The Woodshed: Micro-Improvisation in Traditional Irish Music

Classical musicians interpret the notes on the page very literally and limit improvisation to an occasional cadenza. Conversely, jazz musicians get their kicks from straying from the written page, using the chords as a starting point for macrolevel improvisation. Irish traditional musicians, however, work with micro-improvisation, a subtle brand of embellishment combining nuances of ornamentation, phrasing, variation, and other expression, all of which flow from an individual musician’s personal style.

 

Ornamentation

Andrea Pejrolo's Article Featured on MacWorld

CWP assistant chair Andrea Pejrolo recently wrote a two-part article that is currently featured on MacWorld.com. The article discusses how to use your iPad for recording and producing music.

Read Part 1: "Keep It Reel: Make Your iPad into a Professional Recording Studio"

Ensemble Rooms and Office Closed

Ensemble Rooms & Office will be closed August 15th till September 2nd

Last day open is August 15.We’ll reopen September 2nd

Have a great break!

 

Ensemble Ratings Auditions SU'14 Signups

SIGNUPS for Ensemble RATINGS AUDITIONS are:
Monday August 4th – Friday August 8th

130 Building, Room A01
10 am-1 pm & 2 pm-4 pm * Spaces Limited

AUDITIONS take place FINALS WEEK:

Monday August 11th- Friday August 15th

Any Questions on the Ensemble Department’s Audition Process:
www.berklee.edu/ensemble/audition-process

Join the Berklee Community in A Global Peace Meditation

Join the Berklee Community in A Global Peace Meditation

Friday, August 8    12-1pm   

The Park "Mother's Rest" Across from 22 The Fenway

Rain location:  22 The Fenway, Room B12

Call for 2014 Cultural Leadership Retreat Facilitator Applications!

The 2014 Cultural Leadership Retreat (CLR) will take place over the weekend of Friday, October 3 - Sunday, October 5, at the Sargent Center campground in New Hampshire, about 2 hours northwest of Boston. Transportation there and back will be provided by bus, as well as food and accommodation. A small honorarium will be provided for selected faculty and staff.

Berklee Partners with South Korean School

Berklee signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul, South Korea’s Baekseok Arts University (BAU) to create mutual educational opportunities for students at both schools. The collaborative agreement will include internships for Berklee students at BAU, opportunities for BAU students to attend Berklee programs in the U.S.

Berklee Partners with South Korean School

Berklee signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul, South Korea’s Baekseok Arts University (BAU) to create mutual educational opportunities for students at both schools. The collaborative agreement will include internships for Berklee students at BAU, opportunities for BAU students to attend Berklee programs in the U.S. and Spain, and teaching residencies by Berklee faculty at the university’s campus in Seoul.

Message from the President: Farewell to Jennifer Roe

Jennifer Roe, manager of planning and communications in the Office of the President, has accepted a position to become the general manager of the Heifetz International Music Institute, located on the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia (coincidentally, the town in which she was born). Additionally, Jennifer’s husband, Ben, has accepted the position of executive director at the Institute. It is an unprecedented opportunity for both of them—one that they could not turn down.

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