Clinics and Master Classes

Esterhazy String Quartet: Clinic

Tuesday / October 20, 2009 / 6:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Esterhazy Quartet—violinists Susan Jensen and Eva Szekely, violist Leslie Perna, and cellist Darry Dolezal—will read and discuss several Berklee student compositions.

Throughout its distinguished career, the quartet has delighted audiences on three continents with both its discerning interpretations of standard repertoire and its commitment to performing modern music of the Americas. The group promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes and workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers.

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Esterhazy String Quartet: Clinic

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 6:15 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Esterhazy Quartet—violinists Susan Jensen and Eva Szekely, violist Leslie Perna, and cellist Darry Dolezal—will read and discuss several Berklee student compositions.

Throughout its distinguished career, the quartet has delighted audiences on three continents with both its discerning interpretations of standard repertoire and its commitment to performing modern music of the Americas. The group promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes and workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers.

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Adam Rogers Master Class

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Adam Rogers gives a master class.

Adam Rogers was born and raised in New York. He studied jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins, and John Scofield. During his four years at the Mannes Conservatory of Music he studied classical guitar with Frederic Hand. Since the beginning of his professional career he has played on over one hundred and fifty commercially released recordings. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, the Middle East, and Russia. Rogers has been enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, Down Beat, Jazz Times, the Village Voice, Newsweek, Jazziz, Jazz Hot, the Chicago Sun Times, the L.A times, Jazzwise, and the New Yorker, among numerous other periodicals worldwide.

For eleven years he co-led the innovative and critically acclaimed group Lost Tribe, which has toured nationally and internationally, releasing three albums. Rogers has also been featured performing, touring, and recording with artists such as Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Walter Becker (of Steely Dan), Regina Carter, John Zorn, Randy Brecker, and Laurie Anderson, among others, as well as playing music for the theater with the Great Lakes Theater Company, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera.

In the summer of 1999 Rogers was the featured soloist with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra performing John Mclaughlin's "Apocalypse." He has also maintained a presence in the New York studio world having on the soundtracks of numerous pop and jazz records, films, and television commercial jingles.

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Ned Rothenberg: Group Improvisation and Tonality

Wednesday / October 21, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ned Rothenberg composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music which he has presented for the past 30 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. He has led the ensembles Double Band, Power Lines, and Sync (his most recent assemblage with Jerome Harris, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar, and Samir Chaterjee, tabla) and was a founding member of the cooperative group New Winds. He has worked on other projects with Paul Dresher, Yuji Takahashi, Sainkho Namtchylak, Masahiko Sato, Elliott Sharp, Samm Bennett, John Zorn, Katsuya Yokoyama, Evan Parker, and Marc Ribot. He's lived and worked in New York City since 1978.

Rothenberg's musical interests are numerous and his work varies widely in its sonic, emotive, and stylistic profiles. A strong underlying element of his instrumental voice is the extension of the woodwind language to incorporate polyphony and accurate microtonal organization through the manipulation of multiphonics, circular breathing, and overtone control, not only using his horns in their standard melodic role but also as rhythmic and harmonic engines in both solo and ensemble contexts. 

Rothenberg's frequent international travels have included a six-month residency in Japan during which he performed his music and studied shakuhachi with two of the foremost masters of the instrument, Goro Yamaguchi and Katsuya Yokoyama. In the summer of '89 he toured the (then) Soviet Union with Tom Cora (cello), Peter Hollinger (drums), and Elliott Sharp (guitars). In October '92 he returned to Russia and the Baltics in duo with the Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak. In January 2002 he traveled to South Korea for the first time to work with saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan and percussionist Park Ji-Chun. These are just a few examples: international touring continues each year playing festivals, theatres and clubs as a leader or collaborator.

Rothenberg has recently formed Animul Records, its initial release was Intervals, a two-CD set of solo music for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, and shakuhachi. This was followed by the debut CD R.U.B. with percussionist/DJ Samm Bennett and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Its entitled, strangely enough, Are You Be. Next came Sync's second CD, Harbinger. Animul's most recent release is The Fell Clutch, a jam band for big-eared listeners withTony Buck, drums, Stomu Takeishi, fretless bass, Rothenberg and sometime special guest, Dave Tronzo, on electric slide guitar. Just out (July, 2007) is a live duo recording with Rothenberg and Evan Parker. 

Rothenberg has 2 recent releases on John Zorn's Tzadik labelInner Diaspora features Sync along with two preeminent improvising string virtuosi, Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander. Through the music and in his liner notes Rothenberg responds to the complexities of his Jewish heritage. The Lumina Recordings, is a retrospective reissue of Rothenberg's solo recordings from 1981-85 with vastly improved sound and detailed documentation. In addition, selected recordings include: Ghost Stories; Port of EntryThe Crux; Parting, Overlays and Real and Imagined Time; Amulet; Monkey Puzzle; PotionDigging it Harder From Afar; The Cliff and Traction; Opposites AttractTools of the Trade. His work as a sideperson can be heard on labels such as Tzadik, Deutsche Grammophon, Zomba, Nonesuch, A&M, ECM, BMG, Axiom, and Virgin with leaders including John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Steve Nieve, Marc Ribot, Sainkho, Marisa Monte, So La Liu, and Fusanosuke Kondo.

Born in 1956 in Boston, Rothenberg graduated from Oberlin College and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, privately with Les Scott (saxophone and clarinet), and George Coleman (jazz improvisation). However, his trademark solo technique is self-taught. He has received grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, Cary Trust, Lila Wallace Foundation, Chamber Music America, Asian Cultural Council, Roulette, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Japan Society, and ASCAP.

 

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Jack DeJohnette Master Class

Tuesday / October 6, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class with renowned drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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Saying Sounds: Bob Blumenthal Show with special guest Greg Osby

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bob Blumenthal

Acclaimed jazz critic, author, and former RIAA commissioner Bob Blumenthal interviews Greg Osby, who shines just as brightly in his own realm. The saxophonist, composer, and producer has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as an ensemble leader and as a guest artist playing with Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, and many others. The evening will include live music by Osby's band. Read the press release.

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Vince Cherico/Robert Quintero

Thursday / February 19, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drummer Vince Cherico is a musical chameleon who performs in many musical styles, primarily jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music. From 1995-2006, he was the drummer for Ray Barretto's New World Spirit Sextet, where he developed his reputation as a first-call Latin jazz drummer.

In 1998, Cherico first performed with the original Caribbean Jazz Project, which began long musical relationships with Dave Samuels and Paquito D'Rivera. In 2004, Cherico joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and continues to perform and tour with them in support of their two Grammy-nominated CDs.

Among the artists Cherico has also performed with are the Arturo O'Farrill Sextet, the Dee Dee Bridgewater Group, and the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet. He has recently performed and recorded with Claudia Acuna, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, and many others. Cherico is also on the faculty of the Drummer's Collective, Queens College Jazz Program, and Long Island University Jazz Program.

Percussionist Robert Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by other high-profile music acts. He is comfortable working in any genre of music, from symphonic to jazzy Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban. His father, a respected composer, singer, and purcussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Quintero on percussion throughout his adolescent years.

Quintero comes from a long line of outstanding musicians which includes his uncle, Carlos Nene Quintero, and cousin, Luisito Quintero. He studied at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Venezuela and Orchestra Sinfonica Juvenil de Venezuela. He joined the popular music ensembles, Grupo Madera and Oscar D'Leon, where he enjoyed widespread, worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillfull conga work, Roberto also plays bongos, drum set, djembe, timbales, and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. He has worked with Dave Samuels, Diane Schuur, Richard Bona, Gato Barbieri, Jack De Johnette, and many others.

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The Midi Harp: Its Use and Application

Friday / February 20, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Martha Gallagher and David Kortier have collaborated on using MIDI technology with today's harp. They have been touring America, giving clinics about this new harp for the past year. They were featured in the Summer AHS journal, the national conference in Detroit in June 2008, as well as numerous festivals in the East. They will discuss the design of the harp and it's components, the use of the instrument in composition, and for recording and live performance. Useful for composers of all types.

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Bassam Saba: The Art of Free and Metric Improvisation and Ornamentation

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Bassam Saba

With Bassam Saba (oud, nay, buzuq, saz, flute, violin) and April Centrone (percussion). This interactive course will introduce students to the fundamentals of Arabic music—improvisation and ornamentation—with Arabic instruments such as the oud, nay, buzuq, and violin. Saba and Centrone will demonstrate metric and free improvisation, drawing parallels to jazz music in the interaction between drum and melodic instrument. They will compare Western classical phrases to those in classical Arabic music, and show Western classical music with Arabic-style ornamentation. The music will reveal nuances in ornamentation shared by the drum and melodic instrument that create the classic Arabic sound. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments. Sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity.

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Bobby Hicks Clinic and Masterclass

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bobby Hicks's career has spanned five decades. He was born in North Carolina in 1933. When he was 20 years old, he joined Bill Monroe's band, playing on many landmark recordings. He later spent 12 years playing shows in Las Vegas and Reno, before moving back to North Carolina and returning to his bluegrass roots.

He has earned three gold records and one platinum record and won five Grammy Awards, eight International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and three CMA Instrumental Group of the Year Awards. Hicks has toured and recorded with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Bluegrass Album Band, and the Earl Scruggs Review.

Bobby's visit to Berklee will start with an interview and clinic, after which he will work with student fiddlers and bands. This is a chance to ask questions of one the all-time great players and to get feedback and instruction on exactly how to play breaks and backup on bluegrass songs.

The masterclass will focus on:

  • The role of the fiddle when playing on bluegrass songs.
  • How to play melody-based intros and solos
  • How to effectively backup singers and other instrumentalists
  • Stylistic techniques and considerations for bluegrass fiddle 

Students from Berklee bluegrass ensembles will play, followed by as many fiddle players as time permits. Fiddlers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to play.

 

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