Clinics and Master Classes

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

Melodic Interpretation of Brazilian Music for Wind Instruments

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Topics covered include melodic characteristics, notation, articulation, phrasing, styles, interpretation of syncopated rhythms, rhythmic variations, and improvisation. We will look at several styles including choro, maxixe, samba, partido alto, samba-funk, bossa nova, baião, ijexá, xote, and frevo styles. Live and recorded examples will be played.

Admission: 
Free

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

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