Clinics and Master Classes

Paula Cole Clinic

Wednesday / March 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy winner and seven-time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six albums spanning a 17 year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Sarah McLachlan, Melissa Etheridge, Lilith Fair, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, and many more. Emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetically melodic, fiercely touching, and intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Other artists such as Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, and Katherine McPhee have covered her compositions. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication through the web and after her live shows. As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive a Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, This Fire, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record, and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music.

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Snarky Puppy: Global Styles and Group Improvisation

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Snarky Puppy is spending an unprecedented three consecutive months on the road this winter and spring supporting its brand new DVD/CD Ground Up, released officially on February 28 through its own recently launched record label, GroundUP Music (a sublabel of Ropeadope Records).

For the very first time, this tour will take the band all the way to the United Kingdom and France, as well as every major market in the United States. Always focused on music education, Snarky Puppy will be giving clinics and master classes at various educational institutions throughout the trip in addition to its scheduled concerts. Joining the group for the U.K. leg of the tour is groundbreaking London electro-pop duo the Fix.

Ground Up was filmed and recorded live over three nights in legendary bassist Matt Garrison's new performance space, Shapeshifter Lab, in front of a 40-person studio audience. Similar to the setting of their last live album/DVD, Tell Your Friends (Ropeadope Records, 2010), the new project captures the rawness and spontaneity of Snarky Puppy's live energy, but this time in a stripped-down Brooklyn warehouse.

The film also features the addition of behind-the-scenes touring footage amassed over the band's last two years of shows, offering a peek into the world of a traveling grassroots ensemble.

With the release of their last two live CD/DVDs on Ropeadope Records and GroundUP Music, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.

The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award–winning group (Best Jazz Act 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or the most carefree audience.

It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions—jazz and rock kids from white America and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a series of combinations and a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music—raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award–winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu), as well as young organ prodigy Cory Henry (Kenny Garrett, Kim Burell) and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip, George Duke). Its members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, the Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more.

The group was conceived and is held together by award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer, and arranger Michael League, whose creative grassroots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a unique musical animal. It is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously, an original music ensemble. Second, a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly, a group of musicians unanimously and enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots of American Music) in inner-city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at over 40 colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide (League is faculty at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance), the band has made a strong commitment to spreading a love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to hold on to.

Snarky Puppy is spending 2012 promoting its new, live in-studio CD/DVD (released in February) and League's new record label, GroundUP Music (in conjunction with Ropeadope Records) with tours across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Q-Brew: Trying to Get Your Band Noticed?

Friday / February 24, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This panel—Trying to Get Your Band Noticed?—will discuss how to navigate the local press, radio, and blog scene. Featuring five experienced panelists from different avenues of the entertainment industry: Luke O'Neil, Angie "C" Shaw, Michael Marotta, Sarah Rodman, and Anngelle Wood.

Trying to Get Your Band Noticed? 

These panelists will examine the best way to generate attention for your band and give you pointers as to what gets their attention or peaks their curiosity to check out a band or artist. You can say all you want about yourself, but when someone else says it, that shows that they're paying attention to your band and others will take notice. Your fan base will grow! Come listen to the experts, ask your "pressing" questions, and take away some valuable tools of the trade. Bring your lunch.

Featuring five experienced panelists from different avenues of the entertainment industry: 

Luke O'Neil, a professional blogger and journalist for the Boston Globe, Boston PhoenixAlternative Press, and Wall Street Journal.

Angie "C" Shaw, an on-air personality for the radio station WFNX, as well as social media and marketing entrepreneur.

Michael Marotta of the Boston Phoenix, the Pill, WFNX Radio, and Vanya Records.

Sarah Rodman, who covers popular music within the A&E section of the Boston Globe.

Anngelle Wood, a local music director for WZLX and organizer of Boston's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble. 

Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department bring 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, come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. We will keep it concise and honest. Come with questions or email them ahead of time to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q-Brew questions."

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Kristin Korb: Come Together

Tuesday / March 13, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocalists and instrumentalists working together on listening to each other and the joy of musical conversation.

Life really could be very simple. We could be quiet, operate within the confines of rules, and color in the lines. But that would be boring! Kristin Korb is a rebel like you, not the "paint her nails black and scream bloody murder at the world" kind of rebel. She's also not quite subtle enough either for her devious personality. She's the quiet kind of rebel who looks for trouble in the unglamorous parts of life, she speaks out against injustice, helps the less fortunate in times of need, supports public education, and plays music that speaks only to those who are actually listening to the message.

"Why Can't You Behave" is the theme of Kristin Korb's new project. It examines all the facets of acting, functioning, and reacting to life outside the parameters of mindless conformity. Sure, being a rebel has its consequences. But as you know, that's what makes it so frustrating and rewarding at the same time. We look for the thrill of the moment in physical and mental challenges.

Fueled by daydreams and visions of further adventures, the rebel in us pushes on to "misbehave" again, take chances, and face the consequences without hesitation. Life is not easy. There are no set guidelines or a clear path to get the results or happiness we want. We have to get through the full gamut of experiences. Kristin Korb offers you the rare gift of looking at it from the outside to see what is really happening.

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Oriente Lopez

Thursday / March 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award-winner Oriente Lopez was born in 1962, Havana, Cuba.  As soon as he could reach the piano he began playing by ear, and is self-taught on that instrument. 

In 1969 he began studying violin and two years later moved to flute as his primary instrument.  Since his early years, Oriente experienced a growing interest in jazz and popular music. He also received 15 years of classical training at various institutions in Havana. 

In 1983, Oriente joined Afrocuba.  He was with the band for seven years.  Selected recordings: Dile Que Vuelvo (1981), Eclipse De Sol (1987), Sobrevolando (1988). Afrocuba shared the stage for five years with Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, and also produced two double albums CDs: Causas y Azares (1986) and Oh, Melancolía (1988). 

In 1993 Oriente moved in to New York City area. He has worked as pianist, flautist, musical director, composer, arranger, and producer.  Throughout the years he has distinguished himself as a composer and has been especially prolific as arranger. His collaborations include works with Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye, Patato, Fito Paez, Mauricio Zottarelli, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among others.

At present, Oriente performs his music with various sizes ensembles. His compositions and arrangements continue to be recorded and performed by many artists around the globe.

 

 

 

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Mark Baxter: Uncover the Unique Voice Within

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Some people are born to sing. Mark Baxter was not one of them.  Undaunted, he studied, probed, inquired, explored, practiced, and applied his findings until he achieved the voice he had always wanted. His value as a vocal teacher is unique in that he draws equally from his stage experience, some 3,000 gigs and counting, and an unusually diverse training. After receiving formal training in music at the College of New Jersey, Baxter hit the road with various bands and got a real education.

He has completed hundreds and hundreds of voice lessons, exploring various methods, and attended countless seminars including: vocal pedagogy by the Functional Voice Foundation of West Germany,  euromuscular message, nutrition, the Alexander technique, acupressure, reflexology along with various psychological and visualization techniques.  Even though he is now considered a leading authority in his field, he continues to research with a passion.

There is a growing line of instructional products from Baxter that are a must for any aspiring singer. His book, The Rock 'N' Roll Singer's Survival Manual, covers every aspect a singer will need to be road-ready.  His DVD, The Singer's Toolbox, details vital information about keeping the voice in top shape during heavy performance and rehearsal schedules. For those who have yet to experience the stage, Sing Like an Idol, is an instructional CD that will inspire and motivate. There are also two lessons available as MP3 downloads. 

Mark's client list includes Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver), John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Gary Cherone (Van Halen, Extreme), Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Journey, Boston, Yes, Tonic, Rent, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Boys Like Girls, the Click Five, the Dresden Dolls, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Peter Wolf, Amiee Mann, Coal Chamber, and many.  He can be reached through his website voicelesson.com.

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Aaron Goldberg

Tuesday / February 28, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His working trio features two of the finest musicians of his generation, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland.

In addition to performing and recording with his trio, Goldberg has spent the last 15 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz—Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Madeleine Peyroux, among others. His most recent album on the Sunnyside Records label is a co-led project with critically-acclaimed Argentinian composer Guillermo Klein, entitled Bienestan (2011). His prior two albums as a leader on Sunnyside are Home (2010) and Worlds (2006), both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding trio along with very special guests. His first recording under his own name, Turning Point, was released on the J Curve label in 1999, followed by Unfolding in 2002. As a co-leader Aaron has recorded four albums with the OAM Trio.

As a sideman and collaborator Goldberg appears on more than 70 albums with artists ranging from Terry Gibbs to Mark Turner. Goldberg has also co-composed and recorded a series of educational CDs for children entitled Baby Loves Jazz, and in 2004 and 2008 he produced Jazz for America's Future and Jazz for Obama, historic fundraising concerts for U.S. Senator John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively.

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Aaron Goldberg

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His working trio features two of the finest musicians of his generation, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland.

In addition to performing and recording with his trio, Goldberg has spent the last 15 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz-Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Al Foster, Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Madeleine Peyroux, among others. His most recent album on the Sunnyside Records label is a co-led project with critically-acclaimed Argentinian composer Guillermo Klein, entitled Bienestan (2011). His prior two albums as a leader on Sunnyside are Home (2010) and Worlds (2006), both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding trio along with very special guests. His first recording under his own name, Turning Point, was released on the J Curve label in 1999, followed by Unfolding in 2002. As a co-leader Aaron has recorded four albums with the OAM Trio.

As a sideman and collaborator Goldberg appears on more than 70 albums with artists ranging from Terry Gibbs to Mark Turner. Goldberg has also co-composed and recorded a series of educational CDs for children entitled Baby Loves Jazz, and in 2004 and 2008 he produced Jazz for America's Future and Jazz for Obama, historic fundraising concerts for U.S. Senator John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively.

 

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Society of Black Music with George Clinton

Tuesday / February 14, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

George Clinton and members of his band, PFunk, will do a Q&A with professor Bill Banfield's class and City Music students about black music and other subject matter related to music overall.

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Gretchen Parlato: Connecting on the Bandstand

Tuesday / February 14, 2012 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A workshop for both singers and instrumentalists that will address interaction and communication between singer and the band, listening skills, creating a band sound, discussion and feedback on arrangements and instrumentation, and more.

Gretchen Parlato's 2009 sophomore breakthrough, In a Dream, signaled the arrival of an incredibly inventive modern jazz singer.  Her follow-up, The Lost and Found, demonstrates that she has staying power. In a Dream garnered international acclaim with Billboard magazine hailing it as "the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009"; it also made it onto the top year-end polls for Jazz Times, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice and NPR. The Lost and Found shows immediate weight and intensity, exposing a greater dynamic range. "I feel like I stepped out of my own way and allowed myself to be more revealing and vulnerable through the music," reflects Parlato.

An alumni of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Parlato has been turning heads ever since she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International Vocal Competition with which she displayed a musical individuality loaded with paradoxical powers. Her sultry, intriguing voice and unique, rhythmically agile phrasing came with inescapable centripetal force; the more intimate and understated she sang, the more she drew listeners in. Since then she has toured worldwide to sold out audiences with BBC Radio proclaiming, "Star over London...A star is born!" Her originality captivates musicians as well, prompting invitations to appear on over 50 recordings with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Terri Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Her breathtaking performances have been captured on television in Europe and Japan and she has become a sought after clinician on vocal styling.

 

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