Clinics and Master Classes

Tommy Emmanuel Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 4:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. His career spans five decades and intersects with some of the finest musicians in the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered fans worldwide. His “finger style” playing uses the guitar like a pianist, with all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all parts one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try out fingerpicking the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Admission: 
Free

Damaris

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

The singer-songwriter Damaris will present a performance based on Andean and Afro-Peruvian music.

Admission: 
Free

How to Improve the Rhythm Section

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This clinic, presented by faculty bassists Tino D'Agostino, faculty drummer Sergio Bellotti, and Special Guest, Mimi Rabson, will help all musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) improve their interplay with the rhythm section. 

Participants will have a chance to experience various techniques and approaches as to how to better interact with different instrumentation combinations.

This clinic is sponsored by 247 Drums, DR Strings, Epifani Amps, Fclef Basses, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Yamaha. 

Admission: 
Free

Guy Van Duser / Bobby Stanton Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Guy Van Duser

Acclaimed guitarists Guy Van Duser and Bobby Stanton present a clinic for Berklee Guitar Sessions students.

Recording artist Guy Van Duser is internationally known for his unique, imaginative, and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar, including the amazing "Stars and Stripes Forever," acknowledged by guitarists worldwide, including Chet Atkins, as setting the bar for fingerstyle arrangements. Van Duser has 13 albums available from Rounder Records, Daring Records, and Green Linnet Records, and is a composer for films and public television programs (including the Antiques Roadshow theme song). Of particular note is his development of what he terms his "stride guitar" technique, a fusion of the fingerpicking virtuosity of Chet Atkins and the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. By simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, he has elevated the swing-style guitar from its traditional rhythmic accompaniment role, and has influenced a new generation of guitarists. Van Duser has often been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as well as All Things Considered on NPR.

Bobby Stanton moved to Nashville early in his career and played with several different artists. After studying with guitarist Lenny Breau, he decided to move to Boston to attend Berklee. He graduated with honors and received the Ovation Award from William Leavitt and Gary Burton. He taught at Berklee for several years and continued to play and record with a wide variety of artists. Stanton has contributed articles to international music publications such as Guitar Player magazine. As a songwriter, he has won awards from BMI and ASCAP. He also won seven Boston Music Awards and has extensive experience in recording and playing for theater, radio, and television. He is currently teaching at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Admission: 
Free

Amanda Monaco and Kim Perlak Clinic

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarists Kim Perlak and Amanda Monaco will present a clinic on the creative possibilities of jazz and classical guitar in a duo format in this clinic for Berklee Guitar Sessions.

Since moving to New York, Amanda Monaco has performed with a variety of musical groups, from jazz chamber ensembles and big bands to regular appearances with her own groups at such venues as Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and The Blue Note, to name a few. 

She has released five albums to date and her current projects include her quartet Deathblow, the collaborative quintet Playdate and organ trio Kiss the Leslie. Monaco is a resident musician at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York and has released an album of original music based on the Pirkei Avot, a collection of rabbinical teachings compiled in the third century.

An educator since 1990, Monaco is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music. Her book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide. She is the artistic director of Convergence Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to share the art and fun of improvisation with people of all ages. She is also a cofounder of the Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that stimulates a wider of awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough.

Admission: 
Free

Jane Miller and Acoustic Guitar Maker Jack O'Brien

Monday / July 7, 2014 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Joined by acoustic guitar maker Jack O'Brien, Berklee faculty member Jane Miller will perform on different guitars and present a clinic on guitar care and maintenance. Miller is a guitarist, composer, and arranger with roots in both the jazz and contemporary acoustic guitar worlds. She is a featured guitarist in noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 2013 book The Great Jazz Guitarists: A Complete Guide. The Jane Miller Group has released three CDs. Her fourth CD, which is her first solo guitar recording, called Three Sides to a Story, was released in June 2013. Her book, Intro to Jazz Guitar: A Guide for Guitarists of All Styles, will be released in early 2015 by Berklee Press and distributed by Hal Leonard.

Miller has performed in New England and around the country. In addition to leading her own jazz instrumental quartet, she is in a working chamber jazz trio with saxophonist Cercie Miller and bassist David Clark, for which she contributes many compositions. She has traveling and recording with the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter SONiA, of the band Disappear Fear.

Miller is a contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, and is a former columnist for Premier Guitar magazine. She has also written for Mel Bay publishing company’s online magazine, GuitarSessions.com, and the Berklee Guitar Department's magazine, Open Position.

In 1994, Miller joined Berklee's Guitar Department faculty and is currently an associate professor. She has contributed many arrangements for solo guitar to the Guitar Department library, and has performed solo recitals and concerts with her group in the Berklee Performance Center and recital halls.

Miller is a jazz guitar instructor for jamplay.com, for which she has recorded over 65 video lessons and does live on-camera chats for students each week.

Admission: 
Free

Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Annual event featuring a high-profile speaker from the music industry.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class: Terence Blanchard and the Jazz Composition Workshop Ensemble

Wednesday / April 23, 2014 / 4:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Terence Blanchard presents a master class with the Jazz Composition Workshop Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Ana and Marco

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 12:00 pm
Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
02110

Ana & Marco is a duo in which arroz con coco meets tacos al pastor. Tasty and with a lot of character, this duo has its roots in Latin American music merged with different styles. 

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963, when he ran Paul’s Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, across from the Lenox Hotel.  

John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie played there, and so did Bruce Springstein, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind & Fire when they were starting their careers.

Taylor ran the clubs until 1978, then went on to produce concerts in Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Garden, working with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others.

In 1991, Taylor began working at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, and turned it into one of the top 10 jazz clubs in America. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and today is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series.

Admission: 
Free

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