Gilson Schachnik

Associate Professor
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"I've been playing professionally since I was 21 years old. I started accompanying singers at nightclubs in Brazil. I also had some experience composing commercial soundtracks. I worked at the time for the biggest soundtrack studio in Sao Paulo. After coming to study at Berklee, I started playing with a salsa-merengue band based in Worcester. I've played in jazz, r&b, and funk bands."

"My approach, I think, is very pragmatic. How can I teach things that are going to be practical? How do we make ear training relevant, instead of being some academic or abstract course that students have to take, but don't understand why. I try to demonstrate examples of things I've transcribed. Throughout my career, I've been playing diverse styles. In my classes, I use funk, r&b, Latin, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban. . . ."

"Of course, one's firsthand experience with different styles is going to affect how you teach. I try to only use music that I have firsthand experience with. I feel that's what I can teach best."

Career Highlights
  • Diploma, Berklee College of Music
  • B.A., Fundacao Getulio Vargas
  • Leader of the Gilson Schachnik Group
  • Member of the groups Soul of Boston and the Herman Johnson Quartet
  • Performances with Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Paulinho Braga, Mick Goodrick, Luciana Souza, and others
  • Recordings with Romero Lubambo, John Lockwood, Jerry Bergonzi, Cafe, Miguel Zenon, and Antonio Sanchez
  • Released Raw on Brownstone, which was nominated for a Best of Boston Music Award (1998)
  • Produced soundtracks for Playboy magazine, BASF tapes, the children's television show Ratimbum, and the feature film Fogo e Paixao