Clinics and Master Classes

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Clinic

Saturday / November 5, 2011 / 2:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Meet Natalie MacMaster: wife, mother of four, and virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler. You know her more as the latter than the former, an electrifying performer whose passionate proficiency on the beloved four-string amplifies the traditional East Coast sound for contemporary times.

It's a signature sound that has resonated with world audiences through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures, and 27 years; numerous Juno and East Coast Music Awards; three honorary degrees (Niagara University, Trent University, St. Thomas University); the Order Of Canada; and a reputation as one of Canada's most captivating performers.

She also has the respect and admiration of the crème de la crème of top-notch musicians: master violinist Mark O'Connor, whose camp MacMaster frequents as a guest instructor; legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who recently invited her to prominently participate as a guest performer on his 2008 holiday-themed album Songs of Joy and Peace; banjo prodigy Béla Fleck; fellow fiddling marvel Alison Krauss; spiritually electrifying superstar guitarist Carlos Santana-the list goes on. But to Natalie MacMaster, her beloved family now shapes and informs her musicianship as much as the jigs, reels, air, waltzes, strathspeys, marches and traditional folk that feed her spiritual soul.

"The violin sings, but the fiddle dances" may be an old musician's proverb, but it's one that fittingly applies to the unique and contemporary style of master fiddler Donnell Leahy.

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Tia Fuller Clinic: Mind-Body and Spirit of Jazz Improvisation, Saxophone

Wednesday / November 2, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin 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 saxophone to play the two become one. 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 Atlanta's Spelman College and master's degree in jazz pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 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 CD's, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the US, 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, Allen 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. Tia will be releasing her third CD "Decisive Steps", Jan. 2010, which 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.  Tia 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 Wycliff Gordan Septet.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Star Ledger, Down Beat magazine, and many other print and online publications. In addition to receiving numerous awards and marks of distinction, Allen was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey's 2003 graduation ceremony, where she presented her "Journey to Success" speech. She was also the featured solist playing The National Anthem for Detroit Tiger Stadium in September 2009. Also, in January 2008, she had the privilege of participating in a press conference with pianist and composer, Danilo Perez and the governor of the Republic of Panama, Carlos A. Villarino.

Allen 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 masterclasses 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.

Allen moved to Jersey City, New Jersey two days before the events of September 11, 2001. Despite the fact that the jazz community believed there was not much work in the area during that period, she wasn't discouraged and used the tragic event as a reason to succeed. She got her first gig playing in a big band at a fish fry in South Jersey. Brad Leali, who was playing in the Count Basie Orchestra at the time, spread the word that Tia was a skillful saxophonist who also played the flute. This brought her to the attention of others in the jazz community, including Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Don Braden and Don Byron, which led to her performing with a number of luminaries in the world of jazz.

With music in her blood and a song in her heart, Allen was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians, Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred, plays bass and her mother, Elthopia, sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as the music of jazz greats, such as John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn, and Charlie Parker. 

Inspired by her older sister, Shamie, Allen began playing classical piano when she was just 3 and continued until she was 13. She also began studying the flute when she was 9. Her interest in jazz came to fruition in high school.  It was during this time that she began playing the saxophone.

The Colorado native, who now resides in Essex County, New Jersey, says playing music makes her feel as if she is a vessel for the spirit to flow through. While listening to her songs, she wants people to be uplifted and experience a sense of restoration, compelling them to move forward not in fear, but in love and faith.

Admission: 

Tia Fuller Clinic/Performance with Faculty

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 1:00 pm
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 saxophone to play the two become one. 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 Atlanta's Spelman College and master's degree in jazz pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 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 CD's, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the US, 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, Allen 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. Tia will be releasing her third CD "Decisive Steps", Jan. 2010, which 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.  Tia 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 Wycliff Gordan Septet.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Star Ledger, Down Beat magazine, and many other print and online publications. In addition to receiving numerous awards and marks of distinction, Allen was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey's 2003 graduation ceremony, where she presented her "Journey to Success" speech. She was also the featured solist playing The National Anthem for Detroit Tiger Stadium in September 2009. Also, in January 2008, she had the privilege of participating in a press conference with pianist and composer, Danilo Perez and the governor of the Republic of Panama, Carlos A. Villarino.

Allen 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 masterclasses 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.

Allen moved to Jersey City, New Jersey two days before the events of September 11, 2001. Despite the fact that the jazz community believed there was not much work in the area during that period, she wasn't discouraged and used the tragic event as a reason to succeed. She got her first gig playing in a big band at a fish fry in South Jersey. Brad Leali, who was playing in the Count Basie Orchestra at the time, spread the word that Tia was a skillful saxophonist who also played the flute. This brought her to the attention of others in the jazz community, including Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Don Braden and Don Byron, which led to her performing with a number of luminaries in the world of jazz.

With music in her blood and a song in her heart, Allen was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians, Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred, plays bass and her mother, Elthopia, sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as the music of jazz greats, such as John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn, and Charlie Parker. 

Inspired by her older sister, Shamie, Allen began playing classical piano when she was just 3 and continued until she was 13. She also began studying the flute when she was 9. Her interest in jazz came to fruition in high school.  It was during this time that she began playing the saxophone.

The Colorado native, who now resides in Essex County, New Jersey, says playing music makes her feel as if she is a vessel for the spirit to flow through. While listening to her songs, she wants people to be uplifted and experience a sense of restoration, compelling them to move forward not in fear, but in love and faith.

 

 

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Composition and Improvisation in Carnatic Music

Tuesday / November 1, 2011 / 7:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Vidwan T.M. Krishna

Vidwan T.M. Krishna is at the forefront of classical vocalists in India today. His awe-inspiring voice, his great scholarship, and his ability to transcend cultural borders make him a leading ambassador of the South Indian classical tradition. Hailing from a family of music connoisseurs, he was exposed to south Indian classical music at an early age. He had a very rich and intense musical training starting at the age of 6 and gave his first concert at 12. He has travelled widely all over the world and performed at various national and international festivals and venues such as, the Pablo Casals festival in Prades, France, Sydney Opera House and Theatre De La Ville, Paris.

He has received numerous awards and titles from many leading organizations, including the Young Achievers Award by India Today and the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award by the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has released more than 30 albums, including live concerts and thematic albums from leading labels like HMV, Music Today, Inreco, Charsur, and Rajalakshmi Audio. He has given numerous lecture demonstrations on various facets of Carnatic music and its history at important institutions. In 2007, he co-authored and published a book with Bombay Jayashri, Voices Within, about the legends of Carnatic music. His concerts are marked by an electrifying performance and a deeply moved audience.

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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: 

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