Clinics and Master Classes

The Panama Jazz Connection Clinic

Tuesday / September 8, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Panama Jazz Connection band
The fusion between Panamanian music and jazz is a natural one, from Louis Russell, a Panamanian who became the musical director for Louis Armstrong in the early part of the 20th century to the Panamanian heritage of jazz greats such as Eric Dolphy, Rady Weston, and Billy Cobham. In this workshop, the history of jazz related to Panama and the folkloric rhythms of Panama that spice the Panamanian jazz scene of today will be discussed.
 
Visiting artists include Luis Carlos Perez, Aledia Duartes, Carlos Agrazal, and Oscar Cruz.

 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Master Class on Indian Percussion

Friday / November 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

This master class and clinic on Indian percussion and the tabla will be given by a renowned artist.

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Free

Tito Oliveira Master Class Featuring Marcus Santos

Friday / September 18, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tito Oliveira

Presented by the Percussion Department and Roland Corporation, drummer/percussionist Tito Oliveira is a rising star in the Brazilian music scene. He will lead an interactive master class in the modern application of Afro-Brazilian rhythms for percussion and the drum set.

Oliveira is a percussionist and drummer from the state of Bahia, the rhythmic heart of Brazil. Music has been a part of his life since childhood when his father, a saxophonist, founded the Oliveira Band in his hometown of Salvador. He is an in-demand drummer who has toured and recorded extensively with Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Daniela Mercury, Elba Ramalho, and João Donato, among many others. He recently released his first solo album as a band leader, Magio, to critical acclaim. A sophisticated mixture of jazz and Afro-Brazilian rhythms, its fresh approach to duplicity of rhythm and group improvisation is cutting edge. Although he has taught throughout Europe and South America, this is Oliveira's first master class in the U.S.

Special guests will be Marcus Santos and Boston’s own Samba Percussion Group, Bloco AfroBrazil. Santos, a Berklee alumnus, is also from Salvador. His Grooversity World Drumming Network is a community outreach program celebrating Afro-Brazilian rhythms. As an educator, he has led samba groups across the U.S. as well as in Italy and Canada.

Composers, singers, instrumentalists, arrangers, and producers are all invited to learn about the wonderfully complex, useful, and electrifying rhythms from Bahia.

Admission: 
Free

Stanton Moore Drum Clinic

Friday / March 25, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

New Orleans drummer and founding member of Galactic Stanton Moore returns to Berklee for his second clinic. The author of two books, Take It to the Streets and Groove Alchemy, Moore shares his encyclopedic knowledge of New Orleans, second line, and funk drumming.

Admission: 
Free

David Aguilar: Songwriting Clinic

Wednesday / September 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
David Aguilar
Ivan Contreras

Don't miss this clinic with David Aguilar, a celebrated songwriter from the independent music scene in Mexico whose music is influenced by Mexican folklore; Latin and Brazilian traditions; and American rock, pop, and folk from the '60s to the '90s. His poetic lyrics and exquisite harmonic sensibility have earned the admiration of Jorge Drexler and Kevin Johansen, among others.

In 2010, Aguilar won the SACM (BMI in Mexico) Maria Grever Award, an international honor and fellowship for Hispanic and Latin American songwriters at the top of their field. In 2014, he released his album, El David Aguilar and toured more than 30 cities in Mexico. Now he's embarking on his first East Coast tour in the United States, collaborating with a band of award-winning, New York–based musicians to present El David Aguilar here for the first time.

Admission: 
Free

Charlie Puth

Thursday / August 6, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Charlie Puth '13 has hit the top of the charts twice in the two years since he graduated from Berklee. His song with Meghan Trainor, "Marvin Gaye," has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and his tune with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again," has spent a whopping 21 weeks on the chart, topping out at No. 1 in late July. 

Puth returns to Berklee this week to chat and connect with the community. At this event, he'll talk to Berklee and Five-Week students, staff, and faculty. This event is closed to the public. Be sure to bring your Berklee ID to get into the event. 

Singer-Songwriter Clinic with Chiara Civello

Tuesday / October 13, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic and performance, Chiara Civello will discuss the the various aspects of a career as a performer and songwriter. 

Born in Rome, Civello left Italy for the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music. As a singer-songwriter, she has an extensive recording career that includes Last Quarter Moon (produced by Russ Titelman and released on Verve Records) and several releases on Universal and Jazz Classics. Civello's love of Brazilian music led to collaborations with Ana Jobim, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Eumir Deodato, and many other well-known Brazilian artists. Her latest release, Canzoni, features new and innovative renditions of Italian standards.

Admission: 
Free

The Harmonic and Linear Palette of Upper Structure Triads

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Suzanna Sifter, a composer and performer as well as a professor in the Piano Department, has released the second edition of her book, Berklee Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads. She will discuss and demonstrate how to use upper structure triads for expressive comping, harmonising melodies, and improvising.

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Free

Master Class with Orion Morales

Tuesday / September 15, 2015 / 1:15 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The versatile jazz/folk pianist Orion Morales will offer a brief but broad introduction to different styles of Chilean folk music, including explanations of the variations of Chilean instruments and traditional rhythms. He has worked very closely with Danilo Pérez, the artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and is the leader of Los Lautarinos, a band that incorporates a wide influence of Chilean folk music into jazz music. In 2011, this band was awarded best musical piece of the year for their composition "Decentes en Tiempos Indecentes" by the Department of Culture from the government of Chile.

In addition to the master class, with the assistance of some students Morales is also going to perform arrangements with roots in Chilean folk music.

Admission: 
Free

Crissy Collins Master Clinic

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer Crissy Collins will perform a master clinic with a very special rhythm section and talk about the current state of the music industry as a touring musician.

Collins has had the opportunity to sing background for legendary gospel and R&B artists like Luther Vandross, Kelly Price, Glenn Jones, Lil G of Silk, and Dorothy Norwood. She has toured with Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail as the incarcerated Chico, and this role led to her becoming well known for singing "Yes, Jesus Loves Me, Even Me." She also played a small role in the box office hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Lions Gate Films), for which she also sang on the soundtrack, and Madea's Family Reunion.Since 2008, Collins has toured the globe singing background for Beyoncé Knowles, accompanying her on four world tours. She released her debut album, Faith in Progress, in March of 2007.

Admission: 
Free

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