Clinics and Master Classes

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

Sony Video Game Music: Design and Implementation

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
FS Room 268
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In video games the dramatic arc of a scene is controlled by the player, so the music score must adapt to actions that are happening in real time. Through the music scores and implementation for Uncharted 2 and God of War 3, Sony presents a comprehensive discussion covering multiple music design and implementation processes.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Production

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Chuck Doud

From dialogue to sound design to music, all of the audio elements in a video game must work together in order to be successful. Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian explain the audio production process of creating the audio experience. They will discuss all the production aspects of creating an original soundtrack for story-driven games.

Admission: 
Free

Tobin Abasi Clinic

Wednesday / November 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With the Washington, D.C.–based Reflux, seven-string guitarist Tosin Abasi caught the attention of discerning fans with fierce riffs and fleet-fingered solos that sharpened the edge of the band’s politically minded progressive metalcore. The band’s moment in the spotlight was brief, but in that time, the group built a cult following via extensive touring with the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, Animosity, From a Second Story Window, and many more.

Soon after Reflux disbanded, Abasi began work on an instrumental solo project as a way to further express his musical personality. The resulting self-titled debut from Abasi’s new band Animals as Leaders, a 12-track collection of guitar-driven progressive instrumentals with ambient and electronic influences, is a scintillating showcase for one of the finest young guitarists in rock today.

“I definitely wanted to make an album that was ‘guitar-centric,’ but also interesting from other perspectives,” Abasi explains. He succeeded, as his dazzling performances on both seven- and eight-string guitars are flashy and technical yet also tasteful and melodic. And even though they contain no words, the album’s songs speak volumes—something that’s evident from the opening notes of album kickoff “Tempting Time.”

“‘Tempting Time’ loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older,” Abasi says. “It’s about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything.”

Although Abasi wrote all the music on the album and played bass in addition to all guitars, he emphasizes that Animals as Leaders is very much a band, and the group has already completed several high-profile tours, including Summer Slaughter 2010. Animals as Leaders is currently touring the United States with Circa Survive.

As for the band’s moniker, Abasi says it relates to looking at the world from an animal’s perspective, and that it was inspired in part by the book Ishmael, in which the author uses a telepathic gorilla to critique human culture. “A lot of what we do is completely removed from the fact that we’re all essentially animals,” Abasi recently told the Washington City Paper. “We have a niche on the planet and we have a role in sustainable sort of ecology, but we’ve gone against our natural calling. The name is acknowledging that we do have more of a natural role on the planet, but it’s also like, who would follow an animal to do anything? I think of the name as being both nonsensical and really literal.”

Steve Vai praised the band thus: “When I first heard Animals Aas Leaders I felt as though at last I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It’s quite AMAZING.”

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Songwriting Department Open Master Class

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting faculty—Jon Aldrich, Susan Cattaneo, Jimmy Kachulis, Scarlet Keys, Pat Pattison, Mark Simos, John Stevens, Stan Swiniarsky, and chair Jack Perricone—will listen to selected student songs and work with students to make the songs better and better. Come observe this clinic done in a master class format.

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Songwriting and Production Workshop in Tel Aviv

Monday / November 29, 2010 / 9:00 a.m.
Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
46 Shmuel HaNagid
Ramat HaSharon
United States

Program Schedule:

Monday, 11/29: 10:00–11:20 Clinic 1: The Writing Process - Matthew Nicholl
Monday, 11/29: 11:30–12:50 Clinic 2: Production Techniques, Part 1 - Stephen Webber
Monday, 11/29: 3:00–4:30 Critique session 1: Berklee Faculty Critique Student Projects

Tuesday, 11/30: 10:00–11:20 Clinic 3: Arranging for the Songwriter - Matthew Nicholl
Tuesday, 11/30: 11:30–12:50 Clinic 4: Production Techniques, Part 2 - Stephen Webber
Tuesday, 11/30: 3:00–4:30 Critique session 2: Berklee Faculty Critique Student Projects

Faculty concert and additional clinics to be announced.

Admission: 
Free

Nacho Mena

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Chilean drummer and Berklee alumnus Nacho Mena gives a clinic as part of Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration. Mena was born in Santiago, Chile, and became interested in music at an early age. In 1970 he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his mother and brother, studied at the Institute Villa-Lobos. His first album, Mail Bag Blues, drew excellent reviews internationally. In 1974, Mena received a scholarship to study arrangement, composition, and drums at Berklee. Ornette Coleman was looking for a drummer and percussionist, and Mena went to New York to join the group.

He returned to Rio in 1980 and formed a new group, Rapa Nui, with whom he recorded his first album with his own compositions. In 1985 he was asked to be assistant producer of Rock in Rio I with Luis Oscar Niemeyer. From 1993 to 1996, Mena ran the Ritmo jazz club in Rio de Janeiro with the owner of the Ex-People. He went back to Chile in 2002 as creative director and music producer at Pérez Rosales University until 2006. That year he established a music career and technology program at the Universidad del Pacifico with great success.

Today, Mena is director of the Music Department of the School of Music and Technology at Universidad del Pacifico, and performs with his new group with musicians Andrés Sylleros, Marcelo Aedo, Andrés Pérez, Fernando Gonzalez, Pedro Melo, Alejandro Sanchez, and Nicolas Severin. The band is about to release a new album.

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

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Berklee Clinics in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Tuesday / November 9, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Philippos Nakas Conservatory
41 Hippocratous Street
Athens
United States
106 80

Berklee faculty members visit the Philippos Nakas Conservatory main campuses in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece to present clinics and master classes on a range of music topics, including improvisation, rhythm section playing, drummer set, songwriting, and stage performance.

The clinics will include; saxophonist and assistant vice president for international programs Greg Badolato, drummer and assistant chair of ensembles Sean Skeete and vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and professor of ensembles Nancy Morris.

The detailed schedule of events is as follows;

Tuesday, November 9, Nakas in Thessaloniki

4:30 p.m. Sean Skeete Rhythm Section Clinic

6:00 p.m. Nancy Morris Stage Performance Workshop

7:30 p.m. Faculty and student jam sessions. Bring your instruments.

Friday, November 12, Nakas in Athens

4:30 PM - Sean Skeete Rhythm Section Clinic

6:00 PM - Nancy Morris Stage Performance Workshop

7:30 PM - Faculty and student jam sessions. Bring your instruments.

Additional sessions to be determined.  Visit the Nakas website for more details.  

Admission: 
Free

C4 Clinic

Tuesday / November 9, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The origins of C4 Trío is directly connected with the international competition La Siembra del Cuatro, created by professor Cheo Hurtado, in which Jorge Glem, Héctor Molina, and Edward Ramírez had excellent performances as cuatristas in 2004 and 2005. For this reason, in November 2005, these three musicians were invited, along with a fourth cuatrista, Rafael Martínez, to participate in a concert coordinated by Multifonía Foundation. During this concert, each one of them would show their skills performing solos in cuatro, but then, these musicians decided spontaneously to perform making duos, then trios, and finally a quartet for the closure of the concert. That specific moment caused a strong effect on the genesis of this ensemble having the Venezuelan cuatro as the main instrument.

Coming from different Venezuelan cities—Jorge Glem from Cumaná, Héctor Molina from Mérida, and Edward Ramírez from Caracas—they converged in the Venezuelan capital to shape up one of the most important music proposal of the last years. In 2006, the group assumed definitely the name C4 Trío after the recording of its first self-titled album under the music production of Aquiles Báez, having also the participation of many national important groups and musicians such as Serenata Guayanesa, Rafael "el Pollo" Brito, Marina Bravo, Zeneida Rodríguez, Adolfo Herrera, Roberto Koch, Edwin Arellano, and Aquiles Báez himself. In just a few weeks, the album became a music reference in Venezuela, reaching a double Golden Record because of the number of sold-out copies.

This discography production trigged C4 Trío’s popularity, leading to an intense artistic activity on the most prestigious Venezuelan stages and a great international agenda, taking them twice to the Venezuelan Sounds Festival (2006, 2007) coordinated by the Embassy of Venezuela in the United States, including concerts in the Bolívar Hall of Washington, Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle, and in the Kennedy Center. In England, the trio participated at the Salisbury International Art Festival 2007 and performed at the Bolivar Hall in London. In 2008, they performed at the Salon Azul de la Independencia (Blue Hall of Independence) in Montevideo, Uruguay and in the Mercado Cultural de Bahia (Cultural Market of Bahia) in Brazil. They had also shared stage with a significant number of national and international important artists like Jorge Drexler, Soledad Bravo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rafael “el Pollo” Brito, El Cuarteto, Edmar Castañeda, Eddy Marcano, Juan Tomás Martínez, Aquiles Báez, Alexis Cárdenas, Cheo Hurtado, and Gonzalo Teppa, among others.

In 2009, C4 Trío released a second album Entre Manos (Among Hands), including a CD plus a live DVD, exposing the skills of these three talented musicians onstage. 

C4 Trío is a founding member of the collective project Movida Acústica Urbana, (MAU)—Urban Acoustic Gathering—with whom it recorded in 2009 a live album along with the work of other five Venezuelan groups. 

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

 

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Berklee in Sao Paulo

Monday / November 8, 2010 / 9:00 a.m.
Conservatorio Musical Souza Lima
Rua José Maria Lisboa, 745
Såo Paulo
United States
01423-001

Matt Glaser, Jim Odgren, Bruno Raberg, and Sam Skau visit Conservatorio Musical Souza Lima to present a series of clinics, master classes, and a concert.

Admission: 
Free

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