Clinics and Master Classes

Jean-Luc Ponty: Intricate Chords, African Rhythms

Monday / November 23, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied a unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Bring your string instruments to this workshop and play with this world-famous violinist. Students will have a chance to play over Ponty's own background tracks, an interesting challenge for the even the most advanced jazz improvisers. And, for a different rhythmic perspective, students will have a chance to work with some of the African rhythms from Ponty's album Tchokola.

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Marcus Santos

Friday / November 20, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos is a native of Salvador City in Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. His dedication to this cause has earned him a variety of opportunities and international success.

After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in the performance of hand percussion, as well as the Outstanding Musician and Community Service through Music awards.

His talents as a musician have landed him appearances on NBC (U.S.), MTV (Thailand), TV Globo (Brazil), and numerous venues around the world, including the Hard Rock Café (Orlando, U.S.), Kouen Mae Dori Classics (Tokyo, Japan), Rock in Rio (Brazil), Buddha (Mexico), Lincoln Center (New York, U.S.), Blend (Honduras), Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy), Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Holland) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, U.S.).

As an educator, Santos has led numerous workshops in Afro-Brazilian percussion at MIT, Harvard University, Brown University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) and Berklee College of Music. He currently works as a teacher at Somerville Public High School and is the artistic director of five drumming groups in the states of Massachusetts, Ohio, Philadelphia, Colorado, and Arizona in the U.S. In Boston, Santos is the cofounder and artistic director of AfroBrazil, an organization whose mission is to promote and teach Afro-Brazilian music and culture in the United States. He has also released A Modern Approach to Pandeiro, an instructional DVD on pandeiro playing that is now internationally distributed with subtitles in six languages.

Santos has shared the stage with Brand New Heavies (U.K.), 10-time Grammy Award–winner Paquito D'Rivera (Cuba), the Gipsy Kings (France) and Mambolada (Brazil). In 2000, he worked as director of percussion for a nationally broadcast \flamenco dance television special in Brazil called Gitana, and in 2001 he also recorded the Mambolada’s album, Larica Maria, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Brazil alone. In 2007, Santos was awarded with an endorsement from the world’s leading producer of percussion instruments, Latin Percussion, and the world leader producer of sticks, Vic Firth. In 2009, he was awarded another endorsement by Cooperman Frame Drums and now uses their top-line pandeiros in his workshops worldwide.

In July 2007, Santos taught and led a parading group of 300 drummers in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside Paul Simon’s percussionist, Jamey Haddad. In October of that same year, he taught master classes and performed in Pittsburgh at Drum Talk 2007, a festival that also featured Giovanni Hidalgo (Dizzy Gillespie), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), and Zakir Hussain (John McLaughlin). Also in October, Santos performed in the Sony Pictures Oscar-nominated movie Rachel Getting Married with Anne Hathaway along with Cyro Baptista (Herbie Hancock) and directed by Grammy Award–winning director Jonathan Demme (Saturday Night Live, Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs). That November, Santos performed at the world’s largest percussion event, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held in Columbus, Ohio.

In January 2008, Santos recorded the DVD Musically Speaking II, produced by BOSE and distributed in 33 countries, including China and Japan. In March, he toured Italy with the show La Passion by Grammy-nominee Osvaldo Golijov. In April, hereceived the most prestigious award from the Brazilian community in the U.S. when the Brazilian Immigrant Center honored him with the Outstanding Arts Performer award.

August 2009 was an Asia tour month. MTV produced a show entitled One World Party, in which Santos performed with musicians from different parts of the world, such as Bibi McGill (Beyonce’s music director and guitar player) and Jerry Meehan (Robbie Williams). On that same show, he also had the opportunity to play with the Brand New Heavies from England. On the second half of the month, he did a twelve-day tour of shows and workshops in Japan. In October, Santos was invited for a series of workshops and a concert at the Cultural Institute Brazil Venezuela in Caracas.

Marcus’ passion for Afro-Brazilian music and culture comes through in each of his many performances, classes, and workshops.

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Jazz Italian Songbook by Teo Ciavarella

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Teo Ciavarella was born in the Puglian province of Foggia in San Marco in Lamis. He lives in Bolognam where he works putting on concerts, teachingm and promoting artistic events. A graduate of the faculty of Fine Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre (DAMS) at the University of Bologna with a thesis analyzing the stylistics of jazz in the 1950s and 60s, he has hosted seminars on jazz improvisation at various public and private institutions. In 2007 he completed his thesis on the American jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, obtaining his master's degree specializing in jazz piano at the Buzzolla Conservatorio in Adria. He has been teaching jazz piano at the Convervatorio Frescobaldi in Ferrara since 2006, and since 2007, he has been teching jazz piano at the Conservatorio G.B.Martini in Bologna.

Ciavarella has played concerts with jazz musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez, Matt Marvuglio, Marco Pignataro, Jeff Berlin, Luis Bonilla, Rick Peckham, Lou Fisher, Gary Keller, Jim Snidero, Jimmy Rivera, Julius Pastorius, Fidel Morales, Efrain Martinez, Paolo Fresu, Hiram Bullock, Greg Yasinisky, Antonello Salis, Cheryl Porter, Roy Paci, Fabrizio Bosso, Dhafer Youssef, Daniele Scannapieco, Stefano Di Battista, Henghel Gualdi, Gianluca Petrella, Mauro Ottolini, Piergiorgio Farina, Paolo Damiani, the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, singer Ruggero Raimondi, flautists Giorgio Zagnoni and Andrea Griminelli, poets Davide Rondoni, and Roberto Mussapi and actors Enzo Moscato and Piera Degli Esposti. He has collaborated on recordings and tours with Italian artists such as Lucio Dalla, Renzo Arbore, Pupi Avati, Claudio Baglioni, Paolo Conte, Vinicio Capossela, David Riondino, Francesco Baccini, Alfio Antico, and Roberto Freak Antoni. He has toured with theater companies and composed music for theater productions by actors Paolo Rossi, Antonio Albanese, and Enrico Bertolino. He has taken part in television and radio programs on Rai and Mediaset channels.

He has performed in various international jazz arts festivals such as Umbria Jazz (fourth edition), Urbino Jazz, Le Grande Parade Du Jazz de Nice, Festival Jazz de Samois-Fontainebleau, Comacchio Jazz, Festival de Rouen, Festival Jazz del Monferrato, Festival Jazz di S .Marino, Fano Jazz, Bologna Jazz Festival, Maratona Jazz Modena, Emilia Romagna Festival, Koblenz Festival, Marajazz, Suoni in Cava, Jazz in Lamis, Orsara Jazz, and CMPR Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico.

Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader: Halfway, a trio recording which took place at Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia; Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, Cheryl Porter, and Henghel Gualdi; and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, recorded live in the Aula Absidale S. Lucia at Bologna University and in the Beethoven Haus in Koblenz, during a tour in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin.

In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. At an award hosted by ANT Italia he received the Live Jazz for Life award for 2003.

Alongside his busy concert schedule, Ciavarella is involved in musical and artistic promotion and management. Both in 2001 and 2002 he directed and presented the Jazz in Baraccano festival, and in 2002 Jazz and University at the Cantina Bentivoglio jazz club in Bologna. He curated the Kelly Joyce Live and Gino Paoli in Jazz shows, both arranging and hosting the concerts with both artists. In 2001 he established the Dams Jazz Orchestra together with Paolo Granata which is now the official jazz orchestra of Bologna University. 

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Adam Rogers

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Adam Rogers presents a clinic.

Adam Rogers was born and raised in New York. He studied jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins, and John Scofield. During his four years at the Mannes Conservatory of Music he studied classical guitar with Frederic Hand. Since the beginning of his professional career he has played on over one hundred and fifty commercially released recordings. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, the Middle East, and Russia. Rogers has been enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, Down Beat, Jazz Times, the Village Voice, Newsweek, Jazziz, Jazz Hot, the Chicago Sun Times, the L.A times, Jazzwise, and the New Yorker, among numerous other periodicals worldwide.

For eleven years he co-led the innovative and critically acclaimed group Lost Tribe, which has toured nationally and internationally, releasing three albums. Rogers has also been featured performing, touring, and recording with artists such as Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Walter Becker (of Steely Dan), Regina Carter, John Zorn, Randy Brecker, and Laurie Anderson, among others, as well as playing music for the theater with the Great Lakes Theater Company, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

In the summer of 1999 Rogers was the featured soloist with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra performing John Mclaughlin's "Apocalypse." He has also maintained a presence in the New York studio world having on the soundtracks of numerous pop and jazz records, films, and television commercial jingles.

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Jack DeJohnette Master Class

Thursday / October 8, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class with renowned drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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Jack DeJohnette Master Class

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class with renowned drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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Esterhazy String Quartet: Clinic

Tuesday / October 20, 2009 / 6:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Esterhazy Quartet—violinists Susan Jensen and Eva Szekely, violist Leslie Perna, and cellist Darry Dolezal—will read and discuss several Berklee student compositions.

Throughout its distinguished career, the quartet has delighted audiences on three continents with both its discerning interpretations of standard repertoire and its commitment to performing modern music of the Americas. The group promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes and workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers.

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Esterhazy String Quartet: Clinic

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 6:15 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Esterhazy Quartet—violinists Susan Jensen and Eva Szekely, violist Leslie Perna, and cellist Darry Dolezal—will read and discuss several Berklee student compositions.

Throughout its distinguished career, the quartet has delighted audiences on three continents with both its discerning interpretations of standard repertoire and its commitment to performing modern music of the Americas. The group promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes and workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers.

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Adam Rogers Master Class

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Adam Rogers gives a master class.

Adam Rogers was born and raised in New York. He studied jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins, and John Scofield. During his four years at the Mannes Conservatory of Music he studied classical guitar with Frederic Hand. Since the beginning of his professional career he has played on over one hundred and fifty commercially released recordings. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, the Middle East, and Russia. Rogers has been enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, Down Beat, Jazz Times, the Village Voice, Newsweek, Jazziz, Jazz Hot, the Chicago Sun Times, the L.A times, Jazzwise, and the New Yorker, among numerous other periodicals worldwide.

For eleven years he co-led the innovative and critically acclaimed group Lost Tribe, which has toured nationally and internationally, releasing three albums. Rogers has also been featured performing, touring, and recording with artists such as Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Walter Becker (of Steely Dan), Regina Carter, John Zorn, Randy Brecker, and Laurie Anderson, among others, as well as playing music for the theater with the Great Lakes Theater Company, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

In the summer of 1999 Rogers was the featured soloist with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra performing John Mclaughlin's "Apocalypse." He has also maintained a presence in the New York studio world having on the soundtracks of numerous pop and jazz records, films, and television commercial jingles.

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Ned Rothenberg: Group Improvisation and Tonality

Wednesday / October 21, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ned Rothenberg composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music which he has presented for the past 30 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. He has led the ensembles Double Band, Power Lines, and Sync (his most recent assemblage with Jerome Harris, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar, and Samir Chaterjee, tabla) and was a founding member of the cooperative group New Winds. He has worked on other projects with Paul Dresher, Yuji Takahashi, Sainkho Namtchylak, Masahiko Sato, Elliott Sharp, Samm Bennett, John Zorn, Katsuya Yokoyama, Evan Parker, and Marc Ribot. He's lived and worked in New York City since 1978.

Rothenberg's musical interests are numerous and his work varies widely in its sonic, emotive, and stylistic profiles. A strong underlying element of his instrumental voice is the extension of the woodwind language to incorporate polyphony and accurate microtonal organization through the manipulation of multiphonics, circular breathing, and overtone control, not only using his horns in their standard melodic role but also as rhythmic and harmonic engines in both solo and ensemble contexts. 

Rothenberg's frequent international travels have included a six-month residency in Japan during which he performed his music and studied shakuhachi with two of the foremost masters of the instrument, Goro Yamaguchi and Katsuya Yokoyama. In the summer of '89 he toured the (then) Soviet Union with Tom Cora (cello), Peter Hollinger (drums), and Elliott Sharp (guitars). In October '92 he returned to Russia and the Baltics in duo with the Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak. In January 2002 he traveled to South Korea for the first time to work with saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan and percussionist Park Ji-Chun. These are just a few examples: international touring continues each year playing festivals, theatres and clubs as a leader or collaborator.

Rothenberg has recently formed Animul Records, its initial release was Intervals, a two-CD set of solo music for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, and shakuhachi. This was followed by the debut CD R.U.B. with percussionist/DJ Samm Bennett and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Its entitled, strangely enough, Are You Be. Next came Sync's second CD, Harbinger. Animul's most recent release is The Fell Clutch, a jam band for big-eared listeners withTony Buck, drums, Stomu Takeishi, fretless bass, Rothenberg and sometime special guest, Dave Tronzo, on electric slide guitar. Just out (July, 2007) is a live duo recording with Rothenberg and Evan Parker. 

Rothenberg has 2 recent releases on John Zorn's Tzadik labelInner Diaspora features Sync along with two preeminent improvising string virtuosi, Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander. Through the music and in his liner notes Rothenberg responds to the complexities of his Jewish heritage. The Lumina Recordings, is a retrospective reissue of Rothenberg's solo recordings from 1981-85 with vastly improved sound and detailed documentation. In addition, selected recordings include: Ghost Stories; Port of EntryThe Crux; Parting, Overlays and Real and Imagined Time; Amulet; Monkey Puzzle; PotionDigging it Harder From Afar; The Cliff and Traction; Opposites AttractTools of the Trade. His work as a sideperson can be heard on labels such as Tzadik, Deutsche Grammophon, Zomba, Nonesuch, A&M, ECM, BMG, Axiom, and Virgin with leaders including John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Steve Nieve, Marc Ribot, Sainkho, Marisa Monte, So La Liu, and Fusanosuke Kondo.

Born in 1956 in Boston, Rothenberg graduated from Oberlin College and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, privately with Les Scott (saxophone and clarinet), and George Coleman (jazz improvisation). However, his trademark solo technique is self-taught. He has received grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, Cary Trust, Lila Wallace Foundation, Chamber Music America, Asian Cultural Council, Roulette, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Japan Society, and ASCAP.

 

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