Clinics and Master Classes

The Everything Sheet

Thursday / November 21, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

What if you could represent all harmonic or melodic possibilities in existence on one sheet? You can! All harmonic and melodic combinations fall into 18 diatonic and 72 chromatic fundamental structures. The everything sheet enables one to see how any lick, scale fragment, or chord one encounters is one of these very limited number of structures and see how it relates to others in the same category. In a sense, it is a form of data compression that helps deal with the limitations of the "wetware" between our ears. Most importantly, the sheet is invaluable in structuring one's practice time in every style of music by clearly and concisely representing all that there is to practice and allowing the student to focus on the specific musical elements necessary to achieve his/her goals. In this clinic, we will take a quick tour through all the fundamental structures and see how they apply to real-world musical examples in jazz, rock and other styles.

Admission: 
Free

Marco Pignataro Meets Nando Michelin

Tuesday / November 12, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In this concert/clinic titled "Creative Paths in Duo Playing," Marco Pignataro and Nando Michelin discuss the possibilities and challenges of playing and improvising creatively in a duo setting.

Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophone player, composer and educator from Bologna, Italy. Pignataro has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, Billy Hart, and George Garzone, among many others. Together with Danilo Pérez, he currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI). His latest album, Sofia's Heart, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and recorded with a stellar group including Gomez and Billy Drummond. He is also a member of the Eddie Gomez Quintet and his work is showcased on the quintet’s recently released album for BFM Jazz, Per Sempre.

After a very successful career in his homeland Uruguay, Nando Michelin came to Boston to continue developing his skills as a piano player and composer at Berklee. Upon graduating, in 1991, he recorded some of his original music for Perro Andaluz, an Uruguayan label, and that set the direction he was to take. Since then, he has recorded for Brownstone and Double Time. His music has received wide press acclaim, with Jazz Times calling an album he recorded for Double Time, Art, “an ear-grabbing gallery of breath-taking originals.”

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improv for Classical Pianists

Thursday / November 21, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Moira Lo Bianco

Pianist Moira Lo Bianco will give a clinic/demonstration on improvisation for classical pianists and others.

Listen to a podcast featuring music from Moira Lo Bianco here.

Admission: 
Free

MICappella

Wednesday / November 13, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Singapore's MICappella, a vocal band filled with energy and passion, presents a master class and a performance highlighting the group's edgy spin on a cappella performance.

Admission: 
Free

Robin Eubanks Jazz Trombone Clinic

Wednesday / October 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Robin Eubanks

Premier jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks will share his knowledge with Berklee students in this clinic. Eubanks, who was won Grammys for his work with Michael Brecker and Dave Holland, has collaborated with an amazing array of notable artists, including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Eddie Palmieri, Sun Ra, Barbara Streisand, the Rolling Stone, and the Talking Heads.

Eubanks is a professor of jazz trombone at the Oberlin College Conservatory. Arrangements of his works are a staple for ensembles at many colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Admission: 
Free

Gregory Hutchinson Drum Clinic

Friday / November 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Gregory Hutchinson

In town to drum for Joshua Redman at his Berklee Performance Center show, Gregory Hutchinson will conduct a drum clinic for Berklee students. For “Hutch,” the goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker plays the horns.

One of the most respected musicians of our time, Hutchinson has worked with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Maria Schneider as well as many others. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip-hop community as well, leading him to work with Common and Questlove of the Roots, among others.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Clinic

Tuesday / November 5, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Bass virtuoso and Berklee artist in residence John Patitucci shares his insights into the bass, the world of professional music, and his life experience. This clinic will feature performances by Patitucci, Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey, and others.

Admission: 
CANCELED

Howard Levy: Flecktones and Beyond

Tuesday / October 29, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Howard Levy, a leading innovator on harmonica and a concert jazz pianist, will deliver a virtuoso performance—on both instruments at the same time. This master musician and multiple Grammy Award-winner is well known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. In this performance, he will be accompanied by Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department at Berklee, and other friends.

Admission: 
Free

Bass Master Class with John Patitucci and Steve Bailey

Thursday / October 24, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci and Steve Bailey dig into the nuances of playing with other bass players, drummers, and musicians in general.

Admission: 
Free

Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble Clinic

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Group will demonstrate many Japanese traditional instruments. All are used to perform gagaku music from 1,500 years ago.

Admission: 
Free

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