Clinics and Master Classes

Rock Drum Set Clinic with Brent Beissel

Monday / June 20, 2011 / 3:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival clinic.

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Rhythm Workshop 1 with Peter Lockett

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 3:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Visiting artist Peter Lockett presents a clinic as part of the Berklee Percussion Festival summer program.

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Sixto "Paito" Silgado

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Sixto Silgado was born on April 5, 1939 in the very small town of Flamenco, in the northern part of Colombia in the Department of Bolívar. When he was a young kid people always called him Paíto, and it is with this nickname how everybody knows him today, even more than his actual name.

He learned to play gaita macho (male gaita) watching and imitating his father who was also a gaita player, and when he had the age and the size necessary, he dared to play the gaita hembra (female gaita). This way he was able to learn the repertoire of the black tradition or “tradición negra” of the Gaita: songs interpreted by musicians who belong to the black or Afro-descendant marginal communities of the Atlantic Coast of Colombia. (San Onofre, María la Baja, Cartagena, and its vicinities).

Today Silgado lives on La Isla Grande, situated some kilometers off the coast of Cartagena in the Caribbean Sea. He settled in the island in 1962 when he met and fell in love with his wife, Danilsa, a native of a nearby island. 

Paíto has visited the Colombian capital various times, as well as other cities such as Medellín or Barranquilla, thanks to his reputation as a gaita player participating in different festivals. He also did some concerts with the collaboration of Ethnomusika at La Maison de la musique de Nanterre in Paris, France, where he was introduced to the European audience in May 2009. Later that year he conquered the hearts of the Brazilian audience playing in the cities of Brasilia, São Paulo, and Belem.

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Music Business/Management Orientation and MEISA Autumn Affair

Tuesday / November 15, 2011 / 5:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An annual networking event led by Don Gorder for new and prospective MB/M majors, featuring a keynote speaker from the music industry.

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Evening with Entrepreneurs

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Session with successful music industry entrepreneurs led by Don Gorder.

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Sugarland's Annie Clements on Getting Gigs and Creating Value in Today's Musical Economy

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 1:30 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee alum Annie Clements '03 shares her journey from graduation to landing the gig as bassist and backing vocalist for six years running with pop/country juggernaut Sugarland. She sounds off on how to maximize the Berklee experience, how to survive (and thrive) on the road, and what today's up-and-coming musicians can do to make themselves valuable in this changing musical economy.

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Woody Mann Clinic

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz, and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound—a sound completely his own. Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues recreations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called 'great music' Woody's music would belong there."

Man received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly, and fingerstyle wizard John Fahey. During this time he studied at the Juilliard School and took private lessons with jazz great Lennie Tristano. 

Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career that has included playing with jazz guitarist Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dory Previn, giving guitar lessons to recording artist Paul Simon, performing in over fifteen countries, recording 1 albums ranging from 1994's Stories to 2008's Road Trip, as well as many collaborations including blues legends Son House, Bukka White, and John Cephas. Acknowledging his artistry, the C. F. Martin Guitar company has recently released the Woody Mann signature model guitar.

His reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping. He has been a faculty member at the New School in New York; conducted workshops and master classes throughout the world; founded International Guitar Seminars and Acoustic Sessions; and schooled countless guitarists through his many instructional books and DVDs, including The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar DVD series, The Complete Robert Johnson, The Anthology of the Blues, The Blues Fakebook, and Lisboa: The Guitar of Woody Mann, a collection of his original compositions.

Mann has not forgotten those early lessons in the Rev. Davis's living room, or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has since become one of the world's most renowned guitar masters, updating the past with his own contemporary improvisational style.

Acoustic Guitar wrote, "Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres." And, from a critic in the Times (UK), "Don't miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything—or anyone—better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master."

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Beyond the Sound Barrier: A Master Class with Wayne Shorter

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Wayne Shorter gives a master class with Berklee Global Jazz Institute artistic director Danilo Pérez and BGJI faculty member John Patitucci, who are also members of his quartet. They will discuss  "zero gravity," the concept of music, and the kind of improvisation that the quartet has been been working on for the past 11 years. BGJI students will also perform in concert. The event is free and open to the public and part of Berklee's Global Jazz Summit for Humanity and Peace, April 25-27.

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Free

John Oates Clinic

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

John Oates presents a clinic.

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Tools and Techniques for the Digital DJ

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This clinic will cover must-have programs; useful MIDI controllers; what does a DJ do, anyway? (hey, I can do that!); a day in the life; and how to make money as a DJ.

DJ JD (Jason Dawson)
Over the last 11 years, DJ JD has solidified himself as New England's premier DJ, holding the hottest residencies and playing the most exclusive parties. As the music director of Shrine at the MGM Grand/Foxwoods, DJ JD is proving his ability to consistently rock the crowd.

Being a classically trained musician and graduating from Berklee have influenced him to mix music in a way seldom heard in today's club scene.  He has taken that knowledge and now passes it along, teaching the Turntable Technique class alongside his mentor Stephen Webber during Berklee's Five-Week Summer Program and through his blog, co-authored by DJ Jay Spring. Remix Report is a daily DJ blog discussing new and classic remixes, playlist ideas, editorials, DJ tips and tricks, and DJ/remixer interviews.  

Driven by his love of music and technology DJ JD has produced remixes played around the world by some of today's biggest DJs, such as David Guetta. Featured on Crooklyn Clan's Crack4Djs.net, DJ JD holds the top spot for best-selling remix "Low Is Gone" and is currently the third ranked producer on the site. DJ JD is no stranger to the remix game, having produced records with DJ Excel and DJ Serafin for the AV8 Record label.  Along with his remixes, you can find his edits on DJ City and DMS.

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