Clinics and Master Classes

Modern Electronics-Based Pop Songwriting and Production I

Wednesday / July 31, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pop composers and electronic musicians David Frank and Nate Butler will discuss contemporary methods, demonstrate techniques, play examples, and take questions from the audience.

David Frank
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Frank
http://davidfrankmusic.com/

Nate Butler
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Butler

Admission: 
Free

Nnenna Freelon

Thursday / October 31, 2013 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Master class by jazz artist and improviser Nnenna Freelon, covering voice technique, improvisation, and stage performance. Rhythm section accompaniment. Open to all.

Admission: 
Free

South Indian Mridangam: Tradition and Future Possibilities

Friday / November 1, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A master class/clinic presented by percussion prodigy Rohan Krishnamurthy, featuring a lecture, demonstration and performance on South Indian music and drums.

Admission: 
Free

Jerry Leake Master Class: North and South Indian Music

Friday / November 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Jerry Leake

Renowned master of world percussion, composer, and author Jerry Leake presents a master class focusing on Hindustani and Carnatic Indian music. On tabla, Leake has accompanied Ali Akbar Khan, Steve Gorn, Sharafat Ali Khan, and Chitravena Ravikiran, to name just a few. Leake is the co-founder of the award-winning world music ensemble Natraj, and also performs with Club d’Elf, the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, and his acclaimed world-rock-fusion octet Cubist.

In this clinic, Leake will address the Hindustani music of North India and the Carnatic music of South India. Leake will also discuss merging rhythm theory and practice, compositional forms, improvisation, and much more.

 

Admission: 
Free

Voices and Rhythms from the Balkans and the Middle East

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Christiane Karam, along with members of her band and choir, will present a diverse repertoire ranging from music from the Balkans to the Middle East and will provide insights into the techniques and stylistic elements involved in those musical traditions. Vocal production, odd meters, and microtonal modes will be explored.

Admission: 
Free

Daryl Lowery: Getting Ready to Record Your Band "Live" in the Studio

Thursday / July 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Daryl Lowery's jazz!Quartet—featuring Berklee faculty Mark Walker drums, Consuelo Candelaria-Barry piano, and Keala Kaumeheiwa bass—will perform some original music in preparation for an upcoming recording session slated for August. This will be followed by a discussion of how the band is preparing for the experience of “cutting" live, and with pre-production strategies unique to the process of recording a group of live musicians.

A Berklee faculty member since 1987, saxophonist Lowery was born and raised in the Metropolitan New York area. After coming to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, he recorded and/or performed with such notables as the eclectic Ran Blake, Boston’s funk legend Ellis Hall, and Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band for the past 12 years and is featured on his latest releases, Black Coffee and White Chocolate. His group, Instant!Groove, released its highly successful first recording in 2004, of which Jazziz magazine wrote, “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz.' …The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos… resulting in a sound akin to guitarist John Scofield’s A Go Go CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood.” The band's current release, "Let It Go," features Rakalam Bob Moses on drums and the late T Lavitz on electric organ.

Admission: 
FREE

Drum/DJ Curriculum (The Truth of Recycling)

Thursday / July 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Swiss Chris, a drummer and producer who has worked with John Legend, Gloria Gaynor, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Sir Elton John, among others, presents a master class.

DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer, producer, turntablist, engineer, musician, B-boy, graf writer, emcee, educator, lecturer, and mentor. Raised in the Bronx, he witnessed the birth of hip-hop right on his doorstep. Moving to Strong Island in the early '80s, he immediately made an impact on the Long Island's budding hip-hop scene. His work, especially with Public Enemy, has been embedded into hip-hop history. With over 27 years in the industry, he has contributed to some of hip-hop’s greatest works. Over the years he has lent his production and scratching skills to projects by other legendary hip-hop artists such as the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC.

Recently nominated for three 2013 NAACP Image Awards including Best Album, Juice continues to remain relevant in an ever-changing industry. In 2007, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a member of Public Enemy, and is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Public Enemy in 2013.
 

Admission: 
free

José 'Chepe' Ariza Colombian Bass Clinic

Wednesday / June 19, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This clinic/performance will be about music from the Andes region in Colombia. Traditional rhythms like passillo, bambuco, and guavina will be demonstrated in their original forms and then demonstrated using tapping and slapping, creating a more contemporary approach to these styles.

The performance will feature Miguel Angel Lous on alto saxophone, NIcolas Castañeda on harp, Utar Artun piano, and Andres Fonseca on drums. 

Admission: 
Free

Eric Normand: The Nashville Musician's Survival Guide

Wednesday / July 31, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Eric Normand
Eric Normand
Eric Normand

Guitarist and vocalist Eric Normand, a 1989 Berklee alumnus and author of The Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide, presents a clinic that offers an informative peek behind the curtain of Music City. Normand has covered quite a bit of ground since his arrival in Nashville in 2002. The list of artists he has worked with during his whirlwind Nashville adventure includes Toby Keith, Jamey Johnson, and Vern Gosdin. In this clinic, Normand will share insights from his book about the Nashville music industry, from recording, touring, and songwriting to working on a national tour and building the relationships needed to succeed in Music City.

Normand has performed in every state in the continental U.S., and he has also performed in Canada, Europe and at the Grand Ole Opry on numerous occasions. He has licensed his original music to film and television and is the host of the bimonthly Nashville Berklee Jam, a pay-it-forward event for aspiring music industry professionals. Normand is currently working on an album of his own material and can be seen performing in and around Nashville with his band, Skinny Buddha.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Everything Sheet

Wednesday / May 8, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

What if you could represent all harmonic or melodic possibilities on one sheet? You can! All harmonic and melodic combinations fall into 18 diatonic and 69 chromatic fundamental structures.

The everything sheet enables one to see how any lick, scale fragment, or chord is among these structures and to 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 everything sheet is valuable in structuring one's practice time in any style of music by clearly and concisely representing all that there is to practice and allowing the student to focus on the specific elements necessary to achieve his or her goals.

In this clinic, we will take a quick tour through all the fundamental musical structures and see how they apply to real-world examples in jazz, rock, and other styles. 

Admission: 
Free

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