Clinics and Master Classes

John Patitucci Electric Bass Masterclass

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John Patitucci explores the electric bass in a masterclass format, with an audience. Masterclass students are registered, but audience is open.
All will learn!

Admission: 
Free

John Patitucci Rhythm Section Masterclass

Thursday / November 29, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

John teaches a masterclass on various Rhythm Section Techniques.
Educational for all.

Admission: 
Free

Judi Silvano: Freeing the Voice

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Whatever your experience, if you want to explore using your voice and expand your improvisational ideas in a supportive and fun group setting, this is the workshop for you.

Judi Silvano moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1976 to be part of the Loft scene as an improvising dancer and singer. She was soon making waves with her daring horn-like vocal lines, improvisational skills, and extended compositions and signed with Blue Note Records, releasing the widely acclaimed Vocalise, her second of ten recordings as a leader.

Silvano has toured and recorded with jazz greats Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Bill Frisell,  Michael Abene, John Lindberg, Gerry Hemingway, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Lewis, Larry Goldings,  Mal Waldron, and Bobby Few, among others in the U.S. and Europe.  

She has written more than 40 works for voice, piano, woodwinds, harp, string quartet, dance, a cappella vocal groups, jazz ensembles, and big bands. Awarded three grants from Meet the Composer and NY State Council on the Arts, Silvano has been voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat Magazine Reader’s Poll four times. In 2012, two of her chamber pieces to original poetry were featured in concert at NYC’s Symphony Space, and she premiered four new poetry and new music works at the Spoken Word Festival in New York's the Stone with veteran improvisers Ratzo B. Harris and Warren Smith.

As an educator, Silvano taught voice at Rutgers University for ten years; music at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy for six years; International vocal master classes called Freeing the Voice at major universities such as Manhattan School of Music, the New School, University of Vermont, and Jerusalem’s Hassadna Conservatory; and jazz summer workshops at Banff International Center, Stanford University, Lake Placid Institute, Janice Borla’s Jazz Camp, the Vallekilde Workshop in Denmark, and in Xalapa Mexico.

Her educational philosophy is that integrating the awareness of body movement and development of the imagination and listening skills are crucial to becoming a versatile musician and improviser.

For more about this multidimensional artist, please visit judisilvano.com.

Admission: 
Free

The Wanderer: A Journey through Mediterranean Writing

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

A performance of original Mediterranean music by Angelo Valori exploring the influences of Mediterranean music on contemporary writing. Performed by a contemporary writing and production faculty ensemble led by CWP chair Matthew Nicholl.

Angelo Valori is an Italian composer, conductor, educator, and producer. He graduated from the conservatories of  Pescara and L’Aquila, with focuses on composition and orchestra conducting. He studied arranging and orchestration at Berklee Music. At a very young age he started writing compositions that have been performed at major European festivals and broadcasted by major European radio and television. His ballet Cleopatra has been performed in 2008 at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the first jazz performance in a Italian Opera House.

His compositions are among others recorded on the CDs Notturno mediterraneo (Egea, featuring Gil Goldstein, Gabriele Mirabassi), Dove volano gli angeli (Wide-Sound, feat. Bob Mintzer, Fabrizio Bosso), and Il Caffè dalle Americhe (Wide-Sound, feat. Javier Girotto). He conducted the first world performance of Variations for Electric Bass and Strings, with John Patitucci.

Valori is a professor at the Music Conservatory in Pescara, where he is the chair of Popular Music Department and teaches contemporary writing, contemporary arranging, and music theory.

 

Admission: 
Free

Angelo Valori: Influences of Mediterranean Music on Contemporary Writing

Monday / November 26, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

A clinic in the Italian influence on current Mediterranean music. The workshop, based on the analysis of some tunes of traditional repertoire of south of Italy and scores of Angelo Valori, focuses on a deeper knowledge of some aspects and styles of Mediterranean music, emphasizing how these can be a useful source of inspiration for a contemporary composer.

Angelo Valori is an Italian composer, conductor, educator, and producer. He graduated from the conservatories of  Pescara and L’Aquila, with focuses on composition and orchestra conducting. He studied arranging and orchestration at Berklee Music. At a very young age he started writing compositions that have been performed at major European festivals and broadcasted by major European radio and television. His ballet Cleopatra has been performed in 2008 at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the first jazz performance in a Italian Opera House.

His compositions are among others recorded on the CDs Notturno mediterraneo (Egea, featuring Gil Goldstein, Gabriele Mirabassi), Dove volano gli angeli (Wide-Sound, feat. Bob Mintzer, Fabrizio Bosso), and Il Caffè dalle Americhe (Wide-Sound, feat. Javier Girotto). He conducted the first world performance of Variations for Electric Bass and Strings, with John Patitucci.

Valori is a professor at the Music Conservatory in Pescara, where he is the chair of Popular Music Department and teaches contemporary writing, contemporary arranging, and music theory.

Admission: 
Free

Power of Qigong

Friday / March 1, 2013 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitar professor Joe Rogers discusses the power of qigong and his work with faculty and students assists in freeing their music and improving their health. Presented by the Performance Wellness Institute (PWI).

Admission: 
Free

Bernard Andres

Friday / April 12, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The eminent harpist/composer Bernard Andres, will make a visit to Berklee and Boston to talk about his music, career, and to listen to local harpists perform his pieces.  A rare opportunity to meet a harp icon and composer!

Admission: 
Free

Mike Mainieri Clinic

Wednesday / May 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
1 Avenida Autopista del Saler
Valencia
46013

Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri is equally remarkable as a producer, performer, arranger, and composer, shaping the cutting edge in music.

During the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he won DownBeat’s International Jazz Critic’s Award.

In the late ‘70s, Mainieri founded the pioneering jazz/fusion group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, and Don Grolnick. Delving into experimental sounds while maintaining compositional integrity, Steps Ahead was and is a launching pad for young talent and new musical ideas.

Other noteworthy jazz collaborations have included recordings with Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Dave Liebman, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, and Jane Monheit.

As a composer, arranger, and performer, Mainieri has contributed to more than 100 gold and platinum albums. An active participant in the rock and pop scenes, he produced and cowrote three albums with Carly Simon and recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Bonnie Raitt, and George Benson, and on Don McClean’s classic album American Pie.

Mainieri is still actively touring worldwide with his group Steps Ahead, as well as guesting in workshops and on various recording projects.

This clinic is presented by Yamaha.

Admission: 
Free

Q Brew: Gupta Media

Friday / October 26, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Jason Carrasco
Laura O’Connell
Joe Schlesinger

Jason Carrasco, Laura O’Connell, and Joe Schlesinger from Gupta Media answer your questions about musicians' online presence.

Jason Carrasco is the director of digital media at Gupta Media. Graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in advertising, Carrasco was the first employee hired by the company in 2005. He currently manages a 12-person media team, working with record labels to drive digital sales for new album releases. An expert in the digital marketing field, Carrasco has spoken at various colleges and universities and events like the CMJ music conference.

Laura O’Connell is the creative director at Gupta Media. She started at Gupta Media in 2007 as a business analyst, but over the next year her focus shifted to launching Gupta Media’s design team. Today, she manages a team of six designers, creating banners, pre-roll video ads, and social media skins for nearly all of Gupta Media’s campaigns. O'Connell made Billboard’s prestigious list of “30 Under 30” music industry power players for her innovative work on Bonnaroo’s website and more. O'Connell graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in finance and advertising in 2006.

Joe Schlesinger is an account supervisor at Gupta Media. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day relationships with many of Gupta Media’s clients, including Sony Music, Beggars & Matador Group, and ATO Records. In 2011, Schlesinger spent four months in London, working out of Sony’s U.K. office, strengthening the relationship between Gupta Media and Sony’s European teams. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2008 with a degree in public relations and began working at Gupta Media a few weeks after graduation.

About Q Brew: Cafe 939 and the Professional Music Department are bringing 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, please come and join us and our speakers from various fields in the industry for a heartfelt conversation. We will keep it concise and honest. (Bring your lunch.) Bring your questions or email them to 939booking@berklee.edu with the subject line "Q Brew Questions."

Admission: 
Free

The Inside of Out: Atonal and Polytonal Techniques for the 21st Century Guitarist

Friday / November 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This clinic will demonstrate the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales as well as improvisation and composition with the cycle of fifths/fourths and the mother chord on the guitar.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers,” Norman Zocher is a long-time Berklee College of Music guitar professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, commissioned by String Department faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall on tour with former Metropolitan Opera Concert Master Elmira Darvarova.

More information at normanzocher.com

Admission: 
Free

Pages