Clinics and Master Classes

Percussion Days: Sam Ruttenberg

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A highly sought-after educator, percussion, and drum set artist and author, Sam Ruttenberg has taught professionals as well as some of the most promising talent in the Philadelphia area, including 18-year-old Justin Faulkner, who is a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and is considered one of the best young drummers in the world today. With a diverse background in both drum set and percussion performance, Ruttenberg has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Perry Como, and Al Martino, as well as touring/recording with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ruttenberg currently teaches at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Rutgers University Camden, and is also an active clinician with endorsements from Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Taye drums.

Published in PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer magazine, Ruttenberg has also published his own book, Drum Tips (HoneyRock 2009), designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship. Additionally, he transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book.

Ruttenberg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.

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Jerome Sabbaugh

Wednesday / March 9, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh will teach a workshop on saxophone, jazz, and improvisation. A particular emphasis will be placed upon devising and implementing an effective practice routine, as well as developing strategies for jazz improvisation and group playing that can benefit all instrumentalists. Topics will include sound production; rhythm practice; different ways to work on ear training; strategies for improvisation, including motivic development and selective listening; developing a personal style; and repertoire practice and composing.

A Berklee graduate and a New Yorker for 15 years, Sabbagh will also talk about his experience making a living as a jazz musician in the city. He will play with a quartet, featuring Nadav Remez on guitar, as well as demonstrate the techniques he is using. Questions are welcome.

Sabbagh has recorded four critically acclaimed albums. North (Fresh Sound New Talent) and Pogo (Sunnyside), with Ben Monder, Joe Martin, and Ted Poor, focus on original compositions. One Two Three (Bee Jazz), with Ben Street and Rodney Green, is an album of standards. Sabbagh's latest effort, I Will Follow You (Bee Jazz), is a freer project with Monder and French drums legend Daniel Humair. North was selected best album of 2005 by the French monthly Jazzman, as well as included in the Ottawa Citizen 10 best list of 2005, while Pogo, One Two Three, and I Will Follow You each got 4 stars in DownBeat. Sabbagh has played with drummers Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Eric McPherson, Jeff Ballard, and many others.

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Bunny Brunel

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

When Chick Corea watched Bernard "Bunny" Brunel play one night at an upscale London jazz club in 1978, Bunny was unaware of the ultimate significance Corea would play in his future success as a bassist. A few weeks after that visit to London, Chic called Bunny on the telephone and asked him to pack up and join him on a worldwide tour. Bunny quickly accepted and went on to record the classics "Tap Step" and "Secret Agent" with the legendary jazz fusionist.  

The roster of artists Bunny went on to record and perform with is practically a who's who of music industry giants. Notables include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Joe Farrell, and a list too numerous to mention here. Bunny was the musical director for the 2007 comeback tour for Michel Polnareff.

Besides his work as a performer, he is equally at home in the roles of composer, arranger, producer, and designer. As a soundtrack composer, Bunny collaborated with Clint Eastwood in creating the main theme, "Claudia's Theme," for the award-winning film, Unforgiven. He also worked on several TV shows, including the popular series Highlander. As a designer, Bunny created a line of electric bass guitars for Carvin and an electric upright bass.

Bunny has released eight wonderful solo albums: Touch, Ivanhoe, Momentum, Dedication, For You to Play, L.A. Zoo, and his latest, Cafe Au Lait. He has also produced and performed with the group CAB. They released CAB and the Grammy-nominated CAB 2, and CAB 4, with Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger, Patrice Rushen, and Dennis Chambers, as well as CAB Live and the latest release, Theatre De Marionnettes, with Virgil Donati on drums and guest star Chick Corea. These projects highlights his beautiful compositions and melodic solos and show off breathtaking basslines.

Taking an active interest in helping bass players, Brunel regularly gives seminars on his unique approach to the instrument. He has written several books available through Mel Bay Publications, Hal Leonard Publications, and Backstreet Books Publications as well as three instructional videos.

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Chamber Music Reading Session

Monday / February 14, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Missing Mozart? Dreaming of Debussy? Reveling in Rachmaninoff? Come play in Berklee's Performance Division Chamber Music Jam Sessions. Repertoire and instrumentation to be announced. Led by woodwind faculty member Barbara LaFitte.

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Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency Featuring Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr.

Friday / February 4, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Walfredo Reyes Sr.

Walfredo Reyes, Sr. is an internationally renowned percussionist and drummer. He has recorded with a stellar cast of artists in both Cuba and the United States, including Tito Puente, Rolando La Serie, Louie Bellson, Cachao, Alex Acuna, Tito Rodriquez, Chico O’Farrill, Jose Fajardo, Linda Ronstadt, and Steve Winwood. Working in Las Vegas for many years, Reyes Sr. also performed with Milton Berle, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Goulet, Rich Little, Bernadette Peters, Rita Moreno, Juliet Prowse, Ben Vereen, and Dionne Warwick.

Reyes Sr. is one of Cuba’s most influential drummers and one of the pioneers in fusing percussion with drumset. His diverse background and experience make him one of the most in-demand clinicians and educators in the country today. Reyes Sr. was recognized for his extensive percussion work with a Modern Drummer Award at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival.

Walfredo Reyes Jr.,

Few drummers playing today can successfully combine the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban, and world percussion with the drum set. For Walfredo Reyes Jr., fusing the two disciplines has been his driving passion. In fact, by blazing this path, Reyes has challenged the technical levels of our instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico and culminating his musical style in the U.S., Wally (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own truly global rhythmic style. Simply put, Wally is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one-man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with: Carlos Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Lindley, Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, Smokey Robinson, Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Boz Scaggs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Johnny Hallyday, Khaled, Lindsey Buckingham, and many others.

Because of his versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in-demand musicians in the world today. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education, live performance, and touring.

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The Annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency: Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Rehearsal)

Wednesday / February 2, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency features Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr. in an open rehearsal.

Walfredo Reyes Sr. is an internationally renowned percussionist and drummer—one of Cuba's most influential. He has recorded with a stellar cast of artists in both Cuba and the United States, including Alex Acuña, Cachao, Tito Puente, Linda Ronstadt, and Steve Winwood. Working in Las Vegas for many years, Walfredo Sr. also performed with Milton Berle, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Wayne Newton, among others. He was recognized for his extensive percussion work with a Modern Drummer Award in 2005.

Fusing the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban, and world percussion with the drum set has been the driving passion of Walfredo Reyes Jr. By blazing this path, he has challenged the technical levels of the instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the United States, "Wally" (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own, truly global, rhythmic style. Simply put, he is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one-man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with Jackson Browne, Ricki Lee Jones, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, and Steve Winwood, among others. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to record, produce, compose, teach, perform, and tour.

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Debra Byrd

Tuesday / February 1, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Debra Byrd's resume is beyond impressive. She's sung duets with some of the world's best-known artists, recorded numerous movie soundtracks and commercials, had roles in five Broadway shows, and conducted nationwide seminars. It's no wonder "Byrd" is in such high demand.

Byrd has been the vocal coach and arranger for American Idol and its North American tours since its inception, bringing her knowledge of musical expression and performance to groups of eager singers. With a natural gift for vocal artistry, Byrd not only helps the "future Idols" perform and arrange their music selections, she is a mentor and in many ways the heart of the franchise.

She believes that one of the keys to vocal success is keeping the essence of what the songs represent by capturing what makes them special. "To be an Idol, you have to have more than a good voice," Byrd says. "You need to have presence, a connection with the songs and understand what you're presenting."

Byrd was born in Cleveland to a musical family. She studied piano at an early age and studied opera for eight years beginning at age 12. As a teenager she cofounded and sang in church choirs, performed in a band, and narrated children's concerts for the Cleveland Orchestra. At the world-renowned Karamu Theater, she received training in acting and improv while serving as musical director there as well as at the East Cleveland and Dobama theaters.

Along with Idol, Byrd has been the vocal supervisor for Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard (national tour) and vocal coach for the Holland America cruise line and All My Children, among others.

Her longtime association with Barry Manilow includes performing as his opening act, providing backup vocals for many of his performances, and creating the vocal arrangements for many of his shows. She has sung duets with Bob Dylan, and performed or recorded with the Eurythmics, UB40, Lyle Lovett, Roberta Flack, and Bob Geldof.

As an actor, Byrd received outstanding reviews for her role as 'da Singer in the national touring company of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Byrd was also featured on Broadway in The Human Comedy, Haarlem Nocturne, and both the national tour and Broadway productions of Ain't Misbehavin'. In 2001, Byrd was nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Byrd has developed an online vocal course, an instructional DVD, and an electronic pitch pipe. In the works is a line of herbal products to protect, soothe, and enhance the voice.

 

 

 

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Nicolasa Kuster Clinic

Friday / February 25, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Nicolasa Kuster is the bassoon professor at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, principal bassoon of the Stockton Symphony, and a member of the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet. She discovered a passion for teaching at the college level when she left a full-time orchestra job to take a position as principal bassoon of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a job that was linked to Wichita State University School of Music and the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet (2000–2008). She is a founding director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, an international competition for young women bassoonists. Plans are under way for the second MQVC symposium in January 2012.

Before entering academia, Kuster held positions in the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and spent five seasons performing with the Spoleto Festival orchestra in Italy. She has been a guest artist and teacher at numerous festivals and workshops. Her appearances include a one-month solo tour of Kazakhstan, televised performances in Italy and Panama, and numerous performances in the United States.

Kuster is committed to empowering young musicians to find satisfying lives in music, and her former students can be found performing in a number of professional ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; many are active teaching at both the high school and college level around the country, or at work building successful careers in other music-related venues.

 

 

 

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Guthrie Govan Clinic

Friday / January 28, 2011 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guthrie Govan is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Guthrie combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities with a penchant for memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock a la G3 or fusion jazz or chicken- picking country or groove-driven funk or down-home blues or whatever other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.

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Jeff Coffin Clinic

Monday / March 21, 2011 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jeff Coffin is a world-traveled, internationally recognized saxophonist, composer, and educator. He is a three-time Grammy Award–winning member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, which he joined in 1997. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with the Dave Matthews Band and officially joined the group in 2009 following the death of founding member LeRoi Moore. 

Coffin, who lives in Nashville, has traveled the world performing with musicians of all walks since graduating with a music education degree from the University of North Texas in 1990. Artists with whom Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Branford Marsalis, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, McCoy Tyner, the Wailers, and many, many others.

Coffin is an in-demand Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist and, since 2005, has presented well over 150 clinics to students of all ages to rave reviews. Some of his compositions are available as big-band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado Press and one of his tunes was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In his clinics, Coffin stresses and reinforces the fundamentals of musicianship. A solo performance starts the ball rolling, followed by a thoughtful, open, candid back-and-forth discussion.

Coffin is also an avid photographer and sees photographic composition and musical composition and improvisation as going hand-in-hand.

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