Clinics and Master Classes

Strings of Bahia: Workshop with Jurandir Santana

Wednesday / October 19, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist, arranger, and musical producer Jurandir Santana presents a workshop about the most important music styles and rhythms of Bahia. The state of Bahia, located in the northeast of Brazil, features some of the most rhyhmically interesting music of Brazil with African, Portuguese, and native Brazilian influences.

Santana, a 30-year veteran in the Brazilian music scene, grew up in Salvador, Nahia and has shared the stage with Hermeto Pascoal, Gal Costa, and Rosa Passos, among many others. His unique polyrhythmic approach on guitar infuses the complex elements of the Bahia rhythm section and extended jazz harmonies. This material is the result of his lengthy research about the music from Bahia applied to the guitar: traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian percussion music, including influences from the Recôncavo area.

Through videos, recordings, transcriptions, analysis, and live performance, Santana will demonstrate music styles from Bahia and northeastern Brazil, including chula, samba de roda, ijexá, baião, and galope. He will also demonstrate how he applies his right-hand style and technique to both traditional Brazilian music and jazz standards in a polyrhythmic context.

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Joel Harrison Clinic

Thursday / October 13, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist, composer, and vocalist Joel Harrison has developed a singular voice through immersion in jazz, modern classical, world traditions, and American roots music. His rejection of stylistic boundaries has led him to freely wander wherever inspiration is found, from inner-city blues bars to the finest concert halls. Harrison has released twelve albums of his own compositions and arrangements since 1995, and has received commissions and fellowships from Meet the Composer, the Flagler Cary Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Chamber Music America. He is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. His latest recording focuses on arrangements of jazz drummer Paul Motian's compositions. This one-of-a-kind ensemble features a string quartet and two guitars.

The clinic will focus on the process of developing an original compositional voice with jazz language as a foundation. Harrison will select passages from the charts that exemplify influences outside of jazz, and describe how they became integrated into his vocabulary. Emphasis will be given to modern classical music, American roots music, and Hindustani classical music. The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins will be there to perform selected passages and pieces.

 

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Bleu: Clinic

Friday / August 19, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"It's changed my whole world," says singer-songwriter/producer Bleu. "I have a completely new outlook on my career and my life. It sounds dramatic, but it's really true."

The gifted pop-rocker's effusive words don't refer to the creation of his dynamic, highly personal new album, Four. Nor do they reflect his work as cowriter with chart-topping acts like the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. Rather, they convey his response to the astonishing generosity of his fans, who helped him raise $40,000 following the launch of his campaign on DIY fundraising site Kickstarter.

As a result of fans' contributions, he's been able to launch his own record label and put Four out himself in North America. (UK indie Lojinx acquired the rights to release the record across the pond.)

The financial offerings were accompanied by fervent good wishes. "I only wish I could afford to pledge more," goes a typical comment. "I want to help because you are giving me so much with your music," reads another, while still another admirer writes, "Loved your music for years—so glad to help in any way and be a small part of your work!"

Bleu was stunned by the enthusiasm of his loyal fan base, "I was playing a show a couple of weeks ago and told everybody about the whole thing," he recalls. "I started crying onstage."

The release follows on the heels of 2009's critically admired A Watched Pot (which suffered, promotionally, from big-label implosions far out of his control), and comes amid a flurry of cowriting and production projects. "I really enjoy working with other artists part of the time and then creating my own material," he says. "It keeps things nicely balanced."

What's more, Four demonstrates Bleu's decision to forego what he calls the "brass ring" of the pop mainstream in favor of pleasing those dedicated fans. "I made this record just for me and them," he says. "I just want to take more chances and make them—and me—happy."

Not that he's neglected his preternatural skill at crafting gigantic hooks: Four is packed with pop pleasures. But the lyrics of these effortlessly catchy tunes often find him venturing into more spiritual, and sometimes much darker, territory than ever before.

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Patty Larkin Clinic

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk/pop for 25 years with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and subtle sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).

In 2010, Larkin celebrated a quarter of a century of music-making with 25, a recording of 25 love songs reworked with voice and guitar and 25 friends along the way. 25 is the unplugged version of classic Patty Larkin love songs, created with a dream team of some of acoustic music's heroes, including Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others. It is her first project since her New York Times critic's choice Watch the Sky and ground-breaking La Guitara, a compilation of international women guitarists. Larkin is currently writing material for her next project.

 

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Guitar Sessions: Rob Cunningham from D'Addario/Planet Waves

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Rob Cunningham from D'Addario/Planet Waves presents an instrument maintenance clinic as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Robert Godin

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Luthier Robert Godin gives a guitar construction clinic as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Grisha Goryachev

Wednesday / August 17, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grisha Goryachev presents a flamenco guitar clinic as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Paul Rishell with Annie Raines

Tuesday / August 16, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Paul Rishell presents a country blues guitar clinic with Annie Raines as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Lage Lund

Monday / August 15, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lage Lund gives a jazz guitar clinic as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Eric Reed

Monday / September 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Award-winning pianist and composer Eric Scott Reed began playing the piano at age two and was performing in his father's Baptist church in Philadelphia by age five. After study at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and Los Angeles's Colburn School of Arts, Reed embarked upon a professional career that has taken him all over the world. His credits include Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, and others. Reed has taught at the Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes and lecture demonstrations on the history of music. His other musical ventures include over 20 recordings as a leader, including his latest recording, The Dancing Monk; scoring for Eddie Murphy's comedy Life; and musical direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently Reed is in residence with the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, as musical director of Regina Taylor's Crowns.

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