Clinics and Master Classes

Mauricio Abaroa: Talent Management and Production in U.S. Latin Music Industry

Wednesday / April 18, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Mauricio Abaroa, multi-Grammy nominee and Latin Grammy winner, is the president and CEO of Tiger Management, a 360-type music, media, management, and distribution company established in 2007 with the goal of supporting new and established Latin artists. Abaroa is also the president and CEO of EarthTown Entertainment as well as a producer, songwriter, and lyricist. Previously, he was president of A&R for Warner Music in Mexico; managed superstar Luis Miguel; served as senior vice president and executive director of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; and was president of Crescent Moon Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music owned by Estefan Enterprises.

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Alan Munde Banjo Clinic

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Alan Munde needs no introduction to longtime bluegrass fans. From his early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac to his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, to his 21-year stint anchoring the landmark Country Gazette, Munde has blazed a trail as one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time.

Along the way, Munde also recorded and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Munde has supplemented his recorded work with several instructional publications for the banjo and, since 1986, Munde has taught bluegrass and country music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, a program which has produced many professional musicians nationwide. In recent years, Munde has performed and recorded as a duo with his South Plains faculty colleague (and former Gazette-mate) Joe Carr.

Munde's extensive body of recorded work, his instructional materials, and his work at South Plains (including the annual Camp Bluegrass) has solidified his status as one of the true "gurus" of the five-string. Munde currently serves on the board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Jaime Rodriguez: The Music of Perú

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jaime Rodriguez plays the music of his homeland—Perú—with spirit, joy, and remarkable technical skill.

Rodriguez has 20 years of work under his belt promoting the music from the Altiplano in countries like Germany, Poland, France, Canada, USA, Taiwan, and part of South America. He has been researching the old music of the South American region of Collasuyu. Through this research, he learned to play different wind instruments, which made him more curious about the music of his ancesters. He continues his research and to apply new styles and techniques to Andean instruments in an effort to find the real sound of the music of the Altiplano.

This class will include discussion of:

  • Andrean rhythms 
  • The difference between Latin and Andean music
  • Andean wind, percussion, and string instruments

 

 

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Berklee Percussion Days 2012: African Polyrhythms, Drum Languages, and Songs For Percussion and Drumset

Friday / April 6, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee Percussion Days 2012 presents a master class with Jerry Leake.

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Berklee Percussion Days 2012: Finding the Clave

Friday / April 6, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee Percussion Days 2012 presents a master class with Sergio Bellotti and Skip Hadden.

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Berklee Percussion Days 2012: Different Perspectives, Unlocking 6, 5, and 7

Thursday / April 5, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee Percussion Days 2012 presents a clinic with Skip Hadden and Sergio Bellotti.

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Antonio Sanchez Clinic

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

Three-time Grammy Award–winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers of his generation.

Born in Mexico City on November 1, 1971, he started playing drums at the age of 5 and began performing professionally early in his teens. He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music, graduating magna cum laude in jazz studies.

Since his move to New York Sanchez has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Pat Metheny (as a member of the Pat Metheny Group and the Pat Metheny Trio with Christian McBride), Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton and Toots Thielmans.

He regularly collaborates with some of the most prominent names of the newer generation of jazz: Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña, just to name a few. In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort entitled Migration. The album includes a stellar cast of some of today's most renowned jazz musicians: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, and Scott Colley. It has gotten rave reviews from different publications all over the world. All About Jazz calls it "One of the best debuts of 2007."

Sanchez's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals, and master classes. Some of these festivals include the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend, Zildjian Day, and the Montreal Drum Festival, among many others. He has also been the featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry, like Modern Drummer (USA), Percussioni (Italy), Drums and Percussion (Germany), and Musico Pro (USA).

In addition, Sanchez joined the faculty at the prestigious New York University (NYU) in 2006. He's made New York his home since 1999.
He's endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Antonio’s Signature model), Evans Drumheads, and LP Percussion (which carries Antonio's Signature Percussion Kit).

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Music Education Symposium: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxler

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 1:00 p.m., Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will address the music education students and symposium participants on their approach to children's music education and entertainment. They will talk about a variety of issues pertinent to up-and-coming educators and entertainers.

Following is a special preschool class with Grammy-winning artists Fink and Marxer.  This class is specially-designed for four- to five-year-old children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Children must register and give date of birth, as the material will be focused on preschoolers. We can accept a maximum of 20 children for this event, so please register early.

Then, join us for a special interactive performance with Fink and Marxer.  All ages are welcome. We can accept registration for a maximum of 100 people. Please include adults and children in the registration numbers.

Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, banjo picker, guitar player, and community activist Cathy Fink lives an eclectic career in the music industry and beyond. She is not only well known as half of the Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, but for her volunteer efforts and activism within the music industry and on behalf of issues and organizations that care about children. Fink began playing the banjo in 1974 as part of the "earn while you learn" program of making a living at folk music. Her banjo recordings include Banjo Haiku: 26 Clawhammer Banjo Tunes, Old Time Music Party, and Old Time Slow Jam on Homespun Tapes with Bruce Molsky and Marcy Marxer, and Singing With the Banjo, Clawhammer Style DVD on Homespun Tapes. She and Marxler produced the remarkable The Old Time Banjo Festival CD and Cathy's Grammy-nominated solo project (with friends), Banjo Talkin'. Her interest in the rich history of women in country music led Fink to meet, play music with, and even perform with some of country's greatest female pioneers. She and Marxler toured and performed with Patsy Montana for 10 years. Montana was the first woman in country music to sell one million records with the song "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" in 1935. She visited, interviewed, and played music with Ola Belle Reed and Lily May Ledford. As a mentor, Fink works with new artists in residence in the Strathmore AIR program in North Bethesda, MD.

Marcy Marxer is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter, and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played acoustic music on Emmy Award–winning National Geographic specials, platinum-shipping Eva Cassidy CDs, and on more than 50 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink. After a recording session with Mike Seeger, Marxler fell in love with his 1918 Gibson cello banjo. She searched the world for one, recorded some Youtube clips, and was soon gaining a following for her amazing cello banjo music. The Gold Tone Banjo Company began making the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo and the instrument has since shown up in folk, Celtic, and even punk bands. A master of wordplay, Marcy counts songwriting as yet another facet of her talents. Check out "Swingtime Lullaby," where she creates two swing songs with different melodies over the same chord progression in the 1940s style. Or listen to the new "Washboard Rhythm Song" on the Banjo to Beatbox project to be amazed at her internal rhyming. Last, but not least, Marxler is a wonderful teacher with a large following at top music camps such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, Mars Hill, Woods Camp, etc. Marxler is one fun-lovin' gal with talent in all 10 fingers and a heart of gold to accompany them!

Check out their website for a preview.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at bharman@berklee.edu or 617 747-2425.

Admission: 
Free

Music Education Symposium: Debbie and Friends

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 11:15 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 11:15 a.m., Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends will speak with students and participants about her program and her approach to children's education and entertainment. This will be followed by a performance by Debbie and Friends.

Join us for a great session of music making and movement with Grammy-winning artists, Debbie and Friends. The show is ideal for ages 4-6, but appropriate and open to ages 0-8. We can accept registration for a maximum of 100 people. Please include adults and siblings in the registration numbers. This is a free event, open to participants beyond the KidsJam community, so feel free to invite your friends and family to join us!

Children's entertainer Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends uses original songs to tell stories that children know and love. With the recent release of her debut CD, Story Songs and Sing Alongs, Debbie has made a splash in the children and family music world. Debbie has been making music with kids for over 20 years. She has worked with some of the world's greatest icons in children's music entertainment and education throughout her music publishing tenure. These pillars of children's music include Shari Lewis, Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody, and Sesame Street–famed music teacher Bob McGrath. Their influence on her songwriting and her creative approach to sharing music with children is evident. Debbie studied music and music education at Berklee College of Music, where she is now
the dean of continuing education. She was a classroom music teacher for many years and brings that experience to every performance. Debbie and Friends has been performing in the greater Boston area for two years, and are starting to branch out regionally and will work towards national tours so that they can reach as many children and families through music as possible. The goal of Debbie and Friends is to help children and families connect through fun, positive interactive musical experiences.

For a sneak peek of Debbie and Friends, check out their website.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at bharman@berklee.edu or 617 747-2425.

Admission: 
Free

Music Education Symposium: Paul Reisler

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 9:00 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 9:00 a.m., Paul Reisler (KidPan Alley) will speak to students and participants about his approach to the compositional process with children. At 9:30 a.m., Reisler will work with a group of fourth-grade students on a composition project.

"If I Were Free" is a manifesto for living the musical, creative life. It's a 30-year journey for Paul Reisler as he explores the musical life—a life where you respond to what's going on around you in music. Through his own music as performer, writer, and recording artist and through his songwriting teaching for adults and children, he inspires others to explore that creative landscape.

He's created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders—combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism with the vitality of contemporary music. As the Washington Post says, his music "climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up to the Himalayas. Goose bumps are a risk."

He's got a voracious musical appetite. Known for his many years as founder and leader of Trapezoid for over 25 years, he's recently embarked on several new musical adventures: his new band, Paul Reisler and a Thousand Questions, featuring Howard Levy and Angela Kaset, and their new album At Night the Roses Tango; his Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project; and his duo with Amy Speace. He also continues perform with the interdisciplinary Ki Theatre and compose for film, theater, and orchestra.

He's passionate about inspiring other people to live the musical life. He's one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and he's also the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley.

Kid Pan Alley inspires children to be creators, not consumers. It all started with Reisler's brilliant yet obvious discovery: kids make the greatest cowriters, especially when you are writing songs for kids. He's now written more than 500 songs with more than 10,000 children throughout the country and has recorded several CDs of the songs, including a new one in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Imagine some of this country's finest songwriters working in a classroom overflowing with the raw creative imagination of children. Then record the songs with some of Nashville's best-known artists, including Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss, Raul Malo, Jonell Mosser, Tommy Sims, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and you've got Kid Pan Alley Nashville—one of the most amazing children's album ever made.

For more information about Paul and KidPan Alley, see their website.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at bharman@berklee.edu or 617 747-2425.

Admission: 
Free

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