Clinics and Master Classes

Dawaun Parker: The Art of the Producer

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dawaun Parker

Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Berklee alumnus Dawaun Parker ’05 discusses the art of production in this master class, which will be followed by a performance with Phil Beaudreau at 7:30 p.m. this evening in David Friend Recital Hall.

Parker is an American record producer and artist. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, he got his start professionally as a staff songwriter and producer for Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label. Under the aegis of Dr. Dre, Parker has written and produced for Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Parker contributed several songs on Busta Rhymes’s #1 album, The Big Bang, and Jay-Z's return record, Kingdom Come. In 2009, Parker co-wrote the #1 Grammy Award-winning single, “Crack a Bottle” by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, and co-produced nearly every track on Eminem’s album Relapse, which also won the Best Rap Album Grammy. Parker earned his third Grammy again working with Eminem in 2010 on the album Recovery.

At the top of 2014, Parker executive-produced Ether, the debut project from Phil Beaudreau, the first and flagship artist on Parker’s imprint, High Renaissance. Most recently, Parker earned another Grammy nomination for being a producer on the Album of the Year-nominated good kid m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar.

Parker and Beaudreau’s first collaboration, “Lost,” garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who, after hearing it, flew Beaudreau and Parker to Eminem’s studio in Detroit to work on new music. Says Beaudreau, “I never expected there to be any real interest this soon in the game. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that a legend like Dre cares about my work.” Beaudreau draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, and Kanye West.

Read more about Parker here and explore Beaudreau’s music here.

Admission: 
Free

Synthophone Demonstration with Randy Felts

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Randy Felts will demonstrate the workings of the Synthophone (an all-digital MIDI saxophone), and explain the ways a sax player without previous experience can use this technology to extend their range as a performer.

The Synthophone can control sounds from any MIDI-capable device, including laptop/tablet computers, MIDI-capable keyboards, and rack-mounted synths. Randy will explain the connections and demonstrate a wide variety of applications, including the Synthophone’s unique built-in harmony features. Come and see your vision of the saxophone “explode.”

Admission: 
Free

REV: A New World in Reverse

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
outputsounds.com

REV is not a "reverse" button like the one on your DAW or sampler. It’s a world of sound design for producers, composers and musicians based on reverse elements. Packed into 4 powerful engines with over 14gb of content, REV includes complex synths, real instruments, multi-layered organic pads, loops, rises, pulses, swells, stutters and more. All sounds can be locked to tempo.  Check out more info at outputsounds.com.  Join Neil Hallimen, Output's Director of Product Design, for a look at this exciting new software. 

Admission: 
free

Reason CV: Mastering the Back of the Rack

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

One of the features of Reason that makes it unique among DAW’s is it’s incorporation of the concept of control voltage into a virtual production studio. Control voltage, commonly referred to as CV, is a method of controlling the different components or modules in a modular synthesizer. Pioneered by Robert MOOG and Donald Buchla in the 1960’s, CV in modular synthesizers allows for a near limitless array of sounds. Reason takes this idea one step farther, allowing virtual CV modulation of many devices that typically do not feature CV connections, such as effects units, mixers and drum machines.

 

This presentation will explore:

  • Brief history of control voltage.
  • Types of CV's (note, gate, modulation).
  • CV sources & routing.

 

Admission: 
free

Modal Improvisation Clinic with Ken Zuckerman and Amit Kavthekar

Monday / March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ken Zuckerman
Amit Kavthekar
Image courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, presents this master class and clinic, cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, LearnQuest Academy, and the Liberal Arts Department. Zuckerman has also been called "one of the world’s most eclectic masters of improvisation.” He is a longtime disciple of sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan and has given innumerable concerts throughout India, the United States, and Europe to glowing reviews. 

A professor of Indian music and Western Medieval lute at the Basel Conservatory and head of the Ali Akbar College of Music, both in Switzerland, Zuckerman teaches Western music of the Middle Ages and North Indian classical music. In this context, he has developed methods to teach modal improvisation. Based on traditional modes, he has created a path for students of several disciplines to approach the art of improvisation with confidence and inspiration. He has been at the vanguard of numerous cultural crossover projects, including the Grammy-nominated CD India Meets Persia with tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh.

Admission: 
Free

Fractal Limit Recital and Master Class: Viewpoints on the Art of Duo

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Fractal Limit is Tatiana Parra (voice) and Vardan Ovsepian (piano). The musicians united to explore further innovative territories in the art of duo. The character of the pair’s newly written and arranged works is underlined by a duality, balancing a contrapuntal complexity with lyricism. This 45-minute recital, where Tatiana and Vardan will present material from their first album (Lighthouse), will be followed by a clinic, during which the musicians will share their approach to creating, arranging, rehearsing, and performing. Participants will be encouraged to perform in a duo format and to engage in a conversation about the art of duo.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Calarco Drum Clinic

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drummer Dave Calarco has played with an impressive list of jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, and Joe Lovano. He has recorded and toured with the renowned baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola for over 25 years.

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Game Audio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Berklee student Chris Burgess of the Video Game Music Club for an introduction into game audio.  He'll discuss the skills needed to create audio for video games, roles in the industry, and tips for starting a career in game audio.  No sign up is necessary; 5 week students are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
free

Why Rhyme? A Lyric Workshop with Pat Pattison

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Pat Pattison, songwriting professor at Berklee, will discuss rhyme, lyric writing, and how to get the most out of your songs in this workshop.

As Pattison noted in an interview with Jonathan Feist, "Songs are made for ears, not eyes. Because people listen to songs, you learn to write for eyeless ears. Rhyme creates the ear’s roadmap through the lyric ideas..."

Come learn more at this event, which is hosted by the Berklee Center in LA and Village Studios.

RSVP here.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic with with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today. The topics covered in this clinic include: improvisation skills within the Latin jazz idiom; the most representative rhythmic patterns used in Latin jazz, such as rumba, cha-cha, Brazilian samba, and tango; solo analysis and solo transcription; melodic and rhythmic interpretation through listening and practice; and ensemble performance.

Admission: 
Free

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