Clinics and Master Classes

Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino: Strategies for Duo Improvisation

Thursday / November 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko

Alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and pianist Dariusz Terefenko will present this practical session examining different strategies for duo improvisation, improvisational methods, performance practice, and musical interaction and communication. Participation from the audience is welcome. 

Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career studying jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he completed a Ph.D. in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes. Terefenko holds a unique joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Music Theory. His research explores the interaction between classical and jazz improvisation. Terefenko’s piano solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. His latest duo project, Crossing Paths, features Tarantino, and the album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions. In 2014, Terefenko published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at prestigious music universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tarantino is also a woodwind doubler, composer, and educator who is passionate about developing and expressing her voice as an improviser and inspiring others to do the same. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Tarantino/Terefenko, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet/Quintet. In 2015, she released her debut album, Crossing Paths, with Terefenko on her new label, Infinite Records. The duo can be found performing and presenting jazz workshops and clinics across the globe. In addition, Tarantino has performed at the Rockport Jazz Festival; the Kennedy Center; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and with Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, among many others. She is a popular guest clinician at colleges, high schools, and summer jazz programs including the Rockport Jazz Camp in Rockport, Massachusetts, of which she is founder and director.

Admission: 
Free

Nicolas Jaar Seminar Discussion

Tuesday / May 5, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.

MP&E Studio A
150 Mass Ave

Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Tuesday, May 5, he will be talking about the work he has been doing with these students and playing the projects they have developed. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us last week, and this week’s discussion should be just as interesting. We’ll meet in MPE Studio A in the 150 Mass Ave building, where we should have a much better listening environment.

Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Sean Jones

Monday / May 18, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Trumpeter Sean Jones is also an accomplished bandleader, educator, and composer. He will give a general master class covering a variety of topics ranging from brass pedagogy to the music business.

Admission: 
Free

A Conversation with Nicolas Jaar

Monday / April 27, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
William Davis Room
142 Massachusetts Avenue, Second Floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Monday, April 27 we’ll have a wide-ranging, informal discussion with him on his work, and music in general. Please make a plan to join us for this special event.

His work as an electronic musician is truly eclectic, ranging from NYC Boiler Room sets to collaborations with acoustic ensembles in European concert halls. Since his first release, Space is Only Noise in 2011, he has performed more than 100 international shows a year. Work with his band DARKSIDE received critical acclaim with the 2013 release Psychic, and they were one of the top live electronic acts in 2014 according to many polls and critics. Jaar’s recorded work includes remixes of work from Brian Eno to Cat Power. His record label, Other People, showcases the work of an international roster of artists

The New York Times has an interesting article posted here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/magazine/nicolas-jaar-tests-the-limits-of-dance-music.html?_r=0
 

Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

Music Education Symposium

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 9:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room.

The 2015 Music Education Symposium is a lecture-style event on the common music assessments and the national standards.

Admission: 
Free

Interview with Rich Vreeland

Friday / April 24, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pulsing, ambient, nostalgic, oozing — these are some of the unique qualities critics have used to describe the film and video game music of Berklee alumnus Rich Vreeland, who is better known by his alias Disasterpeace. He is behind the recent and bold score to the horror film It Follows. He's gained a following from the independent film community, including positive reviews from Filmmaker Magazine, Moviepilot, and Entertainment Weekly. Rich also comes from a video game scoring background, and while he has credits for Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and the upcoming Hyper Light Drifter, he being best known for the 8-bit ambient soundtrack of FEZ, a popular independent game that was featured in Indie Game: The Movie. Vreeland began his college career in 2006 at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis. Vreeland eventually learned of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Game Lab and its internship opportunities. The work he put into all of his opportunities led him to the impressive portfolio he has at such a young age. 

Admission: 
Free

Scoring & Sound Design Contest 3 Showcase

Thursday / April 23, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come to the Scoring and Sound Design Contest showcase where the finalists' submissions for the contest clip will be premiered, the winners announced, and over $7,000 in prizes distributed. This year’s contest is sponsored by MOTU, iZotope, KeithMcMillen, Audio Technica, Scorbit & Waves. For more details about the contest check out the Scoring and Sound Design Contest 3 page.

Admission: 
Free

Jojo Mayer Clinic with Planet MicroJam Institute

Saturday / April 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jojo Mayer
Image courtesy of the artist
The Planet MicroJam Institute experiments with microtonal tuning systems. Presented by David Fiuczynski and the Planet MicroJam Institute, this clinic will focus on some of Jojo Mayer's amazing live electronica drumming and compositions. Mayer will be backed up by students from the current MicroJam Institute Ensemble.
 

Swiss-born Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at age two, sitting in with his dad’s band. At 18 he received his first international exposure when touring with Monty Alexander and backing up jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. In the early '90s he moved from Europe to New York City, where he worked as a sideman for a wide range of artists and styles.

As a leader, Mayer created his seminal work with Nerve, which established him as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on an acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow. In 2014 Modern Drummer Magazine listed him as one of the 50 greatest drummers of all time.

Mayer's lectures, clinics, and contributions to music education have earned international acclaim, and many of his product designs for the music instrument industry are award-winning bestsellers.

Admission: 
Free

The Future of the Creative Economy & Your Place In It

Thursday / April 16, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for a conversation on the future of the creative economy between Prince Charles Alexander, professor & engineer; Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture; and Brett Williams, CreativeFuture’s Youth Outreach Director.

Prince Charles Alexander is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee. He is a sought after recording and mixing engineer, whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammies and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS.

Ruth has over 30 years of experience producing, distributing, and marketing independent films. As founder and co-president of Paramount Classics, Ruth acquired and distributed a diverse slate of films ranging from Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides to Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow. More recently, Ruth launched CreativeFuture, an advocacy organization for all creative individuals. Its mission is to mobilize the creative communities to speak up about the value of our creativity and speak out about the harm done by online piracy.

Brett comes to CreativeFuture after almost a decade of experience in independent film production in New York. Ruth and Brett will join Prince in discussing the organization's initiatives, the future of entertainment, and your future as creative individuals.

Admission: 
Free

Skype Interview with Michael Giacchino

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Michael Giacchino is an American composer who has composed scores for movies, television series and video games. Some of his most notable works include the scores to television series such as Lost, Alias and Fringe, games such as the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series, and films such as Mission: Impossible III, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Ratatouille, Up, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Giacchino has received numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.

Admission: 
Free

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