Clinics and Master Classes

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

Post-Production Techniques: Pre-Dub

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

Pre-dubbing is the process of mixing sound elements so that the final mix involves less work by creating stems of dialogue, music, and sound effects. In this event, Learning Center Lab Manager & Audio Engineer Sohta Tsuchiya will discuss how to effectively use basic and advanced mixing tools such as volume, panning, equalization, dynamics processing, and spatial effects to enhance a scene in a motion picture using ProTools and Digital Performer.

Admission: 
Free

Guthrie Govan Clinic

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guthrie Govan, hailing from Chelmsford, UK, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities with a penchant for memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock a la G3, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or whatever other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.

Govan started playing at the age of 3 and was on national British TV for his guitar prowess by the time he was 8. In 1993, Guthrie won the Guitarist of the Year contest sponsored by UK'sGuitarist magazine, started teaching at UK's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, and began writing for Guitar Techniques magazine.

Govan has recently released his long-awaited debut solo album Erotic Cakes and was featured on the new highly successful album 'Six String Theory' produced by Lee Ritenour. He has also been playing and recording with eclectic mash-pop collective the Young Punx (live electronica) and touring with Dizzee Rascal, the U.K.'s foremost grime/rap artist whose last three singles all reached the #1 spot on the U.K. charts Currently, Govan is keeping busy with product clinics, educational workshops, and magazine interviews.

 

Colombian Drum Set: Traditional and Marching Bands Workshop

Thursday / April 16, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Martin Vejarano
Image courtesy of the artist

Martin Vejarano, a New York–based Colombian percussionist/composer, offers a workshop and master class on the Colombian drum set and the rich musical traditions of the country’s marching bands as well as the traditional gaitas y tambores (pipes and drums) ensembles. Featuring the diversity of Colombia’s traditional drumming as well as his pioneering approach to these rhythms on the drum set, Vejarano will share concepts such as the Colombian clave and its role on traditional rhythm, traditional rhythms and their application to the drum set, and composing from the percussionist perspective. He will perform both traditional music and his own compositions and arrangements written for an original format featuring tuba, trombone, two saxophones, and the drum set.

The workshop will also include a Q&A as well as hands-on time where some students will be invited to play.

Admission: 
Free

Jay Clayton: Wordless Improvisation

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jay Clayton, a specialist in wordless improvisation, will guide a workshop allowing students to experience musical freedom and giving them the security to create their own sound vocables.

Admission: 
Free

International Folk Festival Clinic

Wednesday / March 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This world music clinic will be presented as part of the Berklee International Folk Festival.

Admission: 
Free

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