Clinics and Master Classes

Berke McKelvey: Preparing for Your College Audition

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tips, advice, and information about being prepared to experience a very successful college audition. Berke McKelvey has auditioned hundreds of students and will share what to do, as well as what not to do at your audition.

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Jeff Harrington: R&B, Funk, and Pop Saxophone Styles Clinic

Saturday / June 23, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This clinic will outline and demonstrate through performance and recorded examples the various approaches and characteristics of R&B, funk, and pop saxophone styles with regards to improvisation, melodic vocabulary, rhythmic conceptions, and expressive elements.

Saxophonist Jeff Harrington is a professor at Berklee College of
Music, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) affiliated artist
and a Harvard University MLSP instructor. He has performed in Europe, St. Thomas, the Philippines, Barbados, Los Angeles, Martinique, the Southwest U.S., and throughout New England.

His recordings include Cosmic Motion Picture as a leader, One by the
Reed Dieffenbach Quartet, and So Tru by Trudy Sandhaus and Home Cookin’ (Reed Dieffenbach Quintet), among others. Emanations (Jeff Harrington Quartet) and new quartet CDs with Harry Fix and Reed Dieffenbach are due out in 2012.

Additionally, he is the author of Blues Improvisation Complete
(Berklee Press), Great Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Pop Saxophone Solos (Hal
Leonard), Great Tenor Saxophone Solos, Vol. 1 & 2 (Oasis Press), Great Smooth Jazz, R&B and Pop Tenor Saxophone Solos (Oasis Press) and Written Solos On Standard Tunes (Oasis Press). Essential Solos on
Standard Progressions
(Advance) will be out in 2013.

He can be contacted through his website, jeffharrington.com.

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Bass Masterclass with Bakithi Kumalo

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 11:00 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer, and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. Kumalo is most known for his fretless bass playing on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland. He has been touring with Paul Simon regularly since 1986.

 

 

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Guthrie Govan Clinic

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guthrie Govan, hailing from Chelmsford, U.K. is one of the most exciting and significant new guitarists to emerge in the rock/fusion scene in many years. In this clinic, he will discuss and demonstrate his ideas about harmony, improvisation, his unique sound, and more.

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The X-Ploding Saxophone Clinic

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Using the synthophone (all-digital saxophone), Randy Felts will present examples of the huge world of new sounds available to the contemporary saxophonist.

Learn how the synthophone works and how you can use it to control any MIDI-capable keyboard, sound module, or laptop software. Explore the harmony capabilities of the synthophone and see how its sax-based phrasing can make electronic sounds of all kinds sound more musical. Come hear the synthophone make the sounds of a string ensemble, a drum kit, a vocal ensemble, or an entire band.

Randy Felts is an associate professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee and a veteran saxophonist. He has played concerts all over New England as soloist/music director for Harvey Robbins's Doo Wop Hall of Fame concert series and has played the synthophone since 1987.

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Brian McKnight Clinic

Thursday / May 3, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer who has sold over 20 million albums, Brian McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, and trumpet.

In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G.

Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music awards, Soul Train awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster awards, and has been named Billboard Songwriter of the Year. He has crossed the boundaries of every medium. He has hosted Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight on BETJ. In addition, The Brian McKnight Morning Show on KTWV the Wave smooth jazz radio station, was a Top 5–rated show two years running. In 2009 McKnight started hosting his own radio show The Brian McKnight Show which ran in over 60 markets and was syndicated through ABC Radio. He also hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show The Brian McKnight Show.

McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra!, and in 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show Celebrity Apprentice and is currently touring nationwide in the Je'Caryous Johnson play Cheaper to Keep Her with Vivica A. Fox.

2011 will see the release of McKnight's 14th album, entitled Just Me, along with a worldwide tour and live DVD. McKnight is making the tour a family affair and will be joined by his brother Claude McKnight (Take 6) and sons BJ and Niko, also known as "BRKN RBTZ" (broken robots), for what promises to be a spectacular one-of-a kind show.

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Gian Marco: The International Latin Singer-Songwriter Behind the Hits

Wednesday / April 18, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Peruvian superstar and Latin Grammy Award winning hit singer-songwriter Gian Marco is full of ideas. He is versatile, emotional, innovative, constantly renewing himself, and setting trends that make him unique and a true role model. As a songwriter he is responsible for some of the most celebrated songs for international artists such as Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernandez, Marc Anthony, Diego Torres, Emmanuel, Soraya, and Paulina Rubio. With 11 albums credited to his name and a solid 20-year experience of artistic work, he is in for an extraordinary visit to Berklee to recount his experiences and share his internationally acclaimed music.

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Mauricio Abaroa: Talent Management and Production in U.S. Latin Music Industry

Wednesday / April 18, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Mauricio Abaroa, multi-Grammy nominee and Latin Grammy winner, is the president and CEO of Tiger Management, a 360-type music, media, management, and distribution company established in 2007 with the goal of supporting new and established Latin artists. Abaroa is also the president and CEO of EarthTown Entertainment as well as a producer, songwriter, and lyricist. Previously, he was president of A&R for Warner Music in Mexico; managed superstar Luis Miguel; served as senior vice president and executive director of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; and was president of Crescent Moon Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music owned by Estefan Enterprises.

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Alan Munde Banjo Clinic

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Alan Munde needs no introduction to longtime bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Munde has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time.

Along the way, Munde also recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Munde has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo and, since 1986, Munde has taught bluegrass and country music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, a program which has produced many professional musicians nationwide. In recent years, Munde has performed and recorded as a duo with his South Plains faculty colleague (and former Gazette-mate) Joe Carr.

Munde's extensive body of recorded work, his instructional materials, and his work at South Plains (including the annual Camp Bluegrass) has solidified his status as one of the true "gurus" of the five-string. Munde currently serves on the board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Jaime Rodriguez: The Music of Perú

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jaime Rodriguez plays the music of his homeland—Perú—with spirit, joy, and remarkable technical skill.

Rodriguez has 20 years of work under his belt promoting the music from the Altiplano in countries like Germany, Poland, France, Canada, USA, Taiwan, and part of South America. He has been researching the old music of the South American region of Collasuyu. Through this research, he learned to play different wind instruments, which made him more curious about the music of his ancesters. He continues his research and to apply new styles and techniques to Andean instruments in an effort to find the real sound of the music of the Altiplano.

This class will include discussion of:

  • Andrean rhythms 
  • The difference between Latin and Andean music
  • Andean wind, percussion, and string instruments

 

 

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