Clinics and Master Classes

Songwriting Presentation: Mike Daly, Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Disney Music Group

Wednesday / October 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mike Daly

Mike Daly, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Disney Music Group and a Berklee alumnus, will give a short talk and a live pitch session, open to all Berklee students, for current projects he’s developing. The pitches will feature previously submitted songs from any attendee. This is a great chance to learn how your songs come off, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want – and don’t want – when
reviewing songs for hit recording artists. Submit your name, email, song title, and the link to ONE song at this link:   Mike will select songs at random from the list.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype

Thursday / September 29, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype
Hyper Light Drifter
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.
Presented by the Sound Design Network
 
Join us for an interview with composer Rich Vreeland ’09 and sound designer Akash Thakkar ’12, two Berklee alumni who worked in tandem on the hit indie game Hyper Light Drifter. Developed by Heart Machine, this 2-D action role-playing game pays homage to classic 8-bit and 16-bit video games, and is considered by its lead developer, Alex Preston, to best resemble a combination of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. Preston originally launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the game’s development for approximately $27,000 but ultimately raised more than $600,000, allowing the hiring of a full team of visual artists and audio specialists.
 
Rich Vreeland
Pulsing, ambient, nostalgic, oozing — these are some of the 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. Vreeland also comes from a video game scoring background, and while he has credits for Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Hyper Light Drifter, he is perhaps 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 and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis degree. He has completed internships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Game Lab. 
 
 
Akash Thakkar
Based in Seattle, Washington, Thakkar has extensive experience in the indie game scene as a composer and sound designer, with credits including Hyper Light Drifter, Infinifactory, Ironclad Tactics, Gnomoria, Freedom Planet, City Quest, and more. A graduate of Berklee, Thakkar has given talks at dozens of PAX events, MAGFest, PopCap Games, TEDx, and more. He is a game audio professor at the Seattle Film Institute and is constantly looking for new ways to spread his knowledge within the game industry.
Admission: 
Free

Ableton Push and Live 9 Workshop

Friday / September 30, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Ableton Push and Live 9 Workshop
Erin Barra
Join performer and music technologist Erin Barra for an exclusive and free workshop. Barra, associate professor of songwriting, will explore writing, programming, and production techniques using Ableton Push and Live 9, creating a song live on stage while replicating her workflow in the studio. The workshop will be complimented by a short performance, demonstrating Barra's unique use of technology. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from this inspiring artist and educator. 
 
Erin Barra’s boundary-breaking approach to electronic music has most recently been featured on MusicTech, Ableton.com, Sonic Scoop, Billboard, and Wired UK. Barra is a songwriter, producer, music-tech consultant, board member of Women In Music, and the creator and lead developer of Beats By Girlz, a recording arts and music technology initiative for young women. Check out Barra's music and learn more about her at:
 
Admission: 
Free

Masterclass on Brazilian Music Featuring Daniel D'Alcantara

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street (1W)
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Daniel D'Alcantara

Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year Daniel D'Alcantara will present a Masterclass on Brazilian music. D'Alcantara is a faculty member at Conservatório Musical Souza Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a BIN member. The masterclass will explore arrangements and performance of modern Brazillian jazz for small, medium, and large ensembles. Come prepared to participate and play.

For questions please email bin@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
FREE

BGJI Forum Featuring Ben Street and David Sanchez

Wednesday / September 21, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features Ben Street and David Sanchez.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Forum Featuring Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci

Wednesday / September 14, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Forum Featuring Danilo Pérez and Ben Street

Wednesday / September 7, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features Danilo Pérez and Ben Street.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Forum Featuring Alan Pasqua and Adam Cruz

Wednesday / November 16, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features Alan Pasqua and Adam Cruz.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Forum Featuring Adam Cruz

Wednesday / November 9, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features Adam Cruz.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Forum Featuring John Patitucci and Ben Street

Wednesday / November 2, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) forum features John Patitucci and Ben Street.

The BGJI 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 creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

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