Clinics and Master Classes

Afro-Peruvian Music Clinic

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Presented by Oscar Stagnaro and featuring visiting artist Richie Zellon, this will be an introduction to the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of the various Afro-Peruvian styles (festejo, lando, zamacueca, panalivio, etc.) as well as their application within the jazz rhythm section. 

The clinic will include video clips of interviews with leading Afro-Peruvian musicians demonstrating each style in its traditional setting.

Admission: 
Free

Otaak Band: Sudanese-American Lyre Music Performance Clinic

Monday / February 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Otaak Band is the collaboration between Miguel Merino, from Indiana, and Ahmed Said Abuamna, from eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo. Abuamna is from the Beja, who are the indigenous people from the region between the Nile and the Red Sea in northern Sudan and southern Egypt, and a master of the Beja’s traditional lyre, the masankop.

In April 2012, after three years of collaboration, Merino and Abuamna recorded their first album of lyre music, Bejawiya, all with words in the Beja language. The band played several concerts in Cairo in support of the album’s release and received a fantastic response from audiences all over the city.

The lyre is at the forefront of this contemporary ensemble. Otaak Band plays thousand-year-old traditional melodies, pop/rock songs, and everything in between. The band opens a direct link to the ancient past while creating a sound that's completely contemporary.

Otaak Band is dedicated to preserving the Beja culture and language, while breaking new musical ground through its innovative use of the masankop, one of the world's oldest instruments. In addition to concerts, the band conducts workshops and presentations on rhythm and dance, Beja society and culture, traditional arts and crafts, and building and playing the masankop.

Starting in January 2014, Otaak Band will be on tour through the Midwest, bringing this multifaceted educational and cultural experience to an international audience for the first time. Video footage from this tour, along with over 30 hours of footage from the band's three years in Egypt,
will be used in a forthcoming documentary of the Otaak Band story.

Admission: 
Free

Immortal Technique: A [R]evolution in Hip-Hop Songwriting and Production

Monday / February 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Immortal Technique (Felipe Coronel) is a revolutionary. Born in Peru, he immigrated to Harlem, New York, and eventually ended up in prison.  He left with a new focus on music. His aggressive style gained him instant notoriety as a battle rapper, and his first album was a word-of-mouth sensation. Unwilling to change his message for a mainsteam audience, he remained independent. His subsequent projects have permanently found their way into the hearts and minds of truth-seekers worldwide. Going behind the scenes, the (R)evolution of Immortal Technique will be an exploration of one man's global journey to fight injustice through music.

Admission: 
Free

Alberto Netto

Tuesday / January 28, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Alberto Netto was born and raised in Santos, Brazil, where he started playing percussion at age 12 and the drum set at age 14. He studied drum set for a year at Conservatório Beethoven in Santos, then studied privately with Brazilian masters Duda Neves, Realcino "Nene" Lima, and Zé Eduardo Nazário. In Brazil, Netto performed with Alta Tensão, David Costa Quintet, Grupo Jornal do Brasil, Chico Gomes, Grupo Quartzo, Luis Arruda Paes Big Band, and many others.

In 1989, Netto received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has performed with many talented musicians such as Aaron Scott, Claudio Roditi, Helio Alves, Aaron Goldberg, Luciana Souza, the Sonny Watson Quartet, Skip Hadden, and many others. 

In 1997, Netto recorded his first solo CD, Indian Summer, and founded his own studio, Artdrums, to produce his own work as well as the music of other artists.

In 2000, Netto joined the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches private lessons and master classes. Accomplished in various styles on the drum set—including Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, contemporary pop, and fusion—he has presented clinics in the United States, Europe, and South America.

Netto's instructional book and CD, Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion, published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, is a top seller in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

"Alberto Netto has created a wonderful sourcebook for understanding the history of Brazilian drumming. Each rhythm is explained in detail as it relates to a specific dance and/or religious celebration.... The extensive CD tracks show how much variety exists in the world of Brazilian percussion. Netto's fluid drum set playing and clearly stated text results in a gem of a book," writes David Licht of Modern Drummer magazine.

 

Admission: 
Free

Lizz Wright

Thursday / April 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Lizz Wright

Acclaimed jazz and R&B vocalist Lizz Wright shares her musical experiences and performs with Berklee faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Sharon Brown Clinic

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Sharon Brown

Voice Department associate professor Sharon Brown presents a vocal technology demonstration in fulfillment of a faculty grant award.

Admission: 
Free

Lizz Wright Master Class/Clinic

Wednesday / April 16, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Jazz artist Lizz Wright will present a master class on artistry and performance with voice department participants. This event is open to the Berklee community.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Provost Steel Pan Jazz Clinic

Thursday / March 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Hailing from the American Virgin Islands, virtuoso steel pan innovator Victor Provost is one of only a few musicians integrating the jazz bebop language with Caribbean steel pan traditions, paving the way as a leader of this musical movement.

Admission: 
Free

Adam Cruz Drum Clinic

Tuesday / February 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Adam Cruz

Adam Cruz presents a drum clinic, co-sponsored by the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Percussion Department. A drummer, composer, and educator, Cruz is a force on the international jazz scene and an integral part of Danilo Perez's trio and also works with artists such as Tom Harrell, the Mingus Big Band, Joey Calderazzo, Chris Potter, Steve Wilson, and Edward Simon.

Watch Cruz perform with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival:

Admission: 
Free

Lisa Fischer Master Class

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Lisa Fischer, featured singer from film 20 Feet from Stardom, will present a master class.

Admission: 
Free

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