Clinics and Master Classes

Ned Rothenberg's Strategies in Improvisation - Ear Opener

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
William Davis Room
142 Massachusetts Avenue, Second Floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Strategies in Improvisation

A veteran of New York’s ‘Downtown Scene’, Ned Rothenberg has travelled the world, performing improvisation with musicians from Japan, Korea, Africa, India, Tuva (know it?), Europe, and South America.  He works in contexts related to Jazz, but also many other folk and classical traditions as well as the European schools of improvisation who call themselves ‘non-idiomatic’.  He has taught the ‘avant jazz’ ensembles in the Berklee summer 5-week program for the past 4 years.  If you are interested in new creative avenues of spontaneous musical expression please check out 1 or both of these classes.  These are prototypes of courses which may be offered as regular Berklee courses in the future.

Ear Opener at 2-4PM in 142 Mass Ave, William Davis room:

Ear Opener will be a performing practices presentation and discussion where we will listen to a variety of pieces which feature different improvisational strategies and methods.  How has open playing been approached by people like Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Derek Bailey and the Art Ensemble of Chicago?  Are there stated or unstated rules about the sonic materials people use? What are the roles of equality and leadership? Where do factors of independence, imitation and orchestration fit in?  How is it integrated with preset composition?   We will discuss what the musical goals are in each case and how they deal with transitions, structure, tonality and rhythm.

Admission: 
Free

Ned Rothenberg's Strategies in Improvisation - Instant Composer's Pool

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
1140 Boylston St, Room 2Z2
Boston
MA
02215

Strategies in Improvisation

A veteran of New York’s ‘Downtown Scene’, Ned Rothenberg has travelled the world, performing improvisation with musicians from Japan, Korea, Africa, India, Tuva (know it?), Europe, and South America.  He works in contexts related to Jazz, but also many other folk and classical traditions as well as the European schools of improvisation who call themselves ‘non-idiomatic’.  He has taught the ‘avant jazz’ ensembles in the Berklee summer 5-week program for the past 4 years.  If you are interested in new creative avenues of spontaneous musical expression please check out 1 or both of these classes.  These are prototypes of courses which may be offered as regular Berklee courses in the future.

Please come with your instruments for:

Instant Composer’s Pool at 6-8 pm in 1140 Boylston, room 2Z2:

Instant Composer’s Pool is the name a wonderful Dutch ensemble but this evening it will also be the title of Ned’s ‘Strategies’ ensemble.  If you have a hunger to improvise in an open setting bring your sax and join in.  Be prepared to work AT the music and WITH your fellow musicians.  Ears are at least as important as chops!

Questions to consider: How do we start?  How do we make transitions? How do we find endings?  There will be focused exercises for each question and some conducting may be used.  Also, we will work to develop imaginative ideas how materials associated with certain instruments might be played on others, widening the normal musical roles that instruments can play.  The class itself is an improvisation, as where we go will depend on the musical interests and goals of those who attend.  Bring open ears and an open mind.

Admission: 
Free

Diversity in Show Business: Acting Beyond Stereotypes

Tuesday / April 5, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
a red theater curtain with spotlight

This two-hour workshop offers practical tools for preparing audition monologues for actors. Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students are encouraged to attend.

Preselected students will prepare and present a memorized, two-to-three–minute, contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue. Participants will receive feedback from Ana Guigui, an associate professor in the Voice Department, and Rene Pfister, an assistant professor in the Voice Department, regarding the audition process and how to select the best monologue. Our guest moderator, Susan Nelson, is the executive director of the New England local of the Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG—AFTRA), and she will be joined by local professional performers to discuss the topic of actors playing into a stereotype or acting against it. Nelson will also moderate an open conversation and Q&A with our actors, panelists, and audience members about various aspects of diversity in show business. Please come and join the conversation.

This event is cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Admission: 
Free

Singing for the Circus: Cirque du Soleil Vocalist Eirini Tornesaki

Monday / May 23, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Eirini Tornesaki

Join Eirini Tornesaki, a Berklee Online songwriting student and Cirque du Soleil vocalist, as she shares her experiences of life in the circus, an alternative musical path in the theater industry. She will also perform songs from the Cirque du Soleil production Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities and give away two tickets to its May 26 premiere at Suffolk Downs.

Admission: 
Free

Bela Fleck, with Special Guests

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Grammy award winning banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck as he shares his musicality and experience as a composer, collaborator, and band leader. His work with Chick Corea, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and countless others including his innovative creation, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, have paved the way for his 14 Grammy wins and holds the distinction of being, historically,  the most nominated in the widest variety of categories.
Special guests are very likely, including our Bass Dept Performance Scholar in Residence, Victor Wooten.
Hosted by Bass Chair, Steve Bailey, and American Roots Music director, Matt Glaser.

Admission: 
Free

Percussion Days: Ron Reid Steelpan Workshop

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of Percussion Days, Ron Reid Reid will be joined by steelpan principals Joshua Joseph and Marcus Prince in demonstrating techniques for playing the steelpan, discussing video clips of steelpan performance and answer questions regarding the Steelpan lab and  and ensemble here at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Patrick Doyle Film Scoring Keynote

Friday / April 1, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
31 Hemenway St., Studio T401
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Patrick Doyle

Oscar-nominated film composer Patrick Doyle, composer of such films as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Brave, Sense & Sensibility, Thor, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, among more than 50 others, will present examples of his work and explain his scoring process. Beginning from theme and score sketch, through mockup, to final score with full instrumentation, he will use examples from one of his most recent films, Walt Disney’s live action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and released worldwide in spring 2015. 

Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA, and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V. He has also been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish BAFTA, with the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP, and with the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

 

Intercultural Dialogue: Exploring Connections between Jazz and Classical Music

Friday / April 1, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes bassist and composer Riccardo Del Fra. He is the director of jazz studies at the Conservatory of Paris and has composed music for cinema and television. Del Fra was appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2003 and promoted to rank of the Order of Arts and Letters Officer in 2014. He will discuss the connection between jazz and classical music.

See a complete list of Global Jazz Summit events

Admission: 
Free

Intercultural Dialogue: Jazz from the Shamrock Stone

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes special guest Chris Collins. Collins is the director of jazz studies at Wayne State University, has toured internationally as a band leader, and is best known as a contemporary mainstream saxophonist. This clinic and performance will explore the repertoire, improvisation, and cultural significance of traditional Irish music and its connections to American jazz.

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Admission: 
Free

Intercultural Dialogue: Panamanians in Jazz

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) welcomes special guest Patricia Zarate for a discussion on intercultural dialogue. Zarate is the executive director for the Panama Jazz Festival. She has performed as a professional saxophonist with a variety of bands in the United States and Latin America, and has presented her research project, Music as a Tool for Social Change, throughout New England, at the Conservatory of Paris, and in many other venues. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music and a master's degree in jazz studies from New York University. Zarate currently works as outreach coordinator for the BGJI.

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Admission: 
Free

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