Clinics and Master Classes

Songs of the Isley Brothers featuring Ernie Isley

Tuesday / February 15, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ernest "Ernie" Isley is a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with the long-running r&b band, the Isley Brothers. This talk will be part of a weeklong residency with Ernie Isley.

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Carol Wincenc Clinic

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. In the 2009–2010 season, she celebrates her 40th anniversary as a performer with the Carol Wincenc Ruby Anniversary Series, a three-concert series in New York taking place at Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Juilliard School featuring the premieres of six newly commissioned works by Joan Tower, Jake Heggie, Thea Musgrave, Shih-Hui Chen, Andrea Clearfield, and Jonathan Berger.

Wincenc's musicianship is matched by a deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. With the Detroit Symphony, she gave the world premiere of a flute concerto written for her by Pulitzer Prize–winner Christopher Rouse. Wincenc also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki's Concerto-Cantata at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony. She is in demand for her interpretation of Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra—a work written for her—and has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, and Tobias Picker, who composed The Rain in the Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W.S. Merwin. 

Recent appearances have included performances of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto with the Rockford Symphony (IL), the Santa Rosa Symphony (CA), and ProMusica Columbus. In the past two seasons, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the summer of 2007, Wincenc received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brevard Music Center and inaugurated the new Barrere Flute Studio at the Chautauqua Institution with a solo recital.

Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, and Seattle symphonies; the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras; and at the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor, Marlboro, Sarasota, and Music @ Menlo festivals. Overseas, Wincenc has given acclaimed performances with the London Symphony Orchestra; the English Chamber Orchestra; and the Aldeburgh, Budapest, Tivoli, and Frankfurt international music festivals. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, Wincenc has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets and performed with sopranos Jessye Norman and Elly Ameling, pianist Emanuel Ax, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She is flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet and a prolific recording artist. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for the 2005 Naxos recording of works by Yehudi Wyner with Richard Stoltzman and other renowned colleagues. Her recording of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto for Telarc with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony won the highly coveted Diapason d'Or.

Wincenc is a professor of flute at both the Juilliard School of Music and Stony Brook University. She often serves as a judge for prestigious competitions, including, in 2009, the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Kobe International Flute Competition. Lauren Keiser Music Publishers are releasing The Carol Wincenc 21st Century Series for Flute, which features the artist's favorite flute repertoire. The Carol Wincenc Signature Editions compilations are published by Carl Fischer.

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Mike Clark Clinic

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

Drummer Mike Clark presents a clinic.

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Grisha Goryachev Clinic

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting practiced by legends such as Paco de Lucía, Ramón Montoya, and Sabicas.

Goryachev began playing guitar at the age of 6, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child prodigy, Goryachev performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union. Following a tour of Spain, he was invited to play for de Lucía, who soon afterwards personally intervened in support of his application for a United States visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of extraordinary ability. Goryachev received bachelor, master, and doctor of musical arts (dissertation pending) degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk.

In 2006, Goryachev received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. His YouTube videos have attracted over 2 million views. A track from his album Alma Flamenca was used in Julia Roberts's movie Duplicity.  

 

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Songwriting Master Class

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting Department will be holding an open master class for students.

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Songwriting Master Class

Thursday / April 7, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting Department will be holding an open master class for students.

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Jody Espina: Sax Practice, Improv, and Tech

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jody Espina, saxophonist and president/founder of sax equipment manufacturer JodyJazz Inc., presents a clinic on practice techniques, improvisation, and mouthpiece technology. Along with being a performer, he's a Berklee alumnus and a very successful businessman.

Sound

Espina will present skills and techniques for developing a personal saxophone sound. Topics will include breathing and embouchure techniques as well as harmonics and other exercises to help players achieve their dream sound.

Improvisation

DownBeat’s January 2011 issue features an article by Espina entitled “Paraphrasing the Greats.” He will discuss and demonstrate this underutilized technique and its role in developing a style and vocabulary as an improviser.

Saxophone Mouthpieces

Part two of the clinic will cover mouthpiece technology, including what each part of the mouthpiece does to the sound as well as a discussion of reeds. Espina hopes to help players make more informed decisions when they search for a new mouthpiece.

After graduating from Berklee in 1983, Espina performed and taught music in Barcelona and toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before settling in New York City in 1985. For the next 15 years he pursued a successful career performing, recording, and teaching music, including playing in Broadway pit orchestras, recording movie soundtracks, and leading the Jazz Department at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

In 2000, he founded JodyJazz, a saxophone and clarinet mouthpiece manufacturer. Espina attributes the phenomenal growth of the company (which has annual sales in excess of $1 million) to a dedication to quality control, innovative designs, and cutting-edge technologies. In 2008 Espina moved JodyJazz to Savannah, Georgia in order to be closer to family.

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Antonio Sanchez Clinic

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Three-time Grammy Award–winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers of his generation.

Born in Mexico City, he started playing drums at the age of 5 and began performing professionally early in his teens. He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music.

Since his move to New York, Sanchez has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Pat Metheny Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielmans. He regularly collaborates with some of the most prominent names of the newer generation of jazz: Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña just to name a few.

In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort, entitled "Migration." The album includes a stellar cast of some of today's most renowned jazz musicians: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, and Scott Colley. "All About Jazz" calls it "One of the best debuts of 2007."

Sanchez's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals, and master classes. Some of these festivals include the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend, Zildjian Day, and the Montreal Drum Festival among many others. He has also been the featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry.

Sanchez joined the faculty at the prestigious New York University in 2006. He's endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Evans Drumheads, and LP Percussion.

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Greg Abate Clinic: In the Mood of the Mode

Monday / January 31, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Exploring various modal concepts for tune writing, Greg Abate will compose a tune. Melody will be the starting point and then the harmonic progression  (including slash chords) will be developed. Considerations will be discussed and suggestions from the audience will be considered as the creative process is completed. He'll perform the final version accompanied by bass and piano.

Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer who spends 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid-'70s, after finishing a four-year program at Berklee College of Music, Abate played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years.

In 1978 Abate formed his group Channel One, which was a favorite in the New England area, and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under the leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 1987. Following this experience, Abate ventured out as post–hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals, jazz societies, and jazz clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad, including most of Europe, the U.K., and Russia.

Abate recorded his first CD, Live at Birdland NYC, in 1991 on the Candid jazz label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid, and Kenny Washington.

To this date Abate has recorded over 12 other recordings and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2004 recording Evolution in four categories. James Williams, Harvie S, and Billy Hart comprised the trio.
 
Abate is also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with cosponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

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Amanda Palmer Clinic

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, composer, writer, and musician who is best known for her role as frontwoman and pianist for the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band the Dresden Dolls. In 2008, with the help of fellow pianist and producer Ben Folds, Palmer released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album, along with an accompanying art book of the same name with short stories by writer (and husband-to-be) Neil Gaiman.

Palmer recently wrapped up a two-year-long touring cycle that took her five-star-reviewed performance through Europe, the U.S., Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. After touring the world endlessly (live highlights include acting as support for Nine Inch Nails, Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie Harry) and delivering three critically hailed performances with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, Palmer is settling down in her hometown of Boston this fall to work on the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret with the legendary American Repertory Theater in the role of the emcee.

Palmer has won numerous Boston Music Awards (including Best Female Vocalist), has been included on the AfterEllen.com's list of "hot 100" celebrities, and has been named "the most stylish woman in Boston" by the Boston Globe. Palmer also tends a widely read blog and twitter feed and has been dubbed "the Social Media Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" by the Huffington Post.

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