Clinics and Master Classes

Greg Abate Clinic: In the Mood of the Mode

Monday / January 31, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Exploring various modal concepts for tune writing, Greg Abate will compose a tune. Melody will be the starting point and then the harmonic progression  (including slash chords) will be developed. Considerations will be discussed and suggestions from the audience will be considered as the creative process is completed. He'll perform the final version accompanied by bass and piano.

Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer who spends 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid-'70s, after finishing a four-year program at Berklee College of Music, Abate played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years.

In 1978 Abate formed his group Channel One, which was a favorite in the New England area, and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under the leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 1987. Following this experience, Abate ventured out as post–hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals, jazz societies, and jazz clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad, including most of Europe, the U.K., and Russia.

Abate recorded his first CD, Live at Birdland NYC, in 1991 on the Candid jazz label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid, and Kenny Washington.

To this date Abate has recorded over 12 other recordings and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2004 recording Evolution in four categories. James Williams, Harvie S, and Billy Hart comprised the trio.
 
Abate is also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with cosponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

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Amanda Palmer Clinic

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, composer, writer, and musician who is best known for her role as frontwoman and pianist for the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band the Dresden Dolls. In 2008, with the help of fellow pianist and producer Ben Folds, Palmer released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album, along with an accompanying art book of the same name with short stories by writer (and husband-to-be) Neil Gaiman.

Palmer recently wrapped up a two-year-long touring cycle that took her five-star-reviewed performance through Europe, the U.S., Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. After touring the world endlessly (live highlights include acting as support for Nine Inch Nails, Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie Harry) and delivering three critically hailed performances with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, Palmer is settling down in her hometown of Boston this fall to work on the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret with the legendary American Repertory Theater in the role of the emcee.

Palmer has won numerous Boston Music Awards (including Best Female Vocalist), has been included on the AfterEllen.com's list of "hot 100" celebrities, and has been named "the most stylish woman in Boston" by the Boston Globe. Palmer also tends a widely read blog and twitter feed and has been dubbed "the Social Media Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" by the Huffington Post.

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Deborah Lotus: Presence Is All

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Richard Ehrman Feldenkrais Series continues with Deborah Lotus's session on presenting your authentic self to an audience. Through movement and increased awareness, participants gain more confidence, lessen stage fright, and improve one's self image.

Admission: 
Free

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
ARTeria Noroeste
Rua Das Salvadas, 2 A - Parque Vista Alegre
15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
SGAE Catalunya
Passeig de Colom, 6
08002 Barcelona, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Sony Video Game Music Composer Challenge: Composition Playbacks

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck Doud

Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian will evaluate and critique music cues created by students through a challenge provided by the Film Scoring Department against footage provided by Sony. This event is open to Berklee students only.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Business—Getting the Work and the Deal

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 8:00 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Sony representatives discuss and explain the business aspects of engaging audio talent in video games. What non-compositional/creative attributes can put someone ahead of the pack? This session will also explore general terms you can expect when composing for video games and new, emerging opportunities, including songwriting.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Design and Implementation

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
FS Room 268
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In video games the dramatic arc of a scene is controlled by the player, so the music score must adapt to actions that are happening in real time. Through the music scores and implementation for Uncharted 2 and God of War 3, Sony presents a comprehensive discussion covering multiple music design and implementation processes.

Admission: 
Free

Sony Video Game Music: Production

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Chuck Doud

From dialogue to sound design to music, all of the audio elements in a video game must work together in order to be successful. Chuck Doud and Clint Bajakian explain the audio production process of creating the audio experience. They will discuss all the production aspects of creating an original soundtrack for story-driven games.

Admission: 
Free

Tobin Abasi Clinic

Wednesday / November 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With the Washington, D.C.–based Reflux, seven-string guitarist Tosin Abasi caught the attention of discerning fans with fierce riffs and fleet-fingered solos that sharpened the edge of the band’s politically minded progressive metalcore. The band’s moment in the spotlight was brief, but in that time, the group built a cult following via extensive touring with the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, Animosity, From a Second Story Window, and many more.

Soon after Reflux disbanded, Abasi began work on an instrumental solo project as a way to further express his musical personality. The resulting self-titled debut from Abasi’s new band Animals as Leaders, a 12-track collection of guitar-driven progressive instrumentals with ambient and electronic influences, is a scintillating showcase for one of the finest young guitarists in rock today.

“I definitely wanted to make an album that was ‘guitar-centric,’ but also interesting from other perspectives,” Abasi explains. He succeeded, as his dazzling performances on both seven- and eight-string guitars are flashy and technical yet also tasteful and melodic. And even though they contain no words, the album’s songs speak volumes—something that’s evident from the opening notes of album kickoff “Tempting Time.”

“‘Tempting Time’ loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older,” Abasi says. “It’s about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything.”

Although Abasi wrote all the music on the album and played bass in addition to all guitars, he emphasizes that Animals as Leaders is very much a band, and the group has already completed several high-profile tours, including Summer Slaughter 2010. Animals as Leaders is currently touring the United States with Circa Survive.

As for the band’s moniker, Abasi says it relates to looking at the world from an animal’s perspective, and that it was inspired in part by the book Ishmael, in which the author uses a telepathic gorilla to critique human culture. “A lot of what we do is completely removed from the fact that we’re all essentially animals,” Abasi recently told the Washington City Paper. “We have a niche on the planet and we have a role in sustainable sort of ecology, but we’ve gone against our natural calling. The name is acknowledging that we do have more of a natural role on the planet, but it’s also like, who would follow an animal to do anything? I think of the name as being both nonsensical and really literal.”

Steve Vai praised the band thus: “When I first heard Animals Aas Leaders I felt as though at last I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It’s quite AMAZING.”

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