Clinics and Master Classes

Building Your Website - A Workshop Presented by Wix

Tuesday / February 28, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join us in the Learning Center Lab as representatives from Wix provide an in-depth workshop tutorial to discuss:

  • The importance of building your brand and portfolio online through a personal website
  • Customized templates for Berklee students built by Wix and how to use them
  • General information on how to use Wix

Having a well-crafted personal website is a must in the modern age for any aspiring performer or professional. In this workshop, representatives from Wix, a leading web development platform, will provide a broad overview of the website-building basics, giving you the tools you need to be well on your way to a strong online presence. Covering everything from landing pages to portfolio showcasing, come learn how to build your website from the ground up.

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How Music Dies (Or Lives)

Tuesday / February 14, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
How Music Dies (Or Lives)
Field-recording and the battle for democracy in the arts
presented by Ian Brennan, Grammy award-winning producer (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Malawi Mouse Boys)
 
Join us for a discussion with Ian Brennan, GRAMMY-winning producer with four GRAMMY-nominated records (Best World Music- 2011 and 2015, Best Traditional Folk-2006 and 2007).
 
How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts is a virtual how-to manual for those on a quest for authenticity in an age of air-brushed and auto-tuned “artists”. The text is culled from a lifetime of “learning through failure” by producer and four-time author, Ian Brennan, and details the ways that the corporatization of music and inequitable distribution of artists is wreaking cultural devastation globally.
 
In the studio, he has worked with the likes of Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Flea, Tinariwen, Lucinda Williams, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Nels Cline (Wilco), DJ Bonebrake & John Doe (X, the Knitters), Jovanotti, Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Bill Frisell, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jonathan Richman, Richard Thompson, and more.
 
Ian has also has produced live-shows of up to 15,000 people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), Portland (OR), Tucson, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Boston with artists as diverse as Green Day, Fugazi, Merle Haggard, film-maker John Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Faye, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Vic Chesnutt, Peaches, and the Vienna Boys Choir.
 
“All recordings are ultimately ‘field-recordings’. They document life (...or lack thereof), and arise from a specific time and place. If that place is artificial, then the results will be as well. Ultimately, any technology exists only as a means to convey feeling, and has little to no value, otherwise, in-and-of itself.”
-Ian Brennan
 
 

Key Concepts of Electronic Music Production

Friday / February 17, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Key Concepts of Electronic Music Production
presented by the Electronic Music Production Club
 
Join us as Electronic Music Production Club President Stéphane Lo Jacono and Vice President Griffin Brown lead a clinic where they will discuss the techniques and concepts that are vital to electronic production in the modern day. Topics of conversation and demonstration will include:
 
• Creative, mix down and mastering stages of production.
• Achieving loudness whilst maintaining sound integrity.
• Tools such as synths and sample sources.
• Taking production into the realm of performance.
 
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Free

Leveling the Playing Field — Interrupting Patterns of Privilege

Tuesday / March 7, 2017 / 3:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Debby Irving's Photo

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Events over the last few years have provoked outrage and confusion about America's ongoing racial tension. Unfortunately, attempts to make sense of these events too often leads to increased misunderstanding. While mainstream media often brings a good/bad, black/white version of events involving individual actions, author Debby Irving encourages readers to bring more nuance, historical knowledge, and personal reflection to the issue.

Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. As general manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and First Night, and later as a classroom teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she struggled to make sense of tensions she could feel but not explain in racially mixed settings. In 2009, a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with white people exploring the impact white skin can have on perception, problem solving, and engaging in racial justice work.

Using a series of pointed questions, Debby works with participants to build a graphic map of the groups people belong to because of social locations and roles in U.S. history and society. Participants will think together about how various groups have and have not had access to rights, resources, and respect, ultimately revealing the social positioning and impacts of white privilege and dispelling illusions of a level playing field. Once the graphic has been created, Debby then leads participants in an exploration of social dynamics and dominant cultural attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate power and privilege patterns, even when best intentions are in lay. Participants will leave with two powerful tools to analyze power dynamics and cultivate transformative cultures in their circles of influence.

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CANCELED: Sound Design Critique Seminar

Thursday / February 9, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sound Design Critique Seminar
CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.
Join us for this event, cosponsored by the Sound Design Network, where alumnus Austin Devries ’15 will provide real- world feedback on students' sound design demos. Devries is an associate sound designer at Riot Games in Santa Monica, California, where he works to design character sounds for the game League of Legends.
 
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 play League of Legends every month.
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Free

Analyzing “De Cerca” (Up Close), a Flamenco-Jazz Conversation

Thursday / March 16, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Javier Colina

Two of the most fundamental figures in the Spanish music scene, flamenco guitarist Josemi Carmona and upright bass player Javier Colina, will present a clinic analyzing the process of recording their latest collaboration"De Cerca” (Up Close), a natural dialogue of flamenco and jazz.

Son of maestro Pepe Habichuela, Josemi Carmona is an heir to a crucial four-generation legacy of decisive Granada flamenco artists and one of the leading flamenco guitarists in Spain today.  

Javier Colina is one of the best double bass players of the current scene. His career has led him to play with renowned jazz musicians such as George Cables, Tete Montoliú, Chucho Valdés, Jerry González, Perico Sambeat, and Jorge Pardo, among many others.

Carmona, Colina, and percussionist Bandolero will perform at the Mediterranean Music Institute annual concert at the Berklee Performance Center on March 16.

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Free

Aynur and the Kurdish Music of Turkey

Tuesday / March 14, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Aynur

Singer Aynur has taken her music beyond Turkish audiences to wider international audiences who, through her voice, have discovered the wealth of the Kurdish oral traditions. Aynur will talk about her journey as an artist, about her music, and her traditions.

This clinic is part of the Mediterranean Women in Action ( MWiA) initiative seeking to raise awareness and promote gender equality in the Mediterranean music scene. Aynur is the perfect guest to honor this initiative and will perform at the Mediterranean Music Institute Annual Concert at the Berklee Performance Center on March 16.

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Free

Songwriting and Cultural Revival: A Conversation with Ado Kaliting Pacidal

Friday / February 10, 2017 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ado Kaliting Pacidal

What role can musicians play in movements for cultural revival? In this discussion, indigenous Taiwanese (Pangcah) songwriter Ado Kaliting Pacidal brings examples from her work, giving her experience of music as a force for indigenous assertions of cultural sovereignty, visibility, and survival.

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Free

Clinic: Beyoncé's Original All-Female Band

Wednesday / March 1, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Official photo of Beyoncé's original all-female band
Beyoncé's original all-female band

Prior to its Signature Series performance celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Beyoncé's original all-female band, led by Tia Fuller, Ensemble Department professor, will deliver a clinic at the Berklee Performance Center, moderated by Marquita Cheron '07 from Concert Daily.

The clinic will include Nikki Glaspie '05 (drums), Rie Tsuji '02 (keyboard), Crissy Collins (vocals), Bibi McGill (guitar), Brittani Washington (piano), Divinity Roxx (bass), Katty Rodriguez (tenor saxophone), Crystal Torres (trumpet), Marcie Chapa (percussion), and current Beyoncé dancer Ebony Williams '05.

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Free

Master Class/Clinic on Indian Classical Music

Tuesday / April 11, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Well-known artists from India present a master class/clinic on Indian classical music. 

Admission: 
Free

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