Clinics and Master Classes

An Introduction to Video Game Music

Thursday / October 15, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by the Video Game Music Club

Presented by the Video Game Music Club, this clinic will address the history and evolution of interactivity in video games. The talk will cover a broad area of topics including a discussion of the past, present, and future of game music; an analysis of interactive elements and techniques; reactive versus proactive audio in games; and a general introduction to audio middleware solutions. Starting from the beginning of time (in game audio) with the most basic bleeps and bloops and moving on to the more recent advances in cinematic music for games, we’ll discuss and analyze several works of music and how they respond to events in game to truly feel interactive. Finally, we will talk a little about that burning question, “How do I get my music in the game?” 

Admission: 
Free

Sudanese Ancient/Musical History Clinic

Monday / October 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall

Sudan used to be the biggest country on the African continent with a rich history and traditions that have been carried on through music. African Muslims who used to go on pilgrimages to Mecca, along with the neighboring countries that shared an Arabic influence, made Sudan the center of civilization. In this clinic, Al-Murtaja will bring the finest artists to speak about their experiences, the music industry, and the situation in Sudan.

Admission: 
Free

MedMusic Resource Workshop: Epirotiko Laouto with Vasileios Kostas

Tuesday / October 20, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Room 118, 150 Massachussets Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Vasileios Kostas

Sponsored by the Mediterranean Music Institute, Greek lauoto player and composer Vasileios Kostas will offer a workshop on the Epirotiko laouto (an oud from the Epirous area of Greece). The workshop will focus on the specific role the Epirotiko laouto has in traditional and contemporary Greek music. Kostas will demonstrate the different techniques of this instrument with songs and improvisations so the audience, composers, and players can feel its sound and different colors. Special focus will be given to showing the full scope of this instrument's versatility and specifics for composers and arrangers who want to include it in their pieces.

Admission: 
Free

Skype Interview with Composer John Powell

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by the Film Scoring Network.
John Powell
Kraft-Engel Management
Presented by the Berklee Film Scoring Network, don't miss this Skype interview with John Powell, an English-born, Los Angelesbased composer. He is best known for his scores for animated films including the Academy Awardnominated score for How to Train Your Dragon, Rio, Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), and the Ice Age films. In addition to composing film music for animations, Powell has also scored live-action films such as the Bourne films, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Italian Job. Powell continues to be a prolific composer in the modern film scoring community and is a true master of orchestration and thematic composition.
Admission: 
Free

Rachel Solomon: Living and Working as a Keyboardist in Nashville

Friday / October 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

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.

Admission: 
Free

Ira Coleman

Wednesday / November 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Berklee Recital Hall stage

Bassist Ira Coleman '85 gives a clinic.

Born on April 29, 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, Coleman was raised in France and Germany. While in Germany, he studied double bass at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik from 1980 to 1982 after which he moved to the U.S. to attend Berklee. His mother and father had many expatriate artists as their friends, and visitors to his childhood home included Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Charlie Mingus, and Chester Himes, inspiring him at a young age. Over the years, Coleman has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Sting, among many others. He was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured with her internationally from 2002 until 2009. As comfortable playing Jamaican rhythms as he is accompanying a gospel choir or performing in a jazz trio, this professional bass player has built an international reputation for versatility. He appears on more than 100 recordings including Grammy winners Gershwin’s World (Herbie Hancock) and Look What I Got (Betty Carter). Coleman currently lives in Rhinebeck, New York but maintains very strong ties to Europe.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic with Miguel Ángel "Malin" Villagrán

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Miguel Ángel "Malin" Villagrán

Don't miss this clinic with Miguel Ángel Villagrán, known as Malin, an award-winning guitarist, composer, and producer. He started his musical career by studying at the National Conservatory in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As part of the group Ensamble Guatemala, which was formed by three guitarists and a marimba player, he played classical music concerts worldwide in countries such as Venezuela, Germany, Austria, England, and Croatia, among others. With this group, he recorded two projects, including both classical and traditional music. As a singer-songwriter, Malin has released five records with Integrity Music, which have garnered multiple awards. His latest record, Songs from Heaven (2011), is a compilation of acoustic versions of famous and important Christian songs that he arranged.

Malin has also developed a name in pop music as a producer, arranging and producing the first three records for widely known singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona. He also arranged songs for Armando Manzanero and Miguel Luna from Mexico, and Ana Cirre from Spain. In 2000 Malin became part of the producers staff at Integrity Music, one of the most important labels in Christian music. He has produced more than 30 projects for their artists including Don Moen, Paul Wilbur, Aline Barros, Vertical, and Asiria Do Nacimento. From 2012 on, he has also worked on records featuring important ministers from around the world as singers. In addition, he's a member of Casa de Dios in Guatemala, and participates as a guitarist and worship leader for conferences and other occasions.

Admission: 
Free

A&R Pitch Session with Mike Daly

Wednesday / October 28, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mike Daly
Mike Daly, Director of A&R at Disney Music Group and  Berklee alumn, will do a short talk and a live pitch session, open to all Berklee students, for current projects he's developing. The pitches will feature pre-submitted songs from any attendee. This is a great chance to learn how to pitch a song, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want---and do not want----when reviewing songs for hit recording artists.
 
 
To submit a song for the pitch, please send a link to your song to songwriting@berklee.edu with "A&R Pitch Session" your name, and the song title in the subject field. Mike will pick at random from the spreadsheet songs. 
 
1. Male top 40 artist (i.e. Jason Derulo, Nick Jonas) George-Michael meets the Weekend- rhythmic tracks, very slight 80’s influence
 
2.  Mid to uptempo, female songs with urban/rhythmic elements in track, pop top-line, sexy ok but nothing overt, positive
 
3. Country vocal group: contemporary country (i.e. Sam Hunt, Kelsey Ballerini) Lady Antebellum style vocal group- 1 male 2 female lead/background vocal- choruses in 3-part
 
 
 
Mike Daly is  producer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing at the Disney Music Group (Hollywood Records, DMG Nashville, Walt Disney Records, and Disney Music Publishing). Daly attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 1994. Daly first came to prominence as the Whiskeytown resident multi-instrumentalist / co-writer. . Daly's songs have been recorded by such artists as  Jason Mraz, Lana Del Rey, Lucy Hale, Alberta Cross, Young the Giant, The Plain White T's. In 2008 Daly wrote his first book, entitled Time Flies When You're In A Coma: The Wisdom Of The Metal Gods.
 

 

Admission: 
FREE

Your Place in the Future of the Creative Economy

Tuesday / October 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Join us for a conversation on the future of the creative economy between Prince Charles Alexander, professor & Grammy-award winning engineer; Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture; and Brett Williams, CreativeFuture’s Youth Outreach Director.
Join us for a conversation on the future of the creative economy between Prince Charles Alexander and John Whynot, faculty in the Music Production and Engineering Department and Grammy-winning engineers; David Hughes, chief technical officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); Ruth Vitale, executive director of CreativeFuture; and Brett Williams, CreativeFuture’s youth outreach director.
 
Alexander is a professor of music production and engineering at Berklee. A sought-after recording and mixing engineer, his clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., and Usher, among many others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA, and has three Grammys and seven Grammy nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
 
Producer/mixer/engineer Whynot is also a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. His decades-long journey in music has taken him to the pinnacle of achievement in both professional recognition (Grammys, Junos) and record sales (multi-platinum). His career highlights include programming and mixing the score to The Last of the Mohicans, which won an Oscar for sound, and his Grammy-winning work with Lucinda Williams on the Hank Williams tribute Timeless.
 
Hughes joined the RIAA in 2006 and is currently the chief technology officer. He represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. He sits on the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board and is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.
 
Vitale has over 30 years of experience producing, distributing, and marketing independent films. As founder and co-president of Paramount Classics, she acquired and distributed a diverse slate of films ranging from Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides to Craig Brewer’s Hustle and Flow. More recently, Vitale launched CreativeFuture, an advocacy organization for all creative individuals.
 
Brett Williams comes to CreativeFuture after almost a decade of experience in independent film production in New York.
Admission: 
Free

Video Production Techniques

Thursday / October 8, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Presented by Joe Barnard of 21 Summit Productions.   Learn the basics of consistently shooting and producing quality video. In this event you will come to better understand lighting, shot composition, and editing for YouTube.
Presented by Joe Barnard of 21 Summit Productions, in this master class you'll learn the basics of consistently shooting and producing quality video. He will discuss how to better understand lighting, shot composition, and editing for YouTube.
 
Barnard has been shooting and editing video for YouTube for the past five years. Joining the Berklee community in 2011, he focused primarily on producing music videos, performance videos, and most visual media involving music. Since then, he has worked closely with Berklee to produce the majority of the videos found on Berklee's official YouTube channel, racking up millions of views along the way.
Admission: 
Free

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