Clinics and Master Classes

Norm Zocher: How to Achieve Speed on the Guitar and Get that "Out" Sound

Thursday / October 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking friendly scalar approaches for the left hand as well as several righthand picking techniques, including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for "out'' playing (@110 BPM for 16th notes) and the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques, including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales, the cycle of fifths/fourths, and the Mother Chord. 

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers,” Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music Guitar Professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. Zocher has performed and recorded a broad range of artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Medeski, Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. Recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci and Joey Calderazzo. He is also a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. More information at: normanzocher.com

Admission: 
Free

Developing Music Products & Services (A Musician's Perspective)

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Having written music for ads since 1996 and having started three companies, Paul Riggio, founder/CEO of TuneSpring.com, Creative Director at Groove Guild, and a Berklee alumnus, will share some of the do's and don'ts he's learned about developing music software products and services. Presentation topics will include a case study, different ways of coming up with product and/or service ideas, and a discussion on how to bring a product to market using lean startup tactics. In addition, Paul will share some of his facorite learning resources and will finish up with a Q&A.

Admission: 
Free

Film Scoring Redefined

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Film Scoring Redefined is a guide to contemporary film scoring. It's a comprehensive and practical presentation describing the most essential techniques in the art and craft of contemporary film scoring, starting with the basics (scripts, meetings, spotting, and budgets) then going through some handy explanations and recommendations (conceptualizing, composing, and recording) and finally finishing with a look at today's film scoring industry.

David (‘Dah – veed’) Murillo R. is an award-winning Colombian composer and Berklee scholarship student currently working towards completing a dual degree in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design with a minor in Video Game Scoring. David has worked on wide variety of projects with artists from around the world, including animated projects by students in Prague, short films developed in London, Australia and Spain, documentaries shot in Egypt and across the United States, and feature films produced in the U.S. and Colombia. You can learn more about David by visiting his website at davidmurillor.com.

Admission: 
Free

Ledisi Live: Interview

Tuesday / November 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee Voice Department faculty member Jeff Ramsey interviews visiting artist Ledisi Anabade Young, a jazz and R&B vocalist and songwriter.

Admission: 
Free

The Spectrum of Sampling

Friday / October 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Learning Center trainer Eric Levine and learn about the broad spectrum of sampling. Topics will include:

• The unique capabilities of several different sampling tools and plug-ins
• How to use a sampler to create new sounds and instruments
• How to record custom samples for playback and manipulation

Admission: 
Free

Modular vs. Digital Synth Cage Battle

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in modular synthesis across many fields. Whether for sound design, live performance, or electronic music production, modular synths have retaken their place as a highly desired instrument for many musicians and engineers. Berklee staff members Jess Hewitt and Blair Pershyn will discuss the history and core concepts of modular synthesis as well as go head to head comparing analog modulars with software emulations. Topics will include:
  •   Brief history of modular synthesis
  • Building blocks of modular synthesis
  •   Modular platforms
  • Notable modular soft synths
  •   Analog vs digital battle
  •   Synchronized jam
Admission: 
Free

John Knowles Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

John Knowles leads Berklee faculty and students in a performance, master class, and discussion of the meeting places within classical and traditional approaches to fingerstyle guitar, and his process of finding a persoanl voice on the instrument.



In his 60-plus years on the instrument, John has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical players, including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Lenny Breau. John's new duo recording with Tommy Emmanuel will be finished later this year. John's work has won a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree. In 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame for the second time. John is a sought-after teacher at workshops and through his publication, Fingerstyle Quarterly.



John joins us as the first guest in the Kim Perlak Visiting Artist Series, which invites internationally-recognized classial and fingerstyle guitarists to the Berklee Guitar Department to coach, perform, and share perspectives with our students and members of our school community. Given in the name of the current Assistant Chair of Guitar, the gift for this series intends to honor musicians who have found a voice on the instrument and wish to share their perspective with younger players through the power of personal connection.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and Derico Watson: Bass Extremes

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Victor, Derico, and Steve share their experiences employing the concepts of listening, interacting, and musical empathy in a multi-bass group and how it informs and improves any musical situation. This clinic will be the first of several residencies for Victor Wooten this year.

Admission: 
Free

Women, Technology, and Creativity

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 9:30 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee community is invited to a symposium featuring some of the industry's top producers, engineers, DJs, and beatmakers—all women who are innovative leaders in using technology to make music. Women, Technology, and Creativity is free and open to all Berklee students, faculty, and staff; alumni are also invited to the morning sessions in the Loft. RSVP is required (follow the link below).

Afternoon workshops will be held in Studio One in Berklee's new 160 Massachusetts Avenue building, one presented by legendary artist Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads) and one by indie rapper and producer K.Flay. Morning sessions in the Loft feature faculty members Chrissy Tignor-Fisher (Bastille, Notting Hill Music) and Erin Barra (Ableton product specialist, Beats by Girlz creator).

A morning panel brings together Hendryx, K.Flay, faculty members Susan Rogers (Prince, David Byrne), Leanne Ungar (Holly Cole, Guster, the Temptations), Tignor-Fisher, songwriting chair Bonnie Hayes (Bonnie Raitt, Cher), and moderator Ani Johnson (MonoMyth Media). The panel will examine how women use music technology, the challenges they face, and the ways in which women are currently taking up these tools to create, work, play, and inspire.

Women, Technology, and Creativity is sponsored by Ableton, Waves, Novation, Focusrite, Moog, and Berklee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

RSVP for this event

Admission: 
Free; morning sessions are open only to members of the Berklee and Pro Arts communities. Only Berklee students, faculty, and staff may attend the afternoon sessions; RSVP required.

Manuel Rangel Clinic

Monday / October 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Maraca player and guitarist Manuel Rangel gives a master class covering his own five maraca movements, which can be used in all kinds of Venezuelan music.

Rangel began his musical studies at age 9 in the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Barquisimeto-Venezuela, graduating in classical guitar studies. He has also studied harmony, Venezuelan and Latin American history, and general world history. He won first place in "Silbón de Oro," a Venezuelan music international festival held in Portuguesa state. In June 2008, he won first place in the International Villavicencio Festival in Colombia.

Rangel released his first album Instinto in 2008. In the same year, Manuel earned a Latin Grammy with his participation on "Tesoros de la Música Venezolana" (Venezuelan Music Treasures) with the renowned singer-songwriter Ilan Chester.

Rangel is working on a project of contemporary music combining organic, electronic, and visual elements with his two main instruments, guitar and maracas. With this project he traveled to Europe and is currently participating in several solo concerts in Venezuela.

Admission: 
Free

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