Clinics and Master Classes

Expedition Quartet

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

Adventurous String Band Music: The Expedition Quartet with Jake Schepps, Grant Gordy, Enion Pelta-Tiller, and Ian Hutchison have a new album of music by the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. While the group is rooted in the stringband tradition, the result is music—and music-making—that is as fresh and exciting to our 21st-century ears as it must have been to Bartók’s first listeners so many decades ago. The premise for this juxtaposition stems from the band’s whole-hearted belief in the traditional bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass) as a highly versatile and unique ensemble. While this curious dichotomy may seem trite, it casts new light on Bartók’s brilliance, evoking the best of his Eastern European folk music transcriptions, his modernist harmony, and makes for compelling listening. For more information on Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet visit expeditionquartet.com.

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Q-Brew: To Book or Not to Book?

Friday / September 23, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Q-Brew: Information about the Music Industry That You Need to Know 101

To Book or Not to Book?—That is the question. This clinic addresses two ever-popular questions: When is your band ready to “play out,” and how do you book shows.

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department bring you a monthly series about the reality of branding, booking, touring, and producing your band in the now. It’s called the Q-Brew series because you have questions and we have answers.

Whether you’re a band, solo/duo artist, or a future business and industry person, please come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. (Bring your lunch.) We will keep it concise and honest. Come with questions or email them ahead of time to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q-Brew questions."

Panelists:

  • Randi Millman—booking agent for TT the Bear's, Cambridge
  • Michael Bishop—booking agent for Brighton Music Hall, Boston
  • Jackie Indrisano—venue manager/talent buyer for the Red Room @ Cafe 939
  • Ashley Willard - founder and publisher for BostonBandCrush.org

 

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Hot Club of Cowtown

Wednesday / October 5, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Since its first recording in 1998, Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging western swing trio on the planet. The first American band to tour Azerbaijan, it has opened stadiums for such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and continues to bring its brand of western swing to a wide range of festival audiences all over the world. But for guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James, and bassist Jake Erwin, it has always been about staying true to their roots.

Remaining willfully out of the musical mainstream, Hot Club of Cowtown has created an international cult following for its sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by the trio's namesakes: "Hot Club" from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France, and "Cowtown" from the western swing influence of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. 

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Randy Weston Clinic: Musician as Storyteller

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost jazz pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary. Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global musical creations continue to inform and inspire.

"Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest, most inventive beat," states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, "but his art is more than projection and time: It's the result of a studious and inspired intelligence. . . an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique."

Weston, born in Brooklyn in 1926, didn't have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants who were to influence him. Though he cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course Duke Ellington as his other piano heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest impact. "He was the most original I ever heard," Weston remembers. "He played like they must have played in Egypt 5,000 years ago."

His first recording as a leader came in 1954. It was during that decade that he played around New York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham and wrote many of his best-loved tunes. His greatest hit, "Hi-Fly," says Weston (who is 6' 8"), is a "tale of being my height and looking down at the ground."

Weston has never failed to make the connections between African and American music. His dedication is due in large part to his father, Frank Edward Weston, who told his son that he was "an African born in America." Weston says, "He told me I had to learn about myself and about him and about my grandparents. . . and the only way to do it was I'd have to go back to the motherland one day."

In the late '60s, Weston left the country. Instead of moving to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he went to Africa, traveling throughout the continent and settling in Morocco. One of his most memorable experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival, which drew artists from 60 cultures. "At the end," Weston says, "we all realized that our music was different but the same, because if you take out the African elements of bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have nothing. . . to me, it's Mother Africa's way of surviving in the new world."

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Terri Lyne Carrington

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than two decades, drummer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk, and much more. Since her debut in 1989, the Grammy-nominated artist has established a reputation for assembling artists of varying styles and perspectives to create music that adheres to the traditions of jazz, yet speaks to a much broader and more diverse audience.

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Rehearsal, Q&A, Clinic

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Evening Show

Admission: 
Free

Ivan Lins Clinic

Monday / October 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ivan Lins has had many successes as a singer and composer. The most-recorded Brazilian artist living abroad, he began playing piano at age 18 and was very influenced by music he heard in his childhood in the United States: jazz and bossa nova.

Lins won two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He is the first and only Brazilian artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for three Latin Grammys for his album Regência: Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra, winning the award for Best MPB Album.

Lins recorded several albums for EMI Brasil and Reprise, and wrote many Brazilian standards such as "Love Dance" ("Lembrança"), which has been covered by Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Diane Schuur, and many others; "Começar de Novo"; and "Velas Içadas." His music has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sting, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard, Sérgio Mendes, and Michael Bublé, to name just a few. 

Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro but spent several years in Boston while his father was a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and considered a career in volleyball before becoming a musician.

 

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Joan Lader

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, hip-hop, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers and vocal therapy for injured voices. In addition, she is a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Pace University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, and Yale, among others. She is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique as well as Fitzmaurice Voicework and the work of Arthur Lessac. Her teaching and therapy draw from all of these disciplines in order to address the specific needs of her widely varying clients.

 

 

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Joan Lader

Monday / October 17, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, hip-hop, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers and vocal therapy for injured voices. In addition, she is a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Pace University, the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, and Yale, among others. She is a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice Training System (EVTS) and has extensive training in the Alexander Technique as well as Fitzmaurice Voicework and the work of Arthur Lessac. Her teaching and therapy draw from all of these disciplines in order to address the specific needs of her widely varying clients.

 

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Jose Ariza

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jose "Chepe" Ariza, from Bucaramanga, Colombia, is a bassist, arranger, and composer. This clinic/performance will be feature music from the region of the Andes of Colombia. Traditional rhythms such as pasillo, bambuco, and guavina will be demonstrated in their original forms and then using tapping and slapping, creating a more contemporary approach to these styles. 

Ariza has a degree in music education and performance from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, and also studied classical composition at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has performed at the Festival de Tiple in Medellín, Colombia; Jazz al Parque; and the Bogotá Jazz Concert Series. He is a performer with the Norwegian Cruise Lines Canada Stage Band, touring Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean Islands, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

Ariza has spent many years exploring contemporary interpretations of traditional Colombian music. He is a versatile musician, playing within different genres such as tropical, classical, pop, jazz, and Colombian folk. He has also composed music for dance, theater, and film. He won the first composition award of the Colombian Ministry of Culture in 1998 and the prize for the Best Jazz Band in Bogotá, Jazz al Parque 2003.

He has played with important figures of Colombian music such as Antonio Arnedo, Oscar Acevedo, Pacho Dávila, Lucia Pulido, Ivan Benavides, and Teto Ocampo, and international artists such as Horacio Hernández, Ramon Stagnaro, Jane L. Powell, Radim Zwnkl, and Andy Burger. Currently he is a faculty member at Fernando Sor Music School and Inca University in Bogotá.

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ALF Bass Clinic

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee bass faculty member Fernando Huergo, Lincoln Goines, and Oscar Stagnaro present an info session/clinic/performance featuring Latin styles from Cuba, Brazil, and Latin America, and highlighting some of the musical diversity that the Bass Department has to offer.

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