Clinics and Master Classes

Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Abe Laboriel, Donald Harrison, Kirk Whalum

Monday / August 8, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic.

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Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Amanda Palmer

Monday / July 18, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Amanda Palmer presents a clinic as part of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

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Dawaun Parker

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dawaun Parker '05 was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Michael Jackson was his first musical influence, and hip-hop soon followed via Public Enemy.

Parker began playing drums in sixth grade, and taught himself how to play piano shortly thereafter. By the middle of high school, he had started making beats with a local crew that had a makeshift studio in their basement. His natural talent and hard work led to a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Parker cites his major hip-hop influences as the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, the Roots, Dr. Dre, and Busta Rhymes. In college he expanded into jazz and folk listening to artists such as Chick Corea and Joni Mitchell, and before long it was making an impact on the music he created too. Add his affinity for gospel music in rounding out his sound, and you have the ingredients for modern music production.

In 2005, Parker heard that Dr. Dre was looking for new talent to work on his team. He flew out to Los Angeles the very next day to audition. He got the job, and under Dr. Dre's apprenticeship, Parker worked on songs for Grammy-winning artists such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg.

At 25 years old, he became a Grammy Award-winner himself, having snagged the statuette for cowriting the 2009 number one single "Crack a Bottle" by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent.

Parker coproduced nearly every track on Eminem's album Relapse, which won the 2009 Grammy for Best Rap Album. Parker won his third Grammy for writing and producing on Eminem's Recovery, the Best Rap Album of 2010.

Not limited to hip-hop, '"D-Park" has recently been hard at work on music in the pop and rock vein. Her recently produced the Veronicas and also the Jonas Brothers. He's collaborated extensively with super-producer Rob Cavallo for groups such as My Chemical Romance.

Often citing his love for Radiohead and Justice as inspiration to create music outside the urban spectrum, his career is just getting started. . . especially on the mic. Continuing the model set by his mentor, D-Park has stepped from behind the boards and released his first offering as an artist titled "Lost"—coproduced by Dr. Dre—and "Schemin'." Both songs appear on his debut EP The Decision, due in fall 2011.

This clinic is hosted by faculty member Alanzo Harris.

 

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American Roots Music Program Workshop

Saturday / July 16, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road
Oak Hill
NY
United States
12460
Matt Glaser

Grey Fox gives over the Masters Stage for a seminar on the American Roots Music Program at Berklee. Expected to be featured will be Matt Glaser, the program's artistic director; Joe Walsh of the Gibson Brothers, Berklee's first-ever mandolin principal; members of Chasing Blue and Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers; and other special alumni guests.

Admission: 
$50, $60, $180 (camping)

Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Livingston Taylor

Monday / August 1, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic with Berklee faculty member and singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor.

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Five-Week Performance Perspectives Clinic: Faculty

Monday / July 11, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program presents a clinic with faculty.

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Joshua Craig Podolsky: Metal Music and More

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From his prolific solo work as a producer, writer, video game music composer, and author, to his prominent memberships in many influential groups, Joshua Craig Podolsky has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our time and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary super guitarists. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, his stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field.

Originally hailing from Brockton, Massachusetts, Podolsky resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. From 1997 to 2008, he was a top-call session musician in Los Angeles, California, performing on a collective of over 36 million albums sold. Podolsky then decided to begin his career as a frontman/songwriter/producer; enter the Alien Blakk band.

Having worked in a live, studio or session capacity with the likes of Rob Halford, Coolio, Xzibit, Mark Hamill, Motograter, Christina Aguilera, and Dr. Dre as well as members of Megadeth, Fear Factory, Testament, KISS, White Zombie, Type O Negative, Whitesnake, CKY, Flotsam and Jetsam, Earshot, Adema, Soulfly, Murderdolls, Fight, Methods Of Mayhem, Stuck Mojo, Halford, Double Drive, Powerman 5000, Death, and Cypress Hill, to name a few. Podolsky has clearly etched himself a place in music and heavy metal history.

 

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Tommy Benedetti and Nate Edgar Clinic

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Tommy Benedetti and bassist Nate Edgar from future-roots pioneers John Brown's Body present Inside the Engine Room: a reggae/dub drum 'n' bass clinic.

As the rhythm section for the critically acclaimed eight-piece U.S. reggae/dub band JOHN BROWN’S BODY, Benedetti '03 and Edgar have traveled the globe bringing a heavy, cutting-edge approach and a love for old-school Jamaican music to the masses. Their sound and chemistry form the backbone of the JBB sound. In their presentation, they will break down and perform some classic dub rhythms as well as selections from JBB's 2008 release Amplify,which debuted at #1 on the Billboard reggae chart.

When not touring with JBB, Benedetti and Edgar keep busy with a variety of sessions and gigs in and around the Boston area, most notably with Dub Apocalypse. That group, which will be performing later this evening at Cafe 939, is a collective of some of Boston's most adventurous and creative musicians. On any given night the band may include Johnny Trama (Nate Wilson Group), Timo Shanko (G Love), Dana Colley (Morphine), Jeff Lockhart (Wally's Stepchildren), or a host of others. Dub Apocalypse builds swirling, improv-heavy tunes using a mix of classic dub rhythms and originals as a springboard for their sonic journeys. They pack the house at Bull McCabe's in Union Square, Somerville, every Sunday night at their weekly residency and picked up a Boston Music Award for Best International Act of 2010.

Benedetti is endorsed by Vater drumsticks and Evans drumheads. Edgar is endorsed by Lakland basses and Aguilar amplification.

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Don Lappin: Two-Handed Technique

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Don Lappin presents a clinic entitle Two-Handed Technique.

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German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist

Tuesday / July 26, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss will be presenting a clinic during Berklee's Five-Week Summer Program showcasing modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  

Shauss has written instructional articles, books and online interactive video lessons for Alfred Publications (Shredding Bach, Total Shred Guitar, Shredding Paganini) and National Guitar Workshop's WorkshopLive on modern rock guitar soloing. He also teaches guitar at Berklee College of Music, Los Angeles Music Academy, and other national and international music schools. He writes and records music with his original band and tours with many nationally and internationally known artists. Shauss is signed to Steve Vai's Favored-Nations/Digital-Nations label and is working on a new CD following his very successful The Lightspeeder release.

Additionally, he writes music for video games and commercials/TV and is author of a very popular monthly guitar column called Instant Shredding in Germany's biggest guitar magazine Gitarre & Bass. The July 2008 issue of Guitar World Magazine has listed him as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.

Visit his website, germanschauss.com, for more information.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • 3 Note Per String Scales
  • Alternate Picking
  • Outside/Inside Picking
  • String Skipping
  • Sweeping Techniques
  • Modal, Whole Tone, and Symmetrical Diminished Scales 
  • Much More!
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