Clinics and Master Classes

David Rosenthal: Designing and Playing a Touring Keyboard Rig

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
22 Fenway
Room 112
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215
David Rosenthal '83

The Electronic Production and Design Department and Alumni Affairs are hosting an artist residency with Berklee alumnus David Rosenthal, the musical director for Billy Joel. During his visit, Rosenthal will make class visits as well as give presentations open to the entire Berklee and Boston Conservatory communities.

Imagine that your job is playing every synthesizer and keyboard part used in a major artist’s 30-year catalog of hit songs for a summer stadium tour. That could mean switching between hundreds of patches on dozens of instruments without a single hitch every night. Sound like a daunting task? Rosenthal has built his career on not only being a journeyman keyboard player but also a technical wizard capable of designing and programming touring rigs for artists like Joel and Bruce Springsteen as well as a synthesizer programmer for additional artists and Broadway shows. This session will provide an in-depth look at the hardware and software used in a modern touring rig and how synthesizer patches for an entire show are developed and maintained. Using the basic rig he uses on tour, Rosenthal will present a practical case study of how a deep knowledge of MIDI and synthesizer programming techniques is put to use in developing a reliable, professional system. This session is essential for anyone interested in performing with synthesizers, regardless of musical style.

Rosenthal is a classically trained pianist whose career trajectory has taken him to concert halls and stadiums around the world with major pop and rock artists. For the last 23 years, he has worked with Joel, and he’s been his musical director for the last six. His tenure with Joel includes the current record-breaking residency at Madison Square Garden and all of the sold-out tours with Elton John. Rosenthal has also worked with Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, Enrique Iglesias, Rainbow, and Whitesnake, among many others, and worked on countless TV shows, concert videos, and video clips as well as on Broadway shows. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has numerous gold and platinum albums to his credit.

Rosenthal will also deliver master classes on the role of the music director and MainStage, Apple's performance synthesizer.

Admission: 
Free

String Recording Techniques Workshop

Friday / February 26, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
String Recording Techniques Workshop
Although the quality of today's virtual string libraries is very high, recording string players live can be a rewarding way to achieve natural-sounding string parts. In this workshop, we will record solo instruments and small string ensembles. Along the way we will look at some of the basic equipment needed to record in both project studios and at remote locations. We'll also discuss microphones and miking techniques.
 
Topics covered will include the following:
  • Pro Tools setup and prep
  • Required equipment
  • Setting up your session
  • Microphone selection and placement
  • Mono and stereo recording
  • Tempo mapping and video import
Admission: 
Free

Hey Rim Jeon: Solo Piano Improvisation of Keith Jarrett

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of the Berklee Piano Department faculty showcase, Hey Rim Jeon, an assistant professor in the Piano Department, presents a clinic and performance on the solo piano improvisation techniques of Keith Jarrett. The presentation provides an introduction to Jeon’s new Keith Jarrett course entitled Solo Piano Improvisation of Keith Jarrett, which will be offered in fall 2016. Topics covered include discussion of a number of Jarrett’s early musical influences and analysis of selections from historic recordings including the Koln concert, the Sun Bear concerts, and the Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne and La Scala.

In addition to Jeon’s demonstration of Jarrett’s unique improvisational techniques and playing style, the clinic will feature solo piano performances by two of Jeon's students, Jung-Mun Choi and Myungbum Seo. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the session.

Admission: 
Free

Next Generation Audio Editing with Melodyne 4

Tuesday / February 23, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Next Generation Audio Editing with Melodyne 4

Product expert Carlo Libertini comes to show off the new features of Melodyne 4, the latest version of this flagship audio editing software. With Melodyne you can adjust the pitch, timing, dynamics, and timbre of individual notes, even within chords. New features include the Sound Editor with its totally new sound design possibilities, DNA: Direct Note Access, and ultra-accurate tempo detection. Furthermore, Melodyne 4 Studio now also runs directly as a plugin within your digital audio workstation.

This event is supported by the Music Production and Engineering Department, the Audio Engineering Society student chapter, the Pro Tools Users Group of Boston (moderated by Dan Cantor and Sean Mclaughlin), and Parsons Audio.

Admission: 
Free

Marco Granados Masterclass at Berklee

Friday / February 26, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
1140 Boylston St, Room 2Z2
Boston
MA
02215
It is with great pleasure that I announce the upcoming Masterclass with Marco Granados, to be held on Friday, February 26, from 5-7 pm, in 1140 Boylston, Room 2Z2.  This class will be sponsored by Haynes Flutes. The topic of the session will be  Classical Wind Techniques for the Jazz/World Music Performer.

 

Admission: 
Free

Music Therapy and Wellness Preview: Student-Led Music Experiences

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
Eisenson Room
160 Massachusetts Avenue, third floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

These student-led experiences will serve as a preview of Music Therapy and Wellness: Flourishing With Music, the Music Therapy Department's spring symposium, taking place on March 4. Come and explore the many ways in which music therapy impacts wellness.

Admission: 
Free

Pro Tools: Time Correction

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

The ability to adjust the timing of audio recordings is a powerful feature of any modern music production software. Pro Tools has several different options for time adjustment that can be used for utilitarian as well as creative means. This workshop will explore different techniques for time correction, help you to determine the best one for unique scenarios, and explain the pros and cons of each. Functions examined will include: 

  • Elastic audio
  • Quantization of audio
  • Audio nudge techniques
  • Understanding grid, slip, and shuffle modes
  • Tab to transient
  • Beat detective
Admission: 
Free

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Afro Caribbean Meets Jazz

Monday / February 22, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This clinic and performance features Jacques Schwarz-Bart '94 and his original, Afro-Caribbean blend of jazz. His music is drawn from his Caribbean roots and his experience on the world stage performing with Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others. The event will also feature a presentation on the connection between jazz and Caribbean culture and music, and an opportunity for discussion on various music-related topics.

Admission: 
Free

Jose Juvinao and Juan Guillermo Aguilar: Beyond Cumbia

Wednesday / February 24, 2016 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Jose Juvinao

This clinic and performance will be about different ways to play Colombian music beyond cumbia. It will show different approaches to currulao (jungle groove, West Coast), porro (northern), and pasillo (music from the mountains) and how to play them in styles from roots to modern, creating contemporary Colombian music.

Jose Juvinao is from Medellín, Colombia. He's a bassist, arranger, and composer, and he has a degree from Universidad de Antioquia, where he studied classical double bass, and a master's degree in modern American music from Longy School of Music. He has performed in many places and at many festivals around the world such as the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Medellín Jazz Festival, Bogotá Jazz Festival, Cali Jazz Festival, and Le Mondial des Cultures, among many others. He has played with important musician such as Cheo Feliciano, Antonio Arnedo, Amaury Gutierrez, Eddie Santiago, Samuel Torres and many others. Currently, Juvinao is a faculty member at the University of Antioquia, the academic coordinator of Staff Music Academy in Medellín, the bass player of Maite Hontelé, and the music arranger for Merlín Producciones (the record label of Puerto Candelaria, Banda la República, Maité Hontelé, and Trópico Big Band). A versatile bassist who can play multiple styles from Colombian to classical, he has also written a book about improvisation in Colombian tropical music, and he has been nominated for both a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy.

The general producer of Bass en Vivo Colombia, Juan Guillermo Aguilar started studying music at the age of 11, supported by his family, who encouraged him to study professionally. He lived for three years in Cuba, studying at the Instituto Superior de Arte and the Escuela Nacional de Arte, and then returned to Colombia with the goal of studying his own country’s rhythms. As one of Colombia’s most versatile drummers, Aguilar has played with artists like Richie Ray, Amaury Gutiérrez, Juan Carlos Coronel, Edy Martínez, and Totó la Momposina, among many others. He has been nominated twice for a Latin Grammy Award and once for a Grammy Award, and has won a Shock Award. As a session drummer, he’s participated in recordings for Ricky Martin, Fonseca, Lucas Arnau, Pasabordo, and Maite Hontelé, among many others. He’s been a member of multiple important music groups such as Puerto Candelaria, La República, and Ballet Folclórico de Antioquia, and has performed on approximately 50 international tours around Asia, Europe, and America. He has his own studio for recording drums and percussion, and has taught Colombian and Latin percussion clinics at universities, academies, and percussion festivals.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Songwriter Steve Seskin

Friday / April 15, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Steve Seskin is one of the most successful songwriters in Nashville, Tennessee today. His songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, and Peter Paul and Mary, among many others. His song "Don't Laugh at Me" was a finalist for song of the year at the Country Music Association Awards in 1999, and it has spurred a tolerance movement launched by the Don't Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include "I Think about You," "Life's a Dance," "No Doubt about It," "If You've Got Love," and "Grown Men Don't Cry."

Seskin will give a short talk about songwriting followed by a master class. Bring a song, and get some feedback.

Admission: 
Free

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