Clinics and Master Classes

Synthophone Demonstration with Randy Felts

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Randy Felts will demonstrate the workings of the Synthophone (an all-digital MIDI saxophone), and explain the ways a sax player without previous experience can use this technology to extend their range as a performer.

The Synthophone can control sounds from any MIDI-capable device, including laptop/tablet computers, MIDI-capable keyboards, and rack-mounted synths. Randy will explain the connections and demonstrate a wide variety of applications, including the Synthophone’s unique built-in harmony features. Come and see your vision of the saxophone “explode.”

Admission: 
Free

REV: A New World in Reverse

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
outputsounds.com

REV is not a "reverse" button like the one on your DAW or sampler. It’s a world of sound design for producers, composers and musicians based on reverse elements. Packed into 4 powerful engines with over 14gb of content, REV includes complex synths, real instruments, multi-layered organic pads, loops, rises, pulses, swells, stutters and more. All sounds can be locked to tempo.  Check out more info at outputsounds.com.  Join Neil Hallimen, Output's Director of Product Design, for a look at this exciting new software. 

Admission: 
free

Reason CV: Mastering the Back of the Rack

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

One of the features of Reason that makes it unique among DAW’s is it’s incorporation of the concept of control voltage into a virtual production studio. Control voltage, commonly referred to as CV, is a method of controlling the different components or modules in a modular synthesizer. Pioneered by Robert MOOG and Donald Buchla in the 1960’s, CV in modular synthesizers allows for a near limitless array of sounds. Reason takes this idea one step farther, allowing virtual CV modulation of many devices that typically do not feature CV connections, such as effects units, mixers and drum machines.

 

This presentation will explore:

  • Brief history of control voltage.
  • Types of CV's (note, gate, modulation).
  • CV sources & routing.

 

Admission: 
free

Indian Classical Music Master Class/Clinic

Monday / March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Well-known Indian musicians present a clinic and master class on northern Hindustani and southern Carnatic styles of Indian classical music.

Admission: 
Free

Fractal Limit Recital and Master Class: Viewpoints on the Art of Duo

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Fractal Limit is Tatiana Parra (voice) and Vardan Ovsepian (piano). The musicians united to explore further innovative territories in the art of duo. The character of the pair’s newly written and arranged works is underlined by a duality, balancing a contrapuntal complexity with lyricism. This 45-minute recital, where Tatiana and Vardan will present material from their first album (Lighthouse), will be followed by a clinic, during which the musicians will share their approach to creating, arranging, rehearsing, and performing. Participants will be encouraged to perform in a duo format and to engage in a conversation about the art of duo.

Admission: 
Free

The Art of Extemporaneous Composition: An Improviser's Approach to Writing Music

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Daryl Lowery

Daryl Lowery (tenor sax) and fellow Berklee faculty Mark Walker (drums), Dave Clark (bass), and Jiri Nedoma (piano) will perform new original music as well as selections from the quartet’s new recording, Unity of One. The performance will include a discussion of the creative process involved with each composition and unique approaches to the art of improvisation.

A Berklee faculty member since 1987, Daryl Lowery was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. Since coming to Boston, he has recorded and/or performed with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake, and Boston funk legend Ellis Hall. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band for the past 14 years and is featured on his latest releases, Black Coffee and White Chocolate. Lowery’s group, Instant!Groove released its highly successful first recording in 2004, of which  Jazziz magazine wrote “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as ‘acid-jazz.’ …The rhythm section’s elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos…resulting in a sound akin to guitarist John Scofield’s A Go Go CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood.” The group offered a new release in 2013, Let It Go.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Calarco Drum Clinic

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drummer Dave Calarco has played with an impressive list of jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, and Joe Lovano. He has recorded and toured with the renowned baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola for over 25 years.

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Game Audio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Berklee student Chris Burgess of the Video Game Music Club for an introduction into game audio.  He'll discuss the skills needed to create audio for video games, roles in the industry, and tips for starting a career in game audio.  No sign up is necessary; 5 week students are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
free

Why Rhyme? A Lyric Workshop with Pat Pattison

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Pat Pattison, songwriting professor at Berklee, will discuss rhyme, lyric writing, and how to get the most out of your songs in this workshop.

As Pattison noted in an interview with Jonathan Feist, "Songs are made for ears, not eyes. Because people listen to songs, you learn to write for eyeless ears. Rhyme creates the ear’s roadmap through the lyric ideas..."

Come learn more at this event, which is hosted by the Berklee Center in LA and Village Studios.

RSVP here.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic with with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today. The topics covered in this clinic include: improvisation skills within the Latin jazz idiom; the most representative rhythmic patterns used in Latin jazz, such as rumba, cha-cha, Brazilian samba, and tango; solo analysis and solo transcription; melodic and rhythmic interpretation through listening and practice; and ensemble performance.

Admission: 
Free

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