Clinics and Master Classes

Berklee Really Eclectic Orchestra: Jam Session for High School String Players

Friday / December 9, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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1140 Boylston Street, room 2-E
Boston
MA
02215

Free from music stands and a traditional repertoire, the Berklee Really Eclectic Orchestra (BREO) is a high school ensemble for string players who long for a place to learn to improvise and play popular music together. Originally created during the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program and dubbed the Five-Week String Orchestra, BREO is now expanding to include year-round rehearsals and performances, and is presented by the Professional Performance Division in partnership with Berklee City Music®.

Develop your ear, play popular music, and learn to improvise with your friends. Enjoy two hours of jamming with other string players, faciliated by Mimi RabsonBerklee associate professor and violinist. No previous experience in improvisation is necessary. During BREO jam sessions, you will:

  • play contemporary music (chosen by you and your fellow students);
  • learn all music by ear and receive instruction in improvisation;
  • explore real-time strategies for arranging and composing; and
  • jam with fellow string players interested in playing popular music.

This event is open to high school string players in the greater Boston area. RSVP for a jam by sending an email to PerformanceDivision@berklee.edu with the subject line "RSVP for BREO Jam." Contact us at 617-747-6276 or email PerformanceDivision@berklee.edu for more information.

Note that this is a weekly event occurring each Friday through Friday, December 16, 2016.

Hear former BREO students in action: 

 

 

Admission: 
Free; RSVP information above

Ace The Proficiency Exam!

Friday / October 21, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

 Steven Kowalczyk Santoro, Associate Professor, Voice Department, will be leading a workshop aimed at student success in the Vocal Proficiency Exam.  Topics will include, preparation, choice of appropriate pieces for the required genres, stress management and owning your performances.  Don't leave your proficiency to fear and guesswork. Get the facts. Sing your best.    

Admission: 
Free

Music Transcends Gender, Race, and Politics: Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels

Friday / October 14, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Berklee’s Special Programs Department is pleased to invite you to the Darryl “DMC” McDaniels clinic. Hosted by John Kellogg, music business/management faculty, and moderated by Dom Jones and music director Swiss Chris, the clinic will discuss how music transcends the barriers of gender, race, and politics. McDaniels will share with the audience why he started rapping, his experience working with groups like Aerosmith, his writing process with Rev. Run, his new memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, and much more. For more information on Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, please visit his official websiteDJ Charlie Chan Soprano, from 24 Scientist/One Way Production will also attend the clinic.

Seven Steps to Prepare Your Music to Make Money

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

When preparing to turn your music into money, there needs to be a well-defined process for submitting music for licensing, advertising, film, and record release. There also needs to be a well-defined structure in order to collect revenues from these revenue streams. We will discuss the "whys" as well as the "how tos" of the process and structure in order to meet the demands of an industry that doesn't always have a direct path, but does have a variety of ways, to monetization.

Presenter Tony Carbone, assisatnt professor of music production and engineering, has been a faculty member at Berklee since 1987. He has written and produced records for a variety of indie and major labels, reaching the Billboard/Cashbox Top 20 Dance Charts five times. His songs have been licensed on various album compilations, films, radio drops, TV, and corporate themes. He is the owner of Ridgecrest Music, BMI and is currently an artist on Quark Records.

Admission: 
Free

Tony Trischka giving free lessons on October 13-14

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Tony Trischka will be on campus (Thursday-Friday October 13-14th) 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 Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument's top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes and cassettes.

With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's latest critically acclaimed release, Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith, Bruce Molsky, and twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions; tapping the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument.

For more information about Tony visit http://www.tonytrischka.com

 

Woody Mann giving free lessons on November 15-16

Tuesday / November 15, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Woody Mann will be on campus (Tueday-Wednesday November 15-16th) 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 Woody Mann

Woody Mann had his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform and record with blues legends Son House and Bukka White and contemporary finger style wizard John Fahey while studying at the Juilliard School and with jazz great Lennie Tristano. Since then Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career ranging from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, to accompanying songwriter Dori Previn, to giving guitar lessons to Paul Simon. He has recorded extensively, performed throughout the world, and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs.  Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the release of the “WoodyMann” signature model guitar. Recently he co-produced the feature documentary film “Harlem Street Singer”, the story of Reverend Gary Davis, and has released two CD’s based on the soundtrack of the movie. Woody is widely recognized as one of the leading teachers and authorities of traditional blues music and a renowned guitar master with his own contemporary improvisational style.

For more information about Woody visit http://woodymann.com

 

Bruce Molsky giving free lessons on October 10-11

Monday / October 10, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Bruce Molsky will be on campus (Monday-Tuesday October 10-11th) 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 Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions. That must feel odd for a former engineer from the Bronx, who didn't begin a music career until he was forty. But folded into those strange facts is the secret to his unique genius.

In addition to a prolific solo career, performing on fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, and Mozaik, with Hungarian Nikola Parov, and Celtic giant Donal Lunny. He was on Nickel Creek's farewell tour, and performs in a trio with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and Sweden's great Ale Moller.

For more information about Bruce visit http://www.brucemolsky.com

 

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines giving free lessons on October 6-7

Thursday / October 6, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will be on campus (Thursday-Friday October 6-7th) 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 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines:

Since 1992 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have been hailed as one of the world’s best country blues duos. They have recorded 6 albums together including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country (2000), and received numerous award nominations from the Blues Foundation. They have performed and recorded with John Sebastian, Susan Tedeschi, Pinetop Perkins and Rory Block. They have opened for Ray Chares, Dr. John, and Little Feat, and performed on international radio and TV shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien and A Prairie Home Companion. They continue to perform American roots music and their own compositions at festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world.

For more information about Paul & Annie visit http://www.paulandannie.com

 

Woody Mann giving free lessons on October 4-5

Tuesday / October 4, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Woody Mann will be on campus (Tuesday-Wednesday October 4-5th) 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 Woody Mann

Woody Mann had his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform and record with blues legends Son House and Bukka White and contemporary finger style wizard John Fahey while studying at the Juilliard School and with jazz great Lennie Tristano. Since then Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career ranging from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, to accompanying songwriter Dori Previn, to giving guitar lessons to Paul Simon. He has recorded extensively, performed throughout the world, and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs.  Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the release of the “WoodyMann” signature model guitar. Recently he co-produced the feature documentary film “Harlem Street Singer”, the story of Reverend Gary Davis, and has released two CD’s based on the soundtrack of the movie. Woody is widely recognized as one of the leading teachers and authorities of traditional blues music and a renowned guitar master with his own contemporary improvisational style.

For more information about Woody visit http://woodymann.com

 

ROLI: Next-Gen Keyboard Instruments

Friday / October 7, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
ROLI: Next-Gen Keyboard Instruments
Join us for a demo of the new, ground-breaking ROLI Seaboard led by Eren Başbuğ, ROLI product specialist.
 
The Seaboard, ROLI's award-winning musical instrument, revolutionized the piano keyboard by replacing white and black keys with a continuous, touch-responsive surface that combines the expressive capabilities of many instruments in one interface. For centuries, keyboardists have been forced to accept the velocity of their key strikes, marking the end of that note's expressive potential. With the Seaboard GRAND, however, this interaction is merely the beginning. Intuitive gestures such as presses, bends, and slides open new avenues to musical expression. On the soft silicone surface of the Seaboard RISE, you shape sound intuitively through touch. The RISE offers five dimensions of touch - strike, press, glide, slide, and lift - that open up an entirely new approach to expressing yourself on a keyboard.
 
Admission: 
Free

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