Clinics and Master Classes

Jaleel Shaw Clinic

Thursday / February 7, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Alto and soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw is presently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, and more. Shaw grew up in Philadelphia, PA, where he was constantly surrounded by music. He picked up the alto saxophone when he was nine and joined a youth jazz band directed by jazz educator Lovette Hines about a year later. In addition to performing with Hines’ band for nearly six years, Shaw also immersed himself in Philly’s local jazz scene, studying and performing with some of the talented musicians that city has historically produced.

Upon graduating from high school, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. He attended Berklee for four years and earned a dual degree in music education and performance in 2000. While at Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for Outstanding Academic and Musical Achievement (1998), two Woodwind Dept. Chair Awards,the Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and the Boston Jazz Society Award (1999).

After graduation, Shaw received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he received his master's in jazz performance in May of 2002.

Shaw’s debut CD, Perspective, was released in June 2005 and received rave reviews from Jazzwise Magazine and the New York Times, and was named one of the top five debut CDs of 2005 by All About Jazz Magazine and Jazzwise Magazine. He was also awarded an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his composition “The Heavyweight Champion,” featured on the CD. That same year, Shaw joined the Roy Haynes Quartet and in 2006 and was featured on Roy Haynes’s Grammy-nominated Whereas recording.

In 2008, Shaw started his own record label, Changu Records, on which he released his second CD, Optimism. That same year, he won another ASCAP Young Composer Award for the composition “The Flipside,” which is heard on Optimism. He was also nominated for Up and Coming by the Jazz Journalists Association later that year. Shaw has recently been mentioned in Jazztimes Magazine’s 2011 Readers Poll for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, along with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, and Kenny Garrett. 

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

Gilson Schachnik: Brazilian Piano Clinic

Tuesday / October 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A clinic presented by faculty pianist Gilson Schachnik about the role of the piano in a trio setting in Brazilian music, with a performance of Brazilian piano trio arrangements from the 1960s through today. Featuring Oscar Stagnaro and Mark Walker.

Admission: 
Free

Teo Ciavarella Clinic

Friday / October 12, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Teo Ciavarella has played concerts with jazz musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Gomez, David Sanchez, Jeff Berlin, Luis Bonilla, Jim Snidero, Paolo Fresu, Hiram Bullock, Greg Yasinisky, Antonello Salis, Fabrizio Bosso, Dhafer Youssef, Stefano Di Battista, and many others. He has toured with theater companies and composed music for theater productions by actors Paolo Rossi, Antonio Albanese, and Enrico Bertolino. He has taken part in television and radio programs on Rai and Mediaset channels. He has performed in various international jazz arts festivals such as Umbria Jazz (fourth edition), Urbino Jazz, Le Grande Parade du Jazz de Nice, Festival Jazz de Samois-Fontainebleau, Comacchio Jazz, Festival de Rouen, Festival Jazz del Monferrato, Festival Jazz di San Marino, Fano Jazz, Bologna Jazz Festival, Maratona Jazz Modena, Emilia Romagna Festival, Koblenz Festival, Marajazz, Suoni in Cava, Jazz in Lamis, Orsara Jazz, and CMPR Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico.

Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader: Halfway, a trio recording that took place at Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia; Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, Cheryl Porter, and Henghel Gualdi; and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, recorded live in the Aula Absidale S. Lucia at Bologna University and in the Beethoven Haus in Koblenz, during a tour in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin. In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. In 2003  he received the Live Jazz for Life award by ANT Italia. Teo Ciavarella has been teaching jazz piano at the Convervatorio Frescobaldi in Ferrara since 2006, and since 2007 he has been teching jazz piano at the Conservatorio G. B. Martini in Bologna.

Admission: 
Free

Film Scoring Major Orientation

Thursday / October 25, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

An opportunity for prospective and new film scoring majors to learn about the curriculum, career paths, faculty, and other aspects of the film scoring major.

Admission: 
Free

Rock the Audition Workshop

Wednesday / October 24, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Please join Sheri Sanders, author of Rock the Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals, for a free workshop hosted by the Berklee Musical Theater Club with help by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and sponsored by the Voice Department.

As a musical theater actress insisting on her own diversity and pliability, Sanders has had profound success performing roles from the late Kitty Genovese in The Screams Of Kitty Genovese to Little Becky Two Shoes on the national tour of Urinetown. Sanders piloted her masterclass, Rock the Audition, at Pace University, and since then has taught with the Tepper Semester at Syracuse University, the Conservatory at Papermill Playhouse, Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, San Diego State University, Millikin University, Jersey City University, Rider College, with Making It On Broadway, Capes Coaching, Actors Connection, TVI, and School of Rock, and is a rock musical repertoire coach and private audition coach in New York City. Backstage paid a visit to her rock class, wrote an article about her leading a revolution, and the next thing you know, she was asked to create the pilot episode of the reality television show My Time on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sanders was then immediately invited by Hal Leonard books to be the first person to ever write a book on auditioning for rock musicals. Her students have been found in touring companies and regional productions of Rock Of Ages, Wonderland, Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rent, Shout, Fat Camp, Cyndi Lauper's Kinki Boots, Sting's The Last Ship, and Regina Spektor's Beauty. Sanders is doing a worldwide tour with Rock the Audition to promote her book, do her rock concert, Rock the Audition-Live!, and teach teachers and their students how to holistically embody the essence of the rock musical they are auditioning for. Then she's gonna come back to New York and act and teach like Uta Hagen.

 

Admission: 
Free

Steve Kuhn Master Class

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Master class taught by jazz pianist, Steve Kuhn, with a focus on jazz piano trio playing. Students will sign up to play for Kuhn and perform with a bass player and drummer. Auditors welcome.

Admission: 
Free

Tia Fuller

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
JazzBoston Booth
Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
02120
Tia Fuller

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Tia Fuller will lead a free clinic celebrating women in jazz. Don't miss the opportunity to meet her in-person.

Admission: 
Free

Hector Morales and the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

Tuesday / October 23, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Hector Morales presents The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From the Cajon to the Drum Set book presentation/concert/workshop.

The concert/workshop will follow the methodology presented in the instructional book and DVD The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From the Cajon to the Drum Set. It will be presented by the book’s author, Peruvian percussionist Hector Morales, who will be accompanied by the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble, the band that recorded the DVD and is composed of Peruvian Grammy-winner Oscar Stagnaro; former “Peru Negro” musicians Mariela Valencia, Marcos Napa, and Hector Ferreira; and special guests Yuri Juarez on guitar and Ali Bello on violin.

This is an amazing opportunity for the students to be introduced to this unique style of Latin music, which is becoming the “new thing” in the Latin jazz world as a fresh alternative to the already established Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase the instructional book/DVD with a 25 percent discount at the event. This book, which is the first of its kind, will be published by Sher Music Co.

The book contains:

  • Music charts with rhythms for the cajon, cajita, quijada, congas, cowbell, bongos, and ensembles (including bass and guitar).
  • Adaptation of these rhythms to the drum set.
  • DVD with 70 video clips demonstrating the music examples.
  • History of the Afro-Peruvian percussion ensemble.
This event is brought to you in participation with Peru's state brand, Marca Peru, and with the collaboration of Pachamama Peruvian Arts. Is the second event in the 2012 tour that will start on October 22 at Bowdoin College in Maine and will finish on November 1 at William Paterson University in New Jersey. This event is supported in part by NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Fund for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and Southwest Airlines.
Admission: 
Free

Karrin Allyson

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Through demonstrating and listening, Ms. Allyson will work one-on-one with students in the following areas:

    1. choosing repertoire
    2. choosing keys
    3. conceiving, executing and arranging
    4. interpretation
    5. how to build a band and lead it
    6. how to sing standards 5 different ways

    May 2011 marks a milestone for multiple Grammy nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson and Concord Jazz — the release of Round Midnight, the thirteenth album in a series dating back to her 1992 debut album “I Didn’t Know About You.”
    THIRTEEN ALBUMS!!! — That’s worth shouting about. And that’s just what music lovers and critics around the world have been doing — shouting Allyson’s name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician, who moves with such ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonius and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. What unites this wide world of music — brings it together and makes sense of it all — is Karrin Allyson’s warmth and depth. She’s not just singing a lyric, she’s telling you her story. And then that becomes your story. You hear the music from the inside out.
    Karrin lives in New York City, following a childhood in the midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. Karrin currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas — to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe.
    Among musicians, Karrin is known as a great bandleader and one of the great pleasures of the current scene is listening to her highly developed interplay with her bandmates — it sounds so effortless — but it conceals the deep musical sophistication. This is one of Allyson’s great achievements — the result of working for more than a decade with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi.
    Still need convincing? Here’s the legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins in The Village Voice: "Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain — incisive, original, and emotionally convincing." The Houston Press agrees: "If there's a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She's such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation."
    Heart, intelligence, warmth — an emotional range from bittersweet to sassy —you hear it every time you listen. Make no mistake - Karrin Allyson is singing to you.

Admission: 
Free

Steve Kuhn

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Steve Kuhn will present a master class/workshop on jazz piano improvisation. He will be joined by special guest student, 15-year-old jazz pianist, Gadi Lehavi, from Israel. Lehavi is also opening for Kuhn at Scullers that evening.

Admission: 
Free

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