Clinics and Master Classes

Inside the Music of Maria Schneider

Thursday / April 24, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Maria Schneider will present her works from her own artistic perspective. The workshop will focus on her creative processes, ensemble techniques, and impetus behind chosen works that she will present.

Admission: 
Free

The Music of Geri Allen

Thursday / April 24, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Pianist and composer Geri Allen will receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee this May. Here, this celebrated artist will take us on a journey inside her musical ideas.

Admission: 
Free

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

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