Clinics and Master Classes

Tia Fuller Clinic

Wednesday / August 3, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tia Fuller presents a clinic on two topics: History of Women in Jazz-From Early 1900s to Beyonce; and Mind, Body, and Spirit of Jazz Improvisation.

The first is an in-depth overview of key figure-heads of women in jazz, dating back to early 1900s through the present. Elements of how they shaped, molded, and define what we call jazz today in every configuration: vocal, big bands, small groups, etc. She will also address effect that the socioeconomic and political times had on the placement and roles of women in jazz.

The second topic is discussion of how nurturing the balance of intellectual/ analytical, physical, and metaphysical self is an important part of improvisation. She will also explore different practicing methods that will aid in a more successful approach to one's practice regimen and overall experience.

Fuller, saxophonist and teacher—who holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Spelman College in Atlanta and a master's degree in jazz pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulderwas 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), I AM Yours I DVD (Wynn Theatre) 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, and the 2010 Grammy Awards. Most recently, she also has performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House.

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. Her third CD is Decisive Steps.

Fuller's quartet was featured at Oris Watches/Time Tourneau building for WBGO and the American Jazz Museum's "Blue Room,"  and Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coco-Cola. She 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 on the cover of JazzTimes Magazine (June 2010), as well featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Star Ledger, Downbeat Magazine, New York Times, New York Beacon, and many other print and online publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Music and Culture of Bollywood and Beyond

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by Rekha Menon and Kai Turnbull

What do you think of when you hear the word "Bollywood"? High energy choreography and eye catching sets and costumes? Hindi love songs and epically long films? Or maybe the only Indian film you can think of is Slumdog Millionaire?

The Indian film industry produces more movies and sells more tickets than any other movie industry, with revenues second only to those of the U.S. film industry—and its distinctive musical sounds have been popping up in American popular music and around the globe. Join us for a brief overview of this music and film industry giant with faculty members Rekha Menon and Kai Turnbull.

Indian food will be served. Cosponsored by the Liberal Arts Department.

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Free

Music Business Research Sessions

Tuesday / July 26, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Taught by music business grad and librarian Marci Cohen.
You may already have research skills, but this session will focus on research resources specific to music business and management including:

  • Online databases and eBooks available through the library
  • Print books and journals
  • In-house electronic resources 

Sign up for your seat, at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 or Wednesday, July 27, through the Learning Center website

Admission: 
Free

Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Abe Laboriel, Donald Harrison, Kirk Whalum

Monday / August 8, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic.

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Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Amanda Palmer

Monday / July 18, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Amanda Palmer presents a clinic as part of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

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Dawaun Parker

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dawaun Parker '05 was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Michael Jackson was his first musical influence, and hip-hop soon followed via Public Enemy.

Parker began playing drums in sixth grade, and taught himself how to play piano shortly thereafter. By the middle of high school, he had started making beats with a local crew that had a makeshift studio in their basement. His natural talent and hard work led to a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Parker cites his major hip-hop influences as the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, the Roots, Dr. Dre, and Busta Rhymes. In college he expanded into jazz and folk listening to artists such as Chick Corea and Joni Mitchell, and before long it was making an impact on the music he created too. Add his affinity for gospel music in rounding out his sound, and you have the ingredients for modern music production.

In 2005, Parker heard that Dr. Dre was looking for new talent to work on his team. He flew out to Los Angeles the very next day to audition. He got the job, and under Dr. Dre's apprenticeship, Parker worked on songs for Grammy-winning artists such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg.

At 25 years old, he became a Grammy Award-winner himself, having snagged the statuette for cowriting the 2009 number one single "Crack a Bottle" by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent.

Parker coproduced nearly every track on Eminem's album Relapse, which won the 2009 Grammy for Best Rap Album. Parker won his third Grammy for writing and producing on Eminem's Recovery, the Best Rap Album of 2010.

Not limited to hip-hop, '"D-Park" has recently been hard at work on music in the pop and rock vein. Her recently produced the Veronicas and also the Jonas Brothers. He's collaborated extensively with super-producer Rob Cavallo for groups such as My Chemical Romance.

Often citing his love for Radiohead and Justice as inspiration to create music outside the urban spectrum, his career is just getting started. . . especially on the mic. Continuing the model set by his mentor, D-Park has stepped from behind the boards and released his first offering as an artist titled "Lost"—coproduced by Dr. Dre—and "Schemin'." Both songs appear on his debut EP The Decision, due in fall 2011.

This clinic is hosted by faculty member Alanzo Harris.

 

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American Roots Music Program Workshop

Saturday / July 16, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road
Oak Hill
NY
United States
12460
Matt Glaser

Grey Fox gives over the Masters Stage for a seminar on the American Roots Music Program at Berklee. Expected to be featured will be Matt Glaser, the program's artistic director; Joe Walsh of the Gibson Brothers, Berklee's first-ever mandolin principal; members of Chasing Blue and Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers; and other special alumni guests.

Admission: 
$50, $60, $180 (camping)

Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Livingston Taylor

Monday / August 1, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic with Berklee faculty member and singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor.

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Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Faculty

Monday / July 11, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic with faculty.

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Joshua Craig Podolsky: Metal Music and More

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From his prolific solo work as a producer, writer, video game music composer, and author, to his prominent memberships in many influential groups, Joshua Craig Podolsky has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our time and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary super guitarists. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, his stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field.

Originally hailing from Brockton, Massachusetts, Podolsky resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. From 1997 to 2008, he was a top-call session musician in Los Angeles, California, performing on a collective of over 36 million albums sold. Podolsky then decided to begin his career as a frontman/songwriter/producer; enter the Alien Blakk band.

Having worked in a live, studio or session capacity with the likes of Rob Halford, Coolio, Xzibit, Mark Hamill, Motograter, Christina Aguilera, and Dr. Dre as well as members of Megadeth, Fear Factory, Testament, KISS, White Zombie, Type O Negative, Whitesnake, CKY, Flotsam and Jetsam, Earshot, Adema, Soulfly, Murderdolls, Fight, Methods Of Mayhem, Stuck Mojo, Halford, Double Drive, Powerman 5000, Death, and Cypress Hill, to name a few. Podolsky has clearly etched himself a place in music and heavy metal history.

 

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