Clinics and Master Classes

Lisa Ornstein giving free lessons on December 5th

Monday / December 5, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Lisa Ornstein will be on campus (Monday December 5th) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Lisa Ornstein:

Lisa Ornstein’s masterful playing has inspired a generation of old-time and Quebecois musicians. She began playing fiddle in Ohio in her early teens and was invited by Mike Seeger to record an old-time album for Folkways when she was twenty and Oberlin Conservatory’s renegade fiddler. A musical friendship with the Beaudoin family of Vermont led her northwards. She spent twelve years in Quebec where she was a member of the province’s all-star traditional music band, La Bottine Souriante and visited with master fiddlers in kitchens and dance halls all over the province. She also squeezed in an M.A. in folklore and went on to direct an Acadian cultural heritage center at the U. of Maine in Fort Kent for seventeen years. She now lives on the west coast and tours regularly with André Marchand and Normand Miron in Le Bruit court dans la Ville (The Buzz around Town). Lisa is also a passionate and joyful teacher and has been on staff at many camps and festivals, including, Augusta Heritage, Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Swannanoa, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and Souches à oreilles. 

For more information about Lisa visit http://www.lisaornstein.com

 

Master Class with K.Flay

Wednesday / November 16, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Master Class with K.Flay
Join us for an intimate conversation with K.Flay, songwriter and Interscope Records recording artist.
 
Presented by Universal Music Group and Spotify.
Moderated by Bonnie Hayes, Chair of Songwriting.
 
On “Blood in the Cut” — the moody and magnetic lead single from her new EP Crush Me
— K.Flay turns emotional damage into unlikely transcendence. “It’s about inundating yourself with feelings of pain and angst, and how that can be its own form of power,” says Kristine Flaherty, the L.A.-based artist who made her debut as K.Flay with a series of releases in 2010. “The songs on the EP revolve around the idea of a person or a force seeking to crush you or hold you down, but there’s a defiant energy to them — like, ‘Yeah, go ahead and try.’”
 
The first signing to Night Street/Interscope Records (an imprint helmed by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds), K.Flay instills that energy into a batch of songs highlighting her seamless flow and head-turning lyricism. But while Crush Me builds off K.Flay’s hip-hop background, the EP also channels her punk sensibilities and DIY spirit into a lush but gritty sound rooted in live drums and guitar. “My live shows always had the spontaneity that comes from working with more organic instrumentation, and I wanted to make sure that was really reflected on this EP,” notes Flaherty, who’s previously toured with artists like Passion Pit, Icona Pop, Awolnation and Theophilus London.
Admission: 
Free

Norm Zocher: Techniques for the 21st Century Guitarist

Thursday / November 10, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Norm Zocher

A mainstay of modern jazz, fusion, progressive metal, and rock, this clinic will demonstrate the application of several tonal, polytonal, and atonal techniques, including the use of superchords, tetrachords, pentatonics, diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales, as well as improvisation and composition with the cycle of fifths/fourths, and more on the guitar for vamp grooves and II-V-I's.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making," as well as being one of "Boston's best composers" through his work with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music faculty member.

Admission: 
Free

The Art of the Trio

Thursday / November 17, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ron Savage

In a discussion led by Ron Savage, he, Sharik Hasan, and Alexander Toth will discuss the art of playing jazz in the piano trio setting. They will also discuss musical group and individual musical influences.

Admission: 
Free

The Art of Rhythm Section Accompaniment

Friday / November 18, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ron Savage

The Ron Savage Trio will perform with guest vibraphonist Cecilia Smith and other invited guests. After the performance, they will discuss various aspects and approaches to accompanying in the jazz genre.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic with Singer-Songwriter/Cellist Ben Sollee

Thursday / November 10, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ben Sollee

Join renowned singer-songwriter/cellist Ben Sollee for a session with Berklee cellists. Through coaching and demonstration, Sollee will share his expertise on playing, singing, writing, and arranging. Hear several of Berklee's cellists in full performance.

Admission: 
Free

Kelly Price: This Is Who I Am

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

Kelly Price is a double platinum R&B and Gospel recording artist, songwriter, producer, actress, and author who

has been nominated for seven Grammy awards.  Over the course of her remarkable career, Price has worked with countless luminaries across multiple musical genres, including Whitney Houston, Kanye West, Bonnie Raitt, Kim Burrell, the Isley Brothers, and Elton John.  

She has experienced highly publicized personal and professional challenges due to industry standards regarding body image, particularly for women artists.  During this clinic, Price will be joined by Leah Driscoll '03, Assistant Director of Health Promotion and chair of the Reach Out Initiative, to share her person

al journey toward self-acceptance and empowerment, and to discuss how aspiring artists can not only persevere and grow through adversity, but also positively affect the entertainment industry by challenging stereotypical standards of beauty and body-image norms.  Ms. Price will also present a brief performance, accompanied by Mark Copeland, Assistant Professor in the Ensemble department. 

This event is sponsored by Berklee's Reach Out Initiative.   For more information about the clinic, please contact Barbara Thomas and Leah Driscoll. 

Attendance at this event may be used towards the LiveWell/Health & Wellness program requirement for LHUM-100: Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry. 

Admission: 
FREE

CANCELED: Bruce Cox Drum Set Clinic

Thursday / February 9, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Bruce Cox
CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.

Berklee alumnus Bruce Cox will offer a drum set clinic and share his professional experience. Cox has been a drummer for Fred Wesley and the New JBs, Sonny Rollins, JJ Johnson, Stanley Turentine, Ravi Coltrane, and many others.

Cox is a powerful performer, skilled in teaching, composing and producing. He studied at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts as well as at Berklee. He has been performing since 1980, when he first toured with the prolific Intergalactic Sun Ra Arkestra.

Offstage, Cox fills his time teaching music theory and drumming to promising musicians. Cox has been a visiting professor at Long Island University, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and New York University, teaching alongside Nina D'Allesandro. He also shares his talents through music outreach programs sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, to school-aged children of the five NYC buroughs.

Cox has recorded his original compositions on two CDs: Stick To It in 1996 and Staus Cymbals in 2012. Cox, Peter Madsen, and Dwayne Dolphin, the rhythm section of Fred Wesley's band, formed the trio Three of a Kind. In his Brooklyn-based studio, Cox has also recorded, produced, and engineered CDs for James Zollar and Eric Lemon. Cox's skills are marked by his endorsements from Pearl, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Evans, and Audix Microphones.

The diversity of Cox's playing style keeps him in demand. 

Admission: 
Free

Declaring Performance Major as a Voice Principal

Thursday / November 17, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Maureen McMullan, Assistant Chair of the Voice Department, will lead an information session on how to declare Performance Major as a Voice Principal. Don't miss this opportunity to learn firsthand about the application process, audition requirements, and the interview component. The event will also include a Q&A session featuring members of the Berklee Voice Faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Expressive Electronic Performance with the LinnStrument

Thursday / November 10, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Expressive Electronic Performance with the LinnStrument
Roger Linn is arguably the most influential instrument designer of the past 35 years. His 1980 creation, the LM-1, was the first drum machine to use samples and swing. This drum machine helped define the sound of '80’s pop and it was adopted by Prince, who made it part of his signature sound during the decade. Michael Jackson also used it extensively on Thriller, and icons Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, the Cars, and Human League used it as well. Linn currently heads Roger Linn Design, and, in partnership with Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim, has designed the AdrenaLinn, LinnDrum II, and his latest creation, the LinnStrument. In 2011 he received a Grammy award for his immense contributions to the field of recorded music. 
Admission: 
Free

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