Clinics and Master Classes

Patty Larkin Clinic

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 4:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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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John Patitucci

Thursday / September 22, 2011 / 2:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Acoustic bassist John Patitucci has performed throughout the world and as a studio musician with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, João Bosco, and Dori Caymmi. Since 1985, his many recordings with Chick Corea, Aeos Elektric Band and Akoustic Band, his six solo recordings for GRP Records, and his subsequent recordings have put him at the forefront of the jazz world and brought him worldwide acclaim, as well as two Grammy Awards and more than 15 Grammy nominations. Patitucci is professor of jazz studies at the City College of New York and a frequent clinician and guest lecturer at schools around the world. He is currently touring with his trio in support of his latest recording, Remembrance, which features saxophone genius Joe Lovano and drum virtuoso Brian Blade.

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Christiane Karam and ZilZALA Ensemble: Middle Eastern Fusion Concepts

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Christiane Karam is the leader and founder of the award-winning ZilZALA Ensemble, which blends classical, traditional, and folk music from different regions of the Middle East and the Balkans with contemporary jazz. She has shared the stage with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Simon Shaheen, the Assad Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin and was featured on PBS and VH1.

In addition to performing, Karam is an award-winning songwriter and an assistant professor in the Voice Department at Berklee. She is the founder and leader of Berklee's annual Middle Eastern Festival and actively continues her work of bringing awareness and positive social change through music and the arts.

In this clinic, Karam and her ensemble will demonstrate various concepts of Middle Eastern fusion, including maqam theory, modal harmony, and complex rhythmic cycles and polyrhythmic ideas.

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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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