Clinics and Master Classes

Interview with Rich Vreeland

Friday / April 24, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pulsing, ambient, nostalgic, oozing — these are some of the unique qualities critics have used to describe the film and video game music of Berklee alumnus Rich Vreeland, who is better known by his alias Disasterpeace. He is behind the recent and bold score to the horror film It Follows. He's gained a following from the independent film community, including positive reviews from Filmmaker Magazine, Moviepilot, and Entertainment Weekly. Rich also comes from a video game scoring background, and while he has credits for Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and the upcoming Hyper Light Drifter, he being best known for the 8-bit ambient soundtrack of FEZ, a popular independent game that was featured in Indie Game: The Movie. Vreeland began his college career in 2006 at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis. Vreeland eventually learned of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Game Lab and its internship opportunities. The work he put into all of his opportunities led him to the impressive portfolio he has at such a young age. 

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Free

Scoring & Sound Design Contest 3 Showcase

Thursday / April 23, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come to the Scoring and Sound Design Contest showcase where the finalists' submissions for the contest clip will be premiered, the winners announced, and over $7,000 in prizes distributed. This year’s contest is sponsored by MOTU, iZotope, KeithMcMillen, Audio Technica, Scorbit & Waves. For more details about the contest check out the Scoring and Sound Design Contest 3 page.

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Free

Jojo Mayer Clinic with Planet MicroJam Institute

Saturday / April 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jojo Mayer
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The Planet MicroJam Institute experiments with microtonal tuning systems. Presented by David Fiuczynski and the Planet MicroJam Institute, this clinic will focus on some of Jojo Mayer's amazing live electronica drumming and compositions. Mayer will be backed up by students from the current MicroJam Institute Ensemble.
 

Swiss-born Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at age two, sitting in with his dad’s band. At 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. In the early '90s he moved from Europe to New York City, where he worked as a sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.

As a leader, Mayer created his seminal work with Nerve, which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on an acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow. In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazine listed him as one of the 50 greatest drummers of all time.

Mayer's lectures, clinics, and contributions to music education have earned international acclaim, and many of his product designs for the music instrument industry are award-winning bestsellers.

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Free

The Future of the Creative Economy & Your Place In It

Thursday / April 16, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for a conversation on the future of the creative economy between Prince Charles Alexander, professor & engineer; Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture; and Brett Williams, CreativeFuture’s Youth Outreach Director.

Prince Charles Alexander is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee. He is a sought after recording and mixing engineer, whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammies and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS.

Ruth has over 30 years of experience producing, distributing, and marketing independent films. As founder and co-president of Paramount Classics, Ruth acquired and distributed a diverse slate of films ranging from Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides to Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow. More recently, Ruth launched CreativeFuture, an advocacy organization for all creative individuals. Its mission is to mobilize the creative communities to speak up about the value of our creativity and speak out about the harm done by online piracy.

Brett comes to CreativeFuture after almost a decade of experience in independent film production in New York. Ruth and Brett will join Prince in discussing the organization's initiatives, the future of entertainment, and your future as creative individuals.

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Free

Skype Interview with Michael Giacchino

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Michael Giacchino is an American composer who has composed scores for movies, television series and video games. Some of his most notable works include the scores to television series such as Lost, Alias and Fringe, games such as the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series, and films such as Mission: Impossible III, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Ratatouille, Up, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Giacchino has received numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.

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Free

Skype Interview with Doug Adams

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Doug Adams is a Chicago-based musician and writer with roots in both classical and contemporary music, and is considered one of today’s leading film music advocates.
 
As a journalist, Adams began writing for Film Score Monthly magazine in the early 1990s, where he interviewed and collaborated with composers such as Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven), Alf Clausen (The Simpsons), John Corigliano (The Red Violin), Don Davis (The Matrix), Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands), Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), Elliot Goldenthal (Frida), and David Raksin (Laura). At the same time, Adams started penning liner notes for CDs of classic film music, including works by Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Alfred Newman, Howard Shore, and Franz Waxman.
 
In 2001, Adams was invited by composer Howard Shore to follow his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He attended the recording sessions in London and began regularly visiting the composer’s studio in New York. Impressed by the intricate nature of their collaboration, the two agreed to pursue a full book that would showcase the immense detail and beauty of the project. Shore stated at the time, “I have been reading Mr. Adams' articles and essays on film music for years. His writing on the subject is intelligent, accessible and insightful. His work is tremendously respected within the film community and he is the perfect author for this book.”
 
The finished book – The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films – was released in 2010.
 
The culmination of almost a decade of writing and research, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films is an unprecedented look at Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score, with extensive music examples, original manuscript scores, a rarities CD, and glimpses into the creative process from the composer, himself.
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About Face: The Alchemy of Makeup with Samantha Marder

Wednesday / April 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Samantha Marder, aka Natasha Savoy
Samantha Marder
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Join us for an intimate look at the history of cosmetics and both the subtle and bold ways it offers the power to transform. Samantha Marder, who has over 15 years in the business, will share:
  • a brief overview of the evolution of makeup for stage and screen
  • tips for subtle correction and enhancement for stage and photography, using minimal makeup for maximum effect
  • techniques for pure alchemy of makeup, creating transformations for the stage using color, contouring, and highlights
  • cosmetic gender-bending techniques
Marder, aka Natasha Savoy, is the creative force behind My Changing Room. While her background is in cultural anthropology and social work, she takes more pleasure in the magic of transformations. Marder has studied makeup with some of today’s top artists, an education which she continues annually to remain current and informed. Also a visual artist and photographer, she lives in Boston with her husband and two large dogs.
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Free and unticketed

Improvisation Workshop with Stefon Harris

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Stefon Harris
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As part of the series Who You Are through a Lens: A Collaborative Educational Event, leading vibraphonist Stefon Harris presents a workshop on improvisation. His passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. An active educator, Harris conducts clinics and lectures throughout the country. Here he will share his improvisational method with Berklee students of any instrument.

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Free

Richie Hawtin CNTRL Tour at Berklee

Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

On Wednesday, April 15, Berklee and the Electronic Production and Design Department will host the Boston stop on the Richie Hawtin 2015 CNTRL Tour. Richie Hawtin is one of the architects of what’s now thought of as EDM, and he has put together a special educational outreach program for select colleges in the United States. Berklee is a sponsor of this tour and we hope to give Richie and crew a warm welcome as they start the tour here in Boston.

There will be three events at Berklee that day, covering areas of interest for all students, as well, as a show at the Middle East in Cambridge that will feature Richie Hawtin and guests Matthew Dear, Matador and Ean Golden.

- From 12:00 noon until 4:30 PM in the old lobby of the 150 Mass. Ave building there will be a music technology marketplace, featuring some of the latest hardware and software from top manufacturers along with special discounts for Berklee students.

- From 1:00 PM to 3:00 in the Berklee Performance Center there will be a panel discussion on creativity, composition, and cutting edge tools and techniques used in electronic music, moderated by Electronic Production and Design Chair Michael Bierylo

- At 4:30 PM in 22 The Fenway, there will be a special electronic music production workshop. Seating for this event will be limited, so be sure to get there early.

Tickets for the evening show at the Middle East will be available for Berklee students with a special discount code.

Order student tickets online at:
code: CNTRLBERKLEE, or all lowercase “cntrlberklee” also works.
 

 
Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

Singer-Songwriter Workshop: Lizz Wright

Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Hosted by Paula Cole, a professor in Berklee's Voice Department, this live songwriting collaboration session will feature Lizz Wright, Peter Eldridge, and Cole.

Admission: 
Free

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