Clinics and Master Classes

The Harmonic and Linear Palette of Upper Structure Triads

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Suzanna Sifter, a composer and performer as well as a professor in the Piano Department, has released the second edition of her book, Berklee Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads. She will discuss and demonstrate how to use upper structure triads for expressive comping, harmonising melodies, and improvising. The accompanying band features Allan Chase on saxophone, Barry Smith on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class with Orion Morales

Tuesday / September 15, 2015 / 1:15 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The versatile jazz/folk pianist Orion Morales will offer a brief but broad introduction to different styles of Chilean folk music, including explanations of the variations of Chilean instruments and traditional rhythms. He has worked very closely with Danilo Pérez, the artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and is the leader of Los Lautarinos, a band that incorporates a wide influence of Chilean folk music into jazz music. In 2011, this band was awarded best musical piece of the year for their composition "Decentes en Tiempos Indecentes" by the Department of Culture from the government of Chile.

In addition to the master class, with the assistance of some students Morales is also going to perform arrangements with roots in Chilean folk music.

Admission: 
Free

Crissy Collins Master Clinic

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer Crissy Collins will perform a master clinic with a very special rhythm section and talk about the current state of the music industry as a touring musician.

Collins has had the opportunity to sing background for legendary gospel and R&B artists like Luther Vandross, Kelly Price, Glenn Jones, Lil G of Silk, and Dorothy Norwood. She has toured with Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail as the incarcerated Chico, and this role led to her becoming well known for singing "Yes, Jesus Loves Me, Even Me." She also played a small role in the box office hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Lions Gate Films), for which she also sang on the soundtrack, and Madea's Family Reunion.Since 2008, Collins has toured the globe singing background for Beyoncé Knowles, accompanying her on four world tours. She released her debut album, Faith in Progress, in March of 2007.

Admission: 
Free

Songwriting Clinic with John Oates

Thursday / April 7, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sean Hagon (Chair of Professional Music) and Suzanne Hanser (Chair of Music Therapy), host. John will share his inspiration and demonstrate the process on how he approaches his craft, followed by a Q&A.

 

This clinic features John Oates, the visiting artist appointed through the Herb Alpert Visiting Professor Program. The program was established through the support of the Herb Alpert Foundation, the philanthropic organization launched by A&M Records cofounder and seven-time Grammy-winning recording artist Herb Alpert.

Admission: 
Free

John Oates -- Herb Alpert Artist

Wednesday / April 6, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Boston Managers Group and Berklee's Music Law & Management Club Present: Adapt or Perish with John Oates (Hall & Oates) and Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic) on Direct-to-Fan Marketing. moderated by Don Gorder (Chair, Music Business/Management) and Ralph Jaccodine (Faculty, Music Business/Management).
 

This clinic features John Oates, the visiting artist appointed through the Herb Alpert Visiting Professor Program. The program was established through the support of the Herb Alpert Foundation, the philanthropic organization launched by A&M Records cofounder and seven-time Grammy-winning recording artist Herb Alpert.

Admission: 
Free

Master Clinic and Luncheon with Beyonce's Crissy Collins

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for an oppotunity to meet artist in residence, Crissy Collins, during her Master Clinic and Berklee GEMS (Gender Equity in Music and Society) Luncheon. Crissy has done four world tours with Beyonce, has toured on Broadway with Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail in addition to big screen appearances and much more.

Master Clinic
Weds. August 5, 1:00 – 3:00pm
David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St.

Berklee GEMS (Gender Equity in Music & Society) Luncheon
Thurs. Aug. 6, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Loft, 921 Boylston St.
Join us for lunch and discussion as we share our experiences as women in the music industry. Moderated by Chief Alumni Officer, Karen Bell.

 
Crissy Collins was born in Niagara Falls, NY and introduced to the world at the tender age of four by way of a Jerry Lewis Telethon performance, singing a heartfelt rendition of Jesus Loves the Little Children. She has lent her expertise as a vocal trainer, choir leader, and music director with churches in Atlanta and across the country.
 
Collins has appeared on numerous gospel television shows, festivals, workshops, seminars and stages with the likes of Edwin Hawkins, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Mary Mary, Shirley Murdock and many other national recording artists.
 
She toured with Tyler Perry's star play Madea Goes to Jail. Her show stopping rendition of Yes, Jesus Love Me led to big screen opportunities including Tyler Perry movies: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Daddy's Little Girls, and The Family That Preys.
 
Since 2008, Crissy has toured the globe singing background for internationally known singer, Beyoncé. She has accompanied Beyoncé on four world tours and performed with many secular artists such as Luther Vandross, Kelly Price, Glenn Jones, Little G of Silk, Monica and Gloria Gainer to name a few.
 
 
Crissy Collins Master Clinic and Berklee GEMS Luncheon flyer
Crissy Collins Master Clinic and Berklee GEMS Luncheon flyer
Image Credit: 
Flyer by Pepe Portilla

 

 

 
 
Admission: 
Free

Tools and Techniques of the Modern DJ

Thursday / July 30, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Is it true that with today's technology anyone can be a DJ? With the rise of celebrity DJs, it seems that anyone willing to buy the gear can become a DJ. While technology simplifies many tasks, with more options today than ever, how do we know things aren't actually becoming more complicated? Join us for a discussion about modern DJ tools and techniques including controllers, DJ software, file formats, and various DJ approaches for different venues and events.

Admission: 
Free

The Art of Extemporaneous Composition

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Daryl Lowery
Daryl Lowery

Daryl Lowery, a professor in the Ear Training Department and tenor saxophonist, is joined by fellow Berklee faculty Mark Walker on drums, Dave Clark on bass, and Gilson Shacknik on piano to perform new original music from the quartet's upcoming release, For Those Who Wait. They will also play selections from Unity of One, and the performance will be followed by a discussion of the creative process involved in each composition and the unique approaches to writing music based in the art of improvisation.

A Berklee faculty member since 1987, Lowery was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. After coming to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory, he has recorded and performed with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake, and Boston’s funk legend Ellis Hall. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band for the past fourteen years and is featured on his latest releases, Black Coffee and White Chocolate. Lowery's group, Instant!Groove, released its highly successful first recording in 2004, of which Jazziz magazine wrote “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz'….The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos....” The band's 2013 release, Let It Go, features Ra-Kalam Bob Moses on drums and the late T Lavitz on B3.

Admission: 
Free

GoPro: The Essential Tool in the Musician's Arsenal to Capture, Edit, Share

Tuesday / July 21, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Dubbing Stage
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

Q: What do the Foo Fighters and festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, EDC, and SXSW all have in common?

A: They all use GoPro cameras to capture their performances.

In 2015, a strong media presence is essential for the success of the modern musician. High-quality video is an indispensible part of that process. GoPro principals Neil Dana (director of music marketing), Jaymo Jamieson (global education and training manager), and Gabe Noguez (music media manager) will discuss how to integrate GoPro as a critical and essential tool in the modern musician's arsenal. The team will address ways to enable artists to easily capture, edit, and share their most passionate and meaningful musical experiences to the wider audience. Workflow, video, and philosophy will be demonstrated. Please join us for this unique event.

Admission: 
Free

German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist (or, How to Get More Notes out of Your Guitar)

Tuesday / July 28, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss will be presenting a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts. German Schauss is a guitarist, composer, author, and educator. He performs and tours as the leader of his own band and with other internationally known artists. Schauss writes music for commercials, TV, and video games, and has been named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. The author of best selling books and videos like Shredding Guitar Workout, Shredding Bach, Shredding Paganini, Shredding the Composers, Serious Shred, and The Total Shred Guitarist, he also writes the popular monthly column “Instant Shredding” for Germany’s biggest guitar magazine, Gitarre & Bass. Please visit his website for more information.

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