Clinics and Master Classes

Percussion Days: Polyrhythmic Possibilities for the Drum Set

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Henrique De Almeida

Using original compositions for the drums, Henrique De Almeida, a drum set artist and associate professor in the Percussion Department, takes students on a musical journey that covers areas such as polyrhythms, the Moeller technique, jazz coordination, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and jazz fusion double bass. The presentation will focus on the benefits and usage of odd groupings to generate polyrhythmic possibilities on the drum set. De Almeida will also demonstrate many other aspects of his well-known teaching concepts such as soloing concepts, performing creative musical exercises and etudes that incorporate technique, exploring musical forms, balancing reading and improvisation, and many others that directly relate to live performance. Don’t miss this fun educational and inspirational clinic and performance that's part of Berklee's Percussion Days events.

Admission: 
Free

ASCAP Day at Berklee Featuring Wendy & Lisa

Thursday / April 7, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come join in a conversation with Emmy and ASCAP Award-winning music duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, in which they will discuss their career path including touring with Prince, producing their own albums, and scoring for film and television.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Wendy and Lisa

Moderated by Susan Rogers

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are an Emmy Award-winning musical composing duo based in Los Angeles. They both started their careers in one of the most successful rock bands of the 80s, Prince & the Revolution. They continued to work as a duo and released five original albums as well as pursuing a career path in scoring feature films and television. Since 1995’s box office hit Dangerous Minds, Wendy & Lisa have set a successful track record scoring films such as Soul Food, Something New, television series’ “Crossing Jordan,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy” and the Emmy-nominated NBC series “Heroes.” The duo has won numerous ASCAP Awards for Top TV Series and Top Box Office Films and a 2006 Black Reel Award for Best Original Score for “Something New.” Apart from their composing career, Wendy and Lisa are often sought out for their song writing skills and have collaborated on albums with Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Neil Finn, Seal and Grace Jones to name a few.

 

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ASCAP Workshop

ASCAP representatives Seth Saltzman (Senior VP, ASCAP Global Customer Services) and Rachel Perkins (Associate Director, ASCAP TV and Film Music) will answer student questions about Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) such as ASCAP, and how they can help a musician’s career and provide royalties for the performance of their music.

 

 

 

Co-sponsored by the ASCAP Foundation

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED - "The Life of an LGBTQ Artist in the Music Industry" featuring Big Freedia

Wednesday / April 6, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Admission: 
FREE

Workshop: Funding and You

Friday / April 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

What is the role of grant writing in the life of a jazz composer, and what are the funding cycles and process? Find out at this workshop with Chamber Music America and composer Andy Milne.

Admission: 
Free

Bass Clinic with Daniel Toledo

Thursday / March 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Daniel Toledo

This workshop with Ecuadorian bassist and composer Daniel Toledo will focus on the role of the bass in a piano trio setting and on composing from the bass perspective. Toledo graduated from Berklee in 2014 with a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance. He became a part of the College of Music at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he did most of his training, at an early age, and now he’s a full-time professor there, teaching bass and ensembles.

Winner of the 2010 Jazz Envoys, he has played at the Kennedy Center and has been active working with the U.S. Embassy and the Department of State. He has performed with artists such as Victor Mendoza, Perico Sambeat, Ted Lo, and Polo Ortí, among others, and has played in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. In the last few years, he has also presented workshops in countries like Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador. Toledo's debut album, Elapse, with Piotr Orzechowski and Joshua Wheatley, was released in October of 2014 to high acclaim in different countries in South America and Europe.

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Latin Rhythm and Jazz: Compositional Perspectives

Tuesday / April 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Virtuosic composer and congero Samuel Torres, Grammy Award–winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Guggenheim fellowship recipient and brilliant pianist Billy Childs, and big band innovator Darcy James Argue discuss the significance of Afro-Latin rhythms in their creative process. This panel will address the question of who some of the most important rising composers in this idiom are today, and what is on the horizon.

Admission: 
Free

Banjuka: African Dance Workshop

Tuesday / March 22, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Come watch, learn, and experience African dance! This fun and interactive workshop will be led by two students here on the Berklee campus.

This event is part of Culture Shock Week. View the full schedule here.

Admission: 
Free

Roberto Koch: Afro-Venezuelan Music Clinic

Monday / March 28, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Roberto Koch

A highly regarded Venezuelan bassist, producer, and pedagogue, the Latin Grammy nominee Roberto Koch talks about Afro-Venezuelan music genres and demonstrates how to incorporate these grooves in standard compositions that are not related to this tradition. Genres covered will include those such as parranda, fulía barloventeña, san millán, patanemo, sangueos from the Carabobo and Aragua states, gaita de tambora, and calipso, among others. Musicians Fran Vielma (percussion) and Carlos Capacho (Venezuelan cuatro) will appear with Koch. Composers, arrangers, and any kind of instrumentalist are welcome. 

Koch appears on more than 50 recordings with renowned Venezuelan artists such as Pablo Gil, Gerry Weil, Leo Blanco, Pedro Eustache, and Andrés Briceño, among many others. He has also worked with international artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Steve Khan, and Wolfgang Muthspiel, among others. Koch is a master's degree candidate in jazz pedagogy at Jazz Campus in Basel, Switzerland. He is currently part of Ensemble Venezuela, led by the pianist Edward Simon, and also part of Fran Vielma’s Venezuelan Jazz Collective. 

This event is produced by Fran Vielma, Oscar Stagnaro, and Berklee's Latin Music Studies. 

Admission: 
Free

Culture Shock: Indian Dance Workshop

Thursday / March 24, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
31 Hemenway Room T401

Shreya Navile is a professional Indian classical dancer who performs the style of Bharathanatyam. She started learning from her mother, Deepti mukund, and debuted in Bangalore, India at the age of 13. Ever since then she has toured India during the winter season as a solo performer. At the age of 14 she started her own Bollywood dance company called RaagaDC which proceeded to perform at prestigious venues like The Kennedy Center, National Cherryblossom Festival and The Wolftrap.

Bharathanatyam is an ancient art form originated from southern India. It is a story telling art form usually used as a method of worship in the Hindu religion. The use of rhythmic body movements as well as specific facial expressions helps tell the mythological stories in the dance pieces.

This event is part of Culture Shock Week. View the full schedule here.

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Admission: 
Free

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Friday / April 15, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten, the Grammy Award–winning performance scholar in residence, and Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department, explore musicianship and the art and science of jamming in this clinic. When approached as a language, all the elements of music—including dynamics, space, harmony, and formresult in live, through-composed jams that could be transformational to one’s musical awareness. Bring your axes.

Admission: 
Free

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