Clinics and Master Classes

Melody Meets Rhythm: Sandip Chatterjee and Subhajyoti Guha

Friday / October 16, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sandip Chatterjee
Subhajyoti Guha

Sandip Chatterjee is a rich and accomplished santoor player. With his magical strokes over the strings, he makes his unique melodies speak. He has a dynamic approach to his performance style, creating an ineffable resonance that casts a magic spell. Chatterjee has performed and collaborated with many musicians across genres such as jazz, rock, contemporary, and fusion.

Subhajyoti Guha is a sought-after and internationally acclaimed tabla player, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has performed in several prestigious venues and has accompanied famous artists like Ustad Shahid Parvez and Pundit Vishwamohan Bhatt, to name a few.

Don't miss this master class with these two musicians, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, LearnQuest Academy, and the Liberal Arts Department.

Admission: 
Free

Indian Classical Dance Clinic and Performance

Friday / April 15, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall.

Rekha Menon, a professor in Berklee's Liberal Arts Department, presents a clinic on the performance of Indian classical dance featuring the Bharathanatyam/South Indian style of dance.

Admission: 
Free

Good Vibrations: Theremin Clinic and Contest Drawing

Thursday / June 25, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This month we are giving away a theremin to one lucky winner. One of the earliest electronic musical instruments, the theremin has inspired awe and wonder since its invention in 1920 by Léon Theremin, a genius, Russian scientist, and musician. Utilized by legions of trailblazing artists from classical pioneers to rock stars and film scorers, the theremin is an amazing instrument, and this is your chance to win your own fully functioning theremin. In addition to giving away an instrument at the event, we will have a theremin for you to play, with connected sound processors to recreate classic theremin sounds.

Haven't gotten your name into the drawing yet? There's still time! Visit our contest page for full contest details.

This event is cosponsored by the Learning Center and the Stan Getz Library.

Admission: 
Free

Randy Felts: New Sounds for Saxophone

Tuesday / August 4, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This clinic with Randy Felts, saxophonist and associate professor in the Harmony Department, will explore new sounds for the synthophone (electronic saxophone) using the DynaSample XPression music system, software woodwinds designed for Kontact music software, and the control of analog synth sounds from Omnisphere music software. The synthophone is a real alto saxophone that has been modified for use as a state-of-the-art wind controller. Learn how you can play trombone, cello, flutes, old-school synth sounds, or wild atmospheric sounds you've never heard before using your familiar saxophone technique.

Admission: 
Free

Music of the Sitar Featuring Renowned Artist Manju Mehta Accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on Tabla

Friday / March 25, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Vidushi Smt. Manju Mehta

This master class, part of Berklee's Women’s History Month celebrations, presents one of the leading female sitarists from India, Vidushi Smt. Manju Mehta. A senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, she hails from a very well-known family of musicians in Jaipur and combines beauty, creativity, and tradition to bring out the rasa of Indian classical music. With an amazing sense of melody, rhythmic control, and the sheer beauty of her improvisation, Mehta makes a lasting impression. She is known for her artistry and ability to breathe life into the raga form. She will be accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on tabla.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Faculty Development, and LearnQuest Academy. 

Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Mixing Techniques

Thursday / June 11, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

For the second part of our Guerrilla Production Techniques series, we will finish off our recording from last week’s Guerrilla Recording Techniques and create a final mixed production.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten

Wednesday / May 27, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Victor Wooten is back for a summer semester residency at Berklee. Bring your questions and your instruments to this event as there may be an opportunity to play. Also stop by May 28 at 1 p.m. in the same room for a chat with Steve Bailey, Bass Department chair.

Watch scenes from a previous Wooten summer bass workshop at Berklee:

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten: The Wooten Woodshed

Wednesday / May 27, 2015 / 10:30 a.m.

The Wooten Woodshed is an open and interactive lesson format. Any and all Berklee students are welcome to drop in with a musical question for Victor Wooten, and they can expect an assignment that will be evaluated by him during his next residence. The room is open to all, and questions will be taken in order of arrival. You may come and go according to your schedule. 

Watch Wooten, John Patitucci, Steve Bailey, and Victor Bailey perform "Double Bass Jam":

Admission: 
Free and open to Berklee students

Guerrilla Recording Techniques

Thursday / June 4, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In part one of this two-part Guerrilla Production Techniques series, you’ll get a crash course in do-it-yourself recording techniques using inexpensive gear. During the presentation, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of recording a live ensemble consisting of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Topics will include:
  • Gear overview: Microphones, audio interfaces, accessories
  • Techniques: Miking versus direct input, multitracking, stereo recording
  • How-to: Step-by-step setup, recording with your laptop

Admission: 
Free

Giorgia Renosto: Mastering Your Public Music Profile with Social Media

Monday / August 10, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Social media has helped musicians worldwide by connecting them with fans and the music industry. It has also given them considerable power over their own music, image, and brand. This workshop will equip students with the knowledge, perspective, and practical skills required to develop marketing strategies that leverage the opportunities inherent in social media and musician-to-fan social interaction to achieve business and marketing goals. The workshop's emphasis is on understanding fan interactions, the various social media channels available to musicians, how to build social media marketing strategies, and how to track those strategies' effectiveness. The workshop will be centered around three key points: teamwork, branding, and marketing through social media. 

Presenter Giorgia Renosto is an Italian vocalist born and raised in a musical family. Growing up with her grandfather, a clarinet player, exposed her to classical music, and formal training at Centro Jazz Torino introduced her to vocal jazz. Winner of the Giovani Proposte of the Italian contest Sanremo Giovani at age 17, she toured with award-winning a cappella group L'Una Cinque as well as with the Free Style Orchestra, the Jazz Big Band directed by maestro Diego Borotti, and the White Gospel Group. Renosto was twice awarded the World Scholarship Tour from Berklee and graduated with a degree in performance. She is currently one of the core members of Women of the World, which recently won the Harmony Sweepstakes national a cappella award and has toured nationally and internationally since 2008. She is also working on her own educational children's music project. 

Admission: 
Free

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