Clinics and Master Classes

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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Mark O'Connor Open Rehearsal

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical and flamenco music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling in the 1940s, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, Stéphane Grappelli. Between these musical extremes, O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 47, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As the Los Angeles Times noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."

O'Connor's first recording for the Sony Classical record label, Appalachia Waltz, was a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. The works O'Connor composed for the disc, including its title track, gained worldwide recognition for him as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. His follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a Grammy Award in 2001.
With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score Fiddle Concerto has become the most-performed modern violin concerto. Fanfare for the Volunteer, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Steven Mercurio, was released by Sony Classical in 1999. In 2000, O'Connor premiered his fourth violin concertoThe American Seasons: Seasons of an American Life, at Troy Music Hall in Troy, New York; the work was commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hall's concert series, and was recorded with the Metamorphosen chamber orchestra and released in 2001.
In August 2000, O'Connor's third concerto, Double Violin Concerto, received its premiere with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the second violin soloist and the Chicago Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach conducting. In 2003, O'Connor and Salerno-Sonnenberg recorded the work with Marin Alsop conducting the Colorado Orchestra. 
In J2001, O'Connor released Hot Swing! a tribute to his great friend and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli. Released on his own OMAC label, the CD was recorded live with Frank Vignola on guitar and Jon Burr on bass. A new Hot Swing CD entitled Live In New York has been released, as well as a new group line-up for concerts with original member Frank Vignola on guitar, and new to the ensemble, guitarist Julian Lage, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

In 2003, O'Connor completed his fifth concerto, Double Concerto for violin and cello ("For the Heroes") and often performs the piece with cellist Maya Beiser and Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2003, O'Connor was commissioned by the Academy of St. Martin the Fields to compose a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra. Violin Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" takes its inspiration from a Beaufort, South Carolina plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The recording conducted by Joel Smirnoff was released in March, 2009.

 O'Connor has also formed a piano trio to perform his "Poets and Prophets" composition inspired by the music of Johnny Cash. He often performs it in a collaborative concert concept with Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash. O'Connor has recently formed other ensembles including a
String Quartet concert entitled Evening of Strings with chamber music legends Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer and Matt Haimovitz, performing O'Connor's music exclusively. O'Connor recently brought back to the stage his solo recital, a one-man unaccompanied violin concert which features his six caprices and three improvisations as the centerpieces of the tour de force
performance.



As word of his considerable compositional talents has spread, O'Connor's musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers. Yo-Yo Ma has recorded the solo cello version of "Appalachia Waltz" and frequently performs it in recital. Renee Fleming has performed and recorded vocal arrangements O'Connor composed for her. The Eroica Trio performs his "Poets and Prophets Piano Trio No. 1" regularly, a piece they commissioned from him in 2003. Sharon Isbin has recorded his duet for violin and guitar, several top classical violinists are performing his "Caprices" in recital, his flute concerto "The Fallen" has been performed by a number of flutists and is slated for recording by Carla Auld, Dance troupes, including Twyla Tharp Dance Co., the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, are staging and choreographing to O'Connor's expressive American music, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently recorded his new Americana Symphony.

O'Connor regularly gives two-day residencies, lectures, demonstrations, or teaches workshops at a variety of prestigious musical programs. Some of his recent hosts include Juilliard School of Music, Harvard, Rice University, SUNY Fredonia, University Of Texas, Curtis Institute, Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Tanglewood, and Aspen Summer Festival. O'Connor will be the artist in residence at UCLA for the 2008-2009 season. He is the founder and president of the internationally recognized Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp and Strings Conference as well as the new Mark O'Connor String Camp. The Mark O'Connor String Institute at UCLA debuted this past summer.

O'Connor resides in New York.

 

 

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Mark O'Connor Open Rehearsal

Tuesday / December 8, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical and flamenco music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling in the 1940s, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, Stéphane Grappelli. Between these musical extremes, O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 47, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As the Los Angeles Times noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."

O'Connor's first recording for the Sony Classical record label, Appalachia Waltz, was a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. The works O'Connor composed for the disc, including its title track, gained worldwide recognition for him as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. His follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a Grammy Award in 2001.
With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score Fiddle Concerto has become the most-performed modern violin concerto. Fanfare for the Volunteer, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Steven Mercurio, was released by Sony Classical in 1999. In 2000, O'Connor premiered his fourth violin concertoThe American Seasons: Seasons of an American Life, at Troy Music Hall in Troy, New York; the work was commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hall's concert series, and was recorded with the Metamorphosen chamber orchestra and released in 2001.
In August 2000, O'Connor's third concerto, Double Violin Concerto, received its premiere with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the second violin soloist and the Chicago Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach conducting. In 2003, O'Connor and Salerno-Sonnenberg recorded the work with Marin Alsop conducting the Colorado Orchestra. 
In J2001, O'Connor released Hot Swing! a tribute to his great friend and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli. Released on his own OMAC label, the CD was recorded live with Frank Vignola on guitar and Jon Burr on bass. A new Hot Swing CD entitled Live In New York has been released, as well as a new group line-up for concerts with original member Frank Vignola on guitar, and new to the ensemble, guitarist Julian Lage, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

In 2003, O'Connor completed his fifth concerto, Double Concerto for violin and cello ("For the Heroes") and often performs the piece with cellist Maya Beiser and Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2003, O'Connor was commissioned by the Academy of St. Martin the Fields to compose a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra. Violin Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" takes its inspiration from a Beaufort, South Carolina plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The recording conducted by Joel Smirnoff was released in March, 2009.

 O'Connor has also formed a piano trio to perform his "Poets and Prophets" composition inspired by the music of Johnny Cash. He often performs it in a collaborative concert concept with Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash. O'Connor has recently formed other ensembles including a
String Quartet concert entitled Evening of Strings with chamber music legends Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer and Matt Haimovitz, performing O'Connor's music exclusively. O'Connor recently brought back to the stage his solo recital, a one-man unaccompanied violin concert which features his six caprices and three improvisations as the centerpieces of the tour de force
performance.



As word of his considerable compositional talents has spread, O'Connor's musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers. Yo-Yo Ma has recorded the solo cello version of "Appalachia Waltz" and frequently performs it in recital. Renee Fleming has performed and recorded vocal arrangements O'Connor composed for her. The Eroica Trio performs his "Poets and Prophets Piano Trio No. 1" regularly, a piece they commissioned from him in 2003. Sharon Isbin has recorded his duet for violin and guitar, several top classical violinists are performing his "Caprices" in recital, his flute concerto "The Fallen" has been performed by a number of flutists and is slated for recording by Carla Auld, Dance troupes, including Twyla Tharp Dance Co., the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, are staging and choreographing to O'Connor's expressive American music, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently recorded his new Americana Symphony.

O'Connor regularly gives two-day residencies, lectures, demonstrations, or teaches workshops at a variety of prestigious musical programs. Some of his recent hosts include Juilliard School of Music, Harvard, Rice University, SUNY Fredonia, University Of Texas, Curtis Institute, Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Tanglewood, and Aspen Summer Festival. O'Connor will be the artist in residence at UCLA for the 2008-2009 season. He is the founder and president of the internationally recognized Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp and Strings Conference as well as the new Mark O'Connor String Camp. The Mark O'Connor String Institute at UCLA debuted this past summer.

O'Connor resides in New York.

Admission: 

Mark O'Connor Performance Clinic

Wednesday / December 9, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical and flamenco music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling in the 1940s, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. Between these musical extremes, O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 47, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.

Admission: 
Free

Jean-Luc Ponty: Intricate Chords, African Rhythms

Monday / November 23, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied a unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Bring your string instruments to this workshop and play with this world-famous violinist. Students will have a chance to play over Ponty's own background tracks, an interesting challenge for the even the most advanced jazz improvisers. And, for a different rhythmic perspective, students will have a chance to work with some of the African rhythms from Ponty's album Tchokola.

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Marcus Santos

Friday / November 20, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos is a native of Salvador City in Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. His dedication to this cause has earned him a variety of opportunities and international success.

After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in the performance of hand percussion, as well as the Outstanding Musician and Community Service through Music awards.

His talents as a musician have landed him appearances on NBC (U.S.), MTV (Thailand), TV Globo (Brazil), and numerous venues around the world, including the Hard Rock Café (Orlando, U.S.), Kouen Mae Dori Classics (Tokyo, Japan), Rock in Rio (Brazil), Buddha (Mexico), Lincoln Center (New York, U.S.), Blend (Honduras), Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy), Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Holland) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, U.S.).

As an educator, Santos has led numerous workshops in Afro-Brazilian percussion at MIT, Harvard University, Brown University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) and Berklee College of Music. He currently works as a teacher at Somerville Public High School and is the artistic director of five drumming groups in the states of Massachusetts, Ohio, Philadelphia, Colorado, and Arizona in the U.S. In Boston, Santos is the cofounder and artistic director of AfroBrazil, an organization whose mission is to promote and teach Afro-Brazilian music and culture in the United States. He has also released A Modern Approach to Pandeiro, an instructional DVD on pandeiro playing that is now internationally distributed with subtitles in six languages.

Santos has shared the stage with Brand New Heavies (U.K.), 10-time Grammy Award–winner Paquito D'Rivera (Cuba), the Gipsy Kings (France) and Mambolada (Brazil). In 2000, he worked as director of percussion for a nationally broadcast \flamenco dance television special in Brazil called Gitana, and in 2001 he also recorded the Mambolada’s album, Larica Maria, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Brazil alone. In 2007, Santos was awarded with an endorsement from the world’s leading producer of percussion instruments, Latin Percussion, and the world leader producer of sticks, Vic Firth. In 2009, he was awarded another endorsement by Cooperman Frame Drums and now uses their top-line pandeiros in his workshops worldwide.

In July 2007, Santos taught and led a parading group of 300 drummers in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside Paul Simon’s percussionist, Jamey Haddad. In October of that same year, he taught master classes and performed in Pittsburgh at Drum Talk 2007, a festival that also featured Giovanni Hidalgo (Dizzy Gillespie), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), and Zakir Hussain (John McLaughlin). Also in October, Santos performed in the Sony Pictures Oscar-nominated movie Rachel Getting Married with Anne Hathaway along with Cyro Baptista (Herbie Hancock) and directed by Grammy Award–winning director Jonathan Demme (Saturday Night Live, Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs). That November, Santos performed at the world’s largest percussion event, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held in Columbus, Ohio.

In January 2008, Santos recorded the DVD Musically Speaking II, produced by BOSE and distributed in 33 countries, including China and Japan. In March, he toured Italy with the show La Passion by Grammy-nominee Osvaldo Golijov. In April, hereceived the most prestigious award from the Brazilian community in the U.S. when the Brazilian Immigrant Center honored him with the Outstanding Arts Performer award.

August 2009 was an Asia tour month. MTV produced a show entitled One World Party, in which Santos performed with musicians from different parts of the world, such as Bibi McGill (Beyonce’s music director and guitar player) and Jerry Meehan (Robbie Williams). On that same show, he also had the opportunity to play with the Brand New Heavies from England. On the second half of the month, he did a twelve-day tour of shows and workshops in Japan. In October, Santos was invited for a series of workshops and a concert at the Cultural Institute Brazil Venezuela in Caracas.

Marcus’ passion for Afro-Brazilian music and culture comes through in each of his many performances, classes, and workshops.

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