Clinics and Master Classes

John Knowles Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

John Knowles leads Berklee faculty and students in a performance, master class, and discussion of the meeting places within classical and traditional approaches to fingerstyle guitar, and his process of finding a persoanl voice on the instrument.



In his 60-plus years on the instrument, John has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical players, including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Lenny Breau. John's new duo recording with Tommy Emmanuel will be finished later this year. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree. In 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John is a sought-after teacher at workshops and through his publication, Fingerstyle Quarterly.



John joins us as the first guest in the Kim Perlak Visiting Artist Series, which invites internationally-recognized classial and fingerstyle guitarists to the Berklee Guitar Department to coach, perform, and share perspectives with our students and members of our school community. Given in the name of the current Assistant Chair of Guitar, the gift for this series intends to honor musicians who have found a voice on the instrument and wish to share their perspective with younger players through the power of personal connection.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and Derico Watson: Bass Extremes

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Victor, Derico, and Steve share their experiences employing the concepts of listening, interacting, and musical empathy in a multi-bass group and how it informs and improves any musical situation. This clinic will be the first of several residencies for Victor Wooten this year.

Admission: 
Free

Women, Technology, and Creativity

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 9:30 am
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee community is invited to a symposium featuring some of the industry's top producers, engineers, DJs, and beatmakers—all women who are innovative leaders in using technology to make music. Women, Technology, and Creativity is free and open to all Berklee students, faculty, and staff; alumni are also invited to the morning sessions in the Loft. RSVP is required (follow the link below).

Afternoon workshops will be held in Studio One in Berklee's new 160 Massachusetts Avenue building, one presented by legendary artist Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads) and one by indie rapper and producer K.Flay. Morning sessions in the Loft feature faculty members Chrissy Tignor-Fisher (Bastille, Notting Hill Music) and Erin Barra (Ableton product specialist, Beats by Girlz creator).

A morning panel brings together Hendryx, K.Flay, faculty members Susan Rogers (Prince, David Byrne), Leanne Ungar (Holly Cole, Guster, the Temptations), Tignor-Fisher, songwriting chair Bonnie Hayes (Bonnie Raitt, Cher), and moderator Ani Johnson (MonoMyth Media). The panel will examine how women use music technology, the challenges they face, and the ways in which women are currently taking up these tools to create, work, play, and inspire.

Women, Technology, and Creativity is sponsored by Ableton, Waves, Novation, Focusrite, Moog, and Berklee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Admission: 
Free; morning sessions are open only to members of the Berklee and Pro Arts communities. Only Berklee students, faculty, and staff may attend the afternoon sessions; RSVP required.

Manuel Rangel Clinic

Monday / October 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Maraca player and guitarist Manuel Rangel gives a master class covering his own five maraca movements, which can be used in all kinds of Venezuelan music.

Rangel began his musical studies at age 9 in the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Barquisimeto-Venezuela, graduating in classical guitar studies. He has also studied harmony, Venezuelan and Latin American history, and general world history. He won first place in "Silbón de Oro," a Venezuelan music international festival held in Portuguesa state. In June 2008, he won first place in the International Villavicencio Festival in Colombia.

Rangel released his first album Instinto in 2008. In the same year, Manuel earned a Latin Grammy with his participation on "Tesoros de la Música Venezolana" (Venezuelan Music Treasures) with the renowned singer-songwriter Ilan Chester.

Rangel is working on a project of contemporary music combining organic, electronic, and visual elements with his two main instruments, guitar and maracas. With this project he traveled to Europe and is currently participating in several solo concerts in Venezuela.

Admission: 
Free

Rodner Padilla Clinic

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Venezuelan bassist, composer, arranger, and music producer Rodner Padilla presents a clinic on electric bass concepts in Venezuelan folk music.

Padilla has performed, recorded, and produced albums for some of the most important Venezualan and international artists, including Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Paris Jazz Big Band, Franco de Vita, Hana Kobayashi, and many others. His intense activity as a bassist has earned him international awards, including a Latin Grammy in 2011 for his work on "Treasures of the Venezuelan Music" from the famous artist Ilan Chester. Padilla has peformed in over 20 countries and traveled Venezuela and the world teaching workshops on contemporary harmony and electric bass technique and improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Get Mixing, Get Mastering, & Get Creative with iZotope Products

Wednesday / October 1, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY Award-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning film and TV post-production studios, prominent radio studios, and basement and bedroom studios across the globe.
 
Come check out iZotope Product Specialist Brandon Carroll show off a wide range of iZotope audio production software. Topics will include:
  • Mixing and vocal production with Alloy 2 and Nectar 2
  • Mastering with Ozone 5
  • Futuristic beat production with BreakTweaker
  • Sound design with Iris, a sample-based synthesizer
Admission: 
Free

Interview with Game Developer Hidetaka Suehiro

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Game developer Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro comes to Berklee to speak about the creation of his latest Xbox One game "D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die." Moderated by Berklee faculty member Michael Sweet and translated by Video Game Orchestra founder Shota Nakama, topics will include:

• Game design and production
• How a game developer works with the music team
• Getting a job in game audio

Admission: 
Free

Matt Garrison

Tuesday / October 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The bass department welcomes bassist extraordinaire Matt Garrison. A Berklee alumnus, Matt has toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, John MacLaughlin, and Jack DeJohnette, while expanding the horizon of the electric bass. He will share his experiences in the music business as well as his take on improvisation, composition, right-hand techniques, and more. Bring your basses and questions.

Admission: 
Free

Digital Performer Mix Tools

Friday / October 3, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Digital Performer is a full-featured digital audio sequencer program that arguably includes some of the best effects plugins in your Berklee laptop package, so why not learn to use them in your mixes? In this workshop, we’ll discuss basic mixing techniques with a focus on DP’s high quality Masterworks EQ and Leveler Compressor as well as ProVerb, a convolution reverb plugin that allows you to add the sound of realistic acoustic spaces to any mix.

Admission: 
Free

A Look at Digital Performer

Tuesday / September 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Digital Performer lets you record, edit, arrange, mix, process, and master audio and MIDI tracks side by side for songwriting, studio production, live performance, film and television soundtracks, audio post-production, surround mixing, and other professional audio production tasks. Join MOTU Product Specialist Dave Roberts as he explains:

  •  Customization, window sets, and shortcuts
  •  Sequencing and MIDI editing with DP’s built in instruments
  •  Audio Recording
  •  Speaker and guitar amp modeling
  •  Advanced features, including pitch correction, mastering, and film scoring

Admission: 
Free

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