Clinics and Master Classes

Puerto Candelaria

Friday / March 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Puerto Candelaria performs as part of the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Puerto Candelaria was born in Medellín, Colombia in 2000, from the miraculous meeting of six talented musicians, grouped together and guided by genius composer Juancho Valencia to create a totally new and original musical show to be heard and seen in Colombia. But Puerto Candelaria is also a sonorous imaginary and real place. It is home to the members of the group and to all of those who enjoy traveling with the sound of Puerto. Its founders never imagined that a decade later, their idea would become the most daring, controversial, and innovative musical project of recent times in Colombia. Puerto Candelaria bases its sound in popular Colombian rhythms, full of imagination and fantastic realism, which provoke the senses and awake emotions in their public around the world, thus establishing the group as one of the greatest representatives of music in Colombia. Puerto Candelaria is the founder of contradictory rhythms like cumbia underground or jazz a lo Colombiano, which come together in their music and make Puerto one of the most representative Colombian groups and responsible for making a place for their country in the global market of jazz, experimental, and world music. '

Puerto Candelaria has had more than one million people attend their concerts during 30 international tours, which took them to more than 60 cities in Central America, South America, Europe and Asia. This extensive schedule of concerts and corporate events, the group's record album sales for the independent market, and its ability to influence new generations of musicians make Puerto Candelaria, along with Merlin Studios Producciones (its producer and its home), a cultural industry model to new generations of artists in Colombia. In its history of 12 years, Puerto Candelaria has produced four albums, rich in local and foreign sounds. In their last album, they take their cumbia underground and make it into a rebellious sound called cumbia rebelde.

The Candelarios captivate their audience with their experimental sounds. Their shows are full of joy and explore the absurd and the everyday matters, the laughter and the trascendence, along with rhythm, dance, and the most important: an exuberant explosion of the Colombian cultural richess, which is experienced every time Puerto Candelaria plays. Puerto CAldelaria is Juancho Valencia, direction and keyboards; Eduardo González, bass and voice; José Tobón, saxophone; Cristian Ríos, trombone; Didier Martínez, percussion 1; Juan Guillermo Aguilar, percussion 2; Juan Felipe Arango, manager and executive productor; and Gabriel Vallejo, audio engineer.

Admission: 
Free

Marko Djordjevic: Even when the Odds Are in Your Favor

Thursday / April 4, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Proclaimed "a world class drummer" and "a true innovator" by Modern Drummer magazine, Marko Djordjevic has played on more than 50 albums (four as a leader), while his performing experience spans two decades and shows all over the globe. Lionel Loueke, Clarence Spady, Jonah Smith, Michael Henderson, Eli Degibri, Aaron Goldberg, and Matt Garrison are some of the artists he has collaborated with since graduating from Berklee in '93. Even when the Odds Are in Your Favor will combine a concert of all original music with a discussion of musical topics, ranging from composition and improvisation to odd meters, polyrhythms, and uncommon rhythmic concepts. Featuring Sean Nowell on tenor sax and Evan Marien on electric bass. All musicians are encouraged to attend, regardless of instrument. Nonmusicians are more than welcome, also! This event is supported by DDRUM, Zildjian, Evans, and Vic Firth.

Admission: 
Free

Richard Smith Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Monday / March 11, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Fingerstyle guitar master Richard Smith demonstrates and discusses contemporary fingerstyle techniques.

Richard Smith was born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971. One day, at the age of five, he was watching his father fingerpick “Down South Blues” (an Atkins-Travis recording) on his guitar. The boy begged his dad to show him how to play it, and finally he did. Despite the fact that Smith is left-handed and his dad’s right-handed guitar was not designed for tiny hands, by the end of that day, he learned and played both the chords and the melody. Within no time, the toddler outstripped his dad’s six-string prowess and it was clear to all who saw or heard him play that he was one of those rare phenomena—a child prodigy. Concentrating initially on the music his father loved—the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis—young Smith digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounded everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did the boy possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory, as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers. Smith first met his hero, the “Godfather” of finger style guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven and was invited by Atkins to play with him on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of about a thousand. He played Atkins’s arrangement of “Whispering,” and Atkins played along with him. Then the audience went mad and Atkins asked him to play another one. Before Smith could decide what to play, someone shouted “Little Rock Getaway,” and Smith played Atkins’s arrangement of it while Atkins, not playing this time, watched him in amazement playing to a stunned and appreciative audience. By the time he reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to Richard Smith as their “hero”—and still do. There seems to be no limit to Smith’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player. Smith has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop, and rock, to classical guitar. Smith also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band—drums and all.

Admission: 
Free

Sustainable Creative Practice with Caroline Harvey

Wednesday / February 20, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

How can we make art for our whole lives, live wildly, and be fully inspired...but not sink into the unhealthy patterns we’ve seen from so many of our creative idols? (Think: the 27 Club.) 

Berklee assistant professor, health counselor, and longtime touring artist Caroline Harvey shares her innovative work on sustainable creative practice. Learn to understand and avoid burnout, slumps, creative blocks, and the other imbalances that so often plague artists: post-gig exhaustion, emotional pressure, addiction, and stress-induced creative ruts. This lecture/workshop will include practical tips for daily living, how to stay healthy on the road, and how to live in a way that ensures you’ll be having fun, making art, and living well for your whole life.
Admission: 
Free

Bass Tips, Techniques, and Strategies

Wednesday / April 10, 2013 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator John Clayton, shares techniques, tips, and strategies for playing and teaching the bass as part of a master class/clinic.

Admission: 
Free

It's Our Business: A Candid Conversation with John Clayton

Tuesday / April 9, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Don Gorder, chair of the Music Business/Management Department, interviews bassist John Clayton. This clinic is designed for Clayton to share his experiences as a performer and businessman over an impressive career span.

Admission: 
Free

PED Forum: Lessons from Master Teachers

Tuesday / April 9, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator John Clayton shares lessons learned from master teachers, including his mentor teacher, Ray Brown.

Admission: 
Free

Three Bass Hit: A Performance Clinic Featuring Clayton, Bailey, and Lockwood

Monday / April 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator John Clayton, along with Steve Bailey (chair of the Bass Department) and faculty member John Lockwood, offer advice, insights, and musical selections.

Admission: 
Free

Antonio Sanchez Drum Clinic

Thursday / February 21, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drum clinic with Antonio Sanchez, drummer with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, and Chick Corea.

Admission: 
Free

HearWell: You and Your Ears: Maintaining good aural health

Friday / March 29, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

All musicians are at risk from noise-induced hearing loss. Join us to learn more about the ear, and about vital steps that you can take to preserve your most valuable asset: your hearing! This panel of Berklee community members and Dr. Sharon Kujawa, director of audiology from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, will explore initiatives currently under way at Berklee to make our aural environment healthier, as well as the many means available to protect both your hearing and your students’ hearing.

Presented by Isaiah Jackson Dr. Sharon Kujawa, Tom Plsek and Jane
Stachowiak

Admission: 
Free

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