Clinics and Master Classes

Jarana Beat Guitar Clinic: Folkloric Mexican Strumming Patterns and Plucked Strings

Tuesday / October 25, 2011 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

featuring Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza & Juan Lucero, this workshop takes participants on a journey through various Mexican guitars—vihuela, jarana jarocho, requinto jarocho, bajo Mexicano—and their characteristic rhythms. Students will learn how to recognize and play the instruments, and about the specific role of each within a plucked-string ensemble.

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The Story of Gospel with Jerome Kyles

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Jerome Kyles, assistant professor in Berklee's Voice Department, as he chronicles the history, evolution, and heralds of gospel music.

What is gospel music?

From the ancestral sounds of shackled souls through the jubilant acoustics of harmonious tones, the ever-evolving methodologies continue to stir deep and passionate responses through the various styles and genres of gospel music. The messengers testify. They sing their songs. Yet, the common thread that runs through them all is of course, the gospel, the good news.

For more information, see the library website or the library facebook page.

Admission: 
Free

Jens Kruger

Wednesday / October 19, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

At age six, when Jens (Yens) heard the banjo on one of his dad's American records, he yearned to play it. But having no access to one, Jens played their mother's accordion, accompanying Uwe, who played their father's guitar. When Jens turned ten he acquired a tenor banjo and started to play Dixieland jazz, hoping that one-day "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" would somehow flow from the instrument. A year later, Jens and Uwe made their first public appearance, and two years later Uwe bought Jens his first five-string banjo. 

At age 16, Jens and Uwe left home and traveled throughout Europe, calling themselves the Rocky Road Band, attempting a living as street musicians. Their adventure paid off in the form of a record contract with CBS. In 1982, at the age of 20, Jens crossed the Atlantic, heading for the Bean Blossom Festival and Bill Monroe. Monroe introduced Jens to the Grand Ole Opry, as the first known European banjo player. After living with Bill for the summer and following his advice, Jens returned to Switzerland to develop his own musical style and repertoire. For four years, Jens spent days and nights learning tunes from all the records he could find.

In 1986, Jens and Uwe reunited to form the Appalachian Barn Orchestra, the forerunner of today’s Kruger Brothers. Since MerleFest 1997, the event that launched the Kruger Brothers' career in America, Jens has performed with Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, John McEwen, Willie Nelson, and Ricky Skaggs, to name only a few. Like Uwe, Jens can play many stringed instruments with proficiency, and his style and virtuosity cannot be characterized with a word or phrase. But those who have heard Jens play banjo know that he is truly a master of his art. As a composer, Jens's comprehension of music in all of its forms is becoming well known among his peers, colleagues, and the Kruger Brothers' growing audience.

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JD Allen Trio

Thursday / November 10, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument-the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art-has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

Admission: 
Free

Bilal

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Straight out of Philadelphia comes jazz, funk, neo-soul singer, hip-hop evolutionist Bilal Oliver. Coming from what he describes as a "regular kind of neighborhood," Oliver was first introduced to music when he attended a small local church. Not until Oliver attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts did he really start taking his music seriously, realizing this was the direction he wanted to go with his life. bThe effect of being immersed into a creative, music-infused environment caused the young Oliver to interpret his voice as an instrument, especially in the songs he began to write.

Oliver began at small clubs, until he took classical training in jazz and big-band arrangements at the Mannes Music Conservatory at the New School for Social Research in New York. After meeting Aaron Coleman of the Spin Doctors, private jam sessions gave birth to a demo of songs that would land Oliver a record deal with Interscope working with famed producers such as J Dilla, Dr. Dre, and Mike City.

His debut album, 1st Born Second, was released in 2001, and boasted the popular single "Soul Sista." While touring, Oliver and his band started to morph the music into what he describe as a "jazz-fusion/rock type funk." This musical freedom bled into the songwriting for Oliver's next project, Love for Sale (2006), which was well received by fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. This time around, Oliver worked with a myriad of new collaborators, from Sa-Ra to Denaun Porter to
Nottz, even gathering a number of his former New School peers to participate.

To date, Oliver has collaborated and performed with some of the industry's most prominent artists, including Beyoncé, Common, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Boney James, Musiq Soulchild, D'Angelo, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, and the Roots among others. Oliver is
currently on his Little Ones tour, promoting his latest album, Airtight's Revenge, progressive music with a very firm jazz foundation.

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Jarana Beat Voice Clinic: Call and Response, with Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, Juan Lucero & Veronica Valerio

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

featuring Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza & Juan Lucero, this workshop takes participants on a journey through various Mexican guitars—vihuela, jarana jarocho, requinto jarocho, bajo Mexicano—and their characteristic rhythms. Students will learn how to recognize and play the instruments, and about the specific role of each within a plucked-string ensemble.

Admission: 

Crooked Still

Friday / October 14, 2011 / 2:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Stars of the nu-folk movement, Crooked Still are equal parts ambassador and innovators as evidenced on their newest release, Some Strange Country. The musical prowess of this defiantly nontraditional bluegrass quintet is on display as radically reimagined traditional fare blends seamlessly with original compositions and a surprising take on the Rolling Stones.

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Q-Brew: I Am a Band, Hear Me Roar!

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Q-Brew: Information about the Music Industry That You Need to Know 101

I Am a Band, Hear Me Roar! and Fantastic—You've Got the Gig, Now How Do You Promote It? We talk about winning fans and influencing the media. 

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department bring you a monthly series about the reality of branding, booking, touring, and producing your band in the now. It’s called the Q-Brew series because you have questions and we have answers.

Whether you’re a band, solo/duo artist, or a future business and industry person, please come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. (Bring your lunch.) We will keep it concise and honest. Come with questions or email them ahead of time to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q-Brew questions."

Panelists:

  • Susan Scotti—publicity and promotion for Last Call Agency
  • Andrea Kremer—online marketing, web development, and creative services for Shake and Howdy

 

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Eddie Gomez

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Puerto Rican jazz legend Eddie Gomez will discuss his career, bass techniques, jazz improvisation, and composition.
 
Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. The Latin Grammy Award–winner’s impressive resumé includes performances with giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and Benny Goodman. His unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, R&B, popular, and contemporary music.

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Harmonica Clinic with Ralph Rosen

Monday / October 3, 2011 / 6:30 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

From blues to classical to jazz. From diatonic to chromatic. From the mechanical to the musical. Ralph Rosen will demonstrate the harmonica's versatility and a few of the different instruments within this extensive family. He will perform numerous examples, as well as play samples from the extensive collection to be found in the Media Center.

Admission: 
Free

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