Clinics and Master Classes

Bobby Hicks Clinic and Masterclass

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bobby Hicks's career has spanned five decades. He was born in North Carolina in 1933. When he was 20 years old, he joined Bill Monroe's band, playing on many landmark recordings. He later spent 12 years playing shows in Las Vegas and Reno, before moving back to North Carolina and returning to his bluegrass roots.

He has earned three gold records and one platinum record and won five Grammy Awards, eight International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and three CMA Instrumental Group of the Year Awards. Hicks has toured and recorded with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Bluegrass Album Band, and the Earl Scruggs Review.

Bobby's visit to Berklee will start with an interview and clinic, after which he will work with student fiddlers and bands. This is a chance to ask questions of one the all-time great players and to get feedback and instruction on exactly how to play breaks and backup on bluegrass songs.

The masterclass will focus on:

  • The role of the fiddle when playing on bluegrass songs.
  • How to play melody-based intros and solos
  • How to effectively backup singers and other instrumentalists
  • Stylistic techniques and considerations for bluegrass fiddle 

Students from Berklee bluegrass ensembles will play, followed by as many fiddle players as time permits. Fiddlers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to play.

 

Admission: 

A Visit with Henry Grimes

Tuesday / February 24, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Henry Grimes

Master jazz musician (acoustic bass, violin) Henry Grimes comes to Berklee after having played more than 300 concerts in 23 countries (including many festivals) since May 2003, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Mastbaum School and Juilliard. In the '50s and '60s, he came up in the music playing and touring with Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson, "Bullmoose" Jackson, Little Willie John, and a number of other great r&b/soul musicians; but drawn to jazz, he went on to play, tour, and record with many great jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner.

Sadly, a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Grimes in Los Angeles at the end of the '60s with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. Many years passed with nothing heard from him, as he lived in his tiny rented room in an S.R.O. hotel in downtown Los Angeles, working as a manual laborer, custodian, and maintenance man, and writing many volumes of handwritten poetry. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2002 and was given a bass by William Parker; after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Grimes emerged from his room to begin playing concerts around Los Angeles and shortly afterwards, made a triumphant return to New York City in May 2003 to play in the Vision Festival.

Since then, often working as a leader, he has played, toured, and/or recorded with many of today's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, and Cecil Taylor. Grimes has also given a number of workshops and master classes on major campuses, released several new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 70, has now published the first volume of his poetry Signs Along the Road, and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He can be heard on more than 80 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City.

Learn more about the series.

Admission: 

A Visit with Henry Grimes

Tuesday / February 24, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Master jazz musician (acoustic bass, violin) Henry Grimes comes to Berklee after having played more than 300 concerts in 23 countries (including many festivals) since May 2003, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Mastbaum School and Juilliard. In the '50s and '60s, he came up in the music playing and touring with Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson, "Bullmoose" Jackson, Little Willie John, and a number of other great r&b/soul musicians; but drawn to jazz, he went on to play, tour, and record with many great jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner.

Sadly, a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Grimes in Los Angeles at the end of the '60s with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. Many years passed with nothing heard from him, as he lived in his tiny rented room in an S.R.O. hotel in downtown Los Angeles, working as a manual laborer, custodian, and maintenance man, and writing many volumes of handwritten poetry. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2002 and was given a bass by William Parker; after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Grimes emerged from his room to begin playing concerts around Los Angeles and shortly afterwards, made a triumphant return to New York City in May 2003 to play in the Vision Festival.

Since then, often working as a leader, he has played, toured, and/or recorded with many of today's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, and Cecil Taylor. Grimes has also given a number of workshops and master classes on major campuses, released several new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 70, has now published the first volume of his poetry Signs Along the Road, and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He can be heard on more than 80 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City.

Learn more about the series.

Admission: 

Michael Manring

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Michael Manring has pioneered an entirely unique approach to performing on the electric bass. Manring has completely redefined the role of the electric bass as a solo instrument through his virtuoso technical innovations. His explorations with harmonics, and his extensive use of altered tunings are unparalled. Manring's six recordings as a solo artist have earned him international critical acclaim. He has been awarded two gold records, multiple Grammy nominations, a Berklee College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and numerous readers' poll awards including Bass Player magazine's 1994 Bassist Of The Year.

Project M is a unique string quartet consisting of Michael Manring, Grant Stinnett, Rob Gourlay, and Jim Stinnett. This band of blazing bassists is no ordinary act. No bottom heavy, muddy, sluggish grooves here. Harmony, melody, dynamics, and finesse are words normally not associated with multiple bass groups, but these guys will surprise and delight you. Dazzling technique, beautiful compositions, tasteful performance, and a host of sounds come from each player to form a very impressive polyphony.

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Bob Lada: Alexander Technique for the Composing and Practicing Musician

Wednesday / March 25, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Lada has been involved with the Alexander Technique since 1984 as a student and teacher. He is assistant director at the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge and a charter member of Alexander Technique International. In private practice, he teaches both individuals and groups for performing artists, athletes, people in pain, and all who are interested in exploring themselves. He also teaches locally at the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard Extension School. 

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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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