Clinics and Master Classes

Jazz Composition Ensemble with Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs

Wednesday / April 23, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Pianists and composers Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers.

Admission: 
Free

Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski

Wednesday / April 23, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen, hear their bird calls, and listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music. Professor Fiuczynski will demonstrate how microtonal bird calls can be organized into microtonal chord scales for soloing, comping, and composition.

Admission: 
Free

Flamenco Influences

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

After a year long study of different Flamenco styles, faculty pianist Nando Michelin will share the influence he found in some of the characteristics of this unique style.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci and the Berklee Bass Department

Friday / May 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci shares his brilliance, experience, and pedagogy with any and all. These events, hosted by the Bass Department, often include a lot of playing by Patitucci, Steve Bailey, and other student and faculty guests. Bring your instrument as the format is often conducive to sitting in! Electric and upright bass, and all other instrumentalists, are welcome and will gain from Patitucci's wide range of experience.

Admission: 
Free

All Styles: Solo Piano Demo

Tuesday / March 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Piano Department faculty member Tim Ray will give an overview of all the important styles associated with jazz piano, including ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, Latin, New Orleans, and others. He will discuss the major pianists in each genre and talk about what makes each style different from the others. And he'll demonstrate these differences by performing the same song in each style, a song that everyone in the room will know—guaranteed. 

Admission: 
Free

Upper Structure Triads: The Harmonic Approach

Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of  “Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads,” and teacher of the lab “Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2” will be giving two master classes on upper structure triads this semester. In the first class she will teach you how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. You will learn the formulas for quick tension-specific recall for each specific chord quality. Many practice methods will be explored. Part I of this set of master classes focuses on the harmonic usage of upper structure triads, such as composing open position voicings and harmonizing melodies. Part II will explore the linear approach used in jazz improvisation and composition. Join us for this informative hour!

Admission: 
Free

Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, and the Berklee Bass Department

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Visiting artist Eddie Gomez and faculty member John Patitucci share their talent, experience, and pedagogy with the Berklee community. Hosted by the Bass Department; electric and upright bass players, as well as other instrumentalists, are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
Free

The Spicy Score with Yuval Ron Ensemble: East Meets West in Film Scoring

Tuesday / February 25, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
The Village
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
90025

In this master class, composer and Berklee alumnus Yuval Ron (score and songs for the 2007 Oscar-winning West Bank Story) will discuss and demonstrate the unique properties of Middle Eastern instruments and Eastern musical modes, as well as innovative approaches in film scoring. Ron has consulted with numerous film composers, including James Horner and Joel Goldsmith, on the use of ethnic instruments and Eastern musical styles. YRM Records has released Film Music of Yuval Ron: 20 Years of Innovative Scores. A TED talk presenter, his ensemble has toured the world and worked in film, TV, video games, theater, dance, and performance arts for more than 30 years.

Doors: 6:30 p.m. Event: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Self-parking is available on-site. Special refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are required; click here to RSVP.

Admission: 
Free

Lenny White Guest Clinic

Tuesday / February 11, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Famous drummer Lenny White will present a clinic.

 

Admission: 
Free

Benedetto Guitars Presents: The Jazz Guitar – History, Architecture and Performance Characteristics with Howard Paul, President/CEO and Jazz Guitarist

Monday / March 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

About Benedetto Guitars: 

Robert Benedetto, son of a master cabinet builder and grandson of a Steinway Piano company artisan, began building guitars in 1968. A jazz guitarist himself, he quickly recognized the need to refine traditional violin construction techniques in guitarmaking while acknowledging the needs of professional players. By the 1980s, he was a premier and highly demanded luthier; in 1993, he published his landmark book Making an Archtop Guitar which launched a renaissance period in luthery. His instruments were soon featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and his instruments became sought after by collectors. From 1999 to 2006, he licensed Fender Musical Instrument Company to build his guitars in their custom shop under his personal supervision; in 2006, he ended this agreement to regain control of the construction process and build on his brand. Today, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. has 16 full-time employees and generates over 300 handcrafted guitars per year from the Savannah, GA workshop, shipping world-wide. 

Howard Paul is the President/CEO of Benedetto. He began playing guitar at age 4, and jumped into jazz at age 10. Following a professional music career and undergraduate studies, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and became a logistics officer and commander during his ten years of service. In 1995, he left the military to become an executive in a steel distribution company, all the while continuing to perform professional with many of the world’s top jazz musicians. In 2006, he left Chatham Steel Corporation to help Bob Benedetto establish Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA. He continues to perform in concerts, jazz festivals, and clubs; teaches clinics and workshops at colleges and universities; and oversees daily operations of Benedetto Guitars. He regularly performs with pianist Bob James, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, bassist Ben Tucker, jazz organist Tony Monaco's Trio, and as leader of his own trio and quartet.

 

Admission: 
Free

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