tips to help you dive in to the world of sound design and get started with designing your own sounds.
Mike Daly, Berklee alumnus and director of A&R at Disney Music Group will give a short talk followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session can be attended by all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a pre-selected group of Berklee songwriters. This is a great chance to learn how to pitch a song, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want—and do not want—when reviewing songs for hit recording artists. The session will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Daly.
Free to the Berklee community; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with "A&R" in the subject line.
Many communites at Berklee now write for the harp, both lever and pedal, and many excellent harpists now study at Berklee. Come hear them perform and learn techniques and ways to use this versatile and enchanting instrument in your compositions and scores.
Handouts will be provided and will also be available for download. Come to the Berk Recital Hall and learn how to write better for the harp.
For the second part of our Guerrilla Production Series, we will finish off our recording from last week’s Guerrilla Recording Techniques and create a final mixed production. Discussion topics will include:
In part 1 of our two-part Guerrilla Production Techniques series, you’ll get a crash course in do-it-yourself recording techniques using inexpensive gear. During the presentation, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of recording a live ensemble consisting of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Topics will include:
• Gear Overview – Microphones, audio interfaces, accessories
• Techniques – Miking vs. direct input, multi-tracking, stereo recording
• How-To – Step-by-step setup, recording with your laptop
Journey through the history of video game consoles with the Berklee Video Game Music Club and learn about the technological breakthroughs that allowed for the evolution of game audio over the years. Through a series of video and audio examples, they'll chronicle the challenges game composers faced during the last few decades.