Clinics and Master Classes

Benedetto Guitars Presents: The Jazz Guitar – History, Architecture and Performance Characteristics with Howard Paul, President/CEO and Jazz Guitarist

Monday / March 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

About Benedetto Guitars: 

Robert Benedetto, son of a master cabinet builder and grandson of a Steinway Piano company artisan, began building guitars in 1968. A jazz guitarist himself, he quickly recognized the need to refine traditional violin construction techniques in guitarmaking while acknowledging the needs of professional players. By the 1980s, he was a premier and highly demanded luthier; in 1993, he published his landmark book Making an Archtop Guitar which launched a renaissance period in luthery. His instruments were soon featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and his instruments became sought after by collectors. From 1999 to 2006, he licensed Fender Musical Instrument Company to build his guitars in their custom shop under his personal supervision; in 2006, he ended this agreement to regain control of the construction process and build on his brand. Today, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. has 16 full-time employees and generates over 300 handcrafted guitars per year from the Savannah, GA workshop, shipping world-wide. 

Howard Paul is the President/CEO of Benedetto. He began playing guitar at age 4, and jumped into jazz at age 10. Following a professional music career and undergraduate studies, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and became a logistics officer and commander during his ten years of service. In 1995, he left the military to become an executive in a steel distribution company, all the while continuing to perform professional with many of the world’s top jazz musicians. In 2006, he left Chatham Steel Corporation to help Bob Benedetto establish Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA. He continues to perform in concerts, jazz festivals, and clubs; teaches clinics and workshops at colleges and universities; and oversees daily operations of Benedetto Guitars. He regularly performs with pianist Bob James, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, bassist Ben Tucker, jazz organist Tony Monaco's Trio, and as leader of his own trio and quartet.

 

Admission: 
Free

Nando Michelin: Candombe and the Music of Hugo Fattoruso

Wednesday / February 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando Michelin came to Boston to study at Berklee, where he graduated summa cum laude. Now an assistant professor in Berklee’s Piano Department, Michelin will explain the basic roles and origins of the different drums in candombe, the most important Afro-Uruguayan rhythm. A band of Berklee faculty and students will perform the music of Hugo Fattoruso, who incorporated candombe in a jazz and rock setting through his iconic and internationally acclaimed band, Opa. The evening’s Berklee band, which will be joined by guests, includes Mark Walker on drums, Claudio Ragazzi on guitar, Tomas Latorre on bass, and Michelin on piano.

Michelin’s discography includes Facing South and Common Grounds for Brownstone, Art, Chants, Live at the AJC, and When Einstein Dreams for Double Time, Duende (featuring Esperanza Spalding) for Fresh Sound, and an independent release, Reencontro, also with Spalding. His last album, Como Arboles, features the voice of Sofia Rei, among others, and is a collection of original songs written to poems by the great Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti. As a producer, Michelin has worked with artists such as Katie Viqueira, Teresa Ines, Felipe Salles, and Alejandro Cimadoro. As a sideman, he has performed with Jerry Bergnozi, Anat Cohen, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez, and Lo Borges, among others.

 

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Clinic

Friday / February 28, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Legendary bassist and Berklee artist-in-residence John Patitucci will present this clinic along with Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey and a drummer to be announced. The clinic is open to the general public.

 

Admission: 
Free

Guillermo Klein Jazz Composition Clinic

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Argentine pianist and jazz composer Guillermo Klein '94 has earned a great deal of respect within the jazz community, largely as a result of his long residency at Small's jazz club in New York and his periodic stints at the Village Vanguard with his band, Los Guachos.  

As a bandleader and principal composer/arranger for Los Guachos, Klein is responsible for sustaining a large ensemble of the highest caliber musicians that creates music that is both attractive and unique. Their new recording, Carrera, demonstrates the tremendous bond that continues to grow amongst the members of the band, whose story began at Berklee College of Music, where Klein studied composition and jazz during the early 1990s.

At Berklee, Klein met a number of sympathetic musicians with whom he created a large ensemble, which continued to assemble after his move to New York City. Los Guachos was a culmination of Berklee friends and New York associates that came together to play Klein’s music for residencies at Small’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard.

The music of Klein and Los Guachos is striking because it is meticulous, yet it feels extremely natural and meaningful. The ensemble’s ability to pull off such a feat, considering the complicated rhythmic puzzles, harmonic adventures and Spanish lyrics, is astounding and is only achievable when a group convenes with purpose and love. 

Admission: 
Free

Vanessa Rubin Jazz Composition Workshop

Wednesday / February 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Vanessa Rubin

Visiting artist Vanessa Rubin, an acclaimed vocalist and actress, will deliver a workshop on jazz composition with Eric Gould, the chair of Berklee's Jazz Composition Department. Rubin's career has included tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders and a portrayal of Billie Holiday in Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday.

Admission: 
Free

A Conversation with Vanessa Rubin

Tuesday / February 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Vanessa Rubin

Visiting artist-in-residency Vanessa Rubin will discuss her experiences in musical theater, performance, and jazz. Rubin’s career has included tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders and an acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday. Voice Department faculty member Rene Pfister, who directs many of Berklee’s musical theater productions, will interview Rubin.

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Peruvian Music Clinic

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Presented by Oscar Stagnaro and featuring visiting artist Richie Zellon, this will be an introduction to the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of the various Afro-Peruvian styles (festejo, lando, zamacueca, panalivio, etc.) as well as their application within the jazz rhythm section. 

The clinic will include video clips of interviews with leading Afro-Peruvian musicians demonstrating each style in its traditional setting.

Admission: 
Free

Otaak Band: Sudanese-American Lyre Music Performance Clinic

Monday / February 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Otaak Band is the collaboration between Miguel Merino, from Indiana, and Ahmed Said Abuamna, from eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo. Abuamna is from the Beja, who are the indigenous people from the region between the Nile and the Red Sea in northern Sudan and southern Egypt, and a master of the Beja’s traditional lyre, the masankop.

In April 2012, after three years of collaboration, Merino and Abuamna recorded their first album of lyre music, Bejawiya, all with words in the Beja language. The band played several concerts in Cairo in support of the album’s release and received a fantastic response from audiences all over the city.

The lyre is at the forefront of this contemporary ensemble. Otaak Band plays thousand-year-old traditional melodies, pop/rock songs, and everything in between. The band opens a direct link to the ancient past while creating a sound that's completely contemporary.

Otaak Band is dedicated to preserving the Beja culture and language, while breaking new musical ground through its innovative use of the masankop, one of the world's oldest instruments. In addition to concerts, the band conducts workshops and presentations on rhythm and dance, Beja society and culture, traditional arts and crafts, and building and playing the masankop.

Starting in January 2014, Otaak Band will be on tour through the Midwest, bringing this multifaceted educational and cultural experience to an international audience for the first time. Video footage from this tour, along with over 30 hours of footage from the band's three years in Egypt,
will be used in a forthcoming documentary of the Otaak Band story.

Admission: 
Free

Immortal Technique: A [R]evolution in Hip-Hop Songwriting and Production

Monday / February 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Immortal Technique (Felipe Coronel) is a revolutionary. Born in Peru, he immigrated to Harlem, New York, and eventually ended up in prison.  He left with a new focus on music. His aggressive style gained him instant notoriety as a battle rapper, and his first album was a word-of-mouth sensation. Unwilling to change his message for a mainsteam audience, he remained independent. His subsequent projects have permanently found their way into the hearts and minds of truth-seekers worldwide. Going behind the scenes, the (R)evolution of Immortal Technique will be an exploration of one man's global journey to fight injustice through music.

Admission: 
Free

Alberto Netto

Tuesday / January 28, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Alberto Netto was born and raised in Santos, Brazil, where he started playing percussion at age 12 and the drum set at age 14. He studied drum set for a year at Conservatório Beethoven in Santos, then studied privately with Brazilian masters Duda Neves, Realcino "Nene" Lima, and Zé Eduardo Nazário. In Brazil, Netto performed with Alta Tensão, David Costa Quintet, Grupo Jornal do Brasil, Chico Gomes, Grupo Quartzo, Luis Arruda Paes Big Band, and many others.

In 1989, Netto received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has performed with many talented musicians such as Aaron Scott, Claudio Roditi, Helio Alves, Aaron Goldberg, Luciana Souza, the Sonny Watson Quartet, Skip Hadden, and many others. 

In 1997, Netto recorded his first solo CD, Indian Summer, and founded his own studio, Artdrums, to produce his own work as well as the music of other artists.

In 2000, Netto joined the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches private lessons and master classes. Accomplished in various styles on the drum set—including Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, contemporary pop, and fusion—he has presented clinics in the United States, Europe, and South America.

Netto's instructional book and CD, Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion, published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, is a top seller in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

"Alberto Netto has created a wonderful sourcebook for understanding the history of Brazilian drumming. Each rhythm is explained in detail as it relates to a specific dance and/or religious celebration.... The extensive CD tracks show how much variety exists in the world of Brazilian percussion. Netto's fluid drum set playing and clearly stated text results in a gem of a book," writes David Licht of Modern Drummer magazine.

 

Admission: 
Free

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