Clinics and Master Classes

Benjamin Groff

Friday / October 16, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Benjamin Groff

Join the Songwriting Department on Friday, October 16 at 1:30p.m. in 1140/ 1A as Benjamin Groff talks about current trends in song writing, screens student song submissions, and then does a short Q&A on the music business.  This incredible opprotunity to hear, from a leader in the industry, what publishers are looking for. Don't miss out!

Benjamin Groff is the Executive Vice President of Kobalt Music Publishing in Los Angeles.  After working for 10 years between BMG and EMI, in 2006, Groff moved over to Kobalt Music Publishing, where 10 years ago he opened up the LA office.   Known as one of the best song pluggers in the industry, he is actively involved in signing the best up-and-coming artists, writers, and producers, as well as setting up collaborations and securing some of the biggest cuts in the world. His signings include Ryan Tedder, Kelly Clarkson, The Lumineers, Cirkut, Grimes, SOPHIE, Ariel Rechtshaid, LMFAO, City and Colour,  Greg Kurstin, Ariel Pink, and Lindy Robbins.  Benjamin attended Berklee, where he was a dual major in Performance and Songwriting.  

 

Admission: 
free

Bruce Hornsby

Friday / October 16, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Known for his spontaneity and creativity in live performances, this renowned American singer draws from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and blues for songwriting and continues to impress audiences with his seamless improvisations. Hornsby will perform and participate in a Q&A session.

John Patitucci and Victor Wooten: Performance Scholar Jam

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

It's hard to tell where this clinic will go, but trust that it will be musical, it will be educational, and it will groove. Hosted by Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department, and with John Patitucci and Victor Wooten, its focus will be improvisational and compositional jamming. Bring an instrument because you may end up on stage.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Willis

Tuesday / October 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Berklee Recital Hall stage.

One of today's true musical craftsman on the fretless bass, Gary Willis's right-hand and left-hand techniques are often imitated but never duplicated, and his groove improv concepts have been called "mindblowing." Now a faculty member at Berklee's Valencia campus, Willis will offer this master class while he's visiting the Boston campus for the week. Don't be surprised to see him in a lab or a class as well.

Admission: 
Free

Bass Summit II

Thursday / October 8, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Berklee Recital Hall stage.

This event will feature bassists John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Doug Wimbish, Gary Willis, and Steve Bailey, who have played hip-hop to bebop and all points in between with artists such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson, Wayne Shorter, and Mos Def,  to name just a few. There is no telling what might happen at this event, but you don't want to miss it because whatever happens, it will groove.

Admission: 
Free

Learning an App in 5 Steps

Monday / November 9, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
CTMI
180 Mass. Ave., Room B07
Boston
MA
United States
Learning an App in 5 Steps

Don't have a lot of time to spend learning new software? Not sure where to start when you do have time? Our hope is that this bite-sized workshop will give you some insight into the way we do things, some examples to refer to, and most importantly the motivation to dive right in.

This event is for Faculty only.

Admission: 
free

Workshop with Valerie Vigoda

Friday / October 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join the Berklee String Department for a clinic with Valerie Vigoda, lead singer and electric violinist of alt-rock jam band Groovelily. In addition to touring with Cyndi Lauper and Joe Jackson, Vigoda frequently performs one-woman shows using live looping and electronics. She has composed 12 musicals and is currently in Boston for a 13-performance run of her off-Broadway smash, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.

Admission: 
Free

Ableton Live Performance Techniques

Friday / October 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Although Ableton Live has for many become a first choice studio production environment, the original intent of the program was to enable musicians to bring computers on stage for performance.

Although Ableton Live has become for many a first-choice studio production environment, the original intent of the program was to enable musicians to bring computers on stage for performance. Live continues to excel in this role and empowers musicians, DJs, and producers alike to leverage the power of their computers in performing their music. In this session, we’ll touch on the features of Live that are useful in performance, including:

  • Clip-oriented techniques
  • Launch modes
  • Follow actions
  • Dummy clips
  • Essential effects
  • Series, parallel, and master effects
  • Audio effect racks and macros
  • Use of the crossfader
  • Incorporating MIDI controllers
  • Keyboard controllers, pad controllers, iPad controllers
  • Mapping controls
  • Using multiple controllers
  • Basics of MIDI sync
Admission: 
Free

Reason Workshop with Gerry Basserman from Propellerhead

Monday / September 28, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Reason users have always praised Reason for its inspiring workflow

Reason users have always praised Reason for its inspiring workflow. Like a musical instrument, Reason’s immediacy means less thinking about software and more experimentation with music and technology. Combine, layer, and mix instruments to create anything from lush and evolving aural landscapes to performance-friendly instrument setups. With gigabytes of carefully sculpted synths, samples, drum kits, loops, and effects for every conceivable style, the built-in sound bank is packed with everything you'll need from the start.

Join us as Reason specialist Gerry Basserman demos the features of this music production tool.

 
Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard and Sean Jones Workshop

Thursday / September 24, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Two stellar trumpeters will convene in 1140/1W for a workshop that will explore the connections between composition and performance related to one of the native instruments of jazz, the noble trumpet. Connecting with the tradition that arose in their native city of New Orleans, Terence Blanchard, Visiting Scholar in Jazz Composition will team up with Brass Department Chair and recording artist Sean Jones to present this workshop that is open to Berklee students.

Thursday, September 24th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Clinic Concert Hall 1W

Please contact jazzcomposition@berklee.edu with any questions.

Admission: 
Free

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