Clinics and Master Classes

Spotify at Berklee

Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Come hear this conversation with The Echo Nest's CEO, Jim Lucchese, on music's data and audience's identities. Acquired by Spotify in 2014, The Echo Nest is a music intelligence company providing understanding of music content and music fans.

Admission: 
Free

Fast and Out II: Guitar Clinic

Friday / March 27, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Taught by Berklee guitar faculty Norman Zocher, 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 right-hand picking techniques including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for out playing—at 110 beats per minute (BPM) for 16th notesand 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 one of Boston's best composers, Zocher is a long­time Berklee guitar professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Medeski, Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, and Dave Holland, among others. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife and fellow Berklee guitar professor, Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo.

Zocher is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, was commis­sioned by Berklee String Department faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee and featured in Strings magazine. Zocher has been a featured performer at the International Steel Guitar Convention and is the founder of a grand unified theory of music, which details how the harmonic series is at the root of all things musical. 

Admission: 
Free

Billy Kilson Drum Clinic

Monday / March 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This is the first event of a two-day major residency with drummer Billy Kilson. Kilson has played, recorded, and toured with Chris Botti, Dave Holland, Al Jarreau, George Duke, Bob James, Stephen Tyler, and many others.

Admission: 
Free

Behind the scenes of the audio for Gigantic, Wwise, Unreal, and tips on how to become a game audio professional

Tuesday / March 10, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
Fenway Rm. 112
Rm. 112, 22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
02215

EPD Alum Matteo Stronati will be presenting on both the specifics of working on the audio for the major game release Gigantic, using Wwise and UE3, and more generally about his experience working in the game industry.

Matteo is an established audio lead, sound designer and composer credited in numerous high profile games, films, online and other forms of media. Matteo has produced sound effects and music for major publishers including CCP, 2K Games, and Tencent, for console games, browser games, MMOs, iOS, and PC games.

Matteo is currently Audio Lead at Stomp Games, a subsidiary of Tencent. At Stomp, he is solely responsible for all duties and requirements of the audio department.  

Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

Uruguay: Sounds from the South

Friday / April 10, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This clinic about the different grooves and musical styles from Uruguay will including candombe, tango, and milonga. It will end with a live performance featuring the music of Ruben Rada, Hugo Fattoruso, Eduardo Mateo, and other prominent composers from Uruguay.

Admission: 
Free

Q&A/Discussion with The Elev3n

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The production team The Elev3n  who've produced/written for Meghan Trainor and Jesse McCartney, among others,  will visit Berklee on March 5.  The three members of the team, James and Matt Morales and Dave Rodriguez, and the writer David Quinones, will discuss their writing process, career paths, their work with Meghan Trainor, and life after Berklee. Open to all, seating is first come-first served.

Admission: 
Free

Dweezilla on the Road: Dweezil Zappa Master Class

Monday / April 13, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

His music camp, Dweezilla, has a motto: learn and destroy. It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine musical creativity. At camp, students are in total immersion for four days of music instruction. In a special event while on tour with Zappa Plays Zappa, Zappa will be previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at camp prior to each concert.

Zappa says, "I transformed my guitar technique before starting Zappa Plays Zappa out of necessity to play my dad's most sophisticated and challenging melodies. I've found a lot of exciting new approaches to the guitar. I started Dweezilla music camp as a way to share this information with guitarists. I'm excited to present an opportunity to share thoughts on my approach to guitar with students of all levels before each show on tour."

The Music of Iran

Monday / March 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This clinic will feature guest artist Sahba Motallebi, a tar and setar player and Iranian musician, exploring and demonstrating different aspects of Persian musical traditions. These will include instruments, forms, and regions as well as the Persian modal system (dastgah). Motallebi will be assisted by kamancheh player and vocalist Mehdi Bagheri as well as Iranian vocalist/pianist/arranger Parham Haghighi. Motallebi will also be performing at the Seventh Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Music Festival: The Music of Persia on March 3.

A tar and setar virtuoso, Motallebi is an internationally renowned musician. A member of the Iranian National Orchestra, she has been named the best tar player by the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years. She has travelled around the globe presenting Persian music to enthusiasts in numerous countries. To date, Motallebi has released a number of CDs and composed numerous theatrical pieces. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in world performance music, she is an ambassador of classical Persian music in the United States and has captivated audiences in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1980, Bagheri began his musical endeavors by learning to play the tonbak. He then started learning other instruments in order to familiarize himself even further with Iranian music and composing. These included the setar and kamancheh, which he chose as his main instrument. While learning the kamancheh from maestro Ardeshir Kamkar, he studied drama at Azad University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in 2003. He has performed in a variety of festivals and halls in such countries as Norway, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

Admission: 
Free

Skype Interview with Jeremy Zuckerman

Friday / February 27, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the Film Scoring Network as they host a Skype call with Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra composer Jeremy Zuckerman.

Admission: 
Free

Post-Production Techniques: Dubbing

Friday / March 27, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dubbing is the process where all of the music, sound, and dialogue assets for a film are mixed together to produce the final soundtrack. In this workshop, we will explore techniques for combining these separate elements together effectively. With a focus on automation and other tools, we will look at how to best compliment the film’s story with the audio soundtrack.

Admission: 
Free

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