Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey hosts a forum that includes a clinic, a guest appearance, and faculty/student performances. Fall guests were Lee Sklarr and Robert Trujillo. Bass students are encouraged to bring questions about the Bass Department to this event.
Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator, John Clayton, is the featured keynote artist for this year's annual Liberal Arts Symposium. The event will spotlight Clayton's work approaching everything as a bass player—performer, educator, businessman, and photographer. Professor Carolyn Wilkins (Ensemble Department) serves as music director. The symposium will feature Wilkins's ensemble as well as students performing their Songs for Social Change contest submissions.
One of the masters of Brazilian pop, Marcos Valle has embraced bossa nova, samba, rock, and fusion over his 50-year recording career. His song "So Nice (Summer Samba)" has been recorded by hundreds of artists, including Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, and Dizzy Gillespie. His music is featured in film and television, and has been extensively sampled. At this event, Ensembles professor and fellow Brazilian Jetro Da Silva will interview Valle about his career. A student band will be opening with two or three selections of his material.