Clinics and Master Classes

Upper Structure Triads: The Harmonic Approach

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads, and instructor of the labs Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2, will give a clinic on upper structure triads.

Suzanna teaches 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 chord quality. Many practice methods will be explored. This clinic focuses on the harmonic usage of upper structure triads, such as comping open-position voicings, and harmonizing melodies.

Join her for this informative hour.

Admission: 
Free

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Piano Department Chair Stephany Tiernan, along with faculty members Neil Olmstead and Doug Johnson, will present a clinic on how to practice less and accomplish more. Tips will include helpful insights to maximize the effectiveness of your playing and practice routines.

Admission: 
Free

Launching a Sound Career in LA

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard founded Hexany Audio with the dream of creating an environment where great artists could thrive. He currently heads up project development and management in addition to working on projects in a variety of creative capacities. Richard has credits on AAA games, blockbuster films, and regularly lectures on the topic of game audio. He’s also been a firm believer in Terran domination since the original StarCraft.

In this presentation, Richard will:
• Introduce to Hexany Audio
• Skype with his office and team in LA
• Analyze a recent Coca Cola / AMC spot
• Discuss what an audio production company look for in its employees
• Q&A

Admission: 
Free

Successes in the Latin Music Industry in Europe

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Franca De Gasperi, director and founder of one of the biggest Latin music festivals in Europe, LatinoAmericando, will speak with the Berklee community about how she has helped to develop a stronger musical connection between Latin America and Europe. She has worked with artists such as Mana, Calle 13, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, and Marc Anthony, just to name a few.

Admission: 
Free

Alon Yavnai: Improvisation and Free Play

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alon Yavnai

Berklee associate professor and pianist Alon Yavnai presents an interactive workshop which focuses on being "in the moment" when improvising. The workshop explores ideas embodied in this quotation from violinist, composer, poet, teacher, and computer artist Stephen Nachmanovitch: “The heart of improvisation is the free play of consciousness as it draws, writes, paints, and plays the raw material emerging from the unconscious. Such play entails a certain degree of risk.”

Yavnai was born and raised in Israel, where he studied classical and popular music. From 1991-1993, he lived in Costa Rica and played with Paquito D’Rivera. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, and in 2001, he beca e an integral member of D’Rivera’s Latin jazz quintet and his jazz chamber trio. He has also played, toured, or recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Joe Lovano, and the Boston Pops, among many others. He has performed for several films and television programs and has appeared as a soloist for numerous renowned orchestras.

Admission: 
Free

Revive Big Band Clinic

Wednesday / December 3, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Heralded by the Village Voice for having some of New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound. Formed in 2010 by trumpeter/composer/arranger Igmar Thomas, a Berklee alumnus, this multi-generational ensemble knows no limits as they advance and celebrate the tradition of the big band. Their repertoire features original compositions and inventive orchestrations of jazz standards and contemporary classics, in never-before-seen, and sometimes never-to-be-seen-again, live performances.

Revive Big Band’s recent shows include Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary, SummerStage Presents, the Art of Cool Festival, the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide Celebration, 2014 WinterJazz Fest, and Brooklyn Jazz with Oliver Lake and Sean Jones; special collaborations with Bilal, Savion Glover, and Pharoahe Monch; and tributes to G.U.R.U and A Tribe Called Quest.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting Artist John Patitucci will hold the first of his semesterly clinics in an open format, with playing, discussion, and questions about bass technique and music.

Admission: 
Free

Compression Techniques

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Compression is an essential tool for just about any mix in every style of music. From subtle smoothing to aggressive smashing, compressors can help make your mixes louder and more modern-sounding. In this workshop, you'll learn how compressors work and techniques for dialing them in to suite your tracks. Topics will include:

  • Compressors vs. limiters
  • Using the attack and release times to control the groove
  • Ratio, threshold, and other compression parameters
  • Parallel compression and sidechain compression techniques

Admission: 
Free

Plug-In to ProArts

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Did you know Berklee is in a network of arts colleges in the Boston area? Meet other student artists, musicians, writers, dancers, producers, and performers in an interactive, collaborative environment. Food and refreshments will be provided!

For more information, visit proarts.org.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman Tango Clinic

Monday / September 22, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tango clinic by renowned saxophonist and composer Oscar Feldman, accompanied by Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free

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