Clinics and Master Classes

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.

Admission: 

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.

Admission: 

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.

Admission: 

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.

Admission: 

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.

Admission: 

Deborah Lotus: Presence Is All

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Richard Ehrman Feldenkrais Series continues with Deborah Lotus's session on presenting your authentic self to an audience. Through movement and increased awareness, participants gain more confidence, lessen stage fright, and improve one's self image.

Admission: 
Free

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
ARTeria Noroeste
Rua Das Salvadas, 2 A - Parque Vista Alegre
15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
SGAE Catalunya
Passeig de Colom, 6
08002 Barcelona, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Sony Video Game Music Composer Challenge: Composition Playbacks

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck Doud

Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian will evaluate and critique music cues created by students through a challenge provided by the Film Scoring Department against footage provided by Sony. This event is open to Berklee students only.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Business—Getting the Work and the Deal

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 8:00 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Sony representatives discuss and explain the business aspects of engaging audio talent in video games. What non-compositional/creative attributes can put someone ahead of the pack? This session will also explore general terms you can expect when composing for video games and new, emerging opportunities, including songwriting.

Admission: 
Free

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