Clinics and Master Classes

Christian Scott Master Class

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This Christian Scott master class is sponsored by the Brass Department, featuring a student band.

Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott received his first trumpet at age 12 as a gift from his mother and grandmother. Since Scott's uncle was modern jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, it was no surprise that Scott soon became very proficient on the trumpet, so good, in fact, that Harrison began having him play at his gigs. Following in his uncle's footsteps, Scott enrolled at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and then at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a full scholarship. 

At Berklee, he was selected to be part of the Berklee Monterey Quartet in 2004, chosen from the school's finest musicians, and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Though Scott had already appeared on his uncle's 2002 album, Real Life Stories, he made his major-label solo debut at age 22 on Concord Jazz, with 2006's Rewind That. The record combined rock and R&B motifs with modern jazz, featured Harrison as a guest performer, and was nominated for a Grammy later that year. Scott returned in 2007 with Anthem, a passionate response to the suffering of his fellow New Orleanians post-Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Scott released his third studio album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. His musical ambition manifested itself expansively in 2012 with the release of his fifth album, the double-disc Christian a Tunde Adjuah.

Admission: 
Free

Alejandro Sanz Clinic

Tuesday / November 5, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Alejandro Sanz

This workshop for Berklee students features Alejandro Sanz, one of the most internationally renowned Latin music artists of all time. Sanz is respected as both a songwriter and a musician, and has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide throughout his career and has released 15 albums, all certified multi-platinum in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. He has collaborated with Tony Bennett, the Corrs, Alicia Keys, Shakira, and Rene from Calle 13, among others. On November 12, he will release the live album La Música No Se Toca, a CD/DVD that captures one unforgettable stop – in Sevilla, Spain – on Sanz’s recent international tour.

A Berklee ID is required for admission.

Admission: 
Free. Berklee ID required for admission.

Oscar Stagnaro: The Foundation of Groove in Afro-Cuban Music

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and renowned educator Oscar Stagnaro presents a clinic for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike on the rhythmic foundation of Afro-Cuban music. By breaking down the essential rhythmic cells used to create different rhythms, he will bridge the gap between feeling and an authentic understanding of language, while applying one's own voice to this idiom. During his tenure at Berklee, Stagnaro established the Latin bass curriculum, while also writing what is considered to be the essential method book on the topic, The Latin Bass Book.

He will be accompanied by Mark Walker on drums, Ernesto Diaz on percussion, Samuel Batista on tenor sax, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, and Issac Delgado Jr. on piano.

At Berklee, Stagnaro is the advisor for Latin minor studies and coordinator for the Latin Music and Culture Celebration. He is also the artistic director of the Congress of Latin American Music Schools. Bass Player magazine writes that, “Oscar’s technical agility, advanced harmonic and melodic knowledge, and grounding in funk and R&B—as well as his dedication to Latin traditions—give him the ultimate flexibility when it comes time to lay down a groove.” Stagnaro has performed or recorded with Paquito D’ Rivera, Dave Valentin, David Sanchez, Charlie Sepulveda, and Ray Barreto, among many others.

Admission: 
Free

Bob Mover and Joe Cohn

Monday / September 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Top-flight jazz musicians Bob Mover and Joe Cohn offer a clinic open to all instruments and vocalists. Mover first rose to public attention when Charles Mingus hired him at the age of 21, a few years after the alto saxophonist Phil Woods had discovered him. In the 1970s, Mover played tenor sax with Mingus during a five-month engagement at the legendary Five Spot in New York City and later he joined trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker’s band. His records have received positive reviews in Downbeat Magazine, which slotted Mover for a spot in its critics’ poll for “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.”

Joe Cohn, the song of legendary saxophonist Al Cohn and vocalist Marilyn Moore, emerged from Berklee as a multi-instrumentalist who never fails to impress on the guitar or the trumpet. Cohn has toured with Freddy Cole, Artie Shaw, Zoot Sims, Al Grey, and Wynton Marsalis, just to name a few.

In this clinic, Mover and Cohn will discuss improvisational techniques, how to practice, and developing a repertoire. They will also demonstrate how their personal approaches to time, feel, melody, and harmony can be applied to various songs. Any student who wishes to play should bring their instrument.

 

Admission: 
Free

Rudiments Orchestration on the Drum Set

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Associate Professor Henry De Almeida will conduct this master class/clinic about orchestration on the drum set. De Almeida holds a masters degree in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated from Berklee with a degree in jazz composition. He is the leader of his own groups, the Brazilian Jazz project and the Jazz Fusion Group World News. He is a clinician for Yamaha Drums, LP Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks, Paiste Cymbals, HQ Pads, Evans Drum Heads and Earthworks Microphones. He also recorded and toured nationally and internationally with the USAFA Jazz Big Band, the Falconaires, the USAFA Rock Band, and Blue Steel. De Almeida has performed several times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and in numerous jazz festivals around the world. Contact him at Henrydrums@msn.com.

 
 

Admission: 
Free

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Monday / September 16, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The myth of practice makes perfect: How to practice less and accomplish more! Receive helpful insights that will maximize the effectiveness of your playing and practicing. Practice smarter, not harder. Stephany Tiernan, chair of the Piano Department, will be joined by faculty members Neil Olmstead and Doug Johnson to discuss how to get the most of practice time at the piano. Other instrumentalists are also welcome.

Admission: 
Free

Clinton Cerejo Master Class

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Clinton Cerejo

Clinton Cerejo, a renowned musician from India, will be the guest artist for the Berklee Indian Ensemble’s fall semester concert. Clinton is one of the most well known names in Indian music today. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, a highly sought after vocalist and vocal arranger in the booming Indian advertising and film industry, and a gifted and experienced composer, Cerejo has mastered the art of merging Western theoretical and harmonic concepts with Indian classical and folk music. He has worked extensively with acclaimed artists including A. R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and Kailash Kher. Cerejo’s signature sound is recognized and appreciated not only in India, but in international circles as well. His song “Madari,” featuring Vishal and Sonu, went viral on YouTube, scoring more than 1.5 million views.

Watch an exclusive interview with Clinton Cerejo at Berklee here:

In this clinic and master class, Cerejo will present his insights into the world of composers, singer-songwriters, and arrangers in the music industry. He will work one-on-one with young musicians who will present original material under his guidance. His time as a guest artist at Berklee will culminate in a collaboration with the Berklee Indian Ensemble on November 26, 2013 at the Berklee Performance Center. The performance, titled "Shuruaat," will be directed by Berklee voice instructor Annette Philip.

Admission: 
Free

Nancy Rumbel: The Creative Double Reed Player

Wednesday / October 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Grammy Award-winning oboist Nancy Rumbel will present a class titled “The Creative Double Reed Player.” Rumbel is a professional composer, recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her primary instruments are oboe, English horn, double wooden ocarinas, clay ocarinas, and keyboards. She is well known for her work for the past 28 years with the Grammy Award-winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel. She has also recorded on releases with Susan Osborn, Cris Williamson, Lydia McCauley, and most recently, Wind Music of Taiwan.

Rumbel’s imaginative sound palettes and willingness to delve into uncharted solo performance and recording opportunities with musicians, filmmakers, dancers, writers, photographers, painters, bird watchers, and even psychologists have provided her with a very interesting life. Says Rumbel, “People are often unfamiliar with the instruments I play and are curious and motivated to use them. Due to their uniqueness, I am as much of an educator as I am a performer. Consequently, at times I can feel like a curiosity, an endangered species, and a pioneer all rolled into one.”

Admission: 
Free

Ralph Humphrey

Thursday / October 3, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Drummer Ralph Humphrey, who has performed with Frank Zappa, Wayne Shorter, and many more, presents a drum clinic. Humphrey maintains a very active career in the recording industry, playing for a variety of motion picture, TV and record projects. His credits include drumming for Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The Emmys, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and the Academy Awards.

Admission: 
Free

Classical Mandolin/Guitar Workshop with Mare Duo

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Mare Duo

Two of Germany's most successful young musicians in the field of contemporary classical music will present a workshop for mandolinists and guitarists. Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and Fabian Hinsche, who perform together as Mare Duo, have won more than 20 prizes in international competitions across Europe. More than two dozen new compositions have been composed for and dedicated to Mare Duo, including works by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines and the late John McGann, a former Berklee faculty member.

Topics explored will include classical technique, repertoire, tone production, and compositional considerations for mandolin and guitar. The workshop will also explore the extensions of classical music traditions in diverse contemporary musical forms.

Admission: 
Free

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