Who are the Guitar Sessions instructors?
July 6–11, 2014
Who are the instructors?
Berklee's talented and experienced guitar faculty will provide the instruction for the program and will appear in concert and clinics throughout the week. Guitar Sessions ensemble classes feature professional rhythm sections on staff for the program.
The Guitar Department is pleased to announce this year's Guitar Sessions visiting artist, Tommy Emmanuel.
Two-time Grammy nominee Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia: born into a musical family, Emmanuel got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He quickly learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named Emmanuel Quartet, Midget Surfaris, and Trailblazers). By the age of 10, Emmanuel had already played his way across Australia.
Chet Atkins honored Emmanuel with the title of Certified Guitar Player for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world. After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this mysterious Australian guitar virtuoso was.
In 2001, Emmanuel released his first solo acoustic album, ONLY, and his popularity has grown by leaps and bounds, aided by a nonstop touring schedule and increased exposure in the media. His album The Mystery earned him another Grammy nomination, and in 2008 Guitar Player magazine and Acoustic Guitar magazine named him best acoustic guitarist and gold medalist in the in the Readers’ Choice and Players’ Choice awards. Guitar Player’s 2010 Readers' Choice awards named him best acoustic guitarist for the second time. In all, Emmanuel’s catalogue includes over 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made six live performance DVDs, six additional instructional DVDs and CD-ROMs, and he regularly teaches master classes while on the road. Earlier this year, Emmanuel released The Colonel and the Governor, a jazz-inspired duet album recorded with the equally talented Martin Taylor. Emmanuel’s latest album is the self-released and highly anticipated live CD/DVD combo Tommy Emmanuel CGP: Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida. Recorded live in early 2013 in Pensacola, this CD/DVD includes old and new favorites, exhibiting Emmanuel’s amazing showmanship and musical talent as he performs before a packed house. Read more about Emmanuel here.
Kim Perlak is the assistant chair of the Guitar Department at Berklee and the director of Guitar Sessions. Her versatile and inclusive approach to the instrument embraces new composition, scholarship, and public service. Her performances of new classical works and collaborations with jazz and traditional players have been featured on National Public Radio, at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and at the National Guitar Workshop. Her work combining performance, American music history, and outreach has been funded through grants from the Carolina Institute for Leadership and Engagement in Music, the Center for African American Southern Music, and the Yale Alumni Ventures program. Perlak is the founder of the concert series Ben & I Play for Peace, which has raised $25,000 for the Veterans’ Guitar Project, Wounded Warrior Project, and Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids. In its first year, this project was honored by the PBS program From the Top as part of their Arts Leadership series and was officially recognized by the House of Representatives. In 2012, Perlak was named the editor-in-chief of Soundboard, the journal for the Guitar Foundation of America.
Featured Faculty Performers & Clinicians
Rounder and Daring recording artist Guy Van Duser is internationally known for his unique, imaginative, and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar, including the amazing "Stars and Stripes Forever," acknowledged by guitarists worldwide, including Chet Atkins, as setting the bar for fingerstyle arrangements.
Van Duser has 13 albums and CDs available on Rounder, Daring, and Green Linnet Records, and is a composer for films and public television programs (including the Antiques Roadshow theme song). Of particular note is his development of what he terms his "stride guitar" technique, a fusion of the finger-picking virtuosity of Chet Atkins and the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. By simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, he has elevated the swing-style guitar from its traditional rhythmic accompaniment role, and has influenced a new generation of guitarists. Van Duser has often been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as well as All Things Considered on NPR. To see Van Duser perform, watch these videos of him playing "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Pretty Red Wing."
A guitarist since age six, Jon Finn has been a professional musician for most of his life. Frequently acknowledged within the international community of musicians as a clear leader in modern rock guitar performance, composition, and education, Finn joined the guitar faculty at Berklee College of Music in 1988, the year in which he founded the Jon Finn Group. To date, the group has three international releases: Don't Look So Serious (Legato Records 1994), Wicked (SEP Records 2000), and Bull in a China Shop (SEP Records 2010). It also has several independent releases and has performed around the world.
For more than three years Finn wrote a monthly instructional feature for the nationally renowned Guitar magazine and he has also authored several books for Mel Bay Publications: Advanced Modern Rock Guitar Improvisation, One Guitar, Many Styles, Blues/Rock Improvisation, Riffs: Volume One, with a few more currently in production. In his freelance pursuits, he has played guitar for the national touring companies of many contemporary musical theater productions, including Rent, Aida, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, High School Musical, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Copacabana, and many others.
Today Finn frequently performs and records with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. With the BSO he has performed with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Rockapella, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Natalie Cole, Carly Simon, Bernadette Peters, New York Voices, and many others. Finn has also performed with some of the world’s premier guitarists, including: John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Carl Verheyen, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Larue, Andy Timmons, Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse, Tom Scholz, Barry Goudreau, and Tom Morello. His song “Berlin Wall” appears in the motion picture release Refusenik, a documentary about Soviet Jews and their struggle to escape to the U.S. during the Cold War. Finn’s guitar can also be heard on the NFL theme song during the football season. For more information, please visit Jon Finn's website.
Robert Godin built his first guitars in a small shop in Montreal over 40 years ago. The success the shop in Montreal eventually afforded him the opportunity to open a dedicated guitar-building facility in the village of La Patrie, Quebec. Motivated by a desire to bring to the market a reasonably priced acoustic guitar that emphasized great sound and feel rather than just shiny looks, Godin designed the Seagull S6. The popularity of S6 has grown steadily since that time and Seagull has become one of the premier acoustic guitar brands in the world. Godin had also become well-known for his custom-made electric guitars as well as the necks and bodies that he was making in La Patrie under subcontract for many of America’s premier guitar companies.
In the late '80s, full of ideas for new guitar designs, Godin began crafting instruments under his own name. Godin guitars have developed a superb reputation for quality of materials and craftsmanship. But perhaps even more compelling is Godin’s continuing commitment to exploring new concepts in guitar design and technology. We invite you to join Godin for an enlightening and informative master class about how guitars are crafted to achieve great acoustic sound and playability. You will learn the importance and impact of using different woods to achieve different sounds and tones, along with the reasoning behind different scales, neck, and headstock designs—practical information you can use to evaluate your guitar and future guitar selections. Godin will also showcase some of the innovative and nontraditional guitars in the Godin guitar line. Godin’s knowledge and passion for the craft are infectious. You will never look at guitars the same way again.
Guitar virtuoso Don Lappin has just released Tapped In, an instrumental rock album featuring Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clark) on keyboards, Joe Santerre (Jon Finn) on bass, and Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, James Taylor, Frank Zappa) on drums. A momentous release for the guitar world, Tapped In clocks in at just under an hour and is essential listening for fans of Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, and Steve Morse.
Lappin is renowned for his one-of-a-kind voice on his instrument, created in part by his unorthodox two-handed tapping technique. Paired with a keen sense of melody, the approach allows him to craft fretboard-spanning lines with a distinct fluidity that reminds the listener of a violin's tone, rather than a traditional rock guitar growl. Lappin has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Sweet (lead singer for the multiplatinum group Stryper), Jon Finn, Steve Hunt, Joe Stump, Joe Santerre, John Petrucci, drummer Jonathan Mover, and Guthrie Govan. Lappin is a 1990 alumnus of Berklee College of Music. Read more about Lappin here.
Guitarist Jeffrey Lockhart, noted in AllAboutJazz.com as one of Boston’s "homegrown funk, groove, and scratching rhythm masters" has been funking it up for a long time. He learned his love of music at the feet of his father, the late Hy Lockhart (Jimmy Heath, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry), a student at Berklee when it was called the Schillinger House. Lockhart cut his teeth as one of the original Wally's Stepchildren of the still-happening impromptu jam/cutting sessions at the venerable Boston institution Wally's Cafe. Lockhart maintains a weekly Tuesday night position, packing in crowds far and wide to listen to the WTF (Wally’s Tuesday Funk) Band. Lockhart also holds ongoing guitar positions with Meshell Ndegeocello; Mike Clark and Bill Summers of the Headhunters; the Sam Kininger Band; Al Evans of Soulive and Play on Brother Band; Lettuce; and Richie Goods of Nuclear Fusion. Sharing the stage with Berklee professors Jetro DaSilva (Whitney Houston), Gabrielle Goodman (Chaka Khan), and Terri Lyne Carrington (Dizzy Gillespie) has become a regular occurrence for Lockhart.
An in-demand guitarist, Lockhart was on three stages on the same day at the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, performing in Nona Hendryx’s (Mother’s Finest, Patti Labelle) set. Lockhart has also performed with Cindy Blackman, Drummer (Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz), and Abe Laboriel, Sr. Lockhart spent the autumn of 2010 in the studio recording with Beyoncé Knowles for her upcoming album, and the winter of 2011 recording with Dido for her upcoming album.
Lockhart’s commercial work encompasses advertising jingles, films, and television projects. Lockhart teaches on a master level with private music students of various ages. He has performed and taught in music clinics in the Boston Public Schools and South End Technology Center. Lockhart studied jazz at New England Conservatory with Mick Goodrick, and took private lessons with guitarist Mike Stern. His teaching and playing method has a way of helping other musicians tap into their highest level of performance.
Berklee faculty member Jane Miller is a guitarist, composer, and arranger with roots in both the jazz and contemporary acoustic guitar worlds. She is a featured guitarist in noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s 2013 book The Great Jazz Guitarists: A Complete Guide. The Jane Miller Group has released three CDs. Her fourth CD, which is her first solo guitar recording, called Three Sides to a Story, was released in June 2013. Her book, Intro to Jazz Guitar: A Guide for Guitarists of All Styles, will be released in early 2015 by Berklee Press and distributed by Hal Leonard.
Miller has performed in New England and around the country. In addition to leading her own jazz instrumental quartet, she is in a working chamber jazz trio with saxophonist Cercie Miller and bassist David Clark, for which she contributes many compositions. She has traveling and recording with the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter SONiA, of the band Disappear Fear.
Miller is a contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, and is a former columnist for Premier Guitar magazine. She has also written for Mel Bay publishing company’s online magazine, GuitarSessions.com, and the Berklee Guitar Department's magazine, Open Position. In 1994, Miller joined Berklee's Guitar Department faculty and is currently an associate professor. She has contributed many arrangements for solo guitar to the Guitar Department library, and has performed solo recitals and concerts with her group in the Berklee Performance Center and recital halls. Miller is a jazz guitar instructor for jamplay.com, for which she has recorded over 65 video lessons and does live on-camera chats for students each week.
Tim Miller is an American jazz guitarist. He has released three recordings as a leader: Sides, Trio, and Trio Volume 2. He is the co-author of Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard), written with Mick Goodrick. Miller is a professor at Berklee College of Music and has performed and/or recorded with the following artists: Paul Motian, Gary Burton, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, Antonio Sanchez, George Garzone, Gerry Bergonzi, and Jo Jo Mayer, among others. Read more about Miller here.
Since moving to New York, Amanda Monaco has performed with a variety of musical groups, from jazz chamber ensembles and big bands to regular appearances with her own groups at such venues as Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and The Blue Note, to name a few.
She has released five albums to date and her current projects include her quartet Deathblow, the collaborative quintet Playdate and organ trio Kiss the Leslie. Monaco is a resident musician at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York and has released an album of original music based on the Pirkei Avot, a collection of rabbinical teachings compiled in the third century.
An educator since 1990, Monaco is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music. Her book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide. She is the artistic director of Convergence Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to share the art and fun of improvisation with people of all ages. She is also a cofounder of the Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that stimulates a wider of awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough. Read more about Amanda Monaco here. For more information, please visit www.convergencearts.org and www.queensjazz.org.
Guitarist and composer David Gilmore has recorded and performed with Wayne Shorter, Joss Stone, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, and many others. He has appeared on more than 75 recordings, including three highly acclaimed CDs as a bandleader. In this clinic/concert, he will demonstrate rhythmic concepts like odd-meters, polyrhythms, and superimposition, applied to both performance and composition.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist, clinician, composer, and writer. In addition to extensive work in the U.S., he has led or played on tours of Ireland, Canada, Spain, and Germany. His trio recording Left End, with drummer Jim Black and bassist Tony Scherr, was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat magazine. Peckham has been a Berklee faculty member since 1986, serving as assistant chair of the Guitar Department from 1991-2013.
Peckham organized the college’s honorary doctoral tributes to Roy Haynes, Joe Zawinul, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield, featuring then-Berklee students Kurt Rosenwinkel, Matthew Garrison, Antonio Hart, Abe Laboriel Jr., Melvin Butler, and Seamus Blake.
His Berklee media works include the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques and two 12-week online courses, Berklee Guitar Chords 101 (2007 University Coucil for Education Administration award for best online class) and Berklee Guitar Chords 201 on berkleemusic.com. Read more about Peckham here.
Bobby Stanton moved to Nashville early in his career and played with several different artists. He met guitarist Lenny Breau and after studying with him decided to move to Boston and attend Berklee. He graduated with honors and received the Ovation Award from William Leavitt and Gary Burton.
He taught at Berklee for several years and continued to play and record with a wide variety of artists. Stanton has contributed articles to international music publications such as Guitar Player magazine. As a songwriter he has won awards from BMI and ASCAP. He also won seven Boston Music Awards and has extensive playing experience in theater, radio, recording and television. He is currently teaching at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
David Tronzo has been voted among the top 100 guitarists of the 20th century and the top 10 jazz guitarists by Musician magazine. He's also been named the Best Guitarist in NYC by the New York Press, and was one of 30 musicians worldwide to receive a nomination for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts for music.
Tronzo’s unique playing style has resulted in an innovative body of extended techniques for the slide guitar: fluid single lines, finger-behind-the-slide chords, and harmonic slaps using plastic cups, rags, pencils, and wires.
Tronzo has toured extensively worldwide with such artists as John Lurie, John Haitt, Reeves Gabrels, Jerry Granelli, Michael Blake, Spanish Fly, and the Tronzo Trio. His slide guitar can be heard in Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts and in Morco Brambilla’s Excess Baggage. He has also recorded and toured with Wayne Horvitz and the President, John Cale, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Manieri, David Sanborn, Hassan Hakmoun, Foday Suso, MMW, and countless others. Tronzo is currently on staff at Berklee and an artist-in-residence at Haystack Mountain in Maine.
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