Clinics and Master Classes

Buffy Hubelbank: Demos to Dollars- The Life of a Hit Song

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 10:25 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States
Buffy Hubelbank- Creative Director of Publishing, Red Bull Records

Buffy Hubelbank, Creative Director of Publishing at Red Bull Records, will give a talk about the life of a hit song from conception to #1, a topic with which she is very familiar. Buffy has worked at Geffen/ Interscope/ A&M on albums with Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige, Keyshia Cole, and Queen Latifah.  She has also worked with some of today's most successful songwriters and producers including Bonnie McKee, Josh Abraham, JR  Rotem, and Raja Kumari.  At Red Bull Publishing, she handles an acclaimed roster including AWOLNATIOn, Twin Atlantic, Beartooth, and overseeing writer/ producers John Feldman (5SOS, All Time Low, The Used) and Nathan Barlowe (taylor Swift, Steven Tyler).

Admission: 
Free

Assistant Professor Marty Walsh Interviews Legendary Guitarist Steve Lukather

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

A founding member of the band Toto and a prolific session musician, Steve Lukather is recognized for his efficiency in the studio, often recording tracks in one take using minimal sound processing. He is known for a "melodic and intense" playing style and has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums that represent a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed to albums and hit singles as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Admission: 
Free

Joe Walsh

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh

Best known for his powerful guitar licks both as a solo artist and with groups such as The Eagles and The James Gang, Joe Walsh H’12 has entertained the masses and captivated his peers for more than three decades with such classics as “Funk #49,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “Ordinary Average Guy.” Walsh joined The Eagles in 1975, recording on albums such as Hotel California, The Long Run, and Eagles Live. The group reunited to release Hell Freezes Over in 1994 (the album reached number one on the Billboard charts) and to launch one of the most successful tours in music history.

In 1998, The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, Walsh has performed at the Grammys in 2012 with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Dave Grohl. Walsh recently finished the extensive The History of The Eagles World Tour and has now launched Walsh Toor 2015, performing earlier this month with Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Jason Isbell at the UNITE to Face Addition rally in Washington, D.C. In December, he will return to the nation’s capitol with his Eagles bandmates to be recognized at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Admission: 
Free

An Introduction to Video Game Music

Thursday / October 15, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by the Video Game Music Club

Presented by the Video Game Music Club, this clinic will address the history and evolution of interactivity in video games. The talk will cover a broad area of topics including a discussion of the past, present, and future of game music; an analysis of interactive elements and techniques; reactive versus proactive audio in games; and a general introduction to audio middleware solutions. Starting from the beginning of time (in game audio) with the most basic bleeps and bloops and moving on to the more recent advances in cinematic music for games, we’ll discuss and analyze several works of music and how they respond to events in game to truly feel interactive. Finally, we will talk a little about that burning question, “How do I get my music in the game?” 

Admission: 
Free

Sudanese Ancient/Musical History Clinic

Monday / October 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall

Sudan used to be the biggest country on the African continent with a rich history and traditions that have been carried on through music. African Muslims who used to go on pilgrimages to Mecca, along with the neighboring countries that shared an Arabic influence, made Sudan the center of civilization. In this clinic, Al-Murtaja will bring the finest artists to speak about their experiences, the music industry, and the situation in Sudan.

Admission: 
Free

MedMusic Resource Workshop: Epirotiko Laouto with Vasileios Kostas

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Room 118, 150 Massachussets Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Vasileios Kostas

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Music Institute, Greek lauoto player and composer Vasileios Kostas will offer a workshop on the Epirotiko laouto (an oud from the Epirous area of Greece). The workshop will focus on the specific role the Epirotiko laouto has in traditional and contemporary Greek music. Kostas will demonstrate the different techniques of this instrument with songs and improvisations so the audience, composers, and players can feel its sound and different colors. Special focus will be given to showing the full scope of this instrument's versatility and specifics for composers and arrangers who want to include it in their pieces.

Admission: 
Free

Skype Interview with Composer John Powell

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by the Film Scoring Network.
John Powell
Kraft-Engel Management
Presented by the Berklee Film Scoring Network, don't miss this Skype interview with John Powell, an English-born, Los Angelesbased composer. He is best known for his scores for animated films including the Academy Awardnominated score for How to Train Your Dragon, Rio, Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), and the Ice Age films. In addition to composing film music for animations, Powell has also scored live-action films such as the Bourne films, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Italian Job. Powell continues to be a prolific composer in the modern film scoring community and is a true master of orchestration and thematic composition.
Admission: 
Free

Rachel Solomon: Living and Working as a Keyboardist in Nashville

Friday / October 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Rachel Solomon '05, a pianist, singer, arranger, and songwriter, will present a discussion/performance on working as a touring keyboardist based in Nashville. In the 10 years since  she left Berklee, she’s been carving a unique music career as a recording session singer, pianist, and touring sideman (with acts such as Love and Theft, Laura Bell Bundy, Krystal Keith (daughter of county superstar Toby Keith), and fellow Berklee alumna Jenn Bostic). More recently, she's been touring on her own as a singer-songwriter. Solomon will be sharing her experiences in two different programs, one on living and working as a musician in Nashville, and a second on songwriting and her latest endeavors as an indie touring artist. She is currently on a solo tour promoting her debut album, Love Ourselves.

Admission: 
Free

Ira Coleman

Wednesday / November 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Berklee Recital Hall stage

Bassist Ira Coleman '85 gives a clinic.

Born on April 29, 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, Coleman was raised in France and Germany. While in Germany, he studied double bass at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik from 1980 to 1982 after which he moved to the U.S. to attend Berklee. His mother and father had many expatriate artists as their friends, and visitors to his childhood home included Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Charlie Mingus, and Chester Himes, inspiring him at a young age. Over the years, Coleman has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Sting, among many others. He was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured with her internationally from 2002 until 2009. As comfortable playing Jamaican rhythms as he is accompanying a gospel choir or performing in a jazz trio, this professional bass player has built an international reputation for versatility. He appears on more than 100 recordings including Grammy winners Gershwin’s World (Herbie Hancock) and Look What I Got (Betty Carter). Coleman currently lives in Rhinebeck, New York but maintains very strong ties to Europe.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic with Miguel Ángel "Malin" Villagrán

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Miguel Ángel "Malin" Villagrán

Don't miss this clinic with Miguel Ángel Villagrán, known as Malin, an award-winning guitarist, composer, and producer. He started his musical career by studying at the National Conservatory in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As part of the group Ensamble Guatemala, which was formed by three guitarists and a marimba player, he played classical music concerts worldwide in countries such as Venezuela, Germany, Austria, England, and Croatia, among others. With this group, he recorded two projects, including both classical and traditional music. As a singer-songwriter, Malin has released five records with Integrity Music, which have garnered multiple awards. His latest record, Songs from Heaven (2011), is a compilation of acoustic versions of famous and important Christian songs that he arranged.

Malin has also developed a name in pop music as a producer, arranging and producing the first three records for widely known singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona. He also arranged songs for Armando Manzanero and Miguel Luna from Mexico, and Ana Cirre from Spain. In 2000 Malin became part of the producers staff at Integrity Music, one of the most important labels in Christian music. He has produced more than 30 projects for their artists including Don Moen, Paul Wilbur, Aline Barros, Vertical, and Asiria Do Nacimento. From 2012 on, he has also worked on records featuring important ministers from around the world as singers. In addition, he's a member of Casa de Dios in Guatemala, and participates as a guitarist and worship leader for conferences and other occasions.

Admission: 
Free

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