Clinics and Master Classes

Licensing and Taxation for Self-Employed Music Professionals

Wednesday / April 8, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Todd Gardner
Todd Gardner
Image courtesy of the artist
Does the thought of setting up your own business as a self-employed musician make you break out in a sweat, especially around tax time? Come learn the ins and outs with Todd Gardner, Berklee faculty member in the Music Business/Management Department. He will discuss the following:
  • Going into business in California and other U.S. states
  • Choosing the proper entity and the steps in forming a sole proprietorship (SP), general partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation, with particular attention paid to SP and LLC
  • Filing for a business license in various cities and counties
  • Hiring employees, collaborating with others, and common tax issues
  • Finding free or inexpensive resources for the process in Los Angeles or anywhere else you find yourself  
Gardner has spent more than 20 years as a musician, business consultant, litigator, mediator, facilitator, lecturer, and problem solver. His experience varies widely and includes contracts, environmental and health law, administrative enforcement, entertainment law, after-school media and arts programs for at-risk youth, litigation in both civil and criminal cases, interagency negotiations, community disputes, workplace conflicts, business development, and licensing and land-use disputes. He has also been an official NGO observer in the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not engaged in those pursuits or teaching in the Music Business Department at Berklee, he is the drummer for the JD Moffat Quartet.
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Skype Call with Mike Morasky

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The life and career of Mike Morasky, perhaps best known for his work on Team Fortress 2 and the groundbreaking Portal and Left 4 Dead series of games from Valve Corporation, sounds a lot like one of the post-modern audio collages he is so fond of creating — teenage guitar player in a bar band in Montana; award-winning experimental composer in Tokyo; audio hardware programmer in Silicon Valley; underground art rocker touring the world; 3D animator and director for television; electronic audio collage artist in France and Japan; visual FX artist on The Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies; AI animation instructor at an art college. These days, Mike is doing some combination of all these things at Valve.

Admission: 
Free

The Many Faces of Samba

Friday / April 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee faculty member Alberto Netto presents a clinic on spicing up samba grooves on the drum set. As Brazilian music has spread in popularity, drummers around the world and in many musical genres are incorporating these addictive rhythms into their music. Learn how percussion rhythms evolved and developed into the distinctive Brazilian sound, and how to transfer them to the drum set.

Admission: 
Free

James Murphy: Solid Soloing Using the Glue Method

Friday / April 3, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Many drummers struggle with the art of soloing and the ability to play a solo freely and musically without the constant burden of which idea to play next. In this clinic, James Murphy, Berklee assistant professor and drum set player for the Blue Man Group Boston, will discuss and demonstrate his glue method of soloing, which he developed to connect set ideas at fast note rates without hesitation. When practicing, the development of this method is very structured and mechanical. However, it transforms into freedom behind the kit as you add more set ideas and glue stickings to your bag. A selection of vocabulary, combined with muscle memory, creates the freedom to mix, match, and connect these ideas spontaneously into a seamless flow of thoughts while soloing. With this method, come and go freely in and out of the groove, or leave the groove and create a solo based on an endless stream of set ideas and glue stickings.

Murphy graduated from Berklee with a bachelor of music degree in performance in 2003. Upon graduation, he quickly immersed himself in the Boston music scene as an active player, educator, and clinician. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Murphy is a sought-after drum set instructor. In addition to teaching at Berklee, he has maintained a full rooster of private students at his drum school, Stix Drum Instruction, located in Essex, Massachusetts. He also started PeaceAndDrums.Com to accommodate his demand as an instructor: the site offers pre-recorded video lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players with lesson topics including technique, fills, and grooves. Murphy’s unique teaching methods are shared with readers around the globe, too, as an educational contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine.

Admission: 
Free

Analogue Heaven

Sunday / May 10, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sponsored by the Electronic Production and Design Department, Analogue Heaven is a gathering for synthesizer enthusiasts to share their interests in analogue, modular, virtual analogue, and DIY synthesizers and controllers. This event will allow members of the Berklee community and the general public an opportunity to experience unique, one-of-a-kind synthesizer systems. The day will conclude with an informal performance opportunity for participants.

Admission: 
Free

Spotify at Berklee

Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.
Red Room at 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

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