Clinics and Master Classes

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

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

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