Clinics and Master Classes

Mark O'Connor Open Rehearsal

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 12:00 pm
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 Open Rehearsal

Tuesday / December 8, 2009 / 12:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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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Jazz Italian Songbook by Teo Ciavarella

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 12:15 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Teo Ciavarella was born in the Puglian province of Foggia in San Marco in Lamis. He lives in Bolognam where he works putting on concerts, teachingm and promoting artistic events. A graduate of the faculty of Fine Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre (DAMS) at the University of Bologna with a thesis analyzing the stylistics of jazz in the 1950s and 60s, he has hosted seminars on jazz improvisation at various public and private institutions. In 2007 he completed his thesis on the American jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, obtaining his master's degree specializing in jazz piano at the Buzzolla Conservatorio in Adria. He has been teaching jazz piano at the Convervatorio Frescobaldi in Ferrara since 2006, and since 2007, he has been teching jazz piano at the Conservatorio G.B.Martini in Bologna.

Ciavarella has played concerts with jazz musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez, Matt Marvuglio, Marco Pignataro, Jeff Berlin, Luis Bonilla, Rick Peckham, Lou Fisher, Gary Keller, Jim Snidero, Jimmy Rivera, Julius Pastorius, Fidel Morales, Efrain Martinez, Paolo Fresu, Hiram Bullock, Greg Yasinisky, Antonello Salis, Cheryl Porter, Roy Paci, Fabrizio Bosso, Dhafer Youssef, Daniele Scannapieco, Stefano Di Battista, Henghel Gualdi, Gianluca Petrella, Mauro Ottolini, Piergiorgio Farina, Paolo Damiani, the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, singer Ruggero Raimondi, flautists Giorgio Zagnoni and Andrea Griminelli, poets Davide Rondoni, and Roberto Mussapi and actors Enzo Moscato and Piera Degli Esposti. He has collaborated on recordings and tours with Italian artists such as Lucio Dalla, Renzo Arbore, Pupi Avati, Claudio Baglioni, Paolo Conte, Vinicio Capossela, David Riondino, Francesco Baccini, Alfio Antico, and Roberto Freak Antoni. He has toured with theater companies and composed music for theater productions by actors Paolo Rossi, Antonio Albanese, and Enrico Bertolino. He has taken part in television and radio programs on Rai and Mediaset channels.

He has performed in various international jazz arts festivals such as Umbria Jazz (fourth edition), Urbino Jazz, Le Grande Parade Du Jazz de Nice, Festival Jazz de Samois-Fontainebleau, Comacchio Jazz, Festival de Rouen, Festival Jazz del Monferrato, Festival Jazz di S .Marino, Fano Jazz, Bologna Jazz Festival, Maratona Jazz Modena, Emilia Romagna Festival, Koblenz Festival, Marajazz, Suoni in Cava, Jazz in Lamis, Orsara Jazz, and CMPR Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico.

Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader: Halfway, a trio recording which took place at Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia; Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, Cheryl Porter, and Henghel Gualdi; and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, recorded live in the Aula Absidale S. Lucia at Bologna University and in the Beethoven Haus in Koblenz, during a tour in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin.

In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. At an award hosted by ANT Italia he received the Live Jazz for Life award for 2003.

Alongside his busy concert schedule, Ciavarella is involved in musical and artistic promotion and management. Both in 2001 and 2002 he directed and presented the Jazz in Baraccano festival, and in 2002 Jazz and University at the Cantina Bentivoglio jazz club in Bologna. He curated the Kelly Joyce Live and Gino Paoli in Jazz shows, both arranging and hosting the concerts with both artists. In 2001 he established the Dams Jazz Orchestra together with Paolo Granata which is now the official jazz orchestra of Bologna University. 

Admission: 

Adam Rogers

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 12:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Adam Rogers presents a clinic.

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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Jack DeJohnette Master Class

Thursday / October 8, 2009 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class with renowned drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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Jack DeJohnette Master Class

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class with renowned drummer Jack DeJohnette.

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Esterhazy String Quartet: Clinic

Tuesday / October 20, 2009 / 6:15 pm
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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