Clinics and Master Classes

Swiss Chris Clinic: Drum Set/Technology

Wednesday / March 23, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Christoph Flueck, a.k.a. Swiss Chris, earned his diploma in performance from Berklee, then went on to study at the Drummers Collective in New York with Kim Plainfield and Frank Katz. Swiss completed a successful four years as the music director and Grammy Award–winning drummer for John Legend.

Swiss has played in multiple tours of the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has worked with artists including Common, Gloria Gaynor, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Sir Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West. He received multiple awards and honors as a marching band, big band, and contemporary jazz drummer as well as earning a humanitarian award from his homeland of Switzerland. 

Swiss believes in continuous education and is a lifelong drum student under diverse teachers such as Kenwood Dennard, Skip Hadden, and Joe Morello. His prolific styles include funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul, blues, Latin, African, Haitian, and broken-eighth note jazz. He was featured on BET as the musical director/drummer for the Ed Gordon Show. Swiss was the musical director and house drummer for the legendary Lyricist Lounge. He has worked for multiple fundraiser and charity events with the political activist group Earthdriver. He has performed at countless famous venues including the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall under the direction of Philip Glass.

Swiss is in the process of completing a book and is actively involved with his organization S.W.I.S.S. (Saving with Instruments, Samples, and Soundz), which is dedicated to teaching how to resolve conflicts through peaceful means with the use of instruments, and motivational education through music and sound. Television appearances include MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, David Letterman, and Oprah. Swiss Chris endorses Natal Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Hansenfutz Foot Pedals, Alesis/Akai Electronics, CAT Mics, Apple, and Ableton and Propellerhead software.

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Asim Gorashi and Mohamed Eltayeb: Traditional Sudanese Music

Wednesday / March 30, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Asim Gorashi holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Sudan. A multi-instrumentalist, Gorashi focuses on the oud (Arabic lute) and violin; he sings and also plays keyboards, Sudanese traditional tamboor, mandolin, and viola.

Gorashi has lived and worked in Cairo, where he played with the mysterious maverick of Egyptian jazz Fathy Salama. He has arranged Sudanese folkloric songs in 10 different languages and performed at numerous events including Khartoum International Festival, Djibouti Fest'Horn, Galaa Festival (Egypt), Mela Festival in Norway, and Woodford Folk Festival. He is regularly joined by musicians with whom he has been collaborating in Sydney for the past three years. Gorashi currently lives in Brisbane doing postgraduate research at Queensland Conservatorium.

Mohamed Eltayeb is a student at Berklee. He learned the fundamentals of piano at age of 5. His father, the legendary Sudanese musician and singer Abu Araki Albakhit, has guided him through his musical journey. At the age of 15 Eltayeb started to perform as a leading musician. He has being performing ever since, mainly with his father but also with various other artists, including his band Doash.

 

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John Mayer Clinic

Friday / March 11, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

John Mayer returns to campus to offer a clinic exclusively to Berklee students.

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Berklee in Stockholm

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 2:00 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.

  • 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!

Percussion Days: Steve Bolognese—A Pragmatic Approach to Functioning within the Heavy Metal Genre

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

A heavy metal drum set clinic featuring the music of Into Eternity. Topics include the drummer's role, common time feels, vocabulary needed for functioning within the style, double bass applications, active listening, and more.

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Berklee in Stockholm

Wednesday / April 6, 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!

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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