Clinics and Master Classes

Berklee Sabian Cymbal Clinic and Workshop featuring Jojo Mayer

Wednesday / February 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jojo Mayer, the son of bass player Vali Mayer, spent his early childhood on the road in Europe and the Far East. He received his first drum set at the age of 2, and made his first public performance in Hong Kong at 3. By 18 he had joined Monty Alexander's group touring major festivals in Europe, which led to gigs with Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone and introduced him to larger international jazz audiences.

Mayer moved to New York City in 1991. He built up a number of writing and production credits for his significant live and studio work. He also ran the popular Prohibited Beatz live electronica party in NYC from 1996 to 2001. Mayer is known for bringing together jazz, drum 'n' bass, jungle, and other influences. He is also famous for his ability to play the rhythms of programmed jungle drum 'n' bass music on acoustic drums, terming this technique "reverse engineering," a phrase borrowed from computing. He executes this approach using various methods such as the heel-toe bass drum technique, the Moeller stroke, and the pull-out or push-pull accent, which takes the beat on the rebound. These techniques allow him to play beats at astonishing speeds. His influences include Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, and Buddy Rich.

He played with the guitarist David Fiuczynski in the avant-garde pop rock band Screaming Headless Torsos and in the fusion jazz band Intergalactic Maiden Ballet. He also performed with such luminaries as Meshell Ndegeocello, Vernon Reid's Science Project, DJ Spooky, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wayne Krantz, Gerald Veasley, John Zorn, James Blood Ulmer, Chico Freeman, Dhafer Youssef, John Medeski, Hiram Bullock, Depart, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Mike Stern, and Wah Wah Watson. Mayer is a skilled clinician who continues to appear in numerous music festivals and sells out clinics all around the world.

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Green Touring with Reverb and Randy Bird

Wednesday / February 1, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Green Touring with Reverb and Randy Bird

It's great to hit the road with your music, but how can you reduce the environmental impact of touring?  

Randy Bird will discuss how students recycle vegetable oil from Berklee's cafeteria to fuel specially equipped vans for touring musicians.  

Josh Glasheen of Reverb will explain how his organization provides greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe.

See the library website or library facebook page for more information.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Cesar Orozco Clinic: Rhythmic and Harmonic Pattern in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cesar Orozco was born in Cuba in 1980. He began his musical studies at age 7 and graduated from the National School of Art (ENA) in Havana, Cuba, in 1998 with specialization in violin and music ensemble conducting. Soon after, he moved to Venezuela, by invitation of the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra, where he held the position of violinist for five years. 

Orozco has been working in Venezuela also as a pianist and arranger, collaborating in more than 40 recordings with national and international artists, such as Biella da Costa, Soledad Bravo, the Super Band Guaco, Andrés Briceño Band, Pablo Gil, Aquiles Baez, Pibo Márquez, Maria Teresa Chacín, Ilan Chester, Orlando Poleo, Cecilia Todd, Jorge Glem, Euro Zambrano, Diego "El Negro" Alvarez, and Huascar Barradas, among others. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Oscar de Leon, Eric Clapton, Caribbean Jazz Project, David Sanborn, and Chucho Valdés.

Currently, Cesar Orozco is the music director, pianist, arranger, and composer of the show Venezuela Viva, and award winner at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, considered the greatest arts festivals in the world. Venezuela Viva earned five stars from specialized reviewers throughout the United Kingdom. Orozco is an exclusive Yamaha artist in Venezuela.

In this clinic, Orozco will cover Venezuelan joropo and merengue and their applications to modern jazz and how to blend Cuban and Venezuelan genres in the same Latin jazz piece, achieving a coherent mix of all elements.

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Feliciano Arango: Cuban Bass Master

Wednesday / February 22, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Feliciano Arango discusses the role of the bass in Cuban jazz, salsa, and timba and his work with group Los Hermanos Arangos. 

Arango was born in the Guanabacoa section of Havana, Cuba where Yoruba, Abakua, and other African traditions are preserved in their most authentic form in the Americas. He was mentored by seminal Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez and attended Escuela Nacional de Arte, where he studied with the top musicians from around the island. Soon after graduating from ENA, Arango joined the group of legendary pianist/composer Emiliano Salvador, who was a leading figure in Cuban jazz through the 1990s. After extensive touring and recording with Salvador, Arango went on to be the founding bassist for N.G. La Banda, with whom he performed for the next 15 years. With N.G. La Banda, Arango developed a new style of Cuban dance music called timba. He was responsible for leading Cuban bassists in a new approach to playing salsa that greatly enhanced the melodic, percussive sound of the bass. Since leaving N.G. la Banda, Arango has been the top-call bassist for jazz, salsa, timba, and other forms of Cuban music.

Feliciano Arango now leads Los Hermanos Arangos, along with his two brothers, Eugenio and Ignacio, and sister, Cristina. The Arangos are the only Cuban band to use completely unaltered Afro-Cuban ritual voice/hand drumming as the basis for a modern repertoire that integrates electric bass, keyboards, and brass/winds (no drum set).

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German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso, German Schauss, will be presenting a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts. 

Schauss has written instructional articles, books, and online interactive video lessons for Alfred Publications (Shredding Bach, Total Shred Guitar, Shredding Paganini, Serious Shred, and Shredding Composers) and National Guitar Workshop’s WorkshopLive on Modern Rock Guitar Soloing.

He also writes and records music with his original band and tours with many nationally and internationally known artists. Schauss is signed to Steve Vai's Favored-Nations/ Digital-Nations label and is working on a new CD following his very successful The Lightspeeder release.

Additionally, he writes music for video games, commercials, and TV. He is also an author for a very popular monthly guitar column "Instant Shredding" in Germany's biggest guitar magazine Gitarre & Bass. The July 2008 Issue of Guitar World Magazine has listed him as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.

Visit Schauss's website for more information.

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Allan Harris: Get Your Groove On and Work All the Time

Thursday / February 2, 2012 / 9:30 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Award winning vocalist, Allan Harris, known as a singer's singer and "a protean talent" (New York Times) has not only cultivated a global fan following stretching several continents, but is also the new musical representative of Price Chopper BBQ commercials. Recently Harris became the spotlight artist on U2's The Edge's Music Rising site. Harris is also a three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, as well as a 2011 Bistro Award winner.

Harris's new CD, Open Up Your Mind, is his most compelling release to date. It marks the beginning of a new era for the man known as the singer's singer and gives him a chance to show off his deep songwriting talent and enormous guitar skills.  As a recent Jazz Times review stated "Harris examines more distinctive sentiments, such as the swirling, mysteriously exotic 'Shores of Istanbul' or the sinister, duplicitous 'Inner Fear,' the results are impressively fresh and invigorating."

Harris has also just released a new video to accompany the CD, "Can't Live My Life Without You." The effects are a dazzling display of live performance shots and famous locations in Manhattan.

"This music is something I've always wanted to record, going back to my roots as a guitar player. I put the guitar down for a while when I started focusing on singing jazz, but I've always missed playing. I grew up listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck but the music I was singing was going in a different direction. Then a few years ago I heard Dolly Parton singing a jazz standard, and it inspired me to break down my own musical barriers," says Harris.

Open Up Your Mind features nine original songs like "Hold You" (recently reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart), which pays tribute to the great R&B songs of Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass; "Can't Live My Life Without You," an upbeat jazzy tune in the vein of George Benson; "The Color of a Woman Is Blue"; and "Inner Fear," which shows off his unique slide guitar styling.

The title track "Open Up Your Mind" and "There She Goes" have a crossover edge that melds roots rhythms with contemporary jazz improvisation. "Autumn" is an original ballad about love changing like the seasons and Harris's upbeat and highly original rendition of the classic "Fly Me to the Moon" will surprise and delight all listeners. "Shores of Istanbul," and "I Do Believe," round out the highly anticipated release.    

Open Up Your Mind combines unique vocals with a contemporary jazz twist and accomplishes the ability to tell a story all at the same time.

 

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Berklee in Bogotá

Tuesday / January 31, 2012 / 9:00 a.m.
Teatro William Shakespeare
Av. 19 #152a -48.
Bogotá
DF
United States

Berklee College of Music makes its first official visit to Colombia! Join us for a full day of clinics and master classes.

Saxophonist Greg Badolato and bassist Oscar Stagnaro lead of day of clinics and master classes on a range of topics.  Dean of admissions Damien Bracken presents an information session about Berklee College of Music. The day will culminate in a jam session open for the clinic attendees.

10:00 a.m. The Art of Improvisation–Greg Badolato
11:30 a.m. The Rhythm Section–Oscar Stagnaro
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Preparing for Live Audition–Oscar Stagnaro and Greg Badolato
3:30 p.m. Information Session for Students and Alumni–Damien Bracken and William Herron
5:00 p.m. Jam Session

Special thanks to Alejandro Cajiao, EMMAT, the Colegio Anglo Colombiano, Hotel Cosmo 100, Fernando Sor School of Music, and the U.S. Embassy for sponsoring this event.

Admission: 
Free

Väsen: Acoustic Neo-Traditional Folk Music

Tuesday / February 21, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Väsen

Väsen is a Swedish folk music band composed of Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin. The duo started playing together as teenagers around 1980. During the early 1980s they would regularly visit Curt and Ivar Tallroth and Eric Sahlström, older musicians who lived nearby in the Uppland region, where they would play and learn traditional music from them. In this way they became a link in the living tradition that Swedish folk music has enjoyed through the centuries.

In 1989, at a music gathering in Røros, Norway, Johansson met Roger Tallroth and asked if he would like to try to jam on nyckelharpa and guitar for a bit. Tallroth declined, intent at that moment on taking a shower. Fortunately, the shower was occupied, so he returned with his guitar, and they played for the rest of the day and far into the night. Among the witnesses to this fateful jam session was Olle Paulsson, who thought it was the best music he had ever heard, and made a promise to start a record label if they were willing to be recorded for a CD (and thus Drone Music was born).

The following summer Johansson became world champion of both the modern chromatic and older historical nyckelharpas at the first-ever Nyckelharpa World Championships at Österbybruk, Sweden. The added momentum for the first CD recording, which was entitled Olov Johansson: Väsen. Väsen is a Swedish word with many meanings: spirit, noise, a living being, and essence among the most prominent. It was originally meant to just be an album title, but soon people were calling to book the band "Väsen" and the name stuck.

Initially some traditionalists (or something else, it wasn't many at all) in the Swedish folk music community showed some resistance to Väsen. While Johansson and Marin were playing fairly straightforward folk music duets, Tallroth's guitar definitely provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music. Yet it's exactly the guitar chordings and rhythms that also attracted an entirely new audience, and the band's popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation.

In 1994, with two more studio albums under their belt (Vilda Väsen on Drone and Essence on the French Auvidis/Ethnic label), Väsen were asked to participate on a project of Swedish rock musician Mats Wester called Nordman, which featured rock music and lyrics but with arrangements and playing by Väsen. The first Nordman CD was a huge hit in Sweden, and the band embarked on two tours and recorded a second Nordman CD, playing in front of audiences of up to 25,000 people. On the first Nordman tour they meet drummer André Ferrari and eventually experiment with a drums-and-bass version of Väsen. Ultimately, they settled on Ferrari playing hand percussion, and the band officially becomes a quartet in 1996.

In 1997 the quartet went into the studio and recorded Varldens Väsen (Whirled in North America). Tours of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, the United States and Canada followed, as did a Swedish Grammy and two appearances on the national radio program A Prairie Home Companion in the U.S. In 1999 the band released its sixth CD, Gront.

A widespread U.S. tour in September 2001 had to be scrapped after 9/11. Although the tour was rescheduled for 2002, Ferrari's reluctance to tour and economics forced the band to decide to come over as the original trio. Ever since, Väsen has toured the U.S. as a trio, playing concerts and festivals from coast to coast, including the prestigious Savannah Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Vancouver and Calgary folk festivals, and the Skirball Cultural Center, to name only a few.

 

Olov Johansson - nyckelharpa

In 1990, Johansson became the first world champion of the nyckelharpa. He began to play the nyckelharpa in 1980 as a 14-year old, and was named a "riksspelman" (master musician) in 1984. He has studied with the legendary Curt Tallroth and Erik Sahlström. He is regarded as one of Sweden's most prominent nyckelharpa players, and is an inspiration for numerous young performers on the instrument. He is teaching regularly at the Eric Sahlström Institutet.

Apart from his association with Väsen, Johansson has also played with groups such as Kronos Quartet, the Nyckelharpa Orchestra, as well as solo performances. He has also recorded and toured with the chart-topping Swedish rock group Nordman, and has played on the albums Early Music (with Kronos Quartet) and his solo project, Storsvarten (released on NorthSide).

Mikael Marin - viola

Mikael is a violist who isn't satisfied with merely playing "second fiddle." His influences are literally unlimited in their scope, and oscillate between Schöenberg and the Beatles. He became a national fiddler in 1983, and was chosen to play in a world orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein in 1989.

When not performing with Väsen, he composes, produces, and arranges music for artists such as Mikael Samuelsson, Nordman, and Kronos Quartet. He composed (together with Mats Wester) the opening music to the World Police and Fire Games in Stockholm, 1999.

Marin can be heard on several recordings, for example Nordman (with Nordman), Barfota (with Mikael Samuelsson), Ånon (with Ånon Egeland, released on NorthSide), and Flow my Tears (with The Forge Players).

Roger Tallroth - 12-string guitar

With his specially tuned guitar (A-D-A-D-A-D), Roger Tallroth has developed a distinctive sound of his own. In addition to the guitar, he plays the Swedish bouzouki and octave mandolin. He received his first guitar when he was 13. Since then, he has studied at Sjövik Folkhögskola and Örebro. He has about 50 followers throughout the world using his tuning, a number still growing. He has given numerous seminars around Europe and the US. Roger has performed together with Nordman, Annbjørg Lien, and the Gunnel Mauritzson Group, among other artists, and has also participated in several stage and theater productions.

Tallroth's discography includes Nordman (with Nordman), Felefeber, Prisme, Baba Yaga, and Aliens Alive (with Annbjørg Lien), Siluette and Raisu Äut (with the Gunnel Mauritzson Group), The Horse and the Crane by Ale Möller (on NorthSide), and Kat Kombat (Kombat). He also produced the self-titled début album of the group Draupner (on Caprice).

 

 

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Don Gorder Clinic: It's Your Business

Wednesday / December 9, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
SGAE Valencia
C/ Blanquerías, 6
46003 Valencia, Spain
United States

The music business has always been about moving music into the stream of commerce, and generating revenue from it. Historically, artists developed their fan base through touring and recordings, and their success was usually dependent on the backup of a record label that promoted and marketed the recordings and supported touring. Radio airplay and press coverage were essential to success, and the record labels were in control. 

In today's music industry, artists have options that allow them to take control of their careers, and avoid the dependency on the corporate backup. The internet has brought mechanisms and techniques for connecting with an audience; building a fan base;and generating income from touring, selling recordings and merchandise, securing endorsements and branding partnerships, and licensing songs. This is the new order of the music industry, and all the key players (artists, labels, promoters, marketers, managers, publishers, etc.) are adapting to it.

This clinic will explore the new order in depth. We'll examine the business models that are taking shape in corporate environments in contrast with the independent sector and the DIY (do-it-yourself) artist, and the online services that artists and intermediaries alike are using to build their careers and generate income. We'll teach you what every music professional must know about rights management and protection, contractual deal points, licensing sources and strategies, viral marketing techniques, business organizations, and the importance of social media. The clinic will provide music professionals in all categories with an understanding of how to mind their business and get on the track to success.

Don Gorder, chair and founder of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, is an educator, attorney, and musician. He holds advanced degrees in law and music (B.M. University of Nebraska, M.M. University of Miami, J.D. University of Denver), has authored numerous articles on the music industry, and has spoken at many national and international music industry events. He co-authored the course Legal Aspects of the Music Industry for Berkleemusic, Berklee's online school. As an attorney, he has represented clients in matters of copyright and contracts, and he remains active as a trumpet player in a variety of jazz and commercial settings. 

Admission: 
50€ for SGAE members and 60€ for non-members

Berklee College of Music Visits the School of the Arts - Singapore

Tuesday / February 7, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
School of the Arts - Singapore (SOTA)
1 Zubir Said Drive
Singapore
United States
227968

Berklee College of Music will present an afternoon of clinics and master classes at the School of the Arts - Singapore. The sessions will include:

  • How to Prepare for a Live Audition
  • Road Map for the Composer/Arranging
  • Ensemble and Rehearsal Techniques

The presenters will be professor of contemporary writing and production Kurt Biederwolf, director of international programs Jason Camelio, and assistant director of admissions Pearly Lee.

For more information, email enquiries@sota.edu.sg or call +65 6338 9663.

Admission: 
Free

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