Clinics and Master Classes

Electric Guitar Recording Chains in Logic

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A Learning Center workshop on guitar amp and direct input recording, and effects such as compression, EQ, reverb, amp, and pedal emulations in Logic. The Workshop Series at the Learning Center are advanced level music technology and recording classes. We will cover:

  • miking up an amp and recording
  • direct input recording
  • EQ, compression, amps and pedal emulations, reverb, and stereo widening techniques

 

Admission: 
Free

Creating Custom Patches with Reason's Combinator

Friday / November 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A Learning Center workshop on advanced applications of Reason's Combinator. The Workshop Series at the Learning Center are advanced level music technology and recording classes. We will cover:

  • signal flow and custom routing in Reason
  • building a custom patch library
  • advanced modulation control

Sign up at: http://learningcenter.berklee.edu/training/class-signup?task=student_info&class_id=3996

Admission: 
Free

Looping in Sync with Ableton Live

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215

A live looping presentation by Berklee alumni Sam Burke and Blair Pershyn. Learn:

  • Live looping tips and tricks
  • Integrating hardware and software
  • Getting devices in sync
  • Using midi controllers with Ableton Live

 

Admission: 
Free

Barbara Lieurance Piano Class

Wednesday / February 20, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Barbara Lieurance will demonstrate contemporary performance techniques for the Composition and Film Scoring weekly seminars.

Admission: 
Free

Francisco Mela

Wednesday / November 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.

Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. Mela moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. The faculty quickly recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela quickly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally’s that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

Fellow Berklee faculty member and world-renown saxophonist Joe Lovano heard Mela and was immediately impressed, hiring him soon thereafter to play in his quartet. Since 2005, Mela has been an integral part of Joe Lovano’s quartet and his new group “Us Five,” a two-drummer quintet. Their 2009 Blue Note Records recording, titled Folk Art, was considered by many critics to be Lovano’s most adventurous to date.

In 2009, he was tapped by jazz legend McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Said Tyner of his new young drummer, “Mela is just a fantastic player. He has his own style and his own sound, which is what I look for in a drummer.”

Mela’s first CD, Melao was released in 2006 and called one of the best albums of the year by All About Jazz. Similarly, The Village Voice picked Melao as the best debut by an artist of ‘06.

Mela’s second release as a leader, Cirio, was recorded over a week-long period at the Blue Note for Half Note Records in 2008. The recording featured an all-star cast of Mark Turner, Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier and Lionel Loueke. BlogCritics wrote “this is modern jazz of high order, but with Mela's own touch of Havana added...” affirming Mela’s unique niche in the melting pot that is now New York’s “jazz scene.” WDUQ picked the album as one of the best jazz CDs of 2008.

Mela’s latest project, Cuban Safari, is an amalgamation of his favorite bands that inspired him to become a drummer – Miles Davis’ fusion group featuring Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, Weather Report, and the Latin-jazz super group Irakere. On his 2nd release on Half Note, Tree of Life, Mela offers a passionate fusion of Cuban polyrhythms and propulsive modernism. Mela and the full scope of his musicianship take center stage with an unexpected turn as a vocalist, duetting with pianist Elio Villafranca, and trading improvs with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding. Tree Of Life is spirited evidence of Melaʼs distinguished place among young group leaders. The album received critical acclaims by Downbeat, Jazziz, All.about.jazz.com, irockjazz.com among others. It was nominated for “2011 Latin Jazz Boundary Breaking Album” by Latin Jazz Corner, “Recommended release” by New York City Jazz Record and “Newest Best Jazz Takes” by Japan’s Diskunion. Downbeat magazine gave 4 stars to Tree of Life.  
 

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Electric Bass Masterclass

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci explores the electric bass in a masterclass format, with an audience. Masterclass students are registered, but audience is open.
All will learn!

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Rhythm Section Masterclass

Thursday / November 29, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John teaches a masterclass on various Rhythm Section Techniques.
Educational for all.

Admission: 
Free

Judi Silvano: Freeing the Voice

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Whatever your experience, if you want to explore using your voice and expand your improvisational ideas in a supportive and fun group setting, this is the workshop for you.

Judi Silvano moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1976 to be part of the Loft scene as an improvising dancer and singer. She was soon making waves with her daring horn-like vocal lines, improvisational skills, and extended compositions and signed with Blue Note Records, releasing the widely acclaimed Vocalise, her second of ten recordings as a leader.

Silvano has toured and recorded with jazz greats Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Bill Frisell,  Michael Abene, John Lindberg, Gerry Hemingway, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Lewis, Larry Goldings,  Mal Waldron, and Bobby Few, among others in the U.S. and Europe.  

She has written more than 40 works for voice, piano, woodwinds, harp, string quartet, dance, a cappella vocal groups, jazz ensembles, and big bands. Awarded three grants from Meet the Composer and NY State Council on the Arts, Silvano has been voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat Magazine Reader’s Poll four times. In 2012, two of her chamber pieces to original poetry were featured in concert at NYC’s Symphony Space, and she premiered four new poetry and new music works at the Spoken Word Festival in New York's the Stone with veteran improvisers Ratzo B. Harris and Warren Smith.

As an educator, Silvano taught voice at Rutgers University for ten years; music at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy for six years; International vocal master classes called Freeing the Voice at major universities such as Manhattan School of Music, the New School, University of Vermont, and Jerusalem’s Hassadna Conservatory; and jazz summer workshops at Banff International Center, Stanford University, Lake Placid Institute, Janice Borla’s Jazz Camp, the Vallekilde Workshop in Denmark, and in Xalapa Mexico.

Her educational philosophy is that integrating the awareness of body movement and development of the imagination and listening skills are crucial to becoming a versatile musician and improviser.

For more about this multidimensional artist, please visit judisilvano.com.

Admission: 
Free

The Wanderer: A Journey through Mediterranean Writing

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

A performance of original Mediterranean music by Angelo Valori exploring the influences of Mediterranean music on contemporary writing. Performed by a contemporary writing and production faculty ensemble led by CWP chair Matthew Nicholl.

Angelo Valori is an Italian composer, conductor, educator, and producer. He graduated from the conservatories of  Pescara and L’Aquila, with focuses on composition and orchestra conducting. He studied arranging and orchestration at Berklee Music. At a very young age he started writing compositions that have been performed at major European festivals and broadcasted by major European radio and television. His ballet Cleopatra has been performed in 2008 at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the first jazz performance in a Italian Opera House.

His compositions are among others recorded on the CDs Notturno mediterraneo (Egea, featuring Gil Goldstein, Gabriele Mirabassi), Dove volano gli angeli (Wide-Sound, feat. Bob Mintzer, Fabrizio Bosso), and Il Caffè dalle Americhe (Wide-Sound, feat. Javier Girotto). He conducted the first world performance of Variations for Electric Bass and Strings, with John Patitucci.

Valori is a professor at the Music Conservatory in Pescara, where he is the chair of Popular Music Department and teaches contemporary writing, contemporary arranging, and music theory.

 

Admission: 
Free

Angelo Valori: Influences of Mediterranean Music on Contemporary Writing

Monday / November 26, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

A clinic in the Italian influence on current Mediterranean music. The workshop, based on the analysis of some tunes of traditional repertoire of south of Italy and scores of Angelo Valori, focuses on a deeper knowledge of some aspects and styles of Mediterranean music, emphasizing how these can be a useful source of inspiration for a contemporary composer.

Angelo Valori is an Italian composer, conductor, educator, and producer. He graduated from the conservatories of  Pescara and L’Aquila, with focuses on composition and orchestra conducting. He studied arranging and orchestration at Berklee Music. At a very young age he started writing compositions that have been performed at major European festivals and broadcasted by major European radio and television. His ballet Cleopatra has been performed in 2008 at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the first jazz performance in a Italian Opera House.

His compositions are among others recorded on the CDs Notturno mediterraneo (Egea, featuring Gil Goldstein, Gabriele Mirabassi), Dove volano gli angeli (Wide-Sound, feat. Bob Mintzer, Fabrizio Bosso), and Il Caffè dalle Americhe (Wide-Sound, feat. Javier Girotto). He conducted the first world performance of Variations for Electric Bass and Strings, with John Patitucci.

Valori is a professor at the Music Conservatory in Pescara, where he is the chair of Popular Music Department and teaches contemporary writing, contemporary arranging, and music theory.

Admission: 
Free

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