Clinics and Master Classes

So You Want to Be Famous? with Livingston and Sally Taylor

Wednesday / February 9, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fame and celebrity have huge appeal for many artists and performers. How many times has the image of yourself receiving a Grammy cropped up in your mind after writing a kickass tune? How many times have you mentally walked the red carpet dressed to the nines or mind-jotted your acceptance speech at the Golden Globes? Fame is all around us and the famous are everywhere seemingly all at once: on television, the covers of magazines, charity galas, award ceremonies, radios, and advertisements. In this clinic, Sally Taylor and faculty member Livingston Taylor explore the impact fame has historically had on artists. Examine the pros and the cons behind fame’s tantalizing allure. Thoroughly assess your own goals and motivations when it comes to your artistic dreams and gather some techniques on how to sell yourself without selling your soul.

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IMC Clinics in Quito: Production and Sound

Monday / January 31, 2011 / 8:00 am
Instituto de Música Contemporánea
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito
EC
United States

Students in Ecuador can take advantage of an in-depth exploration of music production over three days of eight-hour clinics at Quito's Institute of Contemporary Music, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The sessions will be led by Berklee's Rob Jaczko, chair of music production and engineering and Stephen Webber, professor of music production and engineering. 

Rob Jaczko, a former staff engineer at A&M Studios (Hollywood CA), has been Berklee's MP&E chair since 2000. His recording credits include sessions with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Ron Wood, Crowded House, Toto, Graham Nash, Vinnie Colaiuta, Danilo Perez, Pat Metheny, and many others.

Stephen Webber, an Emmy-winning composer, has been a member of the Berklee faculty since the 1990s. A multi-instrumentalist who often contributes guitars, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, and turntables to his productions, Webber has recorded with Mark O'Connor, Tony Trishka and Meshell Ndegeocello, and performed with Bela Fleck, Grandmixer DXT, and Emmylou Harris. Music Production Analysis, Webber's newly authored course for Berkleemusic, recently won the national Best Online Course Award from the University Continuing Education Association.

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Armen Donelian Trio

Tuesday / February 8, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Armen Donelian trio features George Schuller on drum set and faculty member Dave Clark on bass.

Donelian, a pianist and Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, and educator, was born and raised in the New York City area. His work reflects influences from Armenian, classical, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music. He has recorded or performed in festivals in 23 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own groups, and with bands led by Chet Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Harper, Sonny Rollins, and Mongo Santamaria.

Called "a pianist with a crystalline touch but a penchant for avant-gardism" by the New York Times, Donelian has composed more than 90 works. Among his honors are six awards as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and six Jazz Performance Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. An adjunct professor of piano and jazz Improvisation at the New School University and at William Paterson University for over two decades, Donelian is the author of the two-volume book/CD set Training the Ear, in use in classrooms throughout the world. In 2011, he is releasing a new quintet album in the United States and publishing a book on piano pedagogy in Germany.

George Schuller, drummer, composer, arranger, and producer, has released several albums as a leader including Like Before, Somewhat After and Round 'Bout Now. He leads several groups (Circle Wide, George Schuller Trio) and coleads several others (Conference Call, Trio This, Whirrrr). Schuller has recorded and/or produced albums with Joe Lovano, Gunther Schuller, Luciana Souza, and Peter Yarrow, among others, and has toured off and on with such sonic mavericks as Burton Greene and Lee Konitz. He was also a coproducer for the 2007 film documentary Music Inn, which was screened at the Tribeca, Berkshire, Galway, Munich, and Prague film festivals.

The trio is recorded on the album Oasis, released on Sunnyside.

 

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Jorge Drexler Clinic

Wednesday / January 19, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler matches a world music sensibility with the rhythms of his native Uruguay. Artists such as Mercedes Sosa, Shakira, Omara Portuondo, Maria Rita, Ana Belén, Victor Manuel, and Zélia Duncan have recorded on his songs. Drexler released his first album, La Luz Que Sabe Robar, in 1992, the same year he earned a doctorate from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. His albums have received a combined total of seven Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations, and he's won two Spanish Music Prizes. Drexler became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award with Best Original Song "Al Otro Lado del Río," from the internationally acclaimed film The Motorcycle Diaries. Drexler's recent work includes the soundtrack for James Ivory's film The City of Your Final Destination.

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Songs of the Isley Brothers featuring Ernie Isley

Tuesday / February 15, 2011 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ernest "Ernie" Isley is a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with the long-running r&b band, the Isley Brothers. This talk will be part of a weeklong residency with Ernie Isley.

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Carol Wincenc Clinic

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. In the 2009–2010 season, she celebrates her 40th anniversary as a performer with the Carol Wincenc Ruby Anniversary Series, a three-concert series in New York taking place at Merkin Concert Hall, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Juilliard School featuring the premieres of six newly commissioned works by Joan Tower, Jake Heggie, Thea Musgrave, Shih-Hui Chen, Andrea Clearfield, and Jonathan Berger.

Wincenc's musicianship is matched by a deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. With the Detroit Symphony, she gave the world premiere of a flute concerto written for her by Pulitzer Prize–winner Christopher Rouse. Wincenc also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki's Concerto-Cantata at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony. She is in demand for her interpretation of Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra—a work written for her—and has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, and Tobias Picker, who composed The Rain in the Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W.S. Merwin. 

Recent appearances have included performances of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto with the Rockford Symphony (IL), the Santa Rosa Symphony (CA), and ProMusica Columbus. In the past two seasons, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the summer of 2007, Wincenc received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brevard Music Center and inaugurated the new Barrere Flute Studio at the Chautauqua Institution with a solo recital.

Wincenc has appeared with the St. Louis, Atlanta, and Seattle symphonies; the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras; and at the Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Caramoor, Marlboro, Sarasota, and Music @ Menlo festivals. Overseas, Wincenc has given acclaimed performances with the London Symphony Orchestra; the English Chamber Orchestra; and the Aldeburgh, Budapest, Tivoli, and Frankfurt international music festivals. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, Wincenc has collaborated with the Guarneri, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets and performed with sopranos Jessye Norman and Elly Ameling, pianist Emanuel Ax, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She is flutist with the New York Woodwind Quintet and a prolific recording artist. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for the 2005 Naxos recording of works by Yehudi Wyner with Richard Stoltzman and other renowned colleagues. Her recording of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto for Telarc with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony won the highly coveted Diapason d'Or.

Wincenc is a professor of flute at both the Juilliard School of Music and Stony Brook University. She often serves as a judge for prestigious competitions, including, in 2009, the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Kobe International Flute Competition. Lauren Keiser Music Publishers are releasing The Carol Wincenc 21st Century Series for Flute, which features the artist's favorite flute repertoire. The Carol Wincenc Signature Editions compilations are published by Carl Fischer.

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Mike Clark Clinic

Monday / February 14, 2011 / 12:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Mike Clark presents a clinic.

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Grisha Goryachev Clinic

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting practiced by legends such as Paco de Lucía, Ramón Montoya, and Sabicas.

Goryachev began playing guitar at the age of 6, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child prodigy, Goryachev performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union. Following a tour of Spain, he was invited to play for de Lucía, who soon afterwards personally intervened in support of his application for a United States visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of extraordinary ability. Goryachev received bachelor, master, and doctor of musical arts (dissertation pending) degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk.

In 2006, Goryachev received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. His YouTube videos have attracted over 2 million views. A track from his album Alma Flamenca was used in Julia Roberts's movie Duplicity.  

 

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Songwriting Master Class

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting Department will be holding an open master class for students.

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Songwriting Master Class

Thursday / April 7, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Songwriting Department will be holding an open master class for students.

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