Clinics and Master Classes

Randy Weston Clinic: Musician as Storyteller

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 2:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost jazz pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary. Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global musical creations continue to inform and inspire.

"Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest, most inventive beat," states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, "but his art is more than projection and time: It's the result of a studious and inspired intelligence. . . an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique."

Weston, born in Brooklyn in 1926, didn't have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants who were to influence him. Though he cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course Duke Ellington as his other piano heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest impact. "He was the most original I ever heard," Weston remembers. "He played like they must have played in Egypt 5,000 years ago."

His first recording as a leader came in 1954. It was during that decade that he played around New York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham and wrote many of his best-loved tunes. His greatest hit, "Hi-Fly," says Weston (who is 6' 8"), is a "tale of being my height and looking down at the ground."

Weston has never failed to make the connections between African and American music. His dedication is due in large part to his father, Frank Edward Weston, who told his son that he was "an African born in America." Weston says, "He told me I had to learn about myself and about him and about my grandparents. . . and the only way to do it was I'd have to go back to the motherland one day."

In the late '60s, Weston left the country. Instead of moving to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he went to Africa, traveling throughout the continent and settling in Morocco. One of his most memorable experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival, which drew artists from 60 cultures. "At the end," Weston says, "we all realized that our music was different but the same, because if you take out the African elements of bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have nothing. . . to me, it's Mother Africa's way of surviving in the new world."

Admission: 

Terri Lyne Carrington

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than two decades, drummer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk, and much more. Since her debut in 1989, the Grammy-nominated artist has established a reputation for assembling artists of varying styles and perspectives to create music that adheres to the traditions of jazz, yet speaks to a much broader and more diverse audience.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Rehearsal, Q&A, Clinic

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Evening Show

Admission: 
Free

Ivan Lins Clinic

Monday / October 24, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ivan Lins has had many successes as a singer and composer. The most-recorded Brazilian artist living abroad, he began playing piano at age 18 and was very influenced by music he heard in his childhood in the United States: jazz and bossa nova.

Lins won two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He is the first and only Brazilian artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for three Latin Grammys for his album Regência: Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra, winning the award for Best MPB Album.

Lins recorded several albums for EMI Brasil and Reprise, and wrote many Brazilian standards such as "Love Dance" ("Lembrança"), which has been covered by Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Diane Schuur, and many others; "Começar de Novo"; and "Velas Içadas." His music has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sting, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard, Sérgio Mendes, and Michael Bublé, to name just a few. 

Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro but spent several years in Boston while his father was a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and considered a career in volleyball before becoming a musician.

 

Admission: 

Joan Lader

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, hip-hop, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers and vocal therapy for injured voices. In addition, she is a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Pace University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, and Yale, among others. She is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique as well as Fitzmaurice Voicework and the work of Arthur Lessac. Her teaching and therapy draw from all of these disciplines in order to address the specific needs of her widely varying clients.

 

 

Admission: 

Joan Lader

Monday / October 17, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, hip-hop, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers and vocal therapy for injured voices. In addition, she is a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Pace University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, and Yale, among others. She is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique as well as Fitzmaurice Voicework and the work of Arthur Lessac. Her teaching and therapy draw from all of these disciplines in order to address the specific needs of her widely varying clients.

 

Admission: 

Jose Ariza

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jose "Chepe" Ariza, from Bucaramanga, Colombia, is a bassist, arranger, and composer. This clinic/performance will be feature music from the region of the Andes of Colombia. Traditional rhythms such as pasillo, bambuco, and guavina will be demonstrated in their original forms and then using tapping and slapping, creating a more contemporary approach to these styles. 

Ariza has a degree in music education and performance from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, and also studied classical composition at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has performed at the Festival de Tiple in Medellín, Colombia; Jazz al Parque; and the Bogotá Jazz Concert Series. He is a performer with the Norwegian Cruise Lines Canada Stage Band, touring Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean Islands, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

Ariza has spent many years exploring contemporary interpretations of traditional Colombian music. He is a versatile musician, playing within different genres such as tropical, classical, pop, jazz, and Colombian folk. He has also composed music for dance, theater, and film. He won the first composition award of the Colombian Ministry of Culture in 1998 and the prize for the Best Jazz Band in Bogotá, Jazz al Parque 2003.

He has played with important figures of Colombian music such as Antonio Arnedo, Oscar Acevedo, Pacho Dávila, Lucia Pulido, Ivan Benavides, and Teto Ocampo, and international artists such as Horacio Hernández, Ramon Stagnaro, Jane L. Powell, Radim Zwnkl, and Andy Burger. Currently he is a faculty member at Fernando Sor Music School and Inca University in Bogotá.

Admission: 

ALF Bass Clinic

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee bass faculty member Fernando Huergo, Lincoln Goines, and Oscar Stagnaro present an info session/clinic/performance featuring Latin styles from Cuba, Brazil, and Latin America, and highlighting some of the musical diversity that the Bass Department has to offer.

Admission: 

Ingrid Jensen

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid Jensen headed East after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has been a whirlwind of musical activity. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Jensen has made her mark. Her three albums for the ENJA label and her latest album, At Sea, have won her nominations for the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.

Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.

Jensen can be heard with the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ with Geoffrey Keezer, Project O, Nordic Connect, and a number of New York–based bands. She has received rave reviews and has a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated for the second time for a Jazz Journalist Association Award and is seen yearly in the top five of the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. Jensen was featured in Gil Evans's Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include Steve Wilson, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jeff Hamilton, Geri Allen, Clark Terry, and Dr. Billy Taylor. She has also performed with the British soul star Corinne Bailey Rae and comedian/actor/singer Denis Leary with special guest Peter Frampton.

Jensen was on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for five consecutive years and from 1990 until 1992 held the jazz trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Austria. Currently she is  an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan.

Admission: 

Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Featuring Peter Erskine

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 2:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an honorary doctorate from Berklee (1992).

Thirty albums have been released under his own name or as coleader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, the Brecker Brothers, the Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, and John Scofield, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Erskine premiered the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He has been voted Best Jazz Drummer of the Year ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine.

Erskine graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 he commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and moving to Los Angeles. He recorded five albums with the band. He won his first Grammy Award with their album 8.30. During this time in LA, he also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Farrell, and George Cables. Erskine then moved to New York, where he worked for five years with such musicians as Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Eddie Gomez, and Eliane Elias in Steps Ahead; John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Marc Johnson in the legendary group Bass Desires; the John Abercrombie Trio; and Bob Mintzer's Big Band.

Erskine's lived in LA since 1987 but has been travelling around the world all of that time, working with such artists as Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, and European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, and the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden, plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR big band in Köln along with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, and others for the Some Skunk Funk album. Meanwhile, Erskine keeps busy in LA with such artists as Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, and Bob Mintzer as well as playing in studios. Films where his drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha, the new Pink Panther films, and all three of the Austin Powers movies, plus the title music of the upcoming Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration The Adventures of Tintin.

Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. The latest titles include Time Awareness for All Musicians and Essential Drum Fills. He is currently professor of practice and director of drum set studies at the University of Southern California. His latest album, Joy Luck, is available from Fuzzy Music, featuring two Berklee alumni, Vardan Ovsepian and Damian Erskine, in his new trio. His latest educational effort is the launching of timeawareness.com, an online educational resource for all musicians.

Admission: 

Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Featuring Peter Erskine

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 2:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an honorary doctorate from Berklee (1992).

Thirty albums have been released under his own name or as coleader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, the Brecker Brothers, the Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, and John Scofield, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Erskine premiered the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He has been voted Best Jazz Drummer of the Year ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine.

Erskine graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 he commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and moving to Los Angeles. He recorded five albums with the band. He won his first Grammy Award with their album 8.30. During this time in LA, he also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Farrell, and George Cables. Erskine then moved to New York, where he worked for five years with such musicians as Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Eddie Gomez, and Eliane Elias in Steps Ahead; John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Marc Johnson in the legendary group Bass Desires; the John Abercrombie Trio; and Bob Mintzer's Big Band.

Erskine's lived in LA since 1987 but has been travelling around the world all of that time, working with such artists as Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, and European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, and the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden, plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR big band in Köln along with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, and others for the Some Skunk Funk album. Meanwhile, Erskine keeps busy in LA with such artists as Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, and Bob Mintzer as well as playing in studios. Films where his drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha, the new Pink Panther films, and all three of the Austin Powers movies, plus the title music of the upcoming Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration The Adventures of Tintin.

Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. The latest titles include Time Awareness for All Musicians and Essential Drum Fills. He is currently professor of practice and director of drum set studies at the University of Southern California. His latest album, Joy Luck, is available from Fuzzy Music, featuring two Berklee alumni, Vardan Ovsepian and Damian Erskine, in his new trio. His latest educational effort is the launching of timeawareness.com, an online educational resource for all musicians.

Admission: 

Pages