Clinics and Master Classes

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

Ken Perlman Clinic

Wednesday / February 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Perhaps the best-known exponent of the "melodic" clawhammer style, Ken Perlman is known whereever banjos are played as an expert teacher of clawhammer mechanics. He has been a Banjo Newsletter columnist for over 25 years and has written several books on clawhammer instruction, including the well-known works Melodic Clawhammer Banjo and Clawhammer Style Banjo. He has also recorded several audio and video banjo instruction series. He directs (and teaches at) three banjo camps of his own—American Banjo Camp, Midwest Banjo Camp, and Suwannee Banjo Camp—and he has taught at many other music instruction camps, including Banjo Camp North, Bath Banjo Festival, Breaking up Winter, the Celtic College, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Maryland Banjo Academy, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Common Ground on the Hill, and Tennessee Banjo Institute. Also an independent folklorist, Perlman spent over two decades collecting tunes and oral histories from traditional fiddle players on Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. He has published a collection called The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island and is now at work on a website devoted to PEI traditional fiddle music, sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Perlman's most recent recordings include Southern Summits (with Alan Jabbour) and Northern Banjo; his most recent book is Everything You Wanted to Know about Clawhammer Banjo. For more information, visit kenperlman.com.

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Maggie Scott Clinic

Thursday / December 8, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A clinic with faculty vocalist Maggie Scott with guest artists Antonia Bennett, Lalah Hathaway, Robin McKelle, Esperanza Spalding, and Nadia Washington.

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Music Business Clinic: Focus on Songwriting

Monday / December 5, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

At this clinic, a panel of industry professionals (Eric Beall, music publisher; Cliff Jones, A&R; Paul Kolderie, producer) will talk about the music business and answer any questions. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to get close to people who are otherwise very hard to reach!

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Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck Clinic

Friday / November 18, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

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 is not only considered among the very best pickers, he is also one of the instrument's top teachers, and has created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes, and cassettes.

 

A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka's interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and the MTA" in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through 1971. That year, Trischka made his recording debut on 15 Bluegrass Instrumentals with the band Country Cooking; at the same time, he was also a member of Country Granola. In 1973, he began a two-year stint with Breakfast Special. Between 1974 and 1975, he recorded two solo albums, Bluegrass Light and Heartlands. After one more solo album in 1976, Banjoland, he went on to become musical leader for the Broadway show The Robber Bridegroom. Trischka toured with the show in 1978, the year he also played with the Monroe Doctrine.

 Beginning in 1978, he also played with artists such as Peter Rowan, Richard Greene, and Stacy Phillips. In the early 1980s, he began recording with his new group, Skyline, which recorded its first album in 1983. Subsequent albums included Robot Plane Flies over Arkansas (solo, 1983), Stranded in the Moonlight (with Skyline, 1984), and Hill Country (solo, 1985). In 1984, he performed in his first feature film, Foxfire. Three years later, he worked on the soundtrack for Driving Miss Daisy. Trischka produced the Belgian group Gold Rush's No More Angels in 1988. The following year, Skyline recorded its final album, Fire of Grace. Trischka also recorded the theme song for Books on the Air, a popular National Public Radio show, and continued his affiliation with the network by appearing on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, From Our Front Porch, and other radio shows. Trischka's solo recordings include 1993's World Turning, 1995's Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection and 1999's Bend. New Deal followed in 2003. The new studio album was a bluesy adaptation of bluegrass standards that featured, among other things, a vocal cameo by Loudon Wainwright. 

Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featuring an appearance by comedian Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, and many other luminaries, came out four years later. For this recording he went back to bluegrass and reinvigorated the double banjo tradition of that style along the way and brought along some fine companions.

In October 2007, Trischka was given an International Bluegrass Music Association award for Banjo Player of the Year 2007. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year and a Grammy Nomination.

 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. 

Throughout his upcoming tours, he will be presenting his solo works from Territory and will continue to present an "astonishing" (Boston Herald) group of musicians to perform his Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular.

Tony Trischka has plated with: The Boston Pops Orchestra, 
Barry Bostwick,* 
Sam Bush,* 
David Bromberg, 
William S. Burroughs,* 
Buddy Cage,* 
Larry Campbell,* 
Keith Carradine,
 Vassar Clements,* 
Ornette Coleman, 
John Denver,* 
Hazel Dickens,* 
Jerry Douglas,* 
Bill Evans (saxophonist with Miles Davis),* 
Bela Fleck,* 
the Flecktones
, John Goodman, 
Richard Greene,* 
Merv Griffin Orchestra, 
Nancy Griffith, 
David Grisman,* 
Thomas Hampson,* 
John Hartford, 
Levon Helm, 
Chris Hillman, 
Garth Hudson, 
Ferlin Huskey, 
David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter),* 
Jorma Kaukonen
, Jeannie Kendall, 
Alison Krauss,* 
Malachy McCourt, 
Roger McGuinn, 
Steve Martin,* 
John Medeski, 
Natalie Merchant,* 
Edgar Meyer, 
Jane Monheit, 
Bill Monroe, 
National Radio Orchestra of Korea, 
Mark O'Connor,*
 Odetta, 
Charles Osgood,* 
Van Dyke Parks,* 
Tom Paxton, 
Robert Randolph, 
the Roche Sisters,* 
Peter Rowan,* 
Earl Scruggs,* 
Mike Seeger,* 
Pete Seeger,* 
Ricky Skaggs
, Phoebe Snow, 
Bruce Springsteen, 
Ralph Stanley,* 
Tanya Tucker, 
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason,* 
Violent Femmes,* 
Loudon Wainwright,* 
Doc Watson, 
Waverly Consort,* 
the Whites,* 
Wichita Percussion Ensemble, and 
Tom Wopat.

*denotes recordings

Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt and Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight-ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea's "Spain." In 1982, Fleck joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, making a name for himself on countless solo and ensemble projects ever since as a virtuoso instrumentalist. In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself.

Throw Down Your Heart, the third volume in Fleck's renowned Tales From the Acoustic Planet series, is his most ambitious project to date. In on-location collaborations with musicians from Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, South Africa, and Madagascar, Fleck explores the African origins of the banjo, the prototype of which was brought to American shores by African slaves. Throw Down Your Heart is a companion to the award-winning film of the same name, which Fleck and director Sascha Paladino are currently premiering at festivals nationwide. Transcending barriers of language and culture, Fleck finds common ground with musicians ranging from local villagers to international superstars such as the Malian diva Oumou Sangare to create some of the most meaningful music of his career. The music on the album is as adventurous and varied as anything we've come to expect from Fleck, ranging from the tradition-based opening track, performed with a group of Kenyan women singers, to the exquisite title track, performed with the Haruna Samake Trio and Bassekou Kouate from Mali.

While many of these recordings were made in the field, in Uganda, Tanzania, the Gambia, and Mali, the album is beautifully recorded. The lasting impression is that Béla Fleck has revealed many subtle facets of African music, from the fully modern to the deeply traditional. It is some of the most exciting and beautiful music he's ever made.

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JD Allen Trio

Wednesday / November 9, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument-the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art-has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

Admission: 
Free

Kathak Dance of India

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class presented by renowned master of traditional kathak dance Pandit Chitresh Das. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department.
Pandit Chitresh Das, an amazing, great dancer, master, a virtuoso performer of the Kathak tradition, a classcal dance form of North India. A prolific artist, his performance, choreography and evolution of Kathak has influenced the art form world-wide. Once a child prodigy, Pandit Chitresh Das has become one of the most dynamic and far-reaching artists to have emerged from modern India. Based on his concept of‚ innovation within tradition, Pandit Das explores the boundaries of Kathak technique and performance, creating compelling, new works and techniques that are inventive, yet deeply rooted in the Kathak tradition. Pandit Das has also received numerous awards and grants from Olympic Arts Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, California Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Fellowships in Dance, among others. His own school, Chhandam, founded in 1980, now has branches in California, Boston, Toronto, Metro DC Area, Denver, Tokyo, Japan and Kolkata and Coimbatore in India. The California school is the largest Indian classical dance school in North America.

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Christian Scott Clinic

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Edison Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Christian Scott is widely considered to be one of the leading jazz artists of his generation. Raised in New Orleans, Scott toured from his early teens in the band of his uncle, saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. '81. After graduation from Berklee in 2006, where he completed two degrees in just two years, Scott signed with Concord Records.

His first effort for the label, Rewind That, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Three subsequent releases for Concord have each garnered critical acclaim, including 2010's Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, recorded at the legendary Van Gelder Studio.

Scott will be joined by his working band, Matthew Stevens '04 (guitar), Lawrence Fields '08 (piano), Kris Funn (bass), and Jamire Williams (drums). The group has played the Monterey and Newport jazz festivals and many of the other major jazz concert venues in the U.S. and Europe. 

In the afternoon clinic, Scott and the band will perform and discuss comping, dynamics, and group sound. They will also compare and contrast the very different experiences of recording Yesterday You Said Tomorrow and their upcoming release for Concord.

Scott and the band are on campus to perform the inaugural broadcast of The Checkout - Live at Berklee. They'll be heard live on November 17 at 8:00 p.m. in New York on WBGO-FM and webcast live on NPRmusic.org and checkoutjazz.org.

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Paulo Stagnaro Marco Lopez Percussion Clinic

Tuesday / November 15, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Latin Music and Culture Celebration presents a Paulo Stagnaro and Marco Lopez percussion clinic.

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The Three Cohens

Thursday / November 10, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The best jazz groups are made up of kindred spirits, but the rare family band has something more-an intuitive feel for each other that goes beyond words and gestures to a kind of bred-in-the-bone telepathy. The Three Cohens are that sort of uncommon collective, a trio of siblings from Tel Aviv, Israel-tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, and soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen-whose sense of improvisational interplay is both uncannily fluent and wonderfully, infectiously warm. Along with performing on stages the world over, the Three Cohens have three studio albums to their credit: One (2004), Braid (2007), and Family (October 11, 2011, Anzic Records). Like the widely praised Braid, Family was recorded in Brooklyn, and the disc features the three Israeli horn players in league with a swinging New York rhythm section: pianist Aaron Goldberg, double-bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Family underscores the fact that even with the individual careers each of the Cohens pursue to increasing international success, there is something special about the music the three make together. 

Yuval, Anat, and Avishai Cohen grew up in Tel Aviv under the same roof and in the same schools, with the common environment helping to shape close musical tastes, approaches, and ideas. The three attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory, their backgrounds including some symphonic orchestral playing. But it was jazz that soon captured their imaginations. Through the World Scholarship Tour, each of the Cohens received the means to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where they expanded their musical horizons. Post-graduation, the trio formed a sextet and performed their original music at the Lodz Jazz Festival in Poland. This was the seed of One, their debut album as the Three Cohens, recorded in 2003. Since then, the sextet has ranged from acclaimed appearances at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Caesarea Jazz Party, and Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel to performances at the Tudo é Jazz Festival in Brazil and the JVC and Portland Jazz festivals in the U.S. The Three Cohens have also played top clubs from France, Italy, and Australia to the famed Village Vanguard in Manhattan, performing a week-long residency there in 2009.

When not working together, each of the Cohens excel individually. Yuval, the eldest, releases his sophomore album—Song Without Words, a duo set with pianist Shai Maestro—on the same day as Family. He recently won Israel's prestigious Landau Award for his achievements in jazz, and along with being a performer, he is one of his country's most sought after educators. In 2011, Anat earned her fifth straight Clarinetist of the Year honor at the Jazz Journalist Association Awards, and she won the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll as Clarinetist of the Year. A resident of New York, Anat has toured the world with her quartet, playing the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as the Village Vanguard, where she recorded her fifth album, the live Clarinetwork, with rhythm mates Benny Green, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash (released by Anzic in 2010). Avishai, the youngest Cohen and also a resident of New York, played his own set at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, and he also tours widely with the SF Jazz Collective. The trumpeter has released several recordings, including 2010's lauded Introducing Triveni with bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits, on Anzic. Avishai was a finalist in the 2011 DownBeat Critic's Poll in the Rising Star: Jazz Artist and Rising Star: Trumpet categories.

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