Clinics and Master Classes

Songwriting Clinic

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Elementary students from local Boston schools are invited by Berklee's Music Education Department to participate in a songwriting clinic and performance. The students will learn how to write songs and will give a performance of their work at the end of the event.

Admission: 
Free

Larry Lelli: Musical Theater Drum Set Techniques

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Larry Lelli is one of the top-call freelance drummers in New York City, and a veteran Broadway drummer and conductor of more than 30 Broadway shows.

He's here in Boston to perform in A Christmas Story, and is also the drummer for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers. His extensive Broadway history includes the 12-time Tony Award-winning hit The Producers, as well as Assassins, Jekyll & Hyde and the smash-hit rockabilly show Million Dollar Quartet

Often called a musical chameleon, his eclectic resume includes recordings and performances with Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge as well as Daniel Radcliffe, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Heather Headley, the Mamas & the Papas, and more. 

Admission: 
Free

Mika Pohjola and Friends: Children's Music from Finland

Friday / February 28, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Mika Pohjola

Mika Pohjola, a Finnish pianist, composer, producer, and 1994 Berklee alumnus, will present a delightful selection of his jazz and choral-based music that appeals to adults and children alike. His original compositions and interpretations are influenced by the popular Moomin books by Tove Jansson and Scandinavian folk songs.

Admission: 
Free

F HOME STUDIO GUITARS

Thursday / November 7, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Javier Limon presents Paco Ortega, great flamenco producer who is going to present a new unique flamenco guitar!

Admission: 
Free

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

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