Clinics and Master Classes

Gary Willis

Thursday / October 30, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Department welcomes jazz electric bassist Gary Willis. A founding member of Tribal Tech and a member of Wayne Shorter's band, Gary's fretless prowess has permeated myriad styles of music for over 30 years. A solid groove combined with a deep harmonic sense makes Gary a "bassist's bassist" and one of the best improvisers of our time.

Gary will share his experiences, wisdom, and technique while playing some great music and answering questions. Bring you basses and your questions 

Hosted by Berklee bass chair Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Alain Caron

Friday / October 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Department welcomes MarkBass artist and Canadian bass virtuoso Alain Caron. From the seminal fusion group Uzeb to Mike Stern, Alain covers all basses. He has authored books and DVDs and brings to Berklee a wealth of experience in improvisation, composition, slapping, and fretless bass. Bring your basses and your questions. 

Hosted by Berklee Bass chair Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 3

Monday / November 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Moira Lo Bianco earned a degree in classical piano performance from F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, Italy, in 2004. Soon after, she undertook studies at the University of Tor Vergata and completed her bachelor's degree with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music. She received a scholarship to Berklee and graduated with highest honors in 2012. Her first album, Lunaria, was released in 2013. Lo Bianco was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards. This clinic draws on her considerable training in classical music: "I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition,'' Lo Bianco said. "Through a series of presentations, improvisation, and ear training exercises, my goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely reinvent a classical composition."

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 2

Wednesday / October 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Moira Lo Bianco earned a degree in classical piano performance from F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, Italy, in 2004. Soon after, she undertook studies at the University of Tor Vergata and completed her bachelor's degree with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music. She received a scholarship to Berklee and graduated with highest honors in 2012. Her first album, Lunaria, was released in 2013. Lo Bianco was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards. This clinic draws on her considerable training in classical music: "I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition,'' Lo Bianco said. "Through a series of presentations, improvisation, and ear training exercises, my goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely reinvent a classical composition."

 
 
 

 

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 1

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

Moira Lo Bianco earned a degree in classical piano performance from F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, Italy, in 2004. Soon after, she undertook studies at the University of Tor Vergata and completed her bachelor's degree with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music. She received a scholarship to Berklee and graduated with highest honors in 2012. Her first album, Lunaria, was released in 2013. Lo Bianco was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards. This clinic draws on her considerable training in classical music: "I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition,'' Lo Bianco said. "Through a series of presentations, improvisation, and ear training exercises, my goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely reinvent a classical composition."

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Drum Recording Techniques

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Recording drums is fun but often challenging. In this workshop, we'll help you learn how to choose the right mic, determine proper mic placement, and record with anywhere from 1 to 4 mics. We'll also discuss audio interfaces, drum setup, phase considerations, and basic mixing techniques.

Admission: 
Free

Bárbara Padilla: Classical to Contemporary Crossover

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gifted and inspiring classical crossover soprano Bárbara Padilla will be sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Berklee students.

After overcoming a recurring battle with stage-four cancer and becoming the first hispanic finalist on America's Got Talent, Padilla returns to the global music stage with a self-titled debut album recorded at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Padilla is represented by Cristina Abaroa '91 and her CD is being released through Abaroa's independent record label, Moon Moosic Records.

This event is sponsored by the Voice Department, Office of External Affairs, Global Initiatives, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, LMCC, and LAMBA.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class/Clinic on Indian Percussion

Monday / October 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A master class on North and South Indian percussion. The artists will lecture and demonstrate the North Indian style percussion (tabla) and the South Indian style (mridangam).

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Sound Design

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Interested in getting started with sound design? Then join Berklee Sound Design Network members Austin DeVries, David Lin, and Lucas Alexiades as they explain what sound design is and what exactly goes into being a sound designer.  They will provide examples from film, TV, and video games to help you understand how sound design can be used to support narratives. They will also offer up tips to help you dive in to the world of sound design and get started with designing your own sounds.

Admission: 
Free

A&R Pitch Session with Disney Music Group A&R Director Mike Daly

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Mike Daly, Berklee alumnus and director of A&R at Disney Music Group will give a short talk followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session can be attended by all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a pre-selected group of Berklee songwriters. This is a great chance to learn how to pitch a song, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want—and do not want—when reviewing songs for hit recording artists. The session will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Daly. 

 

Admission: 
Free to the Berklee community; RSVP to songwriting@berklee.edu with "A&R" in the subject line.

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