Clinics and Master Classes

Performers, engineers, and music business professionals are among the industry experts who visit Berklee to offer clinics and master classes about the business and art of making, recording, promoting, and composing music. Often only open to the college community, these visits are opportunities for Berklee students and faculty to get an intimate and inside perspective of the industry. 

 

Oscar Feldman Tango Clinic

Monday / September 22, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Tango clinic by renowned saxophonist and composer Oscar Feldman, accompanied by Berklee students.

Admission: Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

In this clinic with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today.

Admission: Free

Alon Yavnai: Improvisation and Free Play

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Berklee associate professor and pianist Alon Yavnai presents an interactive workshop which focuses on being "in the moment" when improvising.

Admission: Free

BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963. Today he is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

Admission: Free

Alain Caron

Friday / October 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

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  brings to Berklee a wealth of experience in improvisation, composition, slapping, and fretless bass.
 
 

Admission: Free

Rhiannon

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Vocalist Rhiannon presents a voice clinic titled "The Improvised Life."

Admission: Free

Nancy Rumbel: Oboist Outside the Box

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

In this session, Nancy Rumbel will share concepts about improvisation both in live music and in her career. She will help us open our horizons to possibilities that exist here at Berklee and beyond.

Admission: Free

Sheri Sanders Workshop

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Visiting artist and vocalist Sheri Sanders presents a workshop on musical theatre, performance, and auditions.

Admission: Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 2

Wednesday / October 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Students of this clinic 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

Successes in the Latin Music Industry in Europe

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Franca De Gasperi, director and founder of one of the biggest Latin music festivals in Europe, LatinoAmericando, will speak with the Berklee community about how she has helped to develop a stronger musical connection between Latin America and Europe.

Admission: Free

Master Class/Clinic on Indian Percussion

Monday / October 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

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

Writing for the Harp Clinic

Tuesday / October 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Many communites at Berklee now write for the harp, both lever and pedal, and many excellent harpists now study at Berklee. Come hear them perform and learn techniques and ways to optimize this versatile and enchanting instrument in your compositions and scores. With handouts. 

Admission: Free

What Makes Motown Bass, Motown?

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Bassist and faculty member Jim Stinnett will demonstrate characteristics of the Motown bass style.

Admission: Free

Bárbara Padilla: Classical to Contemporary Crossover

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Christina Abaroa, a Berklee alumna and manager, presents Bárbara Padilla - Live Performance Master Class: Classical to Contemporary Crossover.

Admission: Free

Gary Willis

Thursday / October 30, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

The Bass Department welcomes jazz electric bassist Gary Willis, founding member of Tribal Tech and a member of Wayne Shorter's band. Gary will share his experiences, wisdom, and technique while playing some great music and answering questions. Bring you basses and your questions.
 

Admission: Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 3

Monday / November 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Students of this clinic 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

Fractal Limit Recital and Master Class: Viewpoints on the Art of Duo

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Fractal Limit, a duo made up of Tatiana Parra (voice) and Vardan Ovsepian (piano), will perform and discuss their approach to creating, arranging, rehearsing, and performing. Participants will be encouraged to perform in a duo format and to engage in a conversation about the art of duo.

Admission: Free

Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Annual event featuring a high-profile speaker from the music industry.

Admission: Free

Indian Classical Music Master Class/Clinic

Monday / March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Well-known Indian musicians present a clinic and master class on northern Hindustani and southern Carnatic styles of Indian classical music.

Admission: Free