Clinics and Master Classes

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Danilo Perez

Tuesday / November 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Danilo Pérez on Tuesday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida Building at Berklee College of Music at 921 Boylston Street in Boston.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 26, Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez will be the featured guest.

Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of pan-American jazz has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (such as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. 

Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez went to Berklee in the 1980s and has led his own groups since the early 1990s. As a bandleader, he has earned three Grammy nominations. Pérez serves as the UNESCO Artist for Peace, artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He also presides over the Danilo Pérez Foundation, a music outreach program for children of poverty in Panama.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Pérez. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent more than 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series: Ben Street

Monday / November 18, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents The Masters Speak Series featuring Ben Street on Monday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. The event is located in the Uchida building at Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street.

The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. On November 18, world-renowned bass player Ben Street will be featured. A native of Gorham, Maine, Street is considered one of the most sought-after bass players in the jazz community. After studying with Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland at New England Conservatory, Street moved to New York City in 1991 to continue his career in music. While he is most closely associated with the Danilo Perez Trio, of which he is a part, he has played with Kurt Rosenwinkle, James Moody, and Lee Konitz, among many others.

Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series and countless other jazz musicians throughout his career.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

Eric Krasno

Wednesday / October 16, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno will give a clinic for all instrumentalists. Topics will include ensemble playing, getting a band playing together, and soloing. He will perform with a guitar faculty Jeffrey Lockhart and a student band.

Admission: 
Free

Neil Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Interscope Records

Monday / October 7, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Music Business Management hosts Neil Jacobson's visit to a section of their Intro to Music Business class for a discussion and Q&A about the current state of labels and the music industry.

Admission: 
Free

Donald Brown Clinic

Wednesday / October 9, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Donald Brown will present a clinic/performance on jazz interpretation, improvisation, and composition.

Admission: 
Free

Melissa Aldana

Wednesday / October 9, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana graduated from Berklee in 2009 and recorded her first two albums, Free Fall and Second Cycle, for Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label. In September, she won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. 

She currently lives in Manhattan and has become part of the city's jazz scene, performing with some of the greatest contemporary jazz artists—Benny Golson, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Francisco Mela, and Antonio Sanchez—and playing in some of the jazz's best-known venues, including Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Gallery, and Lincoln Center.

Aldana will talk about her time at Berklee and how she started her career in New York City. She will also be giving a master class with a student band lead by Edmar Colon.

Admission: 
Free

Neil Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Interscope Records

Monday / October 7, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Music Business Management hosts Neil Jacobson's visit to a section of their Intro to Music Business class for a discussion and Q&A about the current state of labels and the music industry.

Admission: 
Free

Minamo: Experimental Electronic Music from Japan

Thursday / October 3, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Formed in 1999 by Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga, Minamo has performed and collaborated with some of the most important artists in ambient electronic music, such as Taylor Deupree, Lawrence English, Microstoria, Oren Ambarchi, and Ikue Mori, among others. The artists in Minamo are staples for the respected independent 12K record label.

This event, hosted by percussion professor Steve Wilkes and sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, includes a performance as well as a discussion of Minamo’s artistic process, which combines electronic and acoustic music at the intersection of composition and improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Ellefson, Megadeth Bass and Beyond

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson returns to Berklee by popular demand to share his virtuosity and experience. Also, there will be some fun jamming with Ellefson, Steve Bailey (chair of the Bass Department) and maybe you!

Admission: 
Free

Harp Clinic

Tuesday / October 22, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Annual instrumental writing clinic directed by internationally known harpist, author, and educator Felice Pomeranz. The clinic will highlight fundamental issues writers encounter when composing music for harp, and explain how to orchestrate music using this wonderful instrument.

Admission: 
Free

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