Clinics and Master Classes

Alex Webster, Bassist of Cannibal Corpse

Tuesday / October 1, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Metal bass virtuoso Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse will share his insights into his music, the bass, and the music business. He will also discuss his latest book release, Extreme Metal Bass.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Victor Wooten will play, talk, and answer questions about music, life, and the Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature. Hosted by his longtime Bass Extremes partner and Berklee Bass chair, Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Derico Watson Drum Groove Clinic

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A multifaceted clinic featuring Derico Watson, drummer for Victor Wooten, SMV, Mike Stern, Larry Carleton, and others. Watson, a pyrotechnic drum soloist, will emphasize the importance of simplicity and groove.

Admission: 
Free

Dominic Eade Master Class

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

NOTE: This event has been canceled. 

New England Conservatory Professor Dominic Eade presents a master class in jazz and contemporary improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Adam Nitti Bass Clinic

Thursday / September 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Adam Nitti, a virtuoso bassist, author, recording artist, and educator, has been establishing his own voice amongst his contemporaries as a bassist and recording artist for almost two decades. He has released four solo albums so far that have drawn international acclaim, and has been involved in recording projects as a session bassist in Nashville, having appeared on several Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated albums to date. 

Nitti has worked with the Dave Weckl Band, Steven Curtis, Chapman, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Susan Tedeschi, Lincoln Brewster, the Justice League (with T Lavitz, Jimmy Herring, and Richie Hayward), Scott Henderson, Christopher Cross, Jon Anderson, Peter Erskine, Heather Headley, Al Green, Keith Carlock, Mike Stern, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Kirk Covington, Wayne Krantz, the London Symphony Orchestra, Joe Beck, and many others.

Nitti's passion for the bass guitar has been matched in more recent years by his passion for sharing musical knowledge. In 2003, he co-founded the first-ever online interactive music academy, MusicDojo.com. His knowledge and the experience gained from his involvement with MusicDojo ultimately led him to create AdamNittiMusicEducation.com, a membership-based instructional website for bass guitar that launched in 2012. Using an extensive curriculum-based library of HD video lessons as its foundation, the site also offers interactive options that allow students access to personalized feedback and critique.

In addition to his work as a performer, composer, and online educator, Nitti is also an adjunct faculty member of Belmont University's School of Music and the Atlanta Institute of Music. He also travels as a clinician for Aguilar Amplifiers, Ibanez Basses, and D'Addario Strings, and regularly instructs at both Victor Wooten's Wooten Woods music camps and Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camps. Nitti is also a former columnist for Bass Player magazine and Bass Musician magazine, and has made hundreds of appearances at such
events as Euro Bass Day Italy, Bass Player Live!, Bass Day U.K., the Austrian Outreach Festival, and the European Bass Day in Germany. He is currently working on completing his fifth solo album. Learn more at AdamNitti.com.

Admission: 
Free

John Reischman and the Jaybirds

Monday / September 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This is a concert and band clinic with John Reischman and the Jaybirds. After years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, it's little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and the Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, and yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of storytelling and sideshow humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material. Hailing from the variegated ranks of the contemporary West Coast acoustic music scene, each of these 'birds has certainly earned his wings: the list of projects they have contributed to over the years is nothing less than a short list of acoustic powerhouses. 

Admission: 
Free

Yosi Levy

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Israeli guitarist and composer Yosi Levy, a multifaceted acoustic and electric guitarist of exceptional range and depth, will present music from his latest CD, The Yosi Levy Acoustic Project, which combines music from the Mediterranean, Israel, India, and the Americas into a unique blend of original music. He will discuss the composition and production process and perform music from the CD. Sponsored by the Mediterranean Music Institute and the Israeli Consulate.

His latest album was recorded live with two outstanding musicians—the Israeli flutist Ilan Salem and Bickram Ghosh, one of the greatest living Indian tabla players. A longtime accompanist to sitar legend Ravi Shankar, Ghosh was honored in a composition written by Levy, “For Bickram,” that is included in the album.

Levy's Acoustic Project has been touring through India, China, and Israel in a spectrum of festivals and clubs. They will be performing in New York City with flutist Itai Kriss in October.

Levy also performs as a solo acoustic guitarist, fusing a fascinating breadth of jazz and baroque-style improvisation. His free movement between genres creates an exciting polyphonic texture and showcases Levy's capabilities as an unlimited creator. He has also produced strong electric playing, as can be heard on his “The House on Lefferts Boulevard,” featuring legendary jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman.

As a tireless performer, Levy has collaborated and performed with an expansive variety of musicians, including Jeff “Tain” Watts, Frank Gambale, Phil Woods, Jeff Berlin, Bob Gullotti, and Mordy Ferber. He has also played as guitarist with some Israel's greatest stars, including Yoni Rechter, Yosi Banai, Ester Ofarim, Shem Tov Levy, Yair Dallal, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

Rohan Krishnamurthy Presents South Indian Percussion Master Class/Clinic

Tuesday / October 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939

Rohan Krishnamurthy is a renowned international performer and promoter, as well as a virtuoso of the South Indian drum, the mridangam. Krishnamurthy received advanced mridangam training from maestro Guruvayur Dorai. He has performed with world-renowned artists, spearheaded new cross-musical collaborations, presented Indian percussion lectures, received prestigious international awards, and patented a drumhead tensioning system.

Krishnamurthy's multifaceted accomplishments as a performer, composer, educator, researcher, and entrepreneur earned him a private meeting with, and performance for, the president of India, Abdul Kalam. Krishnamurthy has a  Ph.D. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. Noted for his creative and dynamic approach, Krishnamurthy will present a clinic on the innovative and traditional dimensions of South Indian rhythm.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Liberal Arts Department.

 

Admission: 
Free

Brass Master Class with Jeremy Pelt

Thursday / September 19, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall

Berklee alumnus Jeremy Pelt will present a brass master class.

Admission: 
Free

Brazilian Music with Antonio Adolfo

Tuesday / July 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall

Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At 17 he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

During the '60s he led his own trio and toured with singers Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Adolfo wrote tunes that achieved great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick, and others. He won international song contests twice.  

As a musician and arranger he has worked with some of the most well-known Brazilian names, besides having released more than a dozen albums under his name. In 1985, Adolfo created his own school in Rio, Brazil. His recent albums include U.S. releases such as Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya Ao Vivo/ Live, released in 2007; Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya La e Ca/Here and There, released in 2010; and Chora Baiao, in 2011. And now, in 2013, Adolfo is releasing his new CD, Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures). His books include Brazilian Music Workshop (1994, Advance Music/ Schott Music Publishing) and Phrasing in Brazilian Music (2005, Advance Music/ Schott Music Publishing).

Admission: 
Free

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