Clinics and Master Classes

Adam Nussbaum

Wednesday / February 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Adam Nussbaum grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and started to play drums at age 12 after studying piano for five years; he played bass and saxophone as a teenager. He moved to New York City in 1975 to attend the Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College. While there he began working with Albert Dailey, Monty Waters, Joe Lee Wilson, Sheila Jordan and he played with Sonny Rollins in 1977 in Milwaukee. In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman's quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield. During the early '80s he continued working with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. He later become a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and played with Stan Getz. He later joined the Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In the late '80s he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet and they recorded the Grammy-winning Don't Try This at Home. During 1992 he was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio.

Since then he has kept active in a wide variety of groups. Among them a recently formed quartet BANN with Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson, and Oz Noy, a co-op quartet Nuttree with Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Versace, the James Moody Quartet, We Three with Dave Liebman and Steve Swallow, the Eliane Elias Trio, and Playing in Traffic with Swallow and Ohad Talmor.

Nussbaum has also busy maintaining an active freelance schedule. He has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University, the New School, and State University of New York at Purchase. He also does clinics and master classes around the world.

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Tia Fuller

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz musicians are blessed with the desire and ability to play a genre that has a history as rich as its sound. All the greats, past and present, know that it's not enough to simply play the notes; one has to live the music and feel it with every breath. When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, the two become one and something amazing happens as the notes and reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Suddenly, everything in the universe feels right and it's easy to see and hear why this artist and teacher, who has a bachelor of arts degree in music from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, (magna cum Laude) and a master's degree in jazz pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (summa cum laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé. As part of the I Am. . .Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar's CDs, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards, and Total Request Live.

An accomplished performer in her own right, Fuller has recorded three CDs with her quartet. The first, Pillar of Strength (2005/Wambui), received praise as being "an exhilarating work that introduced her as a leader who strives for perfection" (Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz magazine). Her sophomore release, Healing Space (2007/Mack Avenue), is an offering of "melodic medicine" that the wide-eyed optimist sincerely hopes will serve as a healing agent for those who indulge in it. Fuller's third CD Decisive Steps, will be her second offering under the Mack Avenue label. Her quartet was recently featured at Oris Watches/Time Tourneau building for WBGO's jazz festival.

Fuller can also be seen performing regularly with a number of bands, including the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliffe Gordan Septet.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Star Ledger, DownBeat magazine, and many other print and online publications. 

Fuller believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is in her genes because her parents were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. As a devoted educator, she presents lectures and teaches ensembles and master classes at some of the most respected institutions in the country, including Stanford University's Jazz Workshop" the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the IAJE Jazz Convention, Purchase College, WBGO's Children in Jazz Series, Duquesne University, and Panama Jazz Festival.

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Berklee College of Music Visits Hong Kong

Saturday / February 11, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Baron School of Music
7/F, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
United States

Berklee College of Music will present an afternoon of clinics and master classes at the Baron School of Music. The sessions will include:

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Ensemble and Rehearsal Techniques
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Preparing for a Live Audition and Interview
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Break
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Road Map for the Composer/Arranger

The presenters will be professor of contemporary writing and production Kurt Biederwolf, director of international programs Jason Camelio, and assistant director of admissions Pearly Lee.

For further details, visit bsm.com.hk/eng.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Sabian Cymbal Clinic and Workshop featuring Jojo Mayer

Wednesday / February 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jojo Mayer, the son of bass player Vali Mayer, spent his early childhood on the road in Europe and the Far East. He received his first drum set at the age of 2, and made his first public performance in Hong Kong at 3. By 18 he had joined Monty Alexander's group touring major festivals in Europe, which led to gigs with Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone and introduced him to larger international jazz audiences.

Mayer moved to New York City in 1991. He built up a number of writing and production credits for his significant live and studio work. He also ran the popular Prohibited Beatz live electronica party in NYC from 1996 to 2001. Mayer is known for bringing together jazz, drum 'n' bass, jungle, and other influences. He is also famous for his ability to play the rhythms of programmed jungle drum 'n' bass music on acoustic drums, terming this technique "reverse engineering," a phrase borrowed from computing. He executes this approach using various methods such as the heel-toe bass drum technique, the Moeller stroke, and the pull-out or push-pull accent, which takes the beat on the rebound. These techniques allow him to play beats at astonishing speeds. His influences include Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, and Buddy Rich.

He played with the guitarist David Fiuczynski in the avant-garde pop rock band Screaming Headless Torsos and in the fusion jazz band Intergalactic Maiden Ballet. He also performed with such luminaries as Meshell Ndegeocello, Vernon Reid's Science Project, DJ Spooky, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wayne Krantz, Gerald Veasley, John Zorn, James Blood Ulmer, Chico Freeman, Dhafer Youssef, John Medeski, Hiram Bullock, Depart, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Mike Stern, and Wah Wah Watson. Mayer is a skilled clinician who continues to appear in numerous music festivals and sells out clinics all around the world.

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Green Touring with Reverb and Randy Bird

Wednesday / February 1, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Green Touring with Reverb and Randy Bird

It's great to hit the road with your music, but how can you reduce the environmental impact of touring?  

Randy Bird will discuss how students recycle vegetable oil from Berklee's cafeteria to fuel specially equipped vans for touring musicians.  

Josh Glasheen of Reverb will explain how his organization provides greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe.

See the library website or library facebook page for more information.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Cesar Orozco Clinic: Rhythmic and Harmonic Pattern in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cesar Orozco was born in Cuba in 1980. He began his musical studies at age 7 and graduated from the National School of Art (ENA) in Havana, Cuba, in 1998 with specialization in violin and music ensemble conducting. Soon after, he moved to Venezuela, by invitation of the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra, where he held the position of violinist for five years. 

Orozco has been working in Venezuela also as a pianist and arranger, collaborating in more than 40 recordings with national and international artists, such as Biella da Costa, Soledad Bravo, the Super Band Guaco, Andrés Briceño Band, Pablo Gil, Aquiles Baez, Pibo Márquez, Maria Teresa Chacín, Ilan Chester, Orlando Poleo, Cecilia Todd, Jorge Glem, Euro Zambrano, Diego "El Negro" Alvarez, and Huascar Barradas, among others. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Oscar de Leon, Eric Clapton, Caribbean Jazz Project, David Sanborn, and Chucho Valdés.

Currently, Cesar Orozco is the music director, pianist, arranger, and composer of the show Venezuela Viva, and award winner at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, considered the greatest arts festivals in the world. Venezuela Viva earned five stars from specialized reviewers throughout the United Kingdom. Orozco is an exclusive Yamaha artist in Venezuela.

In this clinic, Orozco will cover Venezuelan joropo and merengue and their applications to modern jazz and how to blend Cuban and Venezuelan genres in the same Latin jazz piece, achieving a coherent mix of all elements.

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Feliciano Arango: Cuban Bass Master

Wednesday / February 22, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Feliciano Arango discusses the role of the bass in Cuban jazz, salsa, and timba and his work with group Los Hermanos Arangos. 

Arango was born in the Guanabacoa section of Havana, Cuba where Yoruba, Abakua, and other African traditions are preserved in their most authentic form in the Americas. He was mentored by seminal Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez and attended Escuela Nacional de Arte, where he studied with the top musicians from around the island. Soon after graduating from ENA, Arango joined the group of legendary pianist/composer Emiliano Salvador, who was a leading figure in Cuban jazz through the 1990s. After extensive touring and recording with Salvador, Arango went on to be the founding bassist for N.G. La Banda, with whom he performed for the next 15 years. With N.G. La Banda, Arango developed a new style of Cuban dance music called timba. He was responsible for leading Cuban bassists in a new approach to playing salsa that greatly enhanced the melodic, percussive sound of the bass. Since leaving N.G. la Banda, Arango has been the top-call bassist for jazz, salsa, timba, and other forms of Cuban music.

Feliciano Arango now leads Los Hermanos Arangos, along with his two brothers, Eugenio and Ignacio, and sister, Cristina. The Arangos are the only Cuban band to use completely unaltered Afro-Cuban ritual voice/hand drumming as the basis for a modern repertoire that integrates electric bass, keyboards, and brass/winds (no drum set).

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German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso, German Schauss, will be presenting a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts. 

Schauss has written instructional articles, books, and online interactive video lessons for Alfred Publications (Shredding Bach, Total Shred Guitar, Shredding Paganini, Serious Shred, and Shredding Composers) and National Guitar Workshop’s WorkshopLive on Modern Rock Guitar Soloing.

He also writes and records music with his original band and tours with many nationally and internationally known artists. Schauss is signed to Steve Vai's Favored-Nations/ Digital-Nations label and is working on a new CD following his very successful The Lightspeeder release.

Additionally, he writes music for video games, commercials, and TV. He is also an author for a very popular monthly guitar column "Instant Shredding" in Germany's biggest guitar magazine Gitarre & Bass. The July 2008 Issue of Guitar World Magazine has listed him as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.

Visit Schauss's website for more information.

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Allan Harris: Get Your Groove On and Work All the Time

Thursday / February 2, 2012 / 9:30 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Award winning vocalist, Allan Harris, known as a singer's singer and "a protean talent" (New York Times) has not only cultivated a global fan following stretching several continents, but is also the new musical representative of Price Chopper BBQ commercials. Recently Harris became the spotlight artist on U2's The Edge's Music Rising site. Harris is also a three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, as well as a 2011 Bistro Award winner.

Harris's new CD, Open Up Your Mind, is his most compelling release to date. It marks the beginning of a new era for the man known as the singer's singer and gives him a chance to show off his deep songwriting talent and enormous guitar skills.  As a recent Jazz Times review stated "Harris examines more distinctive sentiments, such as the swirling, mysteriously exotic 'Shores of Istanbul' or the sinister, duplicitous 'Inner Fear,' the results are impressively fresh and invigorating."

Harris has also just released a new video to accompany the CD, "Can't Live My Life Without You." The effects are a dazzling display of live performance shots and famous locations in Manhattan.

"This music is something I've always wanted to record, going back to my roots as a guitar player. I put the guitar down for a while when I started focusing on singing jazz, but I've always missed playing. I grew up listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck but the music I was singing was going in a different direction. Then a few years ago I heard Dolly Parton singing a jazz standard, and it inspired me to break down my own musical barriers," says Harris.

Open Up Your Mind features nine original songs like "Hold You" (recently reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart), which pays tribute to the great R&B songs of Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass; "Can't Live My Life Without You," an upbeat jazzy tune in the vein of George Benson; "The Color of a Woman Is Blue"; and "Inner Fear," which shows off his unique slide guitar styling.

The title track "Open Up Your Mind" and "There She Goes" have a crossover edge that melds roots rhythms with contemporary jazz improvisation. "Autumn" is an original ballad about love changing like the seasons and Harris's upbeat and highly original rendition of the classic "Fly Me to the Moon" will surprise and delight all listeners. "Shores of Istanbul," and "I Do Believe," round out the highly anticipated release.    

Open Up Your Mind combines unique vocals with a contemporary jazz twist and accomplishes the ability to tell a story all at the same time.

 

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Berklee in Bogotá

Tuesday / January 31, 2012 / 9:00 a.m.
Teatro William Shakespeare
Av. 19 #152a -48.
Bogotá
DF
United States

Berklee College of Music makes its first official visit to Colombia! Join us for a full day of clinics and master classes.

Saxophonist Greg Badolato and bassist Oscar Stagnaro lead of day of clinics and master classes on a range of topics.  Dean of admissions Damien Bracken presents an information session about Berklee College of Music. The day will culminate in a jam session open for the clinic attendees.

10:00 a.m. The Art of Improvisation–Greg Badolato
11:30 a.m. The Rhythm Section–Oscar Stagnaro
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Preparing for Live Audition–Oscar Stagnaro and Greg Badolato
3:30 p.m. Information Session for Students and Alumni–Damien Bracken and William Herron
5:00 p.m. Jam Session

Special thanks to Alejandro Cajiao, EMMAT, the Colegio Anglo Colombiano, Hotel Cosmo 100, Fernando Sor School of Music, and the U.S. Embassy for sponsoring this event.

Admission: 
Free

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