Clinics and Master Classes

Victor Prieto Master Class with MIXCLA

Wednesday / November 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Grammy nominee Victor Prieto is a jazz accordionist who changes the way musicians and spectators view the instrument. His love of traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythms and colors, uniquely combining Galician roots, Celtic and Brazilian music, jazz, tango, and classical music. He is hailed by the New York Times as "a fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer," and by All About Jazz as "one of the best world music and jazz accordionists nowadays."

Additionally, Prieto has received awards such as the Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers and the first prize at CMZK's Concourse of Composition. He teaches master classes at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, and has headed jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory in New York.

For this master class, Prieto will be working with student band MIXCLA, led by Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, and discussing his musical career.

Admission: 
Free

2015 Music Education Symposium

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 9:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Berklee’s Music Education Department presents the 2015 Music Education Symposium, Implementing the National Standards: Assessment and Impact on Teacher Evaluation.

The symposium will explore pathways to improve student learning and to take a closer look at how to implement the new National Arts Standards in the music classroom. Panelists include Colleen Thompson, choral director at Simsbury High School in Simsbury, Connecticut; Richard Wells, cochair of the music writing team for the National Coalition for Common Arts Standards and a 40-year music educator; and Sandra Doneski, dean of faculty at Gordon College, where she is also associate professor of music and director of graduate and undergraduate music education.

Admission: 
Free

Rachel Solomon: Working as a Touring Keyboardist in Nashville

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Rachel Solomon '05, a pianist, singer, arranger, and songwriter, will present a discussion/performance on working as a touring keyboardist based in Nashville. In the 10 years since  she left Berklee, she’s been carving a unique music career as a recording session singer, pianist, and touring sideman (with acts such as Love and Theft, Laura Bell Bundy, Krystal Keith (daughter of county superstar Toby Keith), and fellow Berklee alumna Jenn Bostic). More recently, she's been touring on her own as a singer-songwriter. Solomon will be sharing her experiences in two different programs, one on living and working as a musician in Nashville, and a second on songwriting and her latest endeavors as an indie touring artist. She is currently on a solo tour promoting her debut album, Love Ourselves.

New Jazz Repertoire with Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino

Thursday / November 19, 2015 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko

With a rich harmonic and melodic syntax, the compositions of Chopin, Berg, and Szymanowski can serve as a springboard for exciting jazz experiments. This session integrates the compositional and harmonic techniques found in the selected compositions of these composers within a broader context of jazz harmony, improvisation, and composition.  

Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career studying jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he completed a Ph.D. in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes. Terefenko holds a unique joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Music Theory. His research explores the interaction between classical and jazz improvisation. Terefenko’s piano solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. His latest duo project, Crossing Paths, features Tarantino, and the album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions. In 2014, Terefenko published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at prestigious music universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tarantino is also a woodwind doubler, composer, and educator who is passionate about developing and expressing her voice as an improviser and inspiring others to do the same. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Tarantino/Terefenko, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet/Quintet. In 2015, she released her debut album, Crossing Paths, with Terefenko on her new label, Infinite Records. The duo can be found performing and presenting jazz workshops and clinics across the globe. In addition, Tarantino has performed at the Rockport Jazz Festival; the Kennedy Center; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and with Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, among many others. She is a popular guest clinician at colleges, high schools, and summer jazz programs including the Rockport Jazz Camp in Rockport, Massachusetts, of which she is founder and director.

 

Admission: 
Free

Rare Contrafacts with Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino

Thursday / November 19, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko

This presentation focuses on lesser-known contrafacts by Lennie Tristano (“April,” “Ablution”) and Lee Konitz (“Kary’s Trance,” “It’s You”), with Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino discussing various performance-related issues and relevant improvisational techniques. 

Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career studying jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he completed a Ph.D. in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes. Terefenko holds a unique joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Music Theory. His research explores the interaction between classical and jazz improvisation. Terefenko’s piano solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. His latest duo project, Crossing Paths, features Tarantino, and the album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions. In 2014, Terefenko published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at prestigious music universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tarantino is also a woodwind doubler, composer, and educator who is passionate about developing and expressing her voice as an improviser and inspiring others to do the same. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Tarantino/Terefenko, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet/Quintet. In 2015, she released her debut album, Crossing Paths, with Terefenko on her new label, Infinite Records. The duo can be found performing and presenting jazz workshops and clinics across the globe. In addition, Tarantino has performed at the Rockport Jazz Festival; the Kennedy Center; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and with Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, among many others. She is a popular guest clinician at colleges, high schools, and summer jazz programs including the Rockport Jazz Camp in Rockport, Massachusetts, of which she is founder and director.

Admission: 
Free

Saxophone Clinic with Alexa Tarantino

Wednesday / November 18, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alexa Tarantino

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, award-winning jazz saxophonist Alexa Tarantino is also a woodwind doubler, composer, and educator who is passionate about developing and expressing her voice as an improviser and inspiring others to do the same. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Tarantino/Terefenko, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet/Quintet. In 2015, she released her debut album, Crossing Paths, with pianist Dariusz Terefenko on her new label, Infinite Records. The album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions and original material. The duo can be found performing and presenting jazz workshops and clinics across the globe. In addition, Tarantino has performed at the Rockport Jazz Festival; the Kennedy Center; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and with Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, among many others. She is a popular guest clinician at colleges, high schools, and summer jazz programs including the Rockport Jazz Camp in Rockport, Massachusetts, of which she is founder and director.

This two-part clinic will address effective exercises relating to saxophone fundamentals as well as explore advanced approaches to improvisation in order to create new musical avenues in small-group performance. Participants should bring their instruments and be prepared to demonstrate a standard tune that they are currently working on. Rhythm section players are welcome to attend as well.

Admission: 
Free

Interview with Sarah Kovacs

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sarah Kovacs Interview
Presented by the Women's Film Initiative, don't miss this interview with alumna Sarah Kovacs, the newest agent at Kraft-Engel Management.
 
Kraft-Engel Management is one of the world’s leading agencies, specializing in representing film, theater, television, and interactive composers. Kovacs heads the newly created New Media Division, which represents composers for an exploding field including video games, web-based original series, and television. She has been an active force and witness to the mass acceptance of video game music by the recording industry. Her client Austin Wintory (Journey) was the first game composer nominated for a Grammy in the Best Score category previously reserved for film and television, and her client Christopher Tin won the first Grammy awarded for a song written for a video game (“Baba Yetu” for Civilization IV). Kovacs also represents composer Garry Schyman (BioShock Trilogy), who won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award; BAFTA-nominated composer Joel Corelitz (The Unfinished Swan, Hohokum); Garth Stevenson (Tracks, Ten Thousand Saints); Emmy-nominated composer David Schwartz (Arrested Development, Deadwood); and Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina (Juno, Butter, Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Casual), among others.
 
An integral team member at Kraft-Engel for nearly five years, Kovacs attended Berklee College of Music, studied music business management, and acted as a talent buyer at the Red Room at Cafe 939 (then a new venue), cultivating a passion for discovering up-and-coming artists. At Kraft-Engel, she combines eagle-eyed business savvy with a love of music and of advocating for musicians and composers.
Admission: 
Free

Buffy Hubelbank: Demos to Dollars- The Life of a Hit Song

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 10:25 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States
Buffy Hubelbank- Creative Director of Publishing, Red Bull Records

Buffy Hubelbank, Creative Director of Publishing at Red Bull Records, will give a talk about the life of a hit song from conception to #1, a topic with which she is very familiar. Buffy has worked at Geffen/ Interscope/ A&M on albums with Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige, Keyshia Cole, and Queen Latifah.  She has also worked with some of today's most successful songwriters and producers including Bonnie McKee, Josh Abraham, JR  Rotem, and Raja Kumari.  At Red Bull Publishing, she handles an acclaimed roster including AWOLNATIOn, Twin Atlantic, Beartooth, and overseeing writer/ producers John Feldman (5SOS, All Time Low, The Used) and Nathan Barlowe (taylor Swift, Steven Tyler).

Admission: 
Free

Assistant Professor Marty Walsh Interviews Legendary Guitarist Steve Lukather

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A founding member of the band Toto and a prolific session musician, Steve Lukather is recognized for his efficiency in the studio, often recording tracks in one take using minimal sound processing. He is known for a "melodic and intense" playing style and has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums that represent a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed to albums and hit singles as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Admission: 
Free

Joe Walsh

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh

Best known for his powerful guitar licks both as a solo artist and with groups such as The Eagles and The James Gang, Joe Walsh H’12 has entertained the masses and captivated his peers for more than three decades with such classics as “Funk #49,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “Ordinary Average Guy.” Walsh joined The Eagles in 1975, recording on albums such as Hotel California, The Long Run, and Eagles Live. The group reunited to release Hell Freezes Over in 1994 (the album reached number one on the Billboard charts) and to launch one of the most successful tours in music history.

In 1998, The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, Walsh has performed at the Grammys in 2012 with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Dave Grohl. Walsh recently finished the extensive The History of The Eagles World Tour and has now launched Walsh Toor 2015, performing earlier this month with Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Jason Isbell at the UNITE to Face Addition rally in Washington, D.C. In December, he will return to the nation’s capitol with his Eagles bandmates to be recognized at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Admission: 
Free

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