Clinics and Master Classes

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

Power of Qigong

Friday / March 1, 2013 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitar professor Joe Rogers discusses the power of qigong and his work with faculty and students assists in freeing their music and improving their health. Presented by the Performance Wellness Institute (PWI).

Admission: 
Free

Bernard Andres

Friday / April 12, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The eminent harpist/composer Bernard Andres, will make a visit to Berklee and Boston to talk about his music, career, and to listen to local harpists perform his pieces.  A rare opportunity to meet a harp icon and composer!

Admission: 
Free

Mike Mainieri Clinic

Wednesday / May 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
1 Avenida Autopista del Saler
Valencia
46013

Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri is equally remarkable as a producer, performer, arranger, and composer, shaping the cutting edge in music.

During the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he won DownBeat’s International Jazz Critic’s Award.

In the late ‘70s, Mainieri founded the pioneering jazz/fusion group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, and Don Grolnick. Delving into experimental sounds while maintaining compositional integrity, Steps Ahead was and is a launching pad for young talent and new musical ideas.

Other noteworthy jazz collaborations have included recordings with Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Dave Liebman, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, and Jane Monheit.

As a composer, arranger, and performer, Mainieri has contributed to more than 100 gold and platinum albums. An active participant in the rock and pop scenes, he produced and cowrote three albums with Carly Simon and recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Bonnie Raitt, and George Benson, and on Don McClean’s classic album American Pie.

Mainieri is still actively touring worldwide with his group Steps Ahead, as well as guesting in workshops and on various recording projects.

This clinic is presented by Yamaha.

Admission: 
Free

Q Brew: Gupta Media

Friday / October 26, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Jason Carrasco
Laura O’Connell
Joe Schlesinger

Jason Carrasco, Laura O’Connell, and Joe Schlesinger from Gupta Media answer your questions about musicians' online presence.

Jason Carrasco is the director of digital media at Gupta Media. Graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in advertising, Carrasco was the first employee hired by the company in 2005. He currently manages a 12-person media team, working with record labels to drive digital sales for new album releases. An expert in the digital marketing field, Carrasco has spoken at various colleges and universities and events like the CMJ music conference.

Laura O’Connell is the creative director at Gupta Media. She started at Gupta Media in 2007 as a business analyst, but over the next year her focus shifted to launching Gupta Media’s design team. Today, she manages a team of six designers, creating banners, pre-roll video ads, and social media skins for nearly all of Gupta Media’s campaigns. O'Connell made Billboard’s prestigious list of “30 Under 30” music industry power players for her innovative work on Bonnaroo’s website and more. O'Connell graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in finance and advertising in 2006.

Joe Schlesinger is an account supervisor at Gupta Media. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day relationships with many of Gupta Media’s clients, including Sony Music, Beggars & Matador Group, and ATO Records. In 2011, Schlesinger spent four months in London, working out of Sony’s U.K. office, strengthening the relationship between Gupta Media and Sony’s European teams. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with a degree in public relations and began working at Gupta Media a few weeks after graduation.

About Q Brew: Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department are bringing you a monthly series about the reality of branding, booking, touring, and producing your band in the now. It's called the Q Brew series because you have questions and we have answers. Whether you're a band, solo/duo artist, or a future business and industry person, please come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. We will keep it concise and honest. (Bring your lunch.) Bring your questions or email them to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q Brew Questions."

Admission: 
Free

The Inside of Out: Atonal and Polytonal Techniques for the 21st Century Guitarist

Friday / November 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This clinic will demonstrate the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales as well as improvisation and composition with the cycle of fifths/fourths and the mother chord on the guitar.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers,” Norman Zocher is a long-time Berklee College of Music guitar professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, commissioned by String Department faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall on tour with former Metropolitan Opera Concert Master Elmira Darvarova.

More information at normanzocher.com

Admission: 
Free

Chad Wackerman

Monday / November 5, 2012 / 8:30 p.m.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
1 Avenida Autopista del Saler
Valencia
Spain
46013

Drummer Chad Wackerman, who recorded 26 albums with Frank Zappa and who has toured with artists such as James Taylor, John Patittuci, and Joe Sample, will be at Berklee's Valencia, Spain campus to present the new Roland kit TD-30KV, the most advanced electronic drums on the market. This clinic is open to the public. Don’t miss the opportunity to see what a drummer like Wackerman can do with a kit like the new Roland TD-30KV. Check out a preview.

Admission: 
Free

American Roots Music Program Presents: Clinic with David Surette

Thursday / October 25, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Widely acclaimed as one of New England’s premiere instrumentalists, David Surette is highly regarded for his work on the guitar, mandolin, and cittern. As a soloist, he is nationally known as a top player of Celtic fingerstyle guitar. Yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for 20 years, recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England’s top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He is also a highly sought-after accompanist.

  Surette is an accomplished and gifted teacher who has taught at workshops and camps throughout the US, as well as in the UK. He is folk music co-ordinator at the Concord (NH) Community Music School, and artistic director of their March Mandolin Festival. He has authored a book of Celtic fingerstyle guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Publications, and is a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar and Strings Magazine. In 1994, Surette was awarded a travel grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study the traditional music of Brittany, and has published a collection of  Breton folk tunes. He has been the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the NH State Arts Council, and in the fall of 2008 was designated a Traditional Arts Master by the Maine Arts Commission.

 

  Surette has released five solo recordings, as well as three duo albums with Susie Burke and a number of other collaborative recordings. His most recent solo CD release, Sun Dog, was one of the top 10 local releases for 2010 (“a stunning piece of work from a gifted guitarist”, Portsmouth Herald).

 

 

Past performances include:

 

Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

Sidmouth Folk Festival (UK)

Festival Memoire et Racines (Quebec)

Quebec 400th Anniversary Celebration

Old Songs Festival

Champlain Valley Festival

Boston Folk Festival

American Folk Festival

Swannanoa Gathering

Folkworks Summer School (UK)

Pinewoods Music Camp

Maine Fiddle Camp

Augusta Heritage Festival

New Bedford Summerfest

Northeast Heritage Music Camp

Tours of the US, UK, Brittany, and Quebec, along with concert, coffeehouse, and contradance appearances too numerous to mention

 

"Surette has distinguished himself among North American Celtic guitarists by his use of Breton and French materials...His technique is impeccable, and his touch and phrasing are immediately recognizable."  Acoustic Guitar

 

"A brilliant soloist, in the acoustic Celtic finger style genre..."  Trad Magazine (France)

 

"New Hampshire guitarist extraordinaire...he plays with a rare combination of exuberance and articulation."  Scott Alarik, folk music critic, Boston Globe

 

“Surette’s playing is always inventive and sets a new standard for traditional instrumentalists.”      Sing Out Magazine

 

“Surette has proven himself one of the better of the ‘90s string players… he purveys Irish music with a familiarity that is welcome and salutary.” 

Folk Roots (UK)

 

 

www.BurkeSurette.com     www.myspace.com/BurkeSurette

Admission: 
Free

Mike Block: Carving your Own Creative Path

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

Mike Block, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century," will perform folk and classical music, as well s some of his original works, to jumpstart a discussion and Q&A session about the opportunities and necessities of carving out a unique career path that supports your creative passions.

Admission: 
Free

Richie Hawtin

Wednesday / October 31, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Hawtin has recorded music under the aliases Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Concept 1, Forcept 1, Circuit Breaker, Robotman, Chrome, Spark, Xenon, R.H.X., Jack Master, Richard Michaels and UP!. He also recorded and performed, in combination with other artists, under group names such as The Hard Brothers, Hard Trax (with his brother Matthew Hawtin), 0733, Cybersonik (with Daniel Bell and John Acquaviva), Final Exposure (with Joey Beltram and Mundo Muzique), Just For Fun (with Holger Wick), Narod Niki (with Akufen, Cabanne, Dandy Jack, Daniel Bell, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Robert Henke and Thomas Franzmann), Two Guys In The Basement (with John Acquaviva), Spawn (with Fred Giannelli and Daniel Bell) and States Of Mind (with Acquaviva).

He was the mastermind of huge raves in the Detroit area, he ran several club nights, a yearly party at City Club and a sold out show at The Necto (nightclub) Additionally, Hawtin and Pete Namlook collaborated to produce the From Within series of albums which blend minimal techno and ambient. He has also released an album Sounds of the Third Season with Sven Väth.[5]

In 2006, Hawtin collaborated with choreographer Enzo Cosimi on a composition called "9.20" for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. He said, "Enzo and I are very much interested in pushing boundaries, both as artists and for our audiences. Working together for the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Games delivers the creative endeavor to not only entertain a huge audience, but to also introduce them to sights and sounds that they may have never experienced before."[6]

Slices magazine launched a series of biographies in 2007 called "Pioneers of Electronic Music"; their first issue was a 60 minute biographical documentary on Hawtin. The film follows his career from his early days crossing the border to Detroit to his current life in Berlin, and contains interviews with many colleagues and family members.

2011 saw the release of Arkives 1993 - 2010, a massive box set containing everything Hawtin has released under his Plastikman moniker, as well as a new mixed set and previously unreleased material. The collection includes CDs, vinyl, digital downloads and a DVD.

Hawtin dismisses speculation as to the demise of dance music. In a 2009 interview he said, "In the last few years, the interest in electronic music has gone back up, the quality of the music has gone back up, there’s a buzz which reminds you of the early days,” he insists. “From where I’m sitting right now, dance music is more vibrant than ever. In some countries you’ll always have the press saying it’s going down and writing it off, but somewhere else the interest level is soaring and people are discovering this music for the first time, like in South America, where it’s completely kicking off – it’s unbelievable down there. There are some great festivals and parties in Europe, and over the last five years I’ve seen Ibiza go from complete cheesy shite music to the resurgence of a number of different types of progressive electronic music."

Admission: 
Free

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