Clinics and Master Classes

Music Education Symposium: Debbie and Friends

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 11:15 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 11:15 a.m., Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends will speak with students and participants about her program and her approach to children's education and entertainment. This will be followed by a performance by Debbie and Friends.

Join us for a great session of music making and movement with Grammy-winning artists, Debbie and Friends. The show is ideal for ages 4-6, but appropriate and open to ages 0-8. We can accept registration for a maximum of 100 people. Please include adults and siblings in the registration numbers. This is a free event, open to participants beyond the KidsJam community, so feel free to invite your friends and family to join us!

Children's entertainer Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends uses original songs to tell stories that children know and love. With the recent release of her debut CD, Story Songs and Sing Alongs, Debbie has made a splash in the children and family music world. Debbie has been making music with kids for over 20 years. She has worked with some of the world's greatest icons in children's music entertainment and education throughout her music publishing tenure. These pillars of children's music include Shari Lewis, Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody, and Sesame Street–famed music teacher Bob McGrath. Their influence on her songwriting and her creative approach to sharing music with children is evident. Debbie studied music and music education at Berklee College of Music, where she is now
the dean of continuing education. She was a classroom music teacher for many years and brings that experience to every performance. Debbie and Friends has been performing in the greater Boston area for two years, and are starting to branch out regionally and will work towards national tours so that they can reach as many children and families through music as possible. The goal of Debbie and Friends is to help children and families connect through fun, positive interactive musical experiences.

For a sneak peek of Debbie and Friends, check out their website.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at bharman@berklee.edu or 617 747-2425.

Admission: 
Free

Music Education Symposium: Paul Reisler

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 9:00 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 9:00 a.m., Paul Reisler (KidPan Alley) will speak to students and participants about his approach to the compositional process with children. At 9:30 a.m., Reisler will work with a group of fourth-grade students on a composition project.

"If I Were Free" is a manifesto for living the musical, creative life. It's a 30-year journey for Paul Reisler as he explores the musical life—a life where you respond to what's going on around you in music. Through his own music as performer, writer, and recording artist and through his songwriting teaching for adults and children, he inspires others to explore that creative landscape.

He's created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders—combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism with the vitality of contemporary music. As the Washington Post says, his music "climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up to the Himalayas. Goose bumps are a risk."

He's got a voracious musical appetite. Known for his many years as founder and leader of Trapezoid for over 25 years, he's recently embarked on several new musical adventures: his new band, Paul Reisler and a Thousand Questions, featuring Howard Levy and Angela Kaset, and their new album At Night the Roses Tango; his Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project; and his duo with Amy Speace. He also continues perform with the interdisciplinary Ki Theatre and compose for film, theater, and orchestra.

He's passionate about inspiring other people to live the musical life. He's one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and he's also the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley.

Kid Pan Alley inspires children to be creators, not consumers. It all started with Reisler's brilliant yet obvious discovery: kids make the greatest cowriters, especially when you are writing songs for kids. He's now written more than 500 songs with more than 10,000 children throughout the country and has recorded several CDs of the songs, including a new one in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Imagine some of this country's finest songwriters working in a classroom overflowing with the raw creative imagination of children. Then record the songs with some of Nashville's best-known artists, including Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss, Raul Malo, Jonell Mosser, Tommy Sims, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and you've got Kid Pan Alley Nashville—one of the most amazing children's album ever made.

For more information about Paul and KidPan Alley, see their website.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at bharman@berklee.edu or 617 747-2425.

Admission: 
Free

Regina Carter Clinic

Wednesday / March 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Regina Cater presents A Modern String Player's Approach in the Industry: How to Play and Live Being a Productive Artist. She'll be speaking and playing. Students should bring their instruments.

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The Improvised Decima / Taller de la Decima improvisada

Wednesday / March 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

 

José Yeray Rodríguez, one of the most important troubadours/improvisers of Iberoamerica, presents a workshop.

Rodríguez is a professor of philology at Las Palmas University, Canary Islands, specializing in the art of the improvised décima. He is also the host of the Spanish television program, Tenderete of TVE and a lutist.

 

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Guitarist Steve Morse

Wednesday / March 28, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since the mid-1970s, Steve Morse's performances have transcended the stylistic boundaries of rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion. In addition to a thriving solo career, Morse has been a member of several renowned bands, including Deep Purple, the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, the Steve Morse Band, Angelfire, Living Loud, and Flying Colors. For further details, visit stevemorse.com.

Morse's reputation for uncompromising musical excellence and his wide ranging professional experience make him an ideal selection for this special major residency. His appearance is made possible by a directed contribution made to Berklee's Office of Institutional Advancement.

Sponsored by the Guitar Department, Professional Performance Division, and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

 

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Guitarist Steve Morse

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since the mid-1970s, Steve Morse's performances have transcended the stylistic boundaries of rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion. In addition to a thriving solo career, Morse has been a member of several renowned bands, including Deep Purple, the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, the Steve Morse Band, Angelfire, Living Loud, and Flying Colors. For further details, visit stevemorse.com.

Morse’s reputation for uncompromising musical excellence and his wide ranging professional experience make him an ideal selection for this special major residency. His appearance is made possible by a directed contribution made to Berklee’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

Sponsored by the Guitar Department, Professional Performance Division, and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan Master Class

Monday / March 26, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class presented by renowned sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, one of the leading champions of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition from India.

Shahid Parvez Khan is known for his virtuosity and innovative genius. He is considered one of the finest sitar players alive today. Trained by his father and guru Ustad Aziz Khan, he is a seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana. Shahid Parvez Khan's global reputation as an awe-inspiring performer is complemented by another rare gift—his ability to spread his music as a dedicated and loving guru.He sums up his mastery of this most intricate art form with a profoundly simple philosophy: "Music is my life." He is accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on Tabla

Sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development, the Office of Cultural Diversity, the Liberal Arts Department, and co-sponsored by Learn Quest Academy of Music

 

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Edmar Castaneda Clinic

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 10:30 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Edmar Castenada will discuss rhythms he plays and his approach to using the harp in new and exciting ways in a jazz ensemble.

Castenada was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, he has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp—revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the "unusual" category. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Castenada has been characterized as "almost a world unto himself" (New York Times). The legendary Paquito D'Rivera, Castenada's frequent collaborator, has remarked, "Edmar is . . . an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple."

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Kendrick Scott Clinic

Friday / March 9, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow, on which he contributed original compositions and orchestrations. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist. 

Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012.  This album blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, and is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and leader.  Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.

Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play, which makes his playing consistently ring true as it springs forth from an egoless, honest place. These deep roots enable Scott to be present and in the moment, bringing to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.

He is recognized as an endorser by Yamaha Corporation, Remo, Vater, Puresound, Zildjian, Protechtor, Craviotto Snare Drums, and Danmar Percussion.

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Gilson Schachnik Clinic

Thursday / March 15, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A look into the piano as part of the rhythm section in Brazilian music and how to integrate percussion instruments such as repinique and surdo as a concept for piano accompaniment. Gilson Schachnik will analyze and listen to examples of piano trios of the '50s and '60s, such as Dom Salvador, Milton Banana, and Cesar Mariano. Featuring Oscar Stagnaaro on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

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