Clinics and Master Classes

Nate Morton: Rockin' with the Stars

Friday / February 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Don't miss this workshop and musical performance featuring the drummer for The Voice, Nate Morton.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Afro-Caribbean Meets Jazz Clinic

Monday / February 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Presented by Sean Skeete and Jacques Schwatz Bart, this clinic explores the traditional rhythms of French Caribbean music mixed with jazz.

Admission: 
Free

The Harmonic and Linear Palette of Upper Structure Triads

Tuesday / March 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Suzanna Sifter, a professor in the Piano Department, author of Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads, and instructor of the labs Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2 will give a clinic on upper structure triads. In the first half of the clinic, she will teach students how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. Students will learn the formulas for quick, tension-specific recall for each chord quality and explore many practice methods, focusing on both the harmonic and melodic application of upper structure triads. In the second half of the clinic, Sifter will be joined by Dino Govoni on tenor saxophone, Barry Smith on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums to demonstrate the musical application of these techniques. Don't miss this informative clinic.

Admission: 
Free

Vibes Clinic with Mike Mainieri

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mike Maineiri

This is an interactive clinic where Mike Mainieri, founder of Steps Ahead, will demonstrate various topics on the vibes. Students are invited to not only ask questions but also to get a close look at how different techniques are played on the vibes.

Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mainieri is also a producer, arranger, and composer who has contributed to the creation of music on the cutting edge. In a career filled with highlights such as winning DownBeat's International Jazz Critic's Award at age 20; performing with legends like Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix; and playing with the groundbreaking jazz/rock group Jeremy and the Satyrs, Mainieri has contributed to over 100 gold and platinum albums. In the late '70s, he founded the pioneering jazz fusion group Steps Ahead, which used contemporary sounds while experimenting, all while holding on to the music's compositional integrity. Steps Ahead grew to launch both young talent and new musical ideas. As an active participant in the rock and pop scenes, Mainieri has produced and cowritten three albums with Carly Simon, and he has recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Dire Straits, among many others. He describes Steps Ahead as a musical sphere in which he is able to transport himself into various genres. 

Admission: 
Free

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Monday / January 25, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award–winning Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department, explore musicianship and the art of jamming in this clinic. Bring your axes if you want to join in.

Admission: 
Free

Effortless Mastery Forum hosted by Bob Lada

Tuesday / April 26, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this week's forum Bob Lada will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

Admission: 
Free

Effortless Mastery Forum with Kenny Werner

Tuesday / April 19, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this series of forums Kenny Werner will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in his book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

Admission: 
Free

Effortless Mastery Forum hosted by Julian Lage

Tuesday / April 12, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this week's forum Julian Lage will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

Admission: 
Free

Bombino Clinic

Friday / March 25, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Bombino

Omara “Bombino” Moctar will perform and give a clinic on his life and music.

Born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment about 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez, he is a member of the Ifoghas tribe and fled with his father and grandmother to Algeria in 1990 after the Tuareg Rebellion broke out. It was there that he first picked up a guitar. He later studied with renowned Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe, and it was during his time as a member of Bebe's band that he got his nickname, Bombino, derived from the Italian word bambino, or little child. While living in Algeria and Libya during his teen years, Bombino and his friends watched videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, and others to learn their styles. He worked as both a musician and a herder in the desert near Tripoli before returning to Agadez in 1997 to work as a professional musician. After another Tuareg Rebellion in 2007 ultimately resulted in guitars being banned for the Tuareg (they were considered a symbol of rebellion) and the execution of two of Bombino's fellow musicians, he went into exile again and was unable to return home until January of 2010.

Bombino has played and recorded with people including filmmaker Ron Wyman and Chris Decato, who helped him in producing his first album, Agadez, released in April of 2011, which debuted at the top of the iTunes World Chart. Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys) produced Bombino's second album, Nomad, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes World Chart and the Billboard World Chart. Bombino has performed at such festivals as Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival, and he has opened for such acts as Robert Plant, Amadou and Mariam, and Gogol Bordello. His latest album is due for a 2016 release.

Admission: 
Free

Effortless Mastery Forum hosted by Bob Lada

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this week's forum Bob Lada will focus on breathing techniques and discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

Admission: 
Free

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