Clinics and Master Classes

Ed Bedner Performs the Music of Chen Yi

Monday / April 13, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Professor Ed Bedner of the Piano Department will analyze the piano solo: BaBan (2000) by the Chinese-American composer Chen Yi, one of the most active living composers of contemporary classical music. He will point out elements related to traditional Chinese culture, and examine the interaction of the modal Chinese BaBan folk tune, and the Western atonal and 12 tone thematic materials, as Chinese and Western musical cultures merge.

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Philip Bailey Interview with Jeff Ramsey

Wednesday / March 4, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Philip Bailey will join us at Berklee for a multiday residency, and a concert as part of the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee.

Philip Bailey joined Earth, Wind & Fire in 1972, when Maurice White dismantled the first version of the band and built an entirely new lineup, retaining only his brother Verdine. Bailey came from the Denver r&b band Friends & Love, and his falsetto harmonized well with White's tenor. He added an extra dimension to the group with his talent for crooning ballads like the classic "Reasons." Earth, Wind & Fire's funky sound came to incorporate jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and, later on, disco. Their elaborate live shows included stunts and pyrotechnics designed by magician Doug Henning.
 
During a band hiatus between 1983 and 1987, Philip Bailey enjoyed success in both the gospel and pop fields, scoring a hit with the Phil Collins duet "Easy Lover." His 1986 release Triumph earned a Grammy Award. In 1999, Bailey released a smooth jazz album that featured Gerald Albright, Luis Conte, Everette Harp, Pat Metheny, and Grover Washington Jr.

Earth, Wind & Fire reunited in 1987 for the album Touch the World, and the band hasn't slowed down since. White retired from touring in 1995 but remains Earth, Wind & Fire's producer. The band's most recent recording, Illumination, includes cameos by OutKast, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, Brian McKnight, and Kenny G.

Over the decades, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned four American Music Awards, eight double platinum/top 10 pop albums, eight number-one r&b singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement honors from the NAACP, ASCAP, and BET. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In recognition of the mark they have made on popular music, Berklee awarded Maurice White and Philip Bailey honorary doctor of music degrees in May 2008.

Bailey will be the special guest artist in a concert at Berklee on Saturday, March 7.

Admission: 
Free

Philip Bailey Clinic

Saturday / March 7, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Philip Bailey will join us at Berklee for a multi-day residency, and a concert as part of the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee.

Philip Bailey joined Earth, Wind & Fire in 1972, when Maurice White dismantled the first version of the band and built an entirely new lineup, retaining only his brother Verdine. Bailey came from the Denver r&b band Friends & Love, and his falsetto harmonized well with White's tenor. He added an extra dimension to the group with his talent for crooning ballads like the classic "Reasons." Earth, Wind & Fire's funky sound came to incorporate jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and, later on, disco. Their elaborate live shows included stunts and pyrotechnics designed by magician Doug Henning.
 
During a band hiatus between 1983 and 1987, Philip Bailey enjoyed success in both the gospel and pop fields, scoring a hit with the Phil Collins duet "Easy Lover." His 1986 release Triumph earned a Grammy Award. In 1999, Bailey released a smooth jazz album that featured Gerald Albright, Luis Conte, Everette Harp, Pat Metheny, and Grover Washington Jr.

Earth, Wind & Fire reunited in 1987 for the album Touch the World, and the band hasn't slowed down since. White retired from touring in 1995 but remains Earth, Wind & Fire's producer. The band's most recent recording, Illumination, includes cameos by OutKast, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, Brian McKnight, and Kenny G.

Over the decades, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned four American Music Awards, eight double platinum/top 10 pop albums, eight number-one r&b singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement honors from the NAACP, ASCAP, and BET. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In recognition of the mark they have made on popular music, Berklee awarded Maurice White and Philip Bailey honorary doctor of music degrees in May 2008.

Bailey will be the special guest artist in a concert at Berklee on Saturday, March 7.

Admission: 

A Master Class with Meshell Ndegeocello

Friday / March 13, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Singer, bassist, and composer Meshell Ndegeocello honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s. Going solo, she was one of the first artists to sign with Maverick Records. Her debut album on that label, Plantation Lullabies, presented a distinctly androgynous persona. Her most recent album, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, came out in 2007.

Ndegeocello has appeared on recordings by Basement Jaxx, Blind Boys of Alabama, Indigo Girls, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, and the Rolling Stones. In the late 1990s, she toured with Lilith Fair.

Her music has been featured in a number of film soundtracks, including Batman and Robin, Down in the Delta, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Love Jones, and Talk to Me. She can be seen in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

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A Master Class with Meshell Ndegeocello

Thursday / March 12, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Singer, bassist, and composer Meshell Ndegeocello honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s. Going solo, she was one of the first artists to sign with Maverick Records. Her debut album on that label, Plantation Lullabies, presented a distinctly androgynous persona. Her most recent album, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, came out in 2007.

Ndegeocello has appeared on recordings by Basement Jaxx, Blind Boys of Alabama, Indigo Girls, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, and the Rolling Stones. In the late 1990s, she toured with Lilith Fair.

Her music has been featured in a number of film soundtracks, including Batman and Robin, Down in the Delta, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Love Jones, and Talk to Me. She can be seen in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

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Berklee Girls Rock with Meshell Ndegeocello

Friday / March 13, 2009 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four ensembles with Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Liane Curtis

Tuesday / March 31, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A guest lecture by Liane Curtis, president of the Rebecca Clarke Society. Her lecture will be part of the Triple Helix program for Women's History Month.

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Gene Perla

Monday / March 30, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

At age 5, Gene Perla began playing classical piano. While studying engineering and business he heard pianist Bill Evans, prompting his return to music. He switched to bass while studying at Berklee at the age of 24 after hearing Charlie Haden. His first major gig was the Willie Bobo Sextet, which included famed Cuban conguero Patato. Other gigs included Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughan.

Perla then entered audio school, worked in the studio with Todd Rundgren, founded P.M. Records, and established recording facilities. Currently teaching at Lehigh University and the New School, his credits include Broadway theatrical sound design, internet design and hosting, and computer networking.

He will play examples of his bass work and tell some stories about his adventures with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Joni Mitchell, Sonny Rollins, and more.

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Envisioning 21st Century Music Business Models

Thursday / March 26, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

According to Marcie Allen Cardwell, president of MAC Presents, "touring is the holy grail of the music business." Learn about this and more at this year's Envisioning 21st Century Business Models event, featuring Mathew Knowles,president/CEO, Music World; Gerry Barad, COO Global Touring, Live Nation; Louis Messina, president, The Messina Group/AEG Live; Marsha Vlasic, senior VP, ICM (International Creative Management); George Travis, tour coordinator, Bruce Springsteen; Dave Marsden, VP, Live Nation, New England; Ray Waddell, executive director touring and live entertainment, Billboard Magazine; Marcie Allen Cardwell, president, MAC Presents, Nashville; and Brian Hill, agent, Paradigm Agency, Nashville.

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Visiting Artist Fred Hersch

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting artist Fred Hersch presents a clinic as part of Keys Fest 2009.

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