Clinics and Master Classes

Sugarland's Annie Clements on Getting Gigs and Creating Value in Today's Musical Economy

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee alum Annie Clements '03 shares her journey from graduation to landing the gig as bassist and backing vocalist for six years running with pop/country juggernaut Sugarland. She sounds off on how to maximize the Berklee experience, how to survive (and thrive) on the road, and what today's up-and-coming musicians can do to make themselves valuable in this changing musical economy.

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Woody Mann Clinic

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz, and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound—a sound completely his own. Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues recreations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called 'great music' Woody's music would belong there."

Man received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly, and fingerstyle wizard John Fahey. During this time he studied at the Juilliard School and took private lessons with jazz great Lennie Tristano. 

Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career that has included playing with jazz guitarist Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dory Previn, giving guitar lessons to recording artist Paul Simon, performing in over fifteen countries, recording 1 albums ranging from 1994's Stories to 2008's Road Trip, as well as many collaborations including blues legends Son House, Bukka White, and John Cephas. Acknowledging his artistry, the C. F. Martin Guitar company has recently released the Woody Mann signature model guitar.

His reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping. He has been a faculty member at the New School in New York; conducted workshops and master classes throughout the world; founded International Guitar Seminars and Acoustic Sessions; and schooled countless guitarists through his many instructional books and DVDs, including The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar DVD series, The Complete Robert Johnson, The Anthology of the Blues, The Blues Fakebook, and Lisboa: The Guitar of Woody Mann, a collection of his original compositions.

Mann has not forgotten those early lessons in the Rev. Davis's living room, or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has since become one of the world's most renowned guitar masters, updating the past with his own contemporary improvisational style.

Acoustic Guitar wrote, "Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres." And, from a critic in the Times (UK), "Don't miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything—or anyone—better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master."

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Beyond the Sound Barrier: A Master Class with Wayne Shorter

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Wayne Shorter gives a master class with Berklee Global Jazz Institute artistic director Danilo Pérez and BGJI faculty member John Patitucci, who are also members of his quartet. They will discuss  "zero gravity," the concept of music, and the kind of improvisation that the quartet has been been working on for the past 11 years. BGJI students will also perform in concert. The event is free and open to the public and part of Berklee's Global Jazz Summit for Humanity and Peace, April 25-27.

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Free

John Oates Clinic

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

John Oates presents a clinic.

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Tools and Techniques for the Digital DJ

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This clinic will cover must-have programs; useful MIDI controllers; what does a DJ do, anyway? (hey, I can do that!); a day in the life; and how to make money as a DJ.

DJ JD (Jason Dawson)
Over the last 11 years, DJ JD has solidified himself as New England's premier DJ, holding the hottest residencies and playing the most exclusive parties. As the music director of Shrine at the MGM Grand/Foxwoods, DJ JD is proving his ability to consistently rock the crowd.

Being a classically trained musician and graduating from Berklee have influenced him to mix music in a way seldom heard in today's club scene.  He has taken that knowledge and now passes it along, teaching the Turntable Technique class alongside his mentor Stephen Webber during Berklee's Five-Week Summer Program and through his blog, co-authored by DJ Jay Spring. Remix Report is a daily DJ blog discussing new and classic remixes, playlist ideas, editorials, DJ tips and tricks, and DJ/remixer interviews.  

Driven by his love of music and technology DJ JD has produced remixes played around the world by some of today's biggest DJs, such as David Guetta. Featured on Crooklyn Clan's Crack4Djs.net, DJ JD holds the top spot for best-selling remix "Low Is Gone" and is currently the third ranked producer on the site. DJ JD is no stranger to the remix game, having produced records with DJ Excel and DJ Serafin for the AV8 Record label.  Along with his remixes, you can find his edits on DJ City and DMS.

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Movie Night with Berklee Film Composers

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Movie Night with Berklee Film Composers is a chance to check out original scores by your peers. Come and see what they are up to, as they screen projects they have worked on.

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McDSP Product Showcase and Audio Software Job Opportunities

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

 

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A Conversation with Robert Kraft

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Kraft has worked as a screenwriter, composer, songwriter, recording artist, record producer, and, since 1994, the chief executive of Fox Music. During his tenure, Fox has produced, among many others, the Academy-Award winning films Avatar, Titanic, Black Swan, and Slumdog Millionaire. In addition he oversees the music for the longest running sitcom in television history, the multi-Emmy–winning series The Simpsons.

Robert Kraft received an Oscar nomination, Golden Globe nomination, and a Grammy nomination as composer of the song "Beautiful Maria of My Soul" from the film The Mambo Kings. He also coproduced the Oscar-winning song "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid.

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The All-Seeing Eye: Inside the Composer's Studio with Wayne Shorter

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States

Film has had a major impact on the artistic innovation of Wayne Shorter, who will be the special guest at a screening and discussion of The Fountainhead, a 1949 film based on the novel by Ayn Rand and starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. The film will be shown at 2:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with Shorter.

Actress Carolina Shorter and musician Patricia Zarate will interview Shorter, who personally selected the film for screening, about the influence of The Fountainhead on his music, his creative process, and his concept of humanity. For Shorter, practicing or playing an instrument is all about becoming more human, and he says the challenge is to create music that speaks of the eternity of things. "Tragedy is temporary," he says. "The constant is that which transcends tragedy." Members of the audience will also have the opportunity to participate in the discussion. Free and open to the public in the Remis Auditorium.

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Free

The Three Cohens

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

Admission: 
Free

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