Clinics and Master Classes

Bass Clinic with Daniel Toledo

Thursday / March 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Daniel Toledo

This workshop with Ecuadorian bassist and composer Daniel Toledo will focus on the role of the bass in a piano trio setting and on composing from the bass perspective. Toledo graduated from Berklee in 2014 with a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance. He became a part of the College of Music at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he did most of his training, at an early age, and now he’s a full-time professor there, teaching bass and ensembles.

Winner of the 2010 Jazz Envoys, he has played at the Kennedy Center and has been active working with the U.S. Embassy and the Department of State. He has performed with artists such as Victor Mendoza, Perico Sambeat, Ted Lo, and Polo Ortí, among others, and has played in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. In the last few years, he has also presented workshops in countries like Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador. Toledo's debut album, Elapse, with Piotr Orzechowski and Joshua Wheatley, was released in October of 2014 to high acclaim in different countries in South America and Europe.

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Latin Rhythm and Jazz: Compositional Perspectives

Tuesday / April 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Virtuosic composer and congero Samuel Torres, Grammy Award–winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Guggenheim fellowship recipient and brilliant pianist Billy Childs, and big band innovator Darcy James Argue discuss the significance of Afro-Latin rhythms in their creative process. This panel will address the question of who some of the most important rising composers in this idiom are today, and what is on the horizon.

Admission: 
Free

Banjuka: African Dance Workshop

Tuesday / March 22, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Come watch, learn, and experience African dance! This fun and interactive workshop will be led by two students here on the Berklee campus.

This event is part of Culture Shock Week. View the full schedule here.

Admission: 
Free

Roberto Koch: Afro-Venezuelan Music Clinic

Monday / March 28, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Roberto Koch

A highly regarded Venezuelan bassist, producer, and pedagogue, the Latin Grammy nominee Roberto Koch talks about Afro-Venezuelan music genres and demonstrates how to incorporate these grooves in standard compositions that are not related to this tradition. Genres covered will include those such as parranda, fulía barloventeña, san millán, patanemo, sangueos from the Carabobo and Aragua states, gaita de tambora, and calipso, among others. Musicians Fran Vielma (percussion) and Carlos Capacho (Venezuelan cuatro) will appear with Koch. Composers, arrangers, and any kind of instrumentalist are welcome. 

Koch appears on more than 50 recordings with renowned Venezuelan artists such as Pablo Gil, Gerry Weil, Leo Blanco, Pedro Eustache, and Andrés Briceño, among many others. He has also worked with international artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Steve Khan, and Wolfgang Muthspiel, among others. Koch is a master's degree candidate in jazz pedagogy at Jazz Campus in Basel, Switzerland. He is currently part of Ensemble Venezuela, led by the pianist Edward Simon, and also part of Fran Vielma’s Venezuelan Jazz Collective. 

This event is produced by Fran Vielma, Oscar Stagnaro, and Berklee's Latin Music Studies. 

Admission: 
Free

Culture Shock: Indian Dance Workshop

Thursday / March 24, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
31 Hemenway Room T401

Shreya Navile is a professional Indian classical dancer who performs the style of Bharathanatyam. She started learning from her mother, Deepti mukund, and debuted in Bangalore, India at the age of 13. Ever since then she has toured India during the winter season as a solo performer. At the age of 14 she started her own Bollywood dance company called RaagaDC which proceeded to perform at prestigious venues like The Kennedy Center, National Cherryblossom Festival and The Wolftrap.

Bharathanatyam is an ancient art form originated from southern India. It is a story telling art form usually used as a method of worship in the Hindu religion. The use of rhythmic body movements as well as specific facial expressions helps tell the mythological stories in the dance pieces.

This event is part of Culture Shock Week. View the full schedule here.

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Admission: 
Free

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Friday / April 15, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten, the Grammy Award–winning performance scholar in residence, and Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department, explore musicianship and the art and science of jamming in this clinic. When approached as a language, all the elements of music—including dynamics, space, harmony, and formresult in live, through-composed jams that could be transformational to one’s musical awareness. Bring your axes.

Admission: 
Free

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Tuesday / March 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten, the Grammy Award–winning performance scholar in residence, and Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department, explore musicianship and the art and science of jamming in this clinic. When approached as a language, all the elements of music—including dynamics, space, harmony, and form—result in live, through-composed jams that could be transformational to one’s musical awareness. Bring your axes.

Admission: 
Free

Visiting Artist Kuk Harrell

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Shames Family Scoring Stage
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Shames Family Scoring Stage

160 Mass. Avenue

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

With five GRAMMY Awards and a Global Globe nomination, Kuk Harrell has made his mark on modern pop music. The famed music producer, songwriter and vocal producer, has collaborated with industry greats including Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jessie J, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. 

In 2007, Harrell's composition and production talents on Rihanna’s record- breaking hit “Umbrella,” earned him a GRAMMY Award for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration".  This opened which opened the door for several other nominations and awards, including a 2008 GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary R&B Record for his work with Mary J. Blige on "Growing Pains", a 2010 GRAMMY for Song of the Year for Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies," a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture-Drama for “I See You," the theme song for the James Cameron directed film, "Avatar," a 2011 GRAMMY award for Best Dance Recording for "Only Girl (In the World)”, and a 2014 GRAMMY award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”. Harrell has continued his work in the film industry as well, serving as the vocal producer for Sony Pictures’ 2014 feature film “Annie”, working with the actors; including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale, and working with Jessie J on “Flashlight” for Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2”.  In 2015, Harrell produced the self-titled album for the a capella group Pentatonix, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.  This year, Harrell continued his vocal production for Rihanna working on all songs from her new platinum album “ANTI”, and once again collaborated with Jessie J for FOX’s “Grease Live!” special.  Harrell has also launched a new partnership with Kobalt Music Group, signing writers, producers and artists through his Suga Wuga Music imprint.

 

Percussion Days: Mark Walker and the Panamerican Trio Featuring Alain Mallet and Oscar Stagnaro

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of Berklee's Percussion Days events, this clinic will focus on Latin rhythms applied to the drum set in a jazz context. You will also learn what's happening in the rest of the ensemble as well as the form and structure of the music, the rhythmic language and phrasing of each style, improvisation, and more.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic: Declaration of Performance Major (Voice Principals)

Monday / March 28, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this interactive clinic, presented by the Voice Department, students will learn about the application process and audition/interview requirements to Declare as a Performance Major (Voice Principal). Watch a live audition, ask questions, and find out what it's all about!

Admission: 
free

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