Clinics and Master Classes

The Art of Extemporaneous Composition: An Improviser's Approach to Writing Music

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Daryl Lowery

Daryl Lowery (tenor sax) and fellow Berklee faculty Mark Walker (drums), Dave Clark (bass), and Jiri Nedoma (piano) will perform new original music as well as selections from the quartet’s new recording, Unity of One. The performance will include a discussion of the creative process involved with each composition and unique approaches to the art of improvisation.

A Berklee faculty member since 1987, Daryl Lowery was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. Since coming to Boston, he has recorded and/or performed with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake, and Boston funk legend Ellis Hall. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band for the past 14 years and is featured on his latest releases, Black Coffee and White Chocolate. Lowery’s group, Instant!Groove released its highly successful first recording in 2004, of which  Jazziz magazine wrote “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as ‘acid-jazz.’ …The rhythm section’s elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos…resulting in a sound akin to guitarist John Scofield’s A Go Go CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood.” The group offered a new release in 2013, Let It Go.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Calarco Drum Clinic

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drummer Dave Calarco has played with an impressive list of jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, and Joe Lovano. He has recorded and toured with the renowned baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola for over 25 years.

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Game Audio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Berklee student Chris Burgess of the Video Game Music Club for an introduction into game audio.  He'll discuss the skills needed to create audio for video games, roles in the industry, and tips for starting a career in game audio.  No sign up is necessary; 5 week students are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
free

Why Rhyme? A Lyric Workshop with Pat Pattison

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:30 pm
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Pat Pattison, songwriting professor at Berklee, will discuss rhyme, lyric writing, and how to get the most out of your songs in this workshop.

As Pattison noted in an interview with Jonathan Feist, "Songs are made for ears, not eyes. Because people listen to songs, you learn to write for eyeless ears. Rhyme creates the ear’s roadmap through the lyric ideas..."

Come learn more at this event, which is hosted by the Berklee Center in LA and Village Studios.

RSVP here.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic with with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today. The topics covered in this clinic include: improvisation skills within the Latin jazz idiom; the most representative rhythmic patterns used in Latin jazz, such as rumba, cha-cha, Brazilian samba, and tango; solo analysis and solo transcription; melodic and rhythmic interpretation through listening and practice; and ensemble performance.

Admission: 
Free

iOS: Synths & Samplers Workshop

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

It’s taken some time, but the game has changed when it comes to the world of music production on the iPad. It is now viable to use the iPad on stage and in the studio for both performance and production. We’ll take a look at some of our favorite synthesizers and samplers for the iPad as well as a few useful pieces of hardware to enhance your experience. Sign up here.

Admission: 
free

Demo in a Day with GarageBand

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Learn to produce a complete piece of music using only GarageBand. Topics will include:

  • MIDI sequencing
  • Audio recording & mixing
  • Gear and session setup
  • Exporting audio
Admission: 
free

Heather Schmid, Dr. Rafay Mehdi, Jon Finn

Monday / June 30, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer-songwriter Heather Schmid, her husband Dr. Rafay Mehdi, and Berklee faculty member Jon Finn will present a unique musical project. Their combined efforts blend classical, pop, world, blues and jazz musical sensibilities with neuroscience.

Their song "One Pakistan" has been gaining  attention in that country, Dr. Mehdi's homeland. Schmid and Medhi have traveled to to Pakistan and performed for Pakistani dignitaries both here and abroad—now they come to Berklee to tell their story.

Admission: 
Free

Sheri Sanders Workshop

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting artist and vocalist Sheri Sanders presents a workshop on musical theatre, performance, and auditions.

Admission: 
Free

Build Your Own Sampler Instrument

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

During this event learn how to record samples and create your own sampler instrument. Topics covered will include:

  • Brief history of sampling
  • Advantages of samplers over synthesizers
  • Considerations when collecting samples
  • How to build a sample instrument in Reason and Kontakt
  • Shaping your sample and adding effects

 

 

Admission: 
free

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