Clinics and Master Classes

Life after Berklee: Will Wells '11

Tuesday / December 4, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Will Wells who will tell of his journey since graduating last year, which includes his roles as an engineer, producer, songwriter, and more and share helpful tips with the students. Wells was born and raised in Erial, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He studied at Berklee College of Music from fall of 2007 to spring of 2011, focusing on film scoring and music production and engineering, but also honing his skills as a songwriter, arranger, conductor, and musician. He recently transitioned out of his position as house engineer at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California, owned by film composer Richard Gibbs, and toured North America with the electropop duo, LMFAO. He has had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Bobby McFerrin, Richard Page, Patrice Rushen, Michael McDonald, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

Laboriel, Kumalo, and Hutchinson

Friday / December 7, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Hutch Hutchinson
Abraham Laboriel
Bakithi Kumalo

Three of the greatest bass players in the world—studio recording legend Abe Laboriel (Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Michael Jackson), Bathiki Kumalo (Paul Simon), and Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson)—come together to share their expertise and experience.

Sponsored by U-BASS, by Kala Brand Music. There will be a drawing for a free U-BASS at the event.

Abe Laboriel

Abraham Laboriel is a world renowned bassist and the founder of the band Koinonia. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he received his earliest musical training from his father, a gifted guitarist and composer. His first recording was at age 10 as part of a "rock and roll" group, Los Traviesos. After performing in Mexico through his teen years as both a musician and an actor, he moved to Boston where he earned a bachelor of music degree in composition from the Berklee in 1972. During that time he recorded with faculty member, famed vibraphonist Gary Burton. He traveled with Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to begin a very diverse and fruitful studio recording career.

He has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including George Benson, Larry Carlton, the Crusaders, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, John Klemmer, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Lalo Shifrin, Diane Schuur, Sara Vaughan, and Joe Zawinul. He recorded with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuna in the band Friendship, and has continued to record and travel with Lee and Dave Grusin for GRP Records. He also has been much in demand for work with artists like Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Ruben Blades, and countless others. He was voted by his peers in the L.A .Chapter of NARAS as the Most Valuable Player in the bass chair for the three years in a row, joining Ray Brown and Chuck Domanico in that honor.

 

Bakithi Kumalo

South African composer, vocalist, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo was born in the Alexandria Township of Johannesburg. Abandoned by his father as a toddler, he was raised by his mother, who was a singer, and his family in nearby Soweto. He was exposed to local musical styles such as mbaqanga (a groove peculiar to the townships), mbube (a cappella vocal music), and jive (electric, urban pop) while he was very young.

At an early age, he decided to become a musician and at 7, was already performing in his uncle's band. Due to his persistence, he quickly became a regular on the wedding and party circuit around the township. At 10, he went on a tour into Zululand where he remained for a year and a half. During that time, he practiced the bass tirelessly. It was at this time that he developed his unique approach to bass playing.

 

Hutch Hutchinson

Best known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, James "Hutch" Hutchinson grew up in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. He hung around the clubs in Harvard 
Square and Boston in the early and mid 1960s during the folk and blues revival that took place there. In the late 1960s, he attended some classes at Berklee. Boston and Cambridge were great places (as they still are) for seeing, hearing and playing many different types of music from around the world. As a pre-teen he had sung and played some guitar and mandolin in some bluegrass bands, but zeroed in on the bass at age 12 or so after seeing Wilson Pickett and his great touring band in the mid 1960s. Throughout high school, "Hutch" played electric and acoustic bass in a variety of bands in the New England area.

He's also enjoyed a very rewarding and interesting career as a studio musician working with the Neville Brothers, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Al Green, B.B. King, Crosby Stills and Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Chieftains, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Keb Mo, Ziggy Marley, Hank Williams Jr., Alejandro Escovedo, Pops Staples, Toots Hibbert, Bob Seger, Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Lyle Lovett, the B 52s, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Pattie La Belle, Vince Gill, Bryan Adams, Randy Newman, Anne Murray, Stevie Nicks, Ritchie Sambora, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many other artist's as well as on numerous film and television projects.
 

 

Admission: 
Free

Greg Howard and the Chapman Stick

Thursday / November 29, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

Chapman stick virtuoso Greg Howard will present a lecture demonstration on the Stick as well as how to use technology tools to extend the performance capabilities of any instrument

The Chapman stick bridges the physical and electronic music worlds like no other instrument. With fingertips right on vibrating strings, the stick player has a direct expressive connection to the sound source like no mechanical keyboardist or electronic interface allows. Orchestral and counterpoint capabilities reach way beyond the obvious analogy of "bass plus guitar" into infinite permutations of interactive and independent hands covering a more than five-octave range, divided into two overlapping string groups.

As a soloist, Howard's hands tap an intricate dance on the fretboard, building compositions and improvisations from the pure amplified string tone, and then orchestrating them with a wide array of electronically processed tones.  In ensemble settings he plays the chameleon—as bassist, rhythm section, soloist, and through creative programming and use of effects. From his improbable live one-hour free improvisation Water on the Moon, to his progressive jazz and funk/fusion compositions for the Netherlands-based Greg Howard Band and the Virginia-based UpTet, no Stickist covers the sonic spectrum like Howard.

Howard has performed all over North America, Western Europe, and Japan, at festivals (including two appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Lincoln Center's Summer Festival), progressive rock concert series, and opening tours for diverse artists such as guitarist Tim Reynolds, progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, and bassist Michael Manring, and as a guest onstage and in the studio with the Dave Matthews Band (Before These Crowded Streets).

In addition to his nine CDs, Howard has also released two method books and an instructional DVD, and is recognized as a leading authority on stick technique. He is the most active instructor on the instrument worldwide, having taught over 60 technique and performance workshops since 1996, including two summer workshops at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts, and he is also a member of the a peformance faculty at the University of Virginia.
 

Admission: 
Free

Improve Your Groove

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Led by saxophonist and composer Nir Naaman, the Improve Your Groove Workshop is an innovative workshop that focuses on time-feel (rhythmic interpretation) in Jazz and what makes one “swing.” Using a practical approach that combines lecture, discussion and performance, the workshop lays the foundation to improve the rhythmic abilities of the music student. The workshop is especially suited for the woodwind instrumentalist but could be useful as well for all other musicians.

Admission: 
Free

Electric Guitar Recording Chains in Logic

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A Learning Center workshop on guitar amp and direct input recording, and effects such as compression, EQ, reverb, amp, and pedal emulations in Logic. The Workshop Series at the Learning Center are advanced level music technology and recording classes. We will cover:

  • miking up an amp and recording
  • direct input recording
  • EQ, compression, amps and pedal emulations, reverb, and stereo widening techniques

 

Admission: 
Free

Creating Custom Patches with Reason's Combinator

Friday / November 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A Learning Center workshop on advanced applications of Reason's Combinator. The Workshop Series at the Learning Center are advanced level music technology and recording classes. We will cover:

  • signal flow and custom routing in Reason
  • building a custom patch library
  • advanced modulation control

Sign up at: http://learningcenter.berklee.edu/training/class-signup?task=student_info&class_id=3996

Admission: 
Free

Looping in Sync with Ableton Live

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A live looping presentation by Berklee alumni Sam Burke and Blair Pershyn. Learn:

  • Live looping tips and tricks
  • Integrating hardware and software
  • Getting devices in sync
  • Using midi controllers with Ableton Live

 

Admission: 
Free

Barbara Lieurance Piano Class

Wednesday / February 20, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Barbara Lieurance will demonstrate contemporary performance techniques for the Composition and Film Scoring weekly seminars.

Admission: 
Free

Francisco Mela

Wednesday / November 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.

Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. Mela moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. The faculty quickly recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela quickly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally’s that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

Fellow Berklee faculty member and world-renown saxophonist Joe Lovano heard Mela and was immediately impressed, hiring him soon thereafter to play in his quartet. Since 2005, Mela has been an integral part of Joe Lovano’s quartet and his new group “Us Five,” a two-drummer quintet. Their 2009 Blue Note Records recording, titled Folk Art, was considered by many critics to be Lovano’s most adventurous to date.

In 2009, he was tapped by jazz legend McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Said Tyner of his new young drummer, “Mela is just a fantastic player. He has his own style and his own sound, which is what I look for in a drummer.”

Mela’s first CD, Melao was released in 2006 and called one of the best albums of the year by All About Jazz. Similarly, The Village Voice picked Melao as the best debut by an artist of ‘06.

Mela’s second release as a leader, Cirio, was recorded over a week-long period at the Blue Note for Half Note Records in 2008. The recording featured an all-star cast of Mark Turner, Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier and Lionel Loueke. BlogCritics wrote “this is modern jazz of high order, but with Mela's own touch of Havana added...” affirming Mela’s unique niche in the melting pot that is now New York’s “jazz scene.” WDUQ picked the album as one of the best jazz CDs of 2008.

Mela’s latest project, Cuban Safari, is an amalgamation of his favorite bands that inspired him to become a drummer – Miles Davis’ fusion group featuring Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, Weather Report, and the Latin-jazz super group Irakere. On his 2nd release on Half Note, Tree of Life, Mela offers a passionate fusion of Cuban polyrhythms and propulsive modernism. Mela and the full scope of his musicianship take center stage with an unexpected turn as a vocalist, duetting with pianist Elio Villafranca, and trading improvs with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding. Tree Of Life is spirited evidence of Melaʼs distinguished place among young group leaders. The album received critical acclaims by Downbeat, Jazziz, All.about.jazz.com, irockjazz.com among others. It was nominated for “2011 Latin Jazz Boundary Breaking Album” by Latin Jazz Corner, “Recommended release” by New York City Jazz Record and “Newest Best Jazz Takes” by Japan’s Diskunion. Downbeat magazine gave 4 stars to Tree of Life.  
 

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Electric Bass Masterclass

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci explores the electric bass in a masterclass format, with an audience. Masterclass students are registered, but audience is open.
All will learn!

Admission: 
Free

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