Clinics and Master Classes

Sin Bandera Member Noel Schajris

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Blessed with a melodic touch that made them a sensation right out of the gate, Sin Bandera enjoyed enormous acclaim and commercial success with their self-titled debut in 2002 and continued to record superlative romantic Latin pop in the years that followed.

Formed in 2000, Sin Bandera is composed of Leonel García and Noel Schajris; the former is from Mexico, the latter Argentina, and both are musicians, composers, and singers. Schajris had already released a solo album, in 1999, but when the two singer/songwriter/musicians befriended one another and realized how complementary they were to one another artistically, they joined together and began to work on songs for an album. García played guitar, Schajris played piano, and fellow musician Aureo Baqueiro assumed the role of producer, also contributing various instrumentation. The guys decided to bill themselves as Sin Bandera (without a flag) because of their mixed heritage, as well as their belief in unity among diverse peoples.

They debuted with the song "Entra en Mi Vida," an expressive love song that was chosen to be the main theme of a Mexican telenovela, Cuando Seas Mía. Other singles followed, including "Kilómetros" and "Sirena." Released in early 2002, Sin Bandera steadily found international success, mainly in Mexico but also in Spain, Argentina, and the United States—that is, all the major Latin markets—in addition to smaller markets like Costa Rica. The album won that year's Latin Grammy for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and it also netted a standard Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. Other awards showered on the duo included an MTV Latino Award for Best Group and a Lo Nuestro Award for Best Pop Album.

Following this rash of breakout success, Sin Bandera returned to the studio quickly and recorded a follow-up album, De Viaje (2003), with Baqueiro again producing and playing a multitude of instruments. De Viaje sold even better than Sin Bandera had, and it featured the duo's first Hot Latin Tracks chart-topper, "Mientes Tan Bien." Other singles include "Que Lloro," a Top Five hit, and "De Viaje," which broke into the Top 20. This second round of success was topped off with another Latin Grammy win for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Also in 2003, Sin Bandera toured America and Spain in support of Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz, who was on the road promoting No Es Lo Mismo (2003), another of the biggest Latin pop albums of the year. In 2004, they mounted a tour of their own, covering all of Latin America, even small markets like Bolivia and Paraguay.

For their third album, Mañana (2005), García and Schajris reached beyond Baqueiro, reeling in such collaborators as contemporary r&b producer Brian McKnight, arranger Bill Meyers, Latin rapper Vico C, and Italian pop superstar Laura Pausini. The result was their most stylistically diverse album yet, certainly their most urban—not unlike No Es Lo Mismo in this regard, as that album had found Sanz toughening up his sound with urban flourishes. Mañana became their first album to break into the Billboard 200; it was also their first to break into the Top Five of the Top Latin Albums chart. "Suelta Mi Mano" was the biggest hit among the singles, with "Que Me Alcance la Vida" also charting well. Pasado (2006) followed soon afterward. An album of covers, Pasado showcases Sin Bandera reinterpreting songs by such well-known contemporary Latin pop influences as Sanz ("Lo Ves"), Ricardo Montaner ("Será"), Aleks Syntek ("Mis Impulsos Sobre Ti"), and Rosana ("Si Tu No Estas Aqui").

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Luis Marin: Latin Piano Styles

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As a pianist, Luis Marin is often recruited to record at different musical productions with well-known artists. His services are in demand by the biggest names in the Latin music industry.

Marin has also shared the stage with Latin piano master Eddie Palmieri on various occasions, at Palmieri's own request on important concerts. In the Latin music genre, it is considered a high honor to be acknowledged by Palmieri. 

Marin was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and began studying piano at age 7.

During 1984 he enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he majored in professional music, remaining there until 1986. While living in Boston he had the opportunity to perform with different bands, and was known throughout the city as pianist and arranger. These groups included Caribbean Express (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), Herman Johnson's Band (at Ryle's Jazz Club at Cambridge), and Jorge Arce Grupo Humano. Marin's work has been shared in productions for Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States.

On 2003, Marin toured as a pianist with the celebrated group Fania All Stars. He has been part of important live presentations and recordings with artists such as Palmieri, Tito Puente, Richie Ray, Papo Lucca y Sonora Ponceña, Juan Luis Guerra, Andy Montañez, Cheo Feliciano, Fiel a la Vega, Elvis Crespo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rita Moreno, Mario Bauzá, Yuri Buenaventura, Cuto Soto, Luis Garcia, Tony Vega, Humberto Ramirez, Mandy Vizoso, and Gilberto Monroig.

In 1997, after various years playing as a side man, the organizers of the PR Heineken JazzFest invited Marin to make his debut as a leader. Luis Marin New Jazz Group shared the stage that night with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist George Benson.

It was at this successful presentation, in front of a hometown crowd, that Marin was given the chance to express his innermost feelings through his group, delighting the audience with an eclectic repertoire within the tradition of Latin jazz, becoming automatically a powerful force in this category. In 1999 he started the production of his first album as a soloist, Inconsolable, integrating major influences in his style, and rendering a special tribute to one of Puerto Rico's most esteemed singers, Gilberto Monroig. In 2004 Marin released his second album as a soloist, Live at the Nuyorican Cafe, with great reviews.

Marin is also on the staff of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, participating as jazz piano professor in the recently created Jazz and Caribbean Music Department.

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Issac Delgado

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

Issac Delgado was one of Cuba's most well-known musicians before defecting to the United States in 2006. A founding member of timba's seminal group NG La Banda, Delgado has received two Latin Grammy nominations, and his solo recordings with Gonzalo Rubalcaba earned him a number of EGREM prizes, the Cuban equivalent of the Grammy. 

Issac Felipe Delgado Ramirez was born in Mariano (Havana), Cuba. The middle child of three, his father was a tailor, his mother a performer at the Teatro Musical de La Habana. When he was 10 years old he started studying the violincello, but within a couple of years realized he wasn't all that interested in the instrument. In fact, what he really wanted to do was play soccer. Enrolling in a different school, he turned his skill and attention wholly to the game.

In 1979 Delgado enrolled in the Instituto Superior de Cultura Fisica Manuel Fajardo where he strove to become licensed in sports, although by that time he was already a fan of salsa. The following year he joined pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Grupo Proyecto. Delgad refocused his educational goals, enrolling in a school for professional musicians and taking additional voice lessons.

Delgado really came into his own when he joined NG La Banda in 1988. NG La Banda was making its name with a new sound called timba at a time when Cuba was experiencing change during the tumultuous era called the "Special Period," following the waning of Soviet influence. The band, timba, and Delgado caught the public's imagination and launched Delgado to both local and international fame.

Following these years of enormous success, Delgado launched his own group in 1991. The '90s were busy years for the singer as the group performed, won awards (an EGREM in 1992, 1993, and 1995) and opened his discotheque Azucar in Cancun. In 1995 Delgado signed with Ralph Mercado's RMM label, which gave him further exposure, opportunities, and growing international acclaim.

In 2006, Delgado settled in Tampa, Florida. The move to the U.S. was spurred by a desire for more artistic freedom, although the singer has stated in numerous interviews that it was the death of his mother in 2005 that finally freed him to quietly cross that border.

Delgado then signed with Univision's La Calle Records and hooked up with salsa producer and starmaker Sergio George to collaborate on his first album from the U.S., En Primera Plana. The album title means "on the front page," a fitting description of Delgado's life. The album was nominated for numerous awards, including Grammy and Latin Grammy awards for Best Tropical Album.

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Mandolin Virtuoso Mike Marshall

Friday / November 6, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished and versatile acoustic musicians, a master of mandolin, guitar, and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles, he puts his stamp on everything he plays with an unusually potent blend intellect and emotion—a combination of musical skill and instinct rare in the world of American vernacular instrumentalists.

Now living in Oakland, California, Marshall grew up in central Florida, where throughout his teens he played and taught bluegrass mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. In 1979, at the age of 19, he was invited to join the original David Grisman Quintet. He has since been at the forefront of the acoustic music scene, playing on hundreds of acoustic-music recordings both as lead artist and ensemble performer. His 1982 CD Gator Strut is a classic example of a new generation of bluegrass virtuoso instrumentalists forging new directions in this vital musical style.

Throughout his career, Marshall has performed and recorded with some of the top acoustic string instrumentalists in the world, including jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Connor, five-string banjo phenom Béla Fleck, bassist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Edgar Meyer, and classical violinist Joshua Bell.

In 1986 Marshall founded the Modern Mandolin Quartet, which released four recordings for Windham Hill Records that redefined the mandolin in a classical-music setting. In 1995, the quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut and, in 1996, received a Meet the Composer grant from the Lila Wallace Foundation.

Meanwhile, Marshall traveled to Brazil and began his love affair with choro, an indigenous music that is to Brazil what bluegrass is to the U.S. He embarked on an in-depth study of the style that resulted in the CD Brasil (Duets). This recording showcases Marshall at the top of his form as a mandolinist in duet settings, and features top instrumentalists such as Andy Narell, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, bassist Michael Manring, and keyboardist and flutist Jovino Santos Neto.

Marshall has continued to push the boundaries of acoustic instrumental music. After tapping Fleck and Meyer for the Brasil (Duets) project, he collaborated with the two masters on a 1997 Sony Classical release Uncommon Ritual. The album charted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical Chart, where it remained for more than three months. The follwing year, the ensemble opened the Chamber Music Series 1998 season at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Marshall worked with Meyer yet again on the 1999 Short Trip Home, another Sony Classical recording with Joshua Bell and fiddle-and-mandolin player Sam Bush. 

Today Marshall can be heard on the Car Talk soundtrack recording every week on NPR along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman, and Tony Rice. In addition Mike composed and recorded the theme music for the San Francisco based radio program Forum heard daily on KQED radio.

Over the past several years, Marshall has also been collaborating Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. The two mandolinists began playing together at festivals, and their performances eventually evolved into a duo, recording their first album in 2003. The CD, Into the Cauldron, is a mandolin duet project performed entirely on mandolin and mandocello. Into the Cauldron was released on Sugar Hill records, and was listed in the top ten of Amazon.com's favorite recordings for 2003.

Marshall is currently working on further collaborations with Darol Anger; performs intermittently with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile; and has just released a CD project with pianist Jovino Santos Neto entitled Serenata featuring the music of Hermeto Pascoal Brazil's most important musician/composers living today. The CD has been released on Marshall's own label, Adventure Music.

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Taller de Musica Experimental

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Experimental Music Workshop hails from Carabobo, Venezuela. Members include Enrique Lara, alto sax; Manuel Lara, drums; Pedro López, piano; Fernando Martínez, electric bass; Luis Natera, cuatro; José Muñoz, cumacos and voice; Martha Colmenares, macuayas; Félix Lara, maracas; and Guiro
Ana Colmenares, manager.

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Ramón Vázquez

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ramón Vázquez was born in the Cuban province of Matanzas and at a very early age, he moved to Puerto Rico with his family.
He began music while still in middle school participating in a student band. His first musical steps were with the triangle and the clave. Upon learning from his music teacher that the band needed a bassist, Vázquez accepted the challenge and began his lifelong dedication to the study of this instrument.

Vázquez graduated from the famed Escuela Libre de Música in 1989 with high honors. He studied bass privately and participated in several workshops and seminars including: The Manhattan School of Music Summer Workshop, the Bass Summit at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, and for three years (1995-97) Berklee in Puerto Rico, where he was awarded for outstanding musicianship with a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. Vázquez continued his musical studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's of music in classical double bass and musical education.

During his musical career as an educator, he worked in different projects and institutions. He is professor and founding member of the New Jazz and Caribbean Music Department of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He taught at the Popular Music Department of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Vázquez also actively helped develop and establish the International Association for Jazz Education, Chapter of Puerto Rico, and was elected as an executive member. Vázquez has been extremely involved as a professor and lecturer in various institutions in and out of Puerto Rico.

His talent and charisma have allowed him to work with a great number of pop, jazz, and classical artists, in and out of Puerto Rico. In classical music he was invited as a soloist with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Costa Rica, San Juan Pop Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico while becoming one of the most sought-after bassist in the local music industry.

He has shared the stage, played and/or recorded with some of the best names in jazz and Latin jazz including: Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Eddie Gomez, Justo Almario, Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D`Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Samuels, Emil Richards, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Airto Moreira, Jane Bunnett, and Miguel Zenón, among others.

Vázquez completed his first musical album On The Move, which was released in 2003. In this album, he integrated several music influences and developed a convincing personal style, which led to excellent reviews and a nomination for Winner Music 2004 in Puerto Rico, at the Premios Tu Música. Vázquez is working on his second production.

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Mariano Martos

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A close-up of the flamenco style. Flamenco has a great deal of history, rhythms, polyrhythms, and esthetical conceptions that will be explained and developed. Recorded examples played by real flamenco musicians will be used. Students will have the possibility of playing a bass solo composition with samples or improvising over original recordings.

The focus will be on four basic flamenco rhythms or "palos": rumbas, tangos, tanguillos, and bulerias. Students will work on how to visualize the instrument, focusing on the flamenco guitar techniques applied to the bass as alzapua, the rasgueo and flamenco phrasing. Each rhythm will be explained gradually according to the difficulties, using peruvian box, claps, shakers, rhythmic, and poly-rhythmic exercises. Ensembles will be made in order to practice these concepts.

Different patterns and possibilites of each palo will be worked out, rhythmically and harmonically, combining the traditional way of playing with these techniques. Students will play a song or idea in order to apply all the concepts that have been presented.

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Songwriters Workshop

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Learn from two of Nashville's hottest songwriters, Tim Johnson and Jim McCormick, who have written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and many more.

The workshop is designed to help writers craft their songs into hits and will include introduction to the art of lyric and melody, insider information on the state of publishing and the music business, and song critiques-bring a copy of your song and 10 copies of the lyrics.

There will be a reception/performance at the Cactus Club following the workshop. This is a great opportunity to connect with writers in the business.

Admission: 
Free

Matt Glaser: Songs Your Grandmother Would Know if Your Grandmother Was Hip

Thursday / October 15, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come jam three Thursdays in a row with leading String Department faculty! All string players welcome.

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Mimi Rabson: Conducting Improvisation

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come jam three Thursdays in a row with leading String Department faculty! All string players welcome.

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