Join us for an afternoon with Carolina Arenas, director of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI. Arenas has previously worked as membership coordinator at the Latin Recording Academy, strategic marketing director at Fonovisa & Disa, and senior product manager for artist and repertoire at Machete Music (Universal Music). Arenas will share her experience with the Berklee community and give advice to artists on how to be successful in the Latin music industry.
This event is sponsored by Berklee International Programs and organized by Latin music studies advisor Oscar Stagnaro and Marco Flores of the Latin American Music Business Association (LAMBA).
David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen, hear their bird calls, and listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music. Professor Fiuczynski will demonstrate how microtonal bird calls can be organized into microtonal chord scales for soloing, comping, and composition.
John Patitucci shares his brilliance, experience, and pedagogy with any and all. These events, hosted by the Bass Department, often include a lot of playing by Patitucci, Steve Bailey, and other student and faculty guests. Bring your instrument as the format is often conducive to sitting in! Electric and upright bass, and all other instrumentalists, are welcome and will gain from Patitucci's wide range of experience.
Piano Department faculty member Tim Ray will give an overview of all the important styles associated with jazz piano, including ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, Latin, New Orleans, and others. He will discuss the major pianists in each genre and talk about what makes each style different from the others. And he'll demonstrate these differences by performing the same song in each style, a song that everyone in the room will know—guaranteed.
Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of “Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads,” and teacher of the lab “Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2” will be giving two master classes on upper structure triads this semester. In the first class she will teach you how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. You will learn the formulas for quick tension-specific recall for each specific chord quality. Many practice methods will be explored. Part I of this set of master classes focuses on the harmonic usage of upper structure triads, such as composing open position voicings and harmonizing melodies. Part II will explore the linear approach used in jazz improvisation and composition. Join us for this informative hour!
Visiting artist Eddie Gomez and faculty member John Patitucci share their talent, experience, and pedagogy with the Berklee community. Hosted by the Bass Department; electric and upright bass players, as well as other instrumentalists, are welcome to attend.