Clinics and Master Classes

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

When the Drummer Leads: Clinic with Sveti

Tuesday / April 5, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sveti

Marko Djordjevic, an assistant professor in the Percussion Department, brings his New York City–based group Sveti (featuring Julian Pollack on piano and Evan Marien '09 on bass) to Berklee for a clinic and concert. The band will perform original music as a lead-in to a Q&A with topics ranging from unorthodox forms and uncommon rhythms in composition to improvisation to the duties and responsibilities of a band leader. Don't miss this event with a band that All About Jazz calls "a group of absolutely monster musicians."

Admission: 
Free

Red Bull Music Academy: A Conversation with Astrolith

Wednesday / February 17, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Red Bull Music Academy is a prestigious, world-traveling lecture and festival series hosted for musicians from all over the world. This year, the Academy will be located in Montreal. For more info: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/

On Wednesday, February 17th from 1-3PM at Cafe 939 Red Room is the official Info session, moderated by DJ Star Eyes. Titled "A conversation with Astrolith", who is not only a RBMA, but also a Berklee alum (Evan Sutton), the questions on how to apply, what to expect and the experience will be in focus. Applications for the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy will be available at the event for students. 

"Join Red Bull Music Academy alumni Astrolith for a conversation style info session about RBMA applications, the actual Academy and how the program contributed to Astrolith’s own success as an artist. The discussion will be moderated by DJ Star Eyes. Plus, expect Berklee’s own DJ-WILL to perform! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Red Room at Cafe 939

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Komplete Your Production

Thursday / February 18, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Komplete Native Instruments Production
With a expansive suite of synthesizers, samplers, drum instruments, amp modelers, and mixing effects, Komplete by Native Instruments is one of the most popular and powerful production packages available to producers and performers. This event will explore many of the instruments and effects found within Komplete, both new and old. Covering things such as synthesized bass sounds, sampled keys, processed vocal FX chains, hi-fidelity mixing tools, and drum and percussion instruments, this clinic will showcase many sounds within Komplete and provide insight for how to use them in your own productions.
 
Instruments and effects covered will include:
  • Battery
  • Massive
  • FM8
  • Monark
  • Kontakt
  • SSL compressors and EQs
  • Driver filter and distortion
  • Supercharger tube compressor
  • Transient designer
  • Guitar rig
Admission: 
Free

Bill Mobley: Jazz Arranging and Improv

Monday / February 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz musician and educator Bill Mobley will discuss his concepts of jazz improvisation and arranging in this clinic.

Admission: 
Free

Weekly Yoga for Faculty and Staff

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
1108 Boylston St, Room 202
Boston
MA
02215

Yoga classes for faculty and staff have started. Come join us for some stress relief in the middle of the day. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Admission: 
Free

Kontakt Workshop

Friday / February 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Kontakt Komplete

Samplers are powerful sound manipulation devices. With them we can craft both stunningly realistic reproductions of acoustic instruments as well as never-before-heard sounds. This ability makes samplers an essential tool for the producer looking to create a unique sonic identity.

This workshop will look at Kontakt from Native Instruments. Part of the Komplete bundle, Kontakt is the industry standard software sampler, easily accessible to new users but with a deep feature set that rewards those who master it.

Admission: 
Free

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