Clinics and Master Classes

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

Giorgia Renosto: Mastering Your Public Music Profile with Social Media

Monday / August 3, 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

Giorgia Renosto: Mastering Your Public Music Profile with Social Media

Monday / July 20, 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

Linear Reharmonizations with Dariusz Terefenko

Wednesday / November 18, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Dariusz Terefenko

Dariusz Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career studying jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he completed a Ph.D. in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes. Terefenko holds a unique joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Music Theory. His research explores the interaction between classical and jazz improvisation. His piano solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. His latest duo project, Crossing Paths, features alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. The album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions. In 2014, Terefenko published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at prestigious music universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

This presentation draws on Terefenko’s upcoming publication, Advanced Jazz Piano Harmony: A Linear Approach to Voicings, Voice Leading, and Chord Progressions (Advance Music), and discusses novel approaches to jazz harmony and jazz reharmonization.

Admission: 
Free

Dariusz Terefenko and Alexa Tarantino: Strategies for Duo Improvisation

Thursday / November 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko

Alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and pianist Dariusz Terefenko will present this practical session examining different strategies for duo improvisation, improvisational methods, performance practice, and musical interaction and communication. Participation from the audience is welcome. 

Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career studying jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he completed a Ph.D. in music theory (2004) with a dissertation on Keith Jarrett’s Transformation of Standard Tunes. Terefenko holds a unique joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media, and Music Theory. His research explores the interaction between classical and jazz improvisation. Terefenko’s piano solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. His latest duo project, Crossing Paths, features Tarantino, and the album explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century, post-tonal compositions. In 2014, Terefenko published Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at prestigious music universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, award-winning jazz saxophonist Tarantino is also a woodwind doubler, composer, and educator who is passionate about developing and expressing her voice as an improviser and inspiring others to do the same. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Tarantino/Terefenko, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet/Quintet. In 2015, she released her debut album, Crossing Paths, with Terefenko on her new label, Infinite Records. The duo can be found performing and presenting jazz workshops and clinics across the globe. In addition, Tarantino has performed at the Rockport Jazz Festival; the Kennedy Center; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and with Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, among many others. She is a popular guest clinician at colleges, high schools, and summer jazz programs including the Rockport Jazz Camp in Rockport, Massachusetts, of which she is founder and director.

Admission: 
Free

Nicolas Jaar Seminar Discussion

Tuesday / May 5, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.

MP&E Studio A
150 Mass Ave

Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Tuesday, May 5, he will be talking about the work he has been doing with these students and playing the projects they have developed. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us last week, and this week’s discussion should be just as interesting. We’ll meet in MPE Studio A in the 150 Mass Ave building, where we should have a much better listening environment.

Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Sean Jones

Monday / May 18, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Trumpeter Sean Jones is also an accomplished bandleader, educator, and composer. He will give a general master class covering a variety of topics ranging from brass pedagogy to the music business.

Admission: 
Free

A Conversation with Nicolas Jaar

Monday / April 27, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
William Davis Room
142 Massachusetts Avenue, Second Floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar has been an artist-in-residence, working with students in EPD for the last several weeks. On Monday, April 27 we’ll have a wide-ranging, informal discussion with him on his work, and music in general. Please make a plan to join us for this special event.

His work as an electronic musician is truly eclectic, ranging from NYC Boiler Room sets to collaborations with acoustic ensembles in European concert halls. Since his first release, Space is Only Noise in 2011, he has performed more than 100 international shows a year. Work with his band DARKSIDE received critical acclaim with the 2013 release Psychic, and they were one of the top live electronic acts in 2014 according to many polls and critics. Jaar’s recorded work includes remixes of work from Brian Eno to Cat Power. His record label, Other People, showcases the work of an international roster of artists

The New York Times has an interesting article posted here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/magazine/nicolas-jaar-tests-the-limits-of-dance-music.html?_r=0
 

Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

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