Clinics and Master Classes

A Conversation with Robert Kraft

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Kraft has worked as a screenwriter, composer, songwriter, recording artist, record producer, and, since 1994, the chief executive of Fox Music. During his tenure, Fox has produced, among many others, the Academy-Award winning films Avatar, Titanic, Black Swan, and Slumdog Millionaire. In addition he oversees the music for the longest running sitcom in television history, the multi-Emmy–winning series The Simpsons.

Robert Kraft received an Oscar nomination, Golden Globe nomination, and a Grammy nomination as composer of the song "Beautiful Maria of My Soul" from the film The Mambo Kings. He also coproduced the Oscar-winning song "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid.

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The All-Seeing Eye: Inside the Composer's Studio with Wayne Shorter

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States

Film has had a major impact on the artistic innovation of Wayne Shorter, who will be the special guest at a screening and discussion of The Fountainhead, a 1949 film based on the novel by Ayn Rand and starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. The film will be shown at 2:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with Shorter.

Actress Carolina Shorter and musician Patricia Zarate will interview Shorter, who personally selected the film for screening, about the influence of The Fountainhead on his music, his creative process, and his concept of humanity. For Shorter, practicing or playing an instrument is all about becoming more human, and he says the challenge is to create music that speaks of the eternity of things. "Tragedy is temporary," he says. "The constant is that which transcends tragedy." Members of the audience will also have the opportunity to participate in the discussion. Free and open to the public in the Remis Auditorium.

Admission: 
Free

The Three Cohens

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

Admission: 
Free

The Three Cohens

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The 3 Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

The clinic is free to Berklee students with IDs.

Admission: 
Free

Ramon Vazquez Clinic

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This bass clinic will cover some rhythmic aspects and how to work with the rhythm section, mainly oriented to Latin music. Also covered will be bass technique exercises, scales, arpeggios, improvisation, study plan, and phrases for comping tumbaos. Some examples use original compositions and may include a traditional standard tune. 

The clinic will feature Ramon Vazquez, bass; Alain Mallet, piano; Carlos Averhoff Jr., saxophone; Yoron Israel, drums.

Ramon Vazquez Martirena, bassist, composer, recording artist, arranger, and producer, was born in the Cuban province of Matanzas. He has worked with a great number of pop, jazz, and classical artists in and out of Puerto Rico, enabling him to become one of the most sought-after bassist in the local industry. He's had the gratifying opportunity to work with some of the great performers of popular music, such as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Olga Tañon, Tony Vega, Enrique Iglesias, Eddie Santiago, Jerry Rivera, Lissette, Lucecita Benitez, Danny Rivera, Gina Maria Hidalgo, Yehuda Glantz, José Nogueras, Andy Montañez, and Wilkins. Vasquez also has on his musical résumé performances with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico National Symphony Orchestra, and the San Juan Pop Orchestra. He has also participated in dozens of recordings, including Olga Tañon's Grammy Award–winning album Olga Viva, Viva Olga.

He has had the opportunity to play with some of the best names in jazz and Latin jazz, including Chick Corea, Justo Almario, Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D'Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Samuels, Emil Richards, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Marco Pignataro, Richie Flores, and Miguel Zenón.

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John Jorgensen Quintet

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds.

At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John's dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, Jorgenson and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul. Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country, and he has performed with some of the most respected European proponents of this style, Biréli Lagrène and Romane. His playing has been included on a CD with Babik Reinhardt and Jimmy Rosenberg, and on another featuring Angelo Debarre and Moreno. In 1988 Curb Records released Jorgenson's After You've Gone CD, a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled '30s swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.

Growing up in Southern California, Jorgenson was playing both the piano and the clarinet by age 8. At 12 he got his first guitar and practiced voraciously while continuing to study classical music on woodwinds. By age 14, he was playing professionally. Learning first to play rock guitar, he absorbed other guitar styles as quickly as he discovered them. This broad musical palette has enabled him to play with artists as diverse as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, and Benny Goodman. He is an A-list session player working in L.A., Nashville, and London and has appeared on numerous platinum-selling and Grammy-winning CDs.

Jorgenson first came to national prominence in the mid-1980s with the Desert Rose Band, which he cofounded with Chris Hillman. The band earned five No. 1 singles and garnered several awards. During this time, Jorgenson won the ACM's Guitarist of the Year award three consecutive times. Following the Desert Rose Band, Jorgenson formed another award-winning group, the virtuosic guitar trio the Hellecasters. Originally conceived as a one-off gig for fun, the group went on to produce three acclaimed CDs and a live video, winning both Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year from the readers of Guitar Player Magazine for the stunning debut effort Return of the Hellecasters, released in 1993.

In 1994 Elton John invited Jorgenson on an 18-month world tour. The 18 months stretched into a six-year period that included not only sold-out world tours, but also recordings, television appearances, and collaborations with many other artists including Sting and Billy Joel. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Jorgenson was also featured on saxophone, pedal steel, mandolin, and vocals.

Although Jorgenson is well-known in the pop, country, and rock world, gypsy jazz is the style of music closest to his heart. Because of his international reputation as a gypsy jazz player, he was twice asked to recreate Django Reinhardt's music for feature films, Gattaca and Head in the Clouds. The latter, released in early 2005 and starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, features Jorgenson on camera as Django Reinhardt, complete with burned hand and gypsy moustache.

2004 also marked the release of Franco-American Swing on J2/FGM Records. As Jorgenson's latest creative work, the CD is full of infectious gypsy jazz music. The Nashville Chamber Orchestra joins him in this collection of original compositions and gypsy jazz classics, pushing the boundaries as it adds to the tonal palette of traditional gypsy jazz. Beautiful melodies and soulful virtuosity abound for listeners treated to Jorgenson's dazzling fretwork and sizzling clarinet playing. Additionally, Jorgenson released two gypsy jazz guitar instruction books and DVDs, and a third instruction book is due to come out later this year.

Currently living in Nashville, Jorgenson tours worldwide playing gypsy jazz with the John Jorgenson Quintet. He also performs in the U.K. with his electric band, John Jorgenson and Friends, and continues to collaborate with other artists live and in the studio.

Current members of the John Jorgenson Quintet:

Doug Martin
A Native of California, Martin has performed worldwide with acclaimed gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt and brings a fiery rhythmic drive to the Quintet.

Jason Anick
New to the Quintet in 2008, Anick is a prodigious graduate of the prestigious Hart College and is quickly making a name for himself as an exciting jazz violinist.

Simon Planting
Planting is a world-renown bassist in the world of gypsy-jazz known for his tenure with respected gypsy traditionalist Fapy Lafertin and the progressive Robin Nolan Trio.

Rick Reed
Reed spent many years in New York playing jazz before relocating to Nashville, where he has performed with a diverse range of artists, including Shelby Lynne and Ray Davies.

John Jorgenson is a proud patron of the only dedicated gypsy jazz venue in the world, Le Quecumbar in London, U.K.

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ASCAP @ Berklee Day: Patrice Rushen Clinic

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patrice Rushen, ambassador of artistry in education at Berklee, is an award-winning musician and composer who is one of the most sought-after artists in the music industry. The classically trained pianist originally found success in the '70s and '80s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and r&b. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song "Forget Me Nots," which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists.

Rushen is also a four-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry's top award shows, including the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and HBO's Comic Relief V.

Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with many artists, including such esteemed names as Ndugu Chancler,  Herbie Hancock, Prince, Lee Ritenour, Carlos Santana, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. She is a record producer and an award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rushen is also an artist in residence/curriculum consultant for the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's Popular Music Program.

Rushen also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS's Grammy in the Schools program, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.

 

 

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Wayne Shorter Master Class

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
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. The event is part of Berklee's Global Jazz Summit for Humanity and Peace, April 25–27.

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Arabic Music Workshop with Simon Shaheen

Tuesday / April 19, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin.

Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.

In the 1990s he released four albums of his own: Saltanah (Water Lily Acoustics), Turath (CMP), Taqasim (Lyrichord), and Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom), while also contributing cuts to producer Bill Laswell's fusion collective, Hallucination Engine (Island).

He has contributed selections to soundtracks for The Sheltering Sky and Malcolm X, among others, and has composed the entire soundtrack for the United Nations-sponsored documentary, For Everyone Everywhere. Broadcast globally in December 1998, this film celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Charter.

But perhaps his greatest success has come with Blue Flame (ARK21, 2001), where he leads his group, Qantara, on a labyrinthian journey through the world of fusion music to discover the heart of the Middle East. The album has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and the band's performances have been called "glorious."

In this clinic, Simon Shaheen will demonstrate different concepts of classical and traditional Arabic music, on the violin and on the oud. Audience participation is encouraged.

The clinic will be followed by a Berklee Performance Center concert featuring Simon Shaheen and the Berklee All Star Middle Eastern Ensemble.

The Berklee Annual Middle Eastern Festival is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Diversity and Inclusion Office, and was founded and directed by faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten and Bela Fleck Master Class

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award winners Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones come together for a master class unlike any other. Come and be ready to play.

Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, is known for his solo career and his work as a member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Wooten is also a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, magician, husband, and father of four. His book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music (Berkley/Penguin, 2006) is used in Berklee's LHUM-100 Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry Seminar. Wooten illustrates in his book that musical gifts mirror those from life, and that each movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning, as long as one is open to finding it. Learn more about Wooten's residency.

Béla Fleck is one of the world's most innovative and technically proficient banjo players. He has won 11 Grammy Awards, received 27 nominations, and has been nominated in more categories than any other musician in Grammy history. Best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, he has performed or recorded with Edgar Meyer, Chick Corea, Doc Watson, Dave Matthews Band, Ginger Baker, Phish, and countless others. A New York native, he picked up the banjo at 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt and Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka.

Host: John Repucci, Bass Department assistant chair; Dave Hollender, professor, Ensemble Department. This event is part of the 17th annual Liberal Arts Symposium, sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department, Professional Education Division Herb Alpert Scholars Program, the Office for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Faculty Development.

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