Clinics and Master Classes

Bilal

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
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.

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Crooked Still

Friday / October 14, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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.

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Free

Eric Kurimski

Monday / November 14, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Eric Kurimski is New York's most sought-after guitarist for Afro-Peruvian music. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in jazz from SUNY Purchase and the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, respectively. In 2002 he began intense studies of Afro-Peruvian rhythms with the esteemed guitarist and maestro Carlos Hayre. Hayre has influenced and modernized the advancement of Afro-Peruvian music from the 1940s through the present day. He became Kurimski's professor/mentor and has proved to be very important to his musical career.

Now, fusing his knowledge of jazz with rhythms of Peru and Latin America, Kurimski has dedicated himself to defining a new sound integrating the Peruvian cajon (box) as the principal percussion instrument in a jazz setting. He has performed in renowned venues throughout the United States, including Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Jazz Gallery, BAM, SOB’s, Jazz Bakery, Joe’s Pub, and Regatta Bar. He has also performed internationally in Europe, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. Most recently he is part of the touring band for Afro-Peruvian singing legend Eva Ayllon. He has shared the stage or recorded with Joan Baez, Marc Ribot, Oscar Stagnaro, Tania Libertad, John Benitez, Carlos Hayre, Aquiles Baez, Edward Perez, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Manuel Donayre, William Luna, Piero, and Guadalupe Pineda. He has been featured in various publications including Guitar Player Magazine, All About Jazz, World Music Central, and Latin Jazz Network.

Kurimski's debut release, Réplica (Lima Limon Records), recorded in Peru, was voted Best Album of 2008 at Latin Jazz Corner. It features Grammy Award–winning percussionist Juan Medrano Cotito (Susana Baca Group), bassist Edward Perez (Mark Murphy, Hector Martignon, and Jane Bunnett), as well as some of Peru's finest Afro-Peruvian musicians; Sergio Valdeos (Susana Baca Group), Yuri Juarez (Gabriel Alegrias Afro Peruvian Jazz Ensemble), Charo Goyoneche (Teatro del Milenio), and the unequaled maestro Carlos Hayre. This groundbreaking recording mixes traditional Afro-Peruvian Music with modern jazz.

Featuring Sofia Rei, vocals; Paulo Stagnaro, cajon Peruano and percussion; and Oscar Stagnaro, bass.

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Roberto Koch

Wednesday / October 12, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Roberto Koch is one of the most sought-after bass players and musicians in Venezuela. Besides the many years of experience and thorough studies on Venezuelan traditional music, he is a natural teacher on the subject. He will be giving concrete examples (written and audio) of diverse bass patterns of Venezuelan music.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about South American music directly from one of the best musicians currently in Venezuela and the region. Koch is the real deal!

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Piano Mondays: Suzanna Sifter - Upper-Structure Triads

Monday / October 3, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Piano Department presents Piano Mondays, featuring a clinic by faculty member Suzanna Sifter on upper-structure triads.

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Congreso Clinic

Wednesday / November 16, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Congreso is one of the most relevant Chilean band for four decades. You could say that the entire length of Chile is walking through Congreso's music, from the highlands multitonal of the North, big cities such as Santiago and Valparaiso, forests and lakes in the South, to the vast Patagonia, music always finds a home. These views and these sites are visited by the music and allowed to enter through the songs, the words, and mixes become voices, rhythms, and sounds—forcing us to listen and discover. Congreso's discography consists of 19 albums, in 1988 reaching gold record for sales, plus glowing reviews for the delicate fusion in its music.

Congreso has shared the stage with such artists as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Rubén Blades, Mercedes Sosa, Milton Nascimento, Ed Motta, and Lenine; and participated in events such as Amnesty International, Chile; Expo-Sevilla; Latin American Music Festival, Paris; Opening Ceremony of the Latin American Parliament in São Paulo; International Festival of the Arts of Sucre (Bolivia); Montreal and Toronto festivals; World's Fair in Lisbon; and Opera Theatre in Cologne.

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