Clinics and Master Classes

How to Audition: Gwen Leathers

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A how to audition clinic with Gwen Leathers as part of Vocal Summit.

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Self-Accompanist Skills for the Vocalist with Adriana Balic

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A self-accompanist skills for the vocalist clinic with Adriana Balic as part of Vocal Summit.

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Vocal Techniques: Adriana Balic

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 10:00 a.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A vocal techniques clinic with Adriana Balic as part of Vocal Summit.

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Scat Class: Bob Stolloff

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Scat class with Bob Stoloff as part of Vocal Summit.

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Claudia Acuña Master Class

Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Music, the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based record label founded by Branford Marsalis, has joined forces with Berklee College of Music to bring Marsalis Jams to Cafe 939, Berklee's student-run, all-ages music venue and coffee house. The program, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction, will be presented periodically during the college's academic semesters as Marsalis Berklee Jams.

Whether delivered in the Spanish of her native Chile or the English that has served her well during her years in the United States, Claudia Acuña creates music resonant with determination, compassion, and commitment to struggling for and sustaining her hope for a better world. "The majority of musicians who I know or admire want to make a piece of music their own," she says, while also noting that "words are written for a reason, and the images in lyrics are a key to motivation." The images that inspire Acuña, drawn from her own creations as well as classics of Central and South America, coalesce in her Marsalis Music debut En Este Momento (At This Moment) and create a program powerful in both its message and its musicality. Claudia will wil be joined by John Cowherd on piano, Mark Kelley '02 on bass, and Edgardo "Yayo" Serka on drums and percussion.

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Free

William Ross

Wednesday / April 14, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
William Ross

Thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Emmy-award winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and music director William Ross will visit Berklee on April 13, 14, and 15. While here, Bill will offer guest lectures and master classes, as well as participate in activities related to BMI at Berklee Day on Wednesday, April 14, including an open interview hosted by Film Scoring Department Chair, Dan Carlin.

William Ross is a prolific, award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He recently completed the score to Universal Pictures' first CGI-animated film, The Tale of Despereaux, and has composed music for such films as Ladder 49, The Game of Their Lives, Tuck Everlasting, The Young Black Stallion, and My Dog Skip. He also adapted and conducted the score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Mr. Ross has arranged music for a remarkable list of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, to mention just a few. The records on which he has worked have sold over 250 million copies combined in the United States. He has served as Music Director and Conductor for many artists and occasions, including Barbra Streisand's historic 2006 and 2007 concert tours and the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007, for which he received his second Emmy Award. 

Mr. Ross is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, two BMI Film Music Awards, and was nominated for an Annie Award and a Grammy Award. For more information about Mr. Ross, visit williamrossmusic.com.

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Triple Helix Master Class

Friday / April 30, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Triple Helix piano trio will perform and critique new music by student composers Marcus Bagala, Courtney Swain, Gregory Houston, Marco Scorsolini, Maria Eugenia Leon Mazorra, and Sulene van der Walt, as part of their fourth annual Berklee residency. That same evening, Triple Helix will premiere Greg Hopkins's "Out of the Shadows," featuring Hopkins on trumpet with the trio. Both events are free and open to the public.

Triple Helix has been praised for their concerts across the U.S. The trio is the resident chamber ensemble at Wellesley College. Its members perform as soloists worldwide and teach at Wellesley, Boston University, and the Boston Conservatory. Their innovative programming makes connections between the classic trio repertoire and contemporary innovations, and brings together musical styles that span the globe.

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Janis Ian: Songwriting Master Class

Wednesday / April 7, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The featured guest at Berklee's 16th annual Liberal Arts Symposium, Janis Ian is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist, and author. Through her singing, songwriting, writing, and personal journey, she reveals how one can lead an integrated and balanced life, and connect and control one’s creativity and artistry. She has had a highly successful five-decade singing and songwriting career, beginning in the 1960s. Her discography includes 52 albums; her publications include science fiction stories and novels; she has contributed regularly to the Advocate and Performing Songwriter; and she has written her autobiography, Society's Child: My Autobiography (Tarcher/Penguin Publishing, 2008).

In the early 2000s, Ian was one of the first artists to allow free music downloads from her website and document that this led to dramatically increased album sales. Her 2002 Performing Songwriter article, “The Internet Debacle,” written before iTunes, changed public opinion about the availability of music on the internet.

Ian is a survivor, who has an important story to tell. She published her first song at age 13, had her first hit at age 15, and won her first Grammy Award at age 24 for her song "At Seventeen.” Yet she remained unsure of herself, allowed others to define her, and nearly lost her way. Her strong will, and decision to take a 10-year hiatus to learn who she was, helped her achieve a long career. Her journey demonstrates the importance of lifelong learning to attain success as a person and artist.

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Carlo Aonzo accompanied by Elena Buttiero

Monday / March 29, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Carlo Aonzo is recognized as one of the top mandolinists performing in the world today. Equally adept as an improviser and interpreter of mandolin music, Aonzo has won top honors in both classical and bluegrass mandolin competitions in both Europe and America. He will be accompanied by harpsichord/pianist Elena Buttiero, with whom he has recently released a CD of original mandolin works The Eighteenth Century Mandolin.

Aonzo is in high demand for his concerts and teaching, with annual classes given in both New York City and his home town of Savona, Italy.

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The Joy of the Clarinet: Improvisation in Turkish Gypsy Music

Monday / February 8, 2010 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Artists-in-residence Hüsnü Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars will present and demonstrate concepts of improvisation and rhythm in Turkish gypsy music. Players are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Hüsnü Senlendirici hails from Bergama, Turkey where he was born in 1976. A highly accomplished and world-renowned master clarinetist, Senlendirici is the leader and founder of the ground-breaking Turkish gypsy fusion group  Laco Tayfa. He is also a member of the acclaimed classical Taksim trio. 

The New York Gypsy All-Stars are an up-and-coming rising sensation based in New York City. Led by young clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski, the New York Gypsy All-Stars also features Tamer Panarbasi on qanun, as well as Berklee alumni Panagiotis Andreou (bass), Engin Gunaydin (drums), and Jason Lindner (keys). 

Clinic topics will include Maqam theory, rhythmic cycles of Turkey and the Balkans, polyrythms, fusion concepts and contemporary approaches to improvisation.

This clinic is part of Berklee's annual Middle Eastern Festival, sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity, and directed by Christiane Karam.

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