Clinics and Master Classes

Napoleon in Rags (and the language that he used)

Friday / December 9, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Napoleon in Rags (and the language that he used)
Dylan, the Nobel Prize, and Songwriting as Literature
A panel featuring faculty Mark Simos, Pat Pattison and author Elijah Wald.
 
This panel discussion takes as its point of departure the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan for his half-century of groundbreaking artistic work. Going beyond a narrow privileging of song lyrics alone (as a sort of sub-genre of poetry), we will explore the many questions raised by viewing songwriting as a whole as literature—or as a literature—and Dylan’s seminal and pivotal role in the transformation of our concept of songwriting in contemporary culture.
 
Elijah Wald is a musician and writer whose books include How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music; Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues; Dave Van Ronk's memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street (which inspired the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis) and Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties. He won a Grammy in 2002, and is a frequent speaker on blues, folk, pop, and Mexican music. Further information: www.elijahwald.com
 
Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries (Writer’s Digest Books), Writing Better Lyrics (Writer’s Digest Books), The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure (Berklee Press), and The Essential Guide to Rhyming (Berklee Press), Pat has developed five online courses for Berklee Online: three on lyric writing, one on poetry, and one on creative writing, all available through online.berklee.edu, and more than 800,000 students have enrolled in his coursera.org MOOC, Songwriting: Writing the Lyric since its first run in 2013. He has written over fifty articles for various magazines and blogs and has chapters in both The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi) and the Handbook on Creative Writing (Edinburgh University Press).
 Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Pat’s students include John Mayer, Gillian Welch, Tom Hambridge, Karmin, American Authors, Liz Longley, Greg Becker, Charlie Worsham and many more.
 
Mark Simos is Associate Professor in Berklee’s Songwriting Department. A respected songwriter, tune composer and accompanist for traditional music, he has had more than 150 songs recorded by prominent roots, bluegrass and Americana artists including Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ricky Skaggs, the Del McCoury Band and others. He’s the author of Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard 2014), and has more recently been exploring, in his research as well as new work, the connections between traditional folk models and contemporary songwriting.
Admission: 
Free

Interview with Mick Gordon & Chad Mossholder via Skype

Thursday / December 8, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Mick Gordon & Chad Mossholder vis Skype
Composer and Sound Designer for the game DOOM
co-presented by the Video Game Music Club & Sound Design Network
 
Mick Gordon is a composer and sound designer whose compositions aim to transcend the perceptual boundary between music and its context. Mick utilises a broad range of modern musical sound design and traditional composition techniques in order to be unconstrained by any singular genre. Recently, Mick scored the video game DOOM - the return of id Software’s seminal first-person shooter. To illustrate the game’s portrayal of Hell and its insidious power he explored the role of energy in sound production and how the physical properties of analogue equipment can be imparted onto digital sources. His award-winning interactive score for Microsoft’s reboot of KILLER INSTINCT featured a myriad of performers from around the globe. Mick collaborated with a viking choir in Sweden, representatives of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho and numerous other performers, vocalists, lyricists and translators to produce its Amazon best-selling soundtrack. Mick’s score for the video game, WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER interweaves modern musical sound design techniques with 1960s style record production. He synthesised field recordings and transformed them into new physically playable instruments to create unique musical palettes. Additionally, to musically represent the rebellious plight of the heroes against their oppressors, Mick utilised vintage instruments, microphones and recording equipment to create music inspired by protest and freedom movement songs of the 1960s.
 
Chad Mossholder, Audio Director at id Software, is an award winning sound designer and composer, dedicated to creating the highest quality sounds and music for video games, film, television, art installations and other new media. Chad's background in film and art, his love of sound and music and his experiencs launching over 13  'AAA' titles across such platforms as Xbox, Play Station 2, Play Station 3 and PC/Mac computers has made him very adept at working with teams to glean what is needed for a project, creating the right assets and implementing them in a way that creates an outstanding player experience. Chad has composed all original music and sound design for the highly successful game DC Universe Online (Play Station 3, PC). He has also written music and designed sound for Xbox, PSP, iPad and iPhone games with titles including Star Wars Galaxies, Matrix Online, Ever Quest, Ever Quest II, Night Caster, Immobilite and Planet Side.
Admission: 
Free

The Future of the Music Industry

Wednesday / December 7, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Future of the Music Industry
Sponsored by the Music Law and Management Club
Moderated by Ralph Jaccodine, assistant professor of music business/management
 
How will the future affect you as a business person or an artist? Attend the Future of the Music Industry panel and find out. Esteemed industry personnel will be discussing the key issues of royalty claiming and copyright, and how the solutions to these issues might pertain to existing technologies such as streaming as well as to future technologies, such as virtual reality.
 
For this event, we will feature a panel of intellectual property experts, including Amanda Schreyer, David Herlihy, and David Weissman.
 
Amanda Schreyer is counsel to the Corporate Department and Intellectual Property Group of Sullivan & Worcester's Boston office. Schreyer represents creative entrepreneurs, digital influencers, influencer marketing agencies, media publishers, video game developers, writers, filmmakers, and other intellectual property holders in connection with a wide variety of transactional matters.
 
David Herlihy maintains a law practice which concentrates in entertainment law, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, licensing, and new media. His clients include authors, publishers, record companies, recording artists, songwriters and composers, among others. 
 
An associate at Holland and Knight’s Boston office, David Weissman’s intellectual property practice includes data privacy and security matters, such as security breach responses and online data protection, as well as a variety of work involving information technology practices and procedures, software development and implementation, and intellectual property licensing.
 
As a faculty member of the Music Business Department at Berklee College of Music, Ralph Jaccodine’s specialties include personal artist management, consulting and promotion, business development, marketing, event, tour and concert promotion, and digital strategies for music and musicians. He has served as an expert witness for legal cases and as a guest lecturer internationally. He is also the founder of Ralph Jaccodine Management and Black Wolf Records.
Admission: 
Free

Raise Your Ratings: Rating Audition Clinic

Wednesday / November 30, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16

Come learn how to raise your ensemble rating:

Rating Audition Clinic
Wednesday November 30th
6:00PM-8:00PM in B16


 

Watch a live audition

Ask questions

Find out what it's all about!

Jack DeJohnette Drum Workshop

Monday / December 5, 2016 / 4:15 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette
Photo by James Adams

National Endowment for the Arts master and Grammy Award-winning drummer, pianist, and composer Jack DeJohnette will kick off a three-day workshop series with this drum workshop. The session will be followed by a Q&A panel.

The panel will also feature:

For other events in this three-day series, see:


The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical and creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free (limited admission)

Banda Magda Clinic

Wednesday / February 8, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Banda Magda

Banda Magda will conduct a clinic for students, faculty, and staff.

Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality.

Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, the Kennedy Center, the Jefferson Center, and more.

Admission: 
Free

Interview with Riot Games Audio Team via Skype

Thursday / December 1, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Riot Games Audio Team via Skype
co-presented by the Sound Design Network and the Video Game Music Club
 
Join us for an interview with several members of the Riot Games audio team based out of Los Angeles. All are Berklee alumni and we will discuss their experiences working in the game industry as well taking a look at professional life post-Berklee.
 
Riot Games was established in 2006 by a small group of entrepreneurial gamers who believed player-focused game development could result in great games. In 2009, Riot released their debut title, League of Legends, to critical and player acclaim. Over 100 million gamers League of Legends play every month.
 
With:
Matteo Stronati '11
Senior Sound Designer 
 
Jayvon Rymer '12
Associate Sound Designer
 
Kevin Notar '13
Sound Designer
 
Austin DeVries '15
Associate Sound Designer
 
Julian Samal '15
Associate Sound Designer
 
Edouard Brenneisen '08
Composer
 
Jason Willey '04
Composer
Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard Master Class: Writing for Strings

Wednesday / November 30, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Terence Blanchard Master Class: Writing for Strings
Grammy award winning artist and composer, Terence Blanchard will work with student composer's on their original scores for non-traditional string ensembles. Mr. Blanchard will go over techniques and discuss his experiences writing and arranging for string ensembles in the jazz idiom.
 
Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own (including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan). As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist, saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed.
Admission: 
Free

Music, Health, and Healing: A Panel Discussion Featuring Jack DeJohnette

Tuesday / December 6, 2016 / 9:30 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette
Photo by James Adams

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Jack DeJohnette, a National Endowment for the Arts master and a Grammy Award-winning drummer, pianist, and composer. The panel will also feature composers, musicians, therapists, and physicians exploring music’s healing impact and its potential application in health and wellness. This event will include Berklee music therapy faculty and staff along with members of the local healing/healthcare community. DeJohnette and fellow panelists will offer insights and share experiences related to the creation and use of music for healing purposes.

Other panelists include:
  • Rebecca Strauss, music director of the Riverview Chamber Players
  • David Silbersweig, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and academic dean at Harvard Medical School
  • Wendy Krueger '06, music therapist and director/co-founder of Up Beat Music Therapy
  • Joy Allen, chair of Berklee's Music Therapy Department (panel moderator)

This panel is part of a three-day workshop series featuring DeJohnette.

For other events in this three-day series, see:

Admission: 
Free (limited admission)

Sarah McKenzie Visits Berklee

Friday / February 10, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Two and a half years ago, singer/pianist Sarah McKenzie took part in the Umbria Jazz Festival competition and was awarded a rare full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

She graduated with a diploma in jazz performance and was immediately signed by Jean-Philippe Allard, managing director of the Impulse label.

Currently living in London and Paris, Sarah McKenzie originally hails from Melbourne, Australia. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Perth’s West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in jazz and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for the Australian label ABC Records – Don’t Tempt Me (2010) and Close Your Eyes (2012), winner of the Best Jazz Album ARIA award.

McKenzie has performed at jazz's iconic places, the festivals in Monterey, Juan-les-Pins, Marciac and Perugia, Dizzy's and Minton's in New York, as well as the top clubs in Paris, London, Vienna, Munich, and Sydney. Together with the Boston Pops Orchestra, she premiered one of her compositions at Boston's Symphony Hall.

Admission: 
Free

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