Holly Palmer, a singer-songwriter and Berklee alumna who has released four solo albums and has musical and performance experience with Berklee students, gives a master class. The class is presented by Anne Peckham, chair of the Voice Department.
The Harmony Department's guest artists Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko will present a workshop on the new jazz repertoire based on 20th-century masters Kris Berg, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, and Karol Szymanowski.
Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Tuesday, May 5, he will be talking about the work he has been doing with these students and playing the projects they have developed. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us last week, and this week’s discussion should be just as interesting. We’ll meet in MPE Studio A in the 150 Mass Ave building, where we should have a much better listening environment.
Michael Bierylo Chair, Electronic Production and Design
Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Monday, April 27 we’ll have a wide-ranging, informal discussion with him on his work, and music in general. Please make a plan to join us for this special event.
His work as an electronic musician is truly eclectic, ranging from NYC Boiler Room sets to collaborations with acoustic ensembles in European concert halls. Since his first release, Space is Only Noise in 2011, he has performed more than 100 international shows a year. Work with his band DARKSIDE received critical acclaim with the 2013 release Psychic, and they were one of the top live electronic acts in 2014 according to many polls and critics. Jaar’s recorded work includes remixes of work from Brian Eno to Cat Power. His record label, Other People, showcases the work of an international roster of artists
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.
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.
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.