Clinics and Master Classes

Maria Schneider Clinic: The Art Spirit

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Composer Maria Schneider will discuss the ideas and teachings that are presented in The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and the analogies between art and music. Henri was an American artist, teacher, and outspoken advocate of modernism in painting. 

Schneider became known through the jazz orchestra she founded in 1992. The group has performed her music at festivals and concert halls worldwide, and she has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invitations, working with over 80 groups from over 20 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, and the United States.

The artists and organizations she’s written for are as diverse as Toots Thielemans, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Peter Sellars’s New Crowned Hope Festival (Mozart Festival in Vienna), Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kronos Quartet, and Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Schneider’s recording career has brought eight Grammy nominations, and her recording Concert in the Garden made history as the first album to win a Grammy Award with internet-only sales. She received a second Grammy for "Cerulean Skies" (Best Instrumental Composition) from her most recent recording, Sky Blue.

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Aaron Goldberg Clinic

Thursday / November 4, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) and his last, Worlds, both exhibit the sensitivity and dynamism of Goldberg's longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

In 2004 and 2008, Goldberg produced and performed in historic fundraising concerts for senator John Kerry and president Barack Obama. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and albums, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in New York. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.

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Free

Hot Rize Clinic

Wednesday / November 3, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Hot Rize has marked over 30 years in the bluegrass history book. Following the untimely passing of guitarist Charles Sawtelle in 1999, the band reorganized in 2002 with Bryan Sutton on guitar and has continued to play several shows each year, delivering its high-energy, soulful, and unique sound to fans old and new. Though many years from its full-time touring period of 1978–1990, Hot Rize has kept its legend growing by delivering first-class music and entertainment as only it can.

The traditional-yet-progressive Colorado band started its 12 years of full-time performing in January, 1978. The group named itself after the secret ingredient of Martha White "self-rising" flour, the product Flatt & Scruggs promoted in the '50s and '60s.

Original band members were Tim O'Brien on lead and harmony vocals, mandolin, and fiddle; Pete Wernick on banjo and harmony vocals; Charles Sawtelle on guitar, harmonies, and lead vocals. Mike Scap, the group's original guitarist, departed after three months and was replaced by Nick Forster on bass, with Sawtelle switching from bass to guitar. Forster also became the group's emcee and main harmony singer. Hot Rize recorded its self-titled debut album, a blend of traditional and new material, in 1979. Their second album, Radio Boogie, came out in 1981.

On the strength of their first records and national touring, Hot Rize rose to prominence in the early '80s, appearing frequently on such national broadcasts as NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and The Nashville Network's Ralph Emery Show. Their stage show gained renown, featuring their strong and soulful bluegrass combined with their wacky but musically deft "alter-ego" country swing band, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. The group performed in almost every state, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia.

In 1984, Hot Rize released a concert album featuring the Trailblazers and in 1985 released Traditional Ties. Untold Stories and Take It Home came out in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Many songs from these records, such as "Walk the Way the Wind Blows," "Colleen Malone," and "Just Like You," reached #1 positions on national bluegrass airplay charts. After 12 years of full-time year-round performing and recording, the group disbanded amicably, all members subsequently pursuing solo careers.

The 1990s saw Hot Rize reunite several times each year, mostly at bluegrass festivals, with occasional short tours through 1998. Live recorded cuts appeared on various festival albums. Toward the end of 1990, Hot Rize received the Entertainer of the Year award from International Bluegrass Music Association at the organization's first annual Awards Show. In 2009, the band was selected to co-host the 20th annual IBMA Awards Show. Hot Rize also picked up a Grammy nomination in 1991 and won IBMA Song of the Year from the IBMA. In 1994 Sawtelle was diagnosed with leukemia, eventually dying in 1999 from complications of a bone marrow transplant. The classic group's span as the same four musicians had lasted 21 years. Its performing commitments in 1999 were fulfilled as Charles Sawtelle memorials, with Peter Rowan or Jeff White filling the guitar slot.

A live concert recording from 1996, So Long of a Journey, was issued in 2002, the first Hot Rize album in over a decade. Also in 2002, the group started performing again, with several shows each year. Bryan Sutton, a superpicker and one of Nashville's leading session players, was added on guitar. Hot Rize has remained one of the top attractions in bluegrass, well into its fourth decade.

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Chris Howes: Harmony, Improvisation, and Good Business for Creative String Players

Tuesday / November 2, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This interactive workshop will explore a range of (jazz and modern) harmonic expression on orchestral string instruments. It will propose non-harmonic structures for regular improvisation and composition practice.
It will also cover career/music business issues for non-classical string players.
Whether as a performer with a recognizable voice in many styles, recording artist, producer, composer, festival presenter, or educator, Christian Howes has made a wide-ranging career as a nontraditional violinist and he will provide insights specific to string players based on his experience.

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Neil Olmstead Clinic: Healthy Technique for the Jazz Pianist: Alignment in Motion

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz pianists are constantly seeking new harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic vocabulary in order to find a creative pulse in each tune and improvisation. Unlike classical pianists, who refine their physical movements to play a fixed set of notes, the jazz pianist creates ideas to be played spontaneously. As the exploratory creative process is prioritized the physical technique often becomes secondary.

Piano professor Neil Olmstead will perform and then present underlying principles of alignment, motion, and support inherent in piano technique. Handouts will offer specific exercises jazz players can use to assist in their technical development as they explore creative improvisational material. Participants will learn aspects of misalignment and misuse of weight that can lead to instrument-related injury.

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Berklee Songwriting and Production Clinics in Seoul, Korea

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 10:00 a.m.
Seoul Jazz Academy
S.J.A. Building, 39 Yun Gun-Dong
Jongro-ku, Seoul
United States
110-460

Berklee College of Music will present a series of clinics, master classes, and panel discussions on the topic of songwriting, production, and music business as part of its annual Berklee International Network visit to the Seoul Jazz Academy. Clinicians will include Sarah Brindell, Jason Camelio, Don Gorder, and Michael Farquharson.

Contact the Seoul Jazz Academy directly for more information about events times and locations.

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FREE

Andre Thomas Clinic: Combined Methods Classes and Choral Rehearsal Techniques

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

André J. Thomas will present a clinic featuring choral techniques including: how to energize a choral rehearsal; warm-ups; how to incorporate sprituals and gospel music in a 4-12 choral curriculum; ideas for selections; appropriate style; and strategies for teachers who are less familiar with style. 

André J. Thomas, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is director of choral activities and professor of choral music education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of honor/all-state choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American choir (the Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam. He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, and guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir in Germany. Since 1988 he has also served as artistic director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimmon Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, and Heritage Music Company publish his compositions and arrangements. Thomas has produced two instructional videos: What They See Is What You Get on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. He is a past president of the Florida ACDA, and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA.

He is the author of Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual.

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Gerd Leonhard Clinic

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Music Business/Management Department hosts Gerd Leonhard, Berklee alumnus, media futurist, musician, and coauthor of The Future of Music (with Dave Kusek, vice president of Berklee Media), to speak about social media and personal branding on the internet. He will share his own experience, trials, and aberrations, and hopes that it will help students find their own way between the hype and the jadedness of someone who has tried it all.

Leonhard is featured in the latest issue of Berklee's Music Business Journal (October 2010). The Music Business Journal is a student-run publication under the direction of Music Business/Management Department professor Peter Alhadeff.

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Lori Andrews and Bart Samolis Clinic

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Acclaimed Los Angeles jazz harpist Lori Andrews and Bart Samolis will present a clinic about improvisation, marketing and branding, promotion, and recording. They will work with the Berklee harpists and their rhythm section. All are welcome!

 

With the release of her eighth album, After Hours, rising rapidly on the jazz charts, Lori Andrews continues to push the boundaries of what the harp can do, bridging the gap between traditionalism and contemporary jazz. She has become a mainstay of the international festival circuit, wowing audiences with performances and interviews. A past winner of the Jazziz readers' poll as Best Jazz Harpist, Andrews and her quartet have been featured at the Playboy, Long Beach, and Sacramento jazz festivals as well as performing for presidents Clinton and Ford and the king and queen of Spain. In addition, her unique style has been heard for years with artists such as Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Michael Paulo, and Mary Mary. When most people think about a harp, they think of music that's heavenly and classical. Andrews has shattered that notion as she has become one of the best jazz harpists in the world.

Bart Samolis is a successful session and touring artist who has performed and recorded with various jazz and contemporary acts including Free Flight, Rod Stewart, Eric Marienthal, Michael Bolton, the Fifth Dimension and many others. Playing fretted, fretless, upright, and orchestra basses, he can be seen and heard worldwide in all media as well as in live performances. His movie credits include Dreamgirls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Ocean's Eleven, Driving in Cars with Boys, and many others. Samolis has also recorded cues for many television shows including Party of Five, Dawson's Creek, The Practice, and Murder, She Wrote. His commercials include IBM, Jenny Craig, Verizon, Nissan, Mazda, and ABC, to name a few. A well-rounded composer and bassist, Samolis has also performed with the local symphony. His forte is constantly searching for a new approach to his instrument. As a result, he has developed a unique voice in the music world today, one that's evident in his recordings and even more dynamic in his live performances.

 

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Eddie Gomez Clinic

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Eddie Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band during 1959-1961. After studying at Juilliard, Gomez played with Rufus Jones' sextet, Marian McPartland (1964), Paul Bley (1964-1965), Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio (1966-1977). He has since worked in a countless number of settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus (1978) and with Steps Ahead (1979-1984), Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. Eddie's recent recording "Duets," co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Eddie and Mark Kramer performing.

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