Clinics and Master Classes

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Monday / September 16, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The myth of practice makes perfect: How to practice less and accomplish more! Receive helpful insights that will maximize the effectiveness of your playing and practicing. Practice smarter, not harder. Stephany Tiernan, chair of the Piano Department, will be joined by faculty members Neil Olmstead and Doug Johnson to discuss how to get the most of practice time at the piano. Other instrumentalists are also welcome.

Admission: 
Free

Clinton Cerejo Master Class

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Clinton Cerejo

Clinton Cerejo, a renowned musician from India, will be the guest artist for the Berklee Indian Ensemble’s fall semester concert. Clinton is one of the most well known names in Indian music today. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, a highly sought after vocalist and vocal arranger in the booming Indian advertising and film industry, and a gifted and experienced composer, Cerejo has mastered the art of merging Western theoretical and harmonic concepts with Indian classical and folk music. He has worked extensively with acclaimed artists including A. R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and Kailash Kher. Cerejo’s signature sound is recognized and appreciated not only in India, but in international circles as well. His song “Madari,” featuring Vishal and Sonu, went viral on YouTube, scoring more than 1.5 million views.

Watch an exclusive interview with Clinton Cerejo at Berklee here:

In this clinic and master class, Cerejo will present his insights into the world of composers, singer-songwriters, and arrangers in the music industry. He will work one-on-one with young musicians who will present original material under his guidance. His time as a guest artist at Berklee will culminate in a collaboration with the Berklee Indian Ensemble on November 26, 2013 at the Berklee Performance Center. The performance, titled "Shuruaat," will be directed by Berklee voice instructor Annette Philip.

Admission: 
Free

Nancy Rumbel: The Creative Double Reed Player

Wednesday / October 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Grammy Award-winning oboist Nancy Rumbel will present a class titled “The Creative Double Reed Player.” Rumbel is a professional composer, recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her primary instruments are oboe, English horn, double wooden ocarinas, clay ocarinas, and keyboards. She is well known for her work for the past 28 years with the Grammy Award-winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel. She has also recorded on releases with Susan Osborn, Cris Williamson, Lydia McCauley, and most recently, Wind Music of Taiwan.

Rumbel’s imaginative sound palettes and willingness to delve into uncharted solo performance and recording opportunities with musicians, filmmakers, dancers, writers, photographers, painters, bird watchers, and even psychologists have provided her with a very interesting life. Says Rumbel, “People are often unfamiliar with the instruments I play and are curious and motivated to use them. Due to their uniqueness, I am as much of an educator as I am a performer. Consequently, at times I can feel like a curiosity, an endangered species, and a pioneer all rolled into one.”

Admission: 
Free

Ralph Humphrey

Thursday / October 3, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Drummer Ralph Humphrey, who has performed with Frank Zappa, Wayne Shorter, and many more, presents a drum clinic. Humphrey maintains a very active career in the recording industry, playing for a variety of motion picture, TV and record projects. His credits include drumming for Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The Emmys, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and the Academy Awards.

Admission: 
Free

Classical Mandolin/Guitar Workshop with Mare Duo

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Mare Duo

Two of Germany's most successful young musicians in the field of contemporary classical music will present a workshop for mandolinists and guitarists. Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and Fabian Hinsche, who perform together as Mare Duo, have won more than 20 prizes in international competitions across Europe. More than two dozen new compositions have been composed for and dedicated to Mare Duo, including works by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines and the late John McGann, a former Berklee faculty member.

Topics explored will include classical technique, repertoire, tone production, and compositional considerations for mandolin and guitar. The workshop will also explore the extensions of classical music traditions in diverse contemporary musical forms.

Admission: 
Free

Alex Webster, Bassist of Cannibal Corpse

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

Metal bass virtuoso Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse will share his insights into his music, the bass, and the music business. He will also discuss his latest book release, Extreme Metal Bass.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Victor Wooten will play, talk, and answer questions about music, life, and the Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature. Hosted by his longtime Bass Extremes partner and Berklee Bass chair, Steve Bailey.

Admission: 
Free

Derico Watson Drum Groove Clinic

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A multifaceted clinic featuring Derico Watson, drummer for Victor Wooten, SMV, Mike Stern, Larry Carleton, and others. Watson, a pyrotechnic drum soloist, will emphasize the importance of simplicity and groove.

Admission: 
Free

Dominic Eade Master Class

Monday / September 30, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

NOTE: This event has been canceled. 

New England Conservatory Professor Dominic Eade presents a master class in jazz and contemporary improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Adam Nitti Bass Clinic

Thursday / September 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Adam Nitti, a virtuoso bassist, author, recording artist, and educator, has been establishing his own voice amongst his contemporaries as a bassist and recording artist for almost two decades. He has released four solo albums so far that have drawn international acclaim, and has been involved in recording projects as a session bassist in Nashville, having appeared on several Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated albums to date. 

Nitti has worked with the Dave Weckl Band, Steven Curtis, Chapman, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Susan Tedeschi, Lincoln Brewster, the Justice League (with T Lavitz, Jimmy Herring, and Richie Hayward), Scott Henderson, Christopher Cross, Jon Anderson, Peter Erskine, Heather Headley, Al Green, Keith Carlock, Mike Stern, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Kirk Covington, Wayne Krantz, the London Symphony Orchestra, Joe Beck, and many others.

Nitti's passion for the bass guitar has been matched in more recent years by his passion for sharing musical knowledge. In 2003, he co-founded the first-ever online interactive music academy, MusicDojo.com. His knowledge and the experience gained from his involvement with MusicDojo ultimately led him to create AdamNittiMusicEducation.com, a membership-based instructional website for bass guitar that launched in 2012. Using an extensive curriculum-based library of HD video lessons as its foundation, the site also offers interactive options that allow students access to personalized feedback and critique.

In addition to his work as a performer, composer, and online educator, Nitti is also an adjunct faculty member of Belmont University's School of Music and the Atlanta Institute of Music. He also travels as a clinician for Aguilar Amplifiers, Ibanez Basses, and D'Addario Strings, and regularly instructs at both Victor Wooten's Wooten Woods music camps and Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camps. Nitti is also a former columnist for Bass Player magazine and Bass Musician magazine, and has made hundreds of appearances at such
events as Euro Bass Day Italy, Bass Player Live!, Bass Day U.K., the Austrian Outreach Festival, and the European Bass Day in Germany. He is currently working on completing his fifth solo album. Learn more at AdamNitti.com.

Admission: 
Free

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