Clinics and Master Classes

Interview with Riot Games Audio Team via Skype

Thursday / December 1, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Riot Games Audio Team via Skype
co-presented by the Sound Design Network and the Video Game Music Club
 
Join us for an interview with several members of the Riot Games audio team based out of Los Angeles. All are Berklee alumni and we will discuss their experiences working in the game industry as well taking a look at professional life post-Berklee.
 
Riot Games was established in 2006 by a small group of entrepreneurial gamers who believed player-focused game development could result in great games. In 2009, Riot released their debut title, League of Legends, to critical and player acclaim. Over 100 million gamers League of Legends play every month.
 
With:
Matteo Stronati '11
Senior Sound Designer 
 
Jayvon Rymer '12
Associate Sound Designer
 
Kevin Notar '13
Sound Designer
 
Austin DeVries '15
Associate Sound Designer
 
Julian Samal '15
Associate Sound Designer
 
Edouard Brenneisen '08
Composer
 
Jason Willey '04
Composer
Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard Master Class: Writing for Strings

Wednesday / November 30, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Terence Blanchard Master Class: Writing for Strings
Grammy award winning artist and composer, Terence Blanchard will work with student composer's on their original scores for non-traditional string ensembles. Mr. Blanchard will go over techniques and discuss his experiences writing and arranging for string ensembles in the jazz idiom.
 
Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own (including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan). As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist, saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed.
Admission: 
Free

Music, Health, and Healing: A Panel Discussion Featuring Jack DeJohnette

Tuesday / December 6, 2016 / 9:30 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette
Photo by James Adams

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Jack DeJohnette, a National Endowment for the Arts master and a Grammy Award-winning drummer, pianist, and composer. The panel will also feature composers, musicians, therapists, and physicians exploring music’s healing impact and its potential application in health and wellness. This event will include Berklee music therapy faculty and staff along with members of the local healing/healthcare community. DeJohnette and fellow panelists will offer insights and share experiences related to the creation and use of music for healing purposes.

Other panelists include:
  • Rebecca Strauss, music director of the Riverview Chamber Players
  • David Silbersweig, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and academic dean at Harvard Medical School
  • Wendy Krueger '06, music therapist and director/co-founder of Up Beat Music Therapy
  • Joy Allen, chair of Berklee's Music Therapy Department (panel moderator)

This panel is part of a three-day workshop series featuring DeJohnette.

For other events in this three-day series, see:

Admission: 
Free (limited admission)

Sarah McKenzie Visits Berklee

Friday / February 10, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Two and a half years ago, singer/pianist Sarah McKenzie took part in the Umbria Jazz Festival competition and was awarded a rare full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

She graduated with a diploma in jazz performance and was immediately signed by Jean-Philippe Allard, managing director of the Impulse label.

Currently living in London and Paris, Sarah McKenzie originally hails from Melbourne, Australia. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Perth’s West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in jazz and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for the Australian label ABC Records – Don’t Tempt Me (2010) and Close Your Eyes (2012), winner of the Best Jazz Album ARIA award.

McKenzie has performed at jazz's iconic places, the festivals in Monterey, Juan-les-Pins, Marciac and Perugia, Dizzy's and Minton's in New York, as well as the top clubs in Paris, London, Vienna, Munich, and Sydney. Together with the Boston Pops Orchestra, she premiered one of her compositions at Boston's Symphony Hall.

Admission: 
Free

Faculty, Staff, and Partner Development Session: Ear Training

Monday / February 27, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Join Allan Chase, chair of the Ear Training Department, as he presents an overview of the methods used to teach students to hear and apply melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic musical forms, and the technical proficiency requirements at Berklee.

This session is open to all Berklee faculty and staff, as well as those at Berklee partner schools. The session will be live streamed on Ustream, and will be available for future viewing. Lunch will be served to those who attend in person. Please RSVP or send an email to partnerships@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

Faculty, Staff, and Partner Development Session: Conducting

Thursday / March 16, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Richard Carrick, chair of the Composition Department, Greg Glancey, assistant chair of the Composition Department, and Conducting faculty Eric Stern and Tiffany Chang as they present a training session on the core conducting courses at Berklee. They will highlight the key technical and experiential elements used to develop strong student conductors.

This session is open to all Berklee faculty and staff, as well as those at Berklee partner schools. The session will be live streamed on Ustream, and will be available for future viewing. Lunch will be served to those who attend in person. Please RSVP or send an email to partnerships@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

Saturday / November 19, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join New York Times Bestselling author, musician, and producer, Dan Levitin, as he takes us down the rabbit-hole of Music and the Mind. There will also be some music by Dan, accompanied by Berklee Bass Chair, Steve Bailey

Admission: 
Free

DRUMMERS Raise your Ensemble Ratings

Tuesday / November 22, 2016 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drumset Clinic Presented by Dave Weigert Professor: Ensemble/Percussion Departments

TOPICS COVERED:

The Prep Piece rating

The Improvisation rating

The Reading rating

What do the four digits mean?

Sit in and play- I’ll give a very unofficial rating

Admission: 
Free

Nacho Marco Applied Analog Synthesis

Tuesday / November 15, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Rm. B51, 150 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States

At this workshop, Nacho will explore the use of modular synthesizers to create a House Music track in 50 min. Every sound in the track (Bass drum, snare drum, hi hat, bass, leads and pads) will be designed using only a monophonic modular synthesizer and sequenced/overdubbed in Ableton Live.

Nacho is one of the most respected international DJ's in Spain and producer of records and bands. Aside from teaching at Sociedad General de Autores y Editores and at the IMS La Marxadella, he teaches DJing & Turntablism, Live Electronics & DJ Skills, Advanced DJ and Applied Analog Synthesis at Berklee, Valencia.

As the NACHOUGE group, he will also perform live electronic music with EPD faculty Ben Houge on Wednesday November 16, 7pm at Rm. 112, 22 Fenway.

Admission: 
Free

Tony Trischka giving free lessons on November 21-22

Monday / November 21, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Tony Trischka will be on campus (Monday-Tuesday November 21-22nd) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument's top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes and cassettes.

With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's latest critically acclaimed release, Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith, Bruce Molsky, and twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions; tapping the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument.

For more information about Tony visit http://www.tonytrischka.com

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