Clinics and Master Classes

Janek Gwizdala

Wednesday / October 24, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bass Great Janek Gwizdala premiers his new book, discusses his career playing, ... and plays some tunes. Not to be missed!

London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Dave Kikoski, Adam Rogers, Jojo Mayer, V.V. Brown, Jem, Paul Shafer, Delta Goodrem, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Wayne Krantz, and Mark Turner.
Janek is also attended Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

The Indo Colonial Music of the 1800s: A Tale of Three Continents

Wednesday / November 7, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Master class, lecture, and demonstration by Kanniks Kannikeswaran, a composer, music educator, and writer.

A multimedia/master class presented by one of the leading pioneers of the Indian American choral movement. Kanniks Kannikeswaran is a renowned musicologist, composer, and musician and is known as a renaissance personality who effortlessly traverses diverse disciplines. His work and research in the choral movement has led to the founding of Indian community choirs in several places such as  Allentown, Pennsylvania, Tampa, Forida, Houston, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and more. He has collaborated with artists such as Lakshmi Shankar, Mallika Sarabhai, with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra to name a few. His work has been also performed by large ensembles at the National University of Singapore.

Sponsored by The Professional Education Division, The Office of Faculty Development  and the Liberal Arts Department

 

Admission: 
Free

Luis Enrique

Wednesday / November 7, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Luis Enrique presents a clinc/performance.

Admission: 
Free

Riccardo del Fra: Contemporay Classical Music Meets Jazz

Wednesday / October 10, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Jazz music is a perfect example of syncretism. The study of its origins shows us how the combination of different cultures and traditions gives birth to a new thing. Since then, jazz's syncretism has never stopped. If today's musicians around the world are aware of and deeply respect the timeless link with its African roots, they also know the importance of the influence and of the  input that jazz can get from the contemporary classical music.    

Riccardo Del Fra will present a choice of excerpts from works of contemporary composers that inspire jazz players ;   and his piece Sky Changes, created in Paris, in 2009 by Dave Liebman and the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Susanna Mälkki then recorded in New York, for the label Jazzheads, with the Ensemble Tactus of the Manhattan School conducted by Justin DiCioccio.

Riccardo Del Fra, born in Rome in 1956, is a multi-talented musician: a double bass player, arranger, and composer. Riccardo del Fra played alongside Chet Baker for nine years both in Europe and Japan on tours, for the radio and for the television; a collaboration which led to the recording of twelve albums,videos and the movie Chet’s Romance directed by Bertrand Fèvre. At the beginning of the 1980s Riccardo Del Fra settled in Paris where he joined a very active rhythm section with the pianist Alain Jean-Marie and the drummer Al Levitt, while at the same time continuing to play with Chet Baker and the pianist Michel Graillier. In the 1990s the trombone player and composer Bob Brookmeyer, whose composition classes Del Fra had taken in Cologne, invited him to join his quartet. They toured together and recorded the CD Paris Suite (which won the Prix de l’Académie du Jazz in 1994). In September 2004 Riccardo Del Fra was named head of the department of Jazz and Improvised Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2003, Riccardo del Fra was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication.

Admission: 
Free

Robert Vilera: Advanced Percussion Clinic and Tropical Music Direction

Thursday / November 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Robert Vilera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban rhythm. His father, a respected percussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Vilera on timbales through his adolescent years. Vilera studied at the respected Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela (the Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela), and his percussion technique soon garnered attention from his colleagues. He joined the popular music ensembles Oscar D'Leon, where he enjoyed widespread worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillful timbale work, Vilera also plays congas, bongos, drum set, djembe, cajon, and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. His technique on all of these instruments is masterful and unparalleled. Playing and co-producing with various artists, he has had 10 nominations at the Grammys. Vilera has worked with Paul Simons, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jaime Fox, Queen Latifah, and countless other high-profile music acts. He has performed on the Grammy Awards, he Latin Grammy Awards, he American Music Awards, and the MTV Music Awards. Vilera is comfortable working in any genre of music, from symphonic to jazz, and from Latin to house. He is also a skilled clinician, who shares his limitless knowledge of music with younger percussionists around the world. Today, he is an established and respected musician, recording artist, teacher, band director, and master percussionist, and continues to push the boundaries of his craft.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Master Class

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci master classes, by appointment, with audience.

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Master Class

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John will hold a series of master classes. Eight bassists will be registered for each hour, and the audience may observe.

Admission: 
Free

John Clayton Clinic

Tuesday / October 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Double bass virtuoso and premier jazz educator John Clayton presents a clinic.

Admission: 
Free

BGJI Jazz Masters Speak: Interview with George Garzone

Thursday / October 25, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Acclaimed radio personality Steve Schwartz hosts a series of live interviews with BGJI faculty and artists in residence. This week: faculty saxophonist George Garzone.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in Sao Paulo

Thursday / November 1, 2012 / 2:30 p.m.
Conservatorio Musical Souza Lima
Rua José Maria Lisboa, 745
Sao Paulo
Brazil
01423-001

What are the stylistic considerations of improvisation? Who does it? How do we learn it? How does it relate to the composer's craft? Why should all instrumentalists (drummers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, wind players, string players, and vocalists) learn this art? These questions will be our guide as Berklee College of Music presents its first-ever seminar on improvisation at our Berklee International Network partner, Conservatorio Souza Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The workshop is for all musicians—from classical, to pop, rock, jazz and more—who are interested in learning the art of improvisation from the blues and jazz traditions. The Art of Improvisation: Blues and Jazz will present classes in lecture and master class formats, enabling students to learn about improvisational techniques and practice them in the master class, both in performance and composition.

For more information, visit souzalima.com.

Admission: 
$300

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