Clinics and Master Classes

Berklee in Stockholm

Tuesday / April 5, 2011 / 2:30 p.m.
Södra Latins Gymnasium—Upper Secondary School
United States

Berklee's Office of International Programs presents a series of clinics and master classes at Södra Latin in Stockholm. Our host will be alumna Johanna Grüssner.

  • Berklee College of Music Information Session and How to Prepare for an Audition
    Presented by Jason Camelio and Davis Wimberly

Note: Schedule subject to change. Please sign up with Ylva Jonsson Runa at ylva.jonsson-runa@stockholm.se.

Admission: 
Free!

Berklee in Stockholm

Tuesday / April 5, 2011 / 10:30 a.m.
Södra Latins Gymnasium—Upper Secondary School
United States

Berklee's Office of International Programs presents a series of clinics and master classes at Södra Latin in Stockholm. Our host will be alumna Johanna Grüssner.

  • Styles and Improvisation
    Presented by Jim Odgren
  • Comping and Small Band Performance
    Presented by Greg Wardson
  • Road Map for the Writer/Arranger
    Presented by Jason Camelio
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
    Presented by Davis Wimberly

Note: Schedule subject to change. Please sign up with Ylva Jonsson Runa at ylva.jonsson-runa@stockholm.se.

Admission: 
Free!

Timi Modern Music Ensemble

Friday / April 8, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Formed in 2007 by composer Benoit Granier, the Beijing-based Timi Modern Music Ensemble (TimiMME) is a young group dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting, and recording contemporary music.

With an ear for the new, the unknown, and the unconventional, TimiMME is dedicated to exposing exciting and innovative music as broadly and accessibly as possible to new audiences inside and outside China. The TimiMME mission is to bring together people, sound, culture, tradition, and languages.

Since its creation, TimiMME has grown from a project-to-project basis to a long-term dedication to new music. Projects include the creation of exciting events such as the Irish Music Festival (2009–2011), the What Laptop Music Sounds Like symposium (2009), a collaboration with Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music during the Musicacoustica Festival (2007–2010) and Beijing Modern Music Festival (2008, 2010), as well as a yearlong worldwide series of concerts that brought the group to Boston and New York in 2009.

2010–2011 will be once again a very busy year for TimiMME with a monthly series of concert at Mako Live House as well as commissions for the Beijing Modern Music Festival and Musicacoustica 2011. The group's busy third United States tour includes stops at Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, and the renowned 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts (Boston).

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Songwriting Master Class

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Please join songwriting faculty members Pat Pattison, Jimmy Kachulis, Scarlet Keys, Mark Simos, Jon Aldrich, Susan Cattaneo, John Stevens, Stan Swiniarski, and Sarah Brindell and songwriting chair Jack Perricone as they listen to selected student songs and give comments and helpful suggestions to make the songs better.  Use their critique to examine ways to improve your own songwriting. This is a unique opportunity to watch the songwriting faculty in action. Come and observe this clinic done in a master class format.

 

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David Harrington

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Violinist David Harrington is a member of the Kronos Quartet

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Percussion Days: Bob Gullotti - Language, Focus, Creativity

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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Percussion Days: Sam Ruttenberg

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A highly sought-after educator, percussion and drum set artist, and author, Sam Ruttenberg has taught professionals as well as some of the most promising talent in the Philadelphia area, including 18-year-old Justin Faulkner, who is a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and is considered one of the best young drummers in the world today. With a diverse background in both drum set and percussion performance, Ruttenberg has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Perry Como, and Al Martino, as well as touring/recording with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ruttenberg currently teaches at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Rutgers University Camden, and is also an active clinician with endorsements from Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Taye drums.

Published in PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer magazine, Ruttenberg has also published his own book, Drum Tips (HoneyRock 2009), designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship. Additionally, he transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book.

Ruttenberg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.

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David Fiuczynski: Fretless Guitar Clinic

Monday / March 28, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty guitarist David Fiuczynski presents a fretless guitar clinic. Topics will include intonation, playing blues slide riffs without a slide, non-Western melodic inflections, and microtonality.

Iconoclastic and prolific guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (of Screaming Headless Torsos), a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. In 1994 Fiuczynski, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark CD, Lunar Crush, which was chosen by Guitar Player's 30th Anniversary Edition as a Disc of Destiny. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild '90s tribute to Tony Williams's groundbreaking early fusion band, Lifetime.

Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds using traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe, with his signature brand of highly funky jams. Ranging from rocked-out madness to drum 'n' bass, go-go to plaintive meditations, Fiuczynski's wild guitar palette moves from high energy extravaganzas to moving, emotional ballads.

Fiuczynski leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stewart Copeland (the Police), John Medeski, Dennis Chambers, Hasidic New Wave, Vinnie Colaiuta, Christian McBride, Hiromi, Cindy Blackman, Bernie Worrell, John Zorn, Vernon Reid, and many more.

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Richard Smith Clinic

Tuesday / March 29, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard Smith has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop, and rock to classical guitar. He also plays several of John Phillip Souza's marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band—drums and all.

Smith was born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971. One day, at the age of five, he was watching his father fingerpick "Down South Blues" (an Atkins-Travis recording) on his guitar. The boy begged his dad to show him how to play it, and finally he did. Despite the fact that Smith is left-handed and his dad's right-handed guitar was not designed for tiny hands, by the end of that day, he had learned and played both the chords and the melody. Within no time, he'd outstripped his dad's six-string prowess and it was clear to all who saw or heard him play that Richard was one of those rare phenomena—a child prodigy. Concentrating initially on the music his father loved—the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis—young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounded everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did the boy possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers.

Smith first met his hero, the "Godfather" of fingerstyle guitar Chet Atkins, when he was only 11 and was invited by Atkins to play with him on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in front of an audience of about a thousand. He played Atkins' arrangement of "Whispering," and Atkins played along with him. Then the audience went mad and Atkins asked him to play another one. Before Richard could decide what to play, someone shouted "Little Rock Getaway," and Smith played Atkins's arrangement of it while the guitarist watched in amazement.

By the time he reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to Richard Smith as their "hero"—and still do. There seems to be no limit to Smith's ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats, including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player.

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Noam Pikelny

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

Noam Pikelny is a modern, cutting-edge banjoist as well as a vocalist. He is a member of the Americana "country-classical chamber music" group Punch Brothers. He played with the band Leftover Salmon from 2002 until 2004, when he left to join in the John Cowan Band. Towards the end of that time, Chris Thile of Nickel Creek was planning to form a string quintet, but did not know what direction he wanted to take it except that he wanted it to include fiddler Gabe Witcher. After Thile had a jam session with Witcher, Pikelny, bassist Greg Garrison, and guitarist Chris Eldridge, he decided he had his lineup.

The group, then called the How to Grow a Band, debuted in 2006 as the backing lineup for Thile's solo release How to Grow a Woman from the Ground as well as the following supporting shows. The band eventually changed its name to Punch Brothers (borrowed from a short story by Mark Twain) and released its first official album as a band, Punch, on Nonesuch Records in 2008.

Pikelny was the recipient of the 2010 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. On November 5, 2010, he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman playing a comedic version of "Dueling Banjos" alongside Martin, and later performed with Martin and Punch Brothers. Pikelny currently resides in Brooklyn.

 

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