Clinics and Master Classes

Guitarist Steve Morse

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since the mid-1970s, Steve Morse's performances have transcended the stylistic boundaries of rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion. In addition to a thriving solo career, Morse has been a member of several renowned bands, including Deep Purple, the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, the Steve Morse Band, Angelfire, Living Loud, and Flying Colors. For further details, visit stevemorse.com.

Morse’s reputation for uncompromising musical excellence and his wide ranging professional experience make him an ideal selection for this special major residency. His appearance is made possible by a directed contribution made to Berklee’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

Sponsored by the Guitar Department, Professional Performance Division, and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan Master Class

Monday / March 26, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A master class presented by renowned sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, one of the leading champions of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition from India.

Shahid Parvez Khan is known for his virtuosity and innovative genius. He is considered one of the finest sitar players alive today. Trained by his father and guru Ustad Aziz Khan, he is a seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana. Shahid Parvez Khan's global reputation as an awe-inspiring performer is complemented by another rare gift—his ability to spread his music as a dedicated and loving guru.He sums up his mastery of this most intricate art form with a profoundly simple philosophy: "Music is my life." He is accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on Tabla

Sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development, the Office of Cultural Diversity, the Liberal Arts Department, and co-sponsored by Learn Quest Academy of Music

 

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Edmar Castaneda Clinic

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 10:30 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Edmar Castenada will discuss rhythms he plays and his approach to using the harp in new and exciting ways in a jazz ensemble.

Castenada was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, he has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp—revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the "unusual" category. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Castenada has been characterized as "almost a world unto himself" (New York Times). The legendary Paquito D'Rivera, Castenada's frequent collaborator, has remarked, "Edmar is . . . an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple."

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Kendrick Scott Clinic

Friday / March 9, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow, on which he contributed original compositions and orchestrations. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist. 

Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012.  This album blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, and is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and leader.  Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.

Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play, which makes his playing consistently ring true as it springs forth from an egoless, honest place. These deep roots enable Scott to be present and in the moment, bringing to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.

He is recognized as an endorser by Yamaha Corporation, Remo, Vater, Puresound, Zildjian, Protechtor, Craviotto Snare Drums, and Danmar Percussion.

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Gilson Schachnik Clinic

Thursday / March 15, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A look into the piano as part of the rhythm section in Brazilian music and how to integrate percussion instruments such as repinique and surdo as a concept for piano accompaniment. Gilson Schachnik will analyze and listen to examples of piano trios of the '50s and '60s, such as Dom Salvador, Milton Banana, and Cesar Mariano. Featuring Oscar Stagnaaro on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

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Performance Methods Workshop for Drums

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
International College of Music
Lot 126, Section 85A, Lorong Setapak, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
United States

Join Sean K. Skeete for a workshop that will include lessons on improving groove and coordination, how to play along with programmed loops, and understanding concepts of polyrhythms.

Skeete has performed with Oleta Adams, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Teodross Avery, Freda Battle, Walter Beasley, Blue Man Group, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Will Downing, Stephen Hurd, and Rueben Rogers.

He is the assistant chair of the ensemble department at Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Improvisation Workshop

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
International College of Music
Lot 126, Section 85A, Lorong Setapak, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
United States

Join guitarist, clinician, and teacher Rick Peckham for a guitar improvisation workshop. In addition to extensive work in the U.S., he has led or played on tours of Ireland, Canada, Spain, and Germany. He has toured and recorded as a member of Irish bassist-composer Ronon Guilfoyle's first incarnation of his cross-cultural Lingua Franca band and has been featured on recordings by Human Feel, Hal Crook's Um (with John Medeski), and the George Garzone Quartet. His trio recording, Left End, with drummer Jum Black and bassist Tony Scherr, was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat magazine.

Peckham has been a faculty member at Berklee College of Music since 1986, serving as assistant chair of the Guitar Department since 1992. His Berklee Media works include the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques and two online courses: Guitar Chords 101 (2007 UCEA award for best online class) and Guitar Chords 201 at berkleemusic.com.

In addition to his private lesson studio at Berklee, Peckham teaches a course dedicated to fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Reed.

Admission: 
Free

Kendrick Scott Master Class

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow, on which he contributed original compositions and orchestrations. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist. 

Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012.  This album blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, and is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and leader.  Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.

Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play, which makes his playing consistently ring true as it springs forth from an egoless, honest place. These deep roots enable Scott to be present and in the moment, bringing to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.

He is recognized as an endorser by Yamaha Corporation, Remo, Vater, Puresound, Zildjian, Protechtor, Craviotto Snare Drums, and Danmar Percussion.

Admission: 
Free

Luis Bonilla Clinic

Tuesday / March 6, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If ever an artist could be called an octopus, Luis Bonilla is it. The California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer, and arranger has sought out, taken in, and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon, and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time. Yet there is nothing rarefied about the Bonilla experience. He has worked as a studio musician with Tony Bennett, Marc Anthony, La India, and Mary J. Blige and understands and exploits the liveliness of pop as well as the rhythmic sway and punch of Latin jazz. Currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under Arturo O’Farrill’s direction (both 2009 Grammy winners) and Dave Douglas’s latest group (Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy), Bonilla is one of those rare artists whose work is always expanding, taking in more and more while remaining singular and focused.

“Bonilla may be a trombonist used to handling that big long sliding thing, but when it comes to execution of his ideas, he lets nothing slide,” said All About Jazz. Critics praised his first two albums on the Candid label, Pasos Gigantes (1998) and iEscucha! (2000), acknowledging Bonilla’s ability to give voice to radically different musical sensibilities with an ease and seamlessness that belies the rigor and sophistication of the music. Pasos Gigantes made Jazziz’s top ten Latin list of 1998. Even as early as these first two albums, critics noted Bonilla’s leadership and sophisticated use of tonal colors. As a faculty member at both Temple University and Manhattan School of Music, Bonilla has an intuitive sense in how to bring out the best in those working with him. Listen to any of his albums and you will hear an extraordinary level of trust and inspiration in each band member’s playing.

As the critic for All About Jazz noticed, “Bonilla gives his colleagues ample space to breathe, adding momentum to the flow of his compositional ideas.” His next album, 2007’s Terminal Clarity was a celebration, reflection, and aesthetic extension of his years working with Lester Bowie. While retaining the brash harmonic structures of his mentor’s work from Brass Fantasy to his earlier and justly famous work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bonilla adds a “contagious exuberance” (Jazzwise magazine) that is at the heart of his artistic vision. Without in any way diminishing Bowie’s audacity, Bonilla manages to balance “the cerebral and the downand- dirty (Jazz Times), taking “bold steps to merge Latin genres, free jazz and a variety of other influences (Latin Jazz Corner).

In Bonilla’s album I Talking Now! (2009), he pushes these disjunctions even harder, politely demanding that we feel connections between wildly disparate styles of music. A heady mix of swing, rock, free jazz, funk, movie soundtracks, avant-garde noise and ballads, I Talking Now!, for all its musical diversity, speaks with one voice. It is a distinctly American vision, a gentle craziness that suggests that every one and every sound can co-exist if we just keep on taking in more and more. Bonilla is moving in directions that are expanding our notions of jazz and leading us into startling new realms with “remarkable creativity and versatility” (Newsday).

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Beth Bruno: A Vocal Master Class

Wednesday / April 11, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Beth Bruno teaches an intuitive approach to vocal mastery by developing vocal skills through observation and self-study.

The critics celebrate Beth Bruno as one of the great voices of Brazil's new generation of musical artists. Marked by a sensual sweetness, her voice and personality endear her to fellow musicians and captivate her audiences. 

A native of Brazil, Bruno began her career in Rio de Janeiro, performing at festivals where she won awards for best interpretation. She has performed in Brazil with some of the greatest Brazilian artists and songwriters, including Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, and Roberto Carlos.

Bruno began singing as a child. She spent countless hours listening to live music and recordings and intuitively forming her own approach to growing as a vocalist.

Often she would play records repeatedly while singing along. This helped her discover many vocal nuances that contributed to her own unique style. Her observations were on techniques including: projection, phrasing, texture, accuracy, diction, and the overall refinement of musical expression.

Bruno will share this approach by playing recordings and speaking about discovering specific attributes to expand a vocalist's artistic range. Her intention is to share the process of self-discovery. 

The demonstration will include examples and discussion on vocalists such as: Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson.

 

 

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