Clinics and Master Classes

Gilson Schachnik Clinic

Thursday / March 15, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A look into the piano as part of the rhythm section in Brazilian music and how to integrate percussion instruments such as repinique and surdo as a concept for piano accompaniment. Gilson Schachnik will analyze and listen to examples of piano trios of the '50s and '60s, such as Dom Salvador, Milton Banana, and Cesar Mariano. Featuring Oscar Stagnaaro on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

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Performance Methods Workshop for Drums

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
International College of Music
Lot 126, Section 85A, Lorong Setapak, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
United States

Join Sean K. Skeete for a workshop that will include lessons on improving groove and coordination, how to play along with programmed loops, and understanding concepts of polyrhythms.

Skeete has performed with Oleta Adams, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Teodross Avery, Freda Battle, Walter Beasley, Blue Man Group, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Will Downing, Stephen Hurd, and Rueben Rogers.

He is the assistant chair of the ensemble department at Berklee College of Music.

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Free

Guitar Improvisation Workshop

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
International College of Music
Lot 126, Section 85A, Lorong Setapak, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
United States

Join guitarist, clinician, and teacher Rick Peckham for a guitar improvisation workshop. In addition to extensive work in the U.S., he has led or played on tours of Ireland, Canada, Spain, and Germany. He has toured and recorded as a member of Irish bassist-composer Ronon Guilfoyle's first incarnation of his cross-cultural Lingua Franca band and has been featured on recordings by Human Feel, Hal Crook's Um (with John Medeski), and the George Garzone Quartet. His trio recording, Left End, with drummer Jum Black and bassist Tony Scherr, was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat magazine.

Peckham has been a faculty member at Berklee College of Music since 1986, serving as assistant chair of the Guitar Department since 1992. His Berklee Media works include the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques and two online courses: Guitar Chords 101 (2007 UCEA award for best online class) and Guitar Chords 201 at berkleemusic.com.

In addition to his private lesson studio at Berklee, Peckham teaches a course dedicated to fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Reed.

Admission: 
Free

Kendrick Scott Master Class

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow, on which he contributed original compositions and orchestrations. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist. 

Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012.  This album blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, and is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and leader.  Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.

Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play, which makes his playing consistently ring true as it springs forth from an egoless, honest place. These deep roots enable Scott to be present and in the moment, bringing to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.

He is recognized as an endorser by Yamaha Corporation, Remo, Vater, Puresound, Zildjian, Protechtor, Craviotto Snare Drums, and Danmar Percussion.

Admission: 
Free

Luis Bonilla Clinic

Tuesday / March 6, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If ever an artist could be called an octopus, Luis Bonilla is it. The California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer, and arranger has sought out, taken in, and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon, and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time. Yet there is nothing rarefied about the Bonilla experience. He has worked as a studio musician with Tony Bennett, Marc Anthony, La India, and Mary J. Blige and understands and exploits the liveliness of pop as well as the rhythmic sway and punch of Latin jazz. Currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under Arturo O’Farrill’s direction (both 2009 Grammy winners) and Dave Douglas’s latest group (Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy), Bonilla is one of those rare artists whose work is always expanding, taking in more and more while remaining singular and focused.

“Bonilla may be a trombonist used to handling that big long sliding thing, but when it comes to execution of his ideas, he lets nothing slide,” said All About Jazz. Critics praised his first two albums on the Candid label, Pasos Gigantes (1998) and iEscucha! (2000), acknowledging Bonilla’s ability to give voice to radically different musical sensibilities with an ease and seamlessness that belies the rigor and sophistication of the music. Pasos Gigantes made Jazziz’s top ten Latin list of 1998. Even as early as these first two albums, critics noted Bonilla’s leadership and sophisticated use of tonal colors. As a faculty member at both Temple University and Manhattan School of Music, Bonilla has an intuitive sense in how to bring out the best in those working with him. Listen to any of his albums and you will hear an extraordinary level of trust and inspiration in each band member’s playing.

As the critic for All About Jazz noticed, “Bonilla gives his colleagues ample space to breathe, adding momentum to the flow of his compositional ideas.” His next album, 2007’s Terminal Clarity was a celebration, reflection, and aesthetic extension of his years working with Lester Bowie. While retaining the brash harmonic structures of his mentor’s work from Brass Fantasy to his earlier and justly famous work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bonilla adds a “contagious exuberance” (Jazzwise magazine) that is at the heart of his artistic vision. Without in any way diminishing Bowie’s audacity, Bonilla manages to balance “the cerebral and the downand- dirty (Jazz Times), taking “bold steps to merge Latin genres, free jazz and a variety of other influences (Latin Jazz Corner).

In Bonilla’s album I Talking Now! (2009), he pushes these disjunctions even harder, politely demanding that we feel connections between wildly disparate styles of music. A heady mix of swing, rock, free jazz, funk, movie soundtracks, avant-garde noise and ballads, I Talking Now!, for all its musical diversity, speaks with one voice. It is a distinctly American vision, a gentle craziness that suggests that every one and every sound can co-exist if we just keep on taking in more and more. Bonilla is moving in directions that are expanding our notions of jazz and leading us into startling new realms with “remarkable creativity and versatility” (Newsday).

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Beth Bruno: A Vocal Master Class

Wednesday / April 11, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Beth Bruno teaches an intuitive approach to vocal mastery by developing vocal skills through observation and self-study.

The critics celebrate Beth Bruno as one of the great voices of Brazil's new generation of musical artists. Marked by a sensual sweetness, her voice and personality endear her to fellow musicians and captivate her audiences. 

A native of Brazil, Bruno began her career in Rio de Janeiro, performing at festivals where she won awards for best interpretation. She has performed in Brazil with some of the greatest Brazilian artists and songwriters, including Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, and Roberto Carlos.

Bruno began singing as a child. She spent countless hours listening to live music and recordings and intuitively forming her own approach to growing as a vocalist.

Often she would play records repeatedly while singing along. This helped her discover many vocal nuances that contributed to her own unique style. Her observations were on techniques including: projection, phrasing, texture, accuracy, diction, and the overall refinement of musical expression.

Bruno will share this approach by playing recordings and speaking about discovering specific attributes to expand a vocalist's artistic range. Her intention is to share the process of self-discovery. 

The demonstration will include examples and discussion on vocalists such as: Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson.

 

 

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Charles Randolf-Wright

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Charles Randolf-Wright has built a dynamic and diversified career in directing and producing for film, television, and theater. Most recently, he directed the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Ruined and the record-breaking musical Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage, the 75th anniversary international tour of the opera Porgy and Bess, and Daniel Beaty's Through the Night at the Union Square Theater. Currently he is directing Motown, a musical based on the life of Berry Gordy, featuring the work of various Motown composers.

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Dom Salvador Clinic

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dom Salvador is the legendary Brazilian jazz musician and composer considered to be one of the fathers of the samba-jazz movement. Besides his celebrated solo career, Salvador also has extensive international experience as accompanist of Brazilian popular music (MPB) acts such as Elis Regina, Quarteto em Cy, Jorge Ben, Edu Lobo, Rosinha de Valença, Sílvia Telles, and Elza Soares. His Rio 65 Trio, which had arguably the most important Brazilian drummer of all time, Edison Machado, recorded very influential albums, including one of them in Germany. His musical and political research also led him to be a precursor of the Black Rio movement, putting together the musicians who would later form the homonymous band.

At 12 Salvador was already playing in an orchestra in his hometown of Rio Claro. At 23 he was already making a name for himself and decided to move to São Paulo. He became the pianist of the Lancaster nightclub, the meeting point of the city's jazz musicians. Joining the Copa Trio, he moved to Rio and played in the famous jazz scene Beco Das Garrafas (Rio's 52nd Street), where he accompanied the then-novice artists Elis Regina, Quarteto em Cy, and Jorge Ben.

In 1965, he formed the Rio 65 Trio, with bassist Sérgio Barroso and drummer Edison Machado. The trio performed extensively, and recorded the album Rio 65 Trio in the same year. In 1966, the trio toured Europe, accompanying Edu Lobo, Rosinha de Valença, Silvia Telles, and Rubens Bassini through nine countries. The trio recorded an album in Germany that included Salvador's famous song "Meu Fraco é Café Forte." In the same year, Salvador played in the U.S., returning there again while accompanying Elza Soares.

But one of Salvador’s most significant career points actually came a few years later, while researching music and other different projects and collaborations. Salvador formed the group Abolição, which was composed only by black musicians, and that band was the core of the movement that combined black/soul music with funk and samba, and paved the way for many other groups that came after, such as the world-famous Banda Black Rio. The group Abolição recorded the seminal album Som, Sangue E Raça in 1971, still widely regarded as a classic recording.

In the mid-'70s, Salvador relocated to the U.S. and started many successful musical collaborations, including work as the musical director and pianist for Harry Belafonte. Salvador continued to record and perform his music under many different configurations.

Some of his recordings include My Family (1976); Puro Amor and Rio Claro Suite (1984); Romantic Interlude at the River Café, and Unconditional Love (2000); and Transition (1997). His most recent recording, The Art of Samba Jazz (2010) brings back the sound of the samba-jazz and gafieira styles, a samba-jazz that Salvador experienced firsthand, lived, and helped to create and develop, while also maintaining his uniqueness and originality. The recording features a sextet of some of the most in-demand musicians in the New York scene, playing through some of Salvador’s best and most beloved compositions.

Salvador has also participated on recent jazz festivals both in Brazil and the U.S. with his group. Some of his notable performances included the Chivas Jazz Festival Brazil in 2003 and an emotional return to the legendary Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro after 45 years, to perform at the CopaFest festival 2010 with his sextet. In 2012, Salvador is reunited with the group Abolição and also with Brazilian singer Tony Tornado on a series of shows throughout Brazil, besides leading his quartet/sextet both in the U.S. and Brazil. Salvador also regularly serenades his fans at the prestigious River Café in Brookyln, New York, and for his long engagement with this world famous venue (35-plus years) he is bound to be included on the Guinness Book of Records.

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David Grisman

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 9:30 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For nearly half a century, mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep — embracing many styles, genres and traditions.

An acoustic pioneer and innovator, Grisman forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of American jazz and bluegrass with international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive music. In doing so, he's inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.

In 1963 Grisman made his first recordings both as an artist (Even Dozen Jug Band) and producer (Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians). In 1966 Red Allen offered David his first job with an authentic bluegrass band, the Kentuckians. Grisman began composing original tunes and playing with other urban bluegrass contemporaries like Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia, with whom he would later form Old & in the Way.

David's interests spread to jazz in 1967, while playing in the folk-rock group Earth Opera. A failed attempt at learning to play alto sax turned him into a student of jazz musicianship and theory. His burgeoning career as a session musician gave him experience playing many types of music and opportunities to stretch the boundaries of the mandolin. His discography is filled with notables including Jerry Garcia, Stéphane Grappelli, the Grateful Dead, John Hartford, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, James Taylor, and Doc Watson.

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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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