Clinics and Master Classes

Modal Improvisation Clinic with Ken Zuckerman and Amit Kavthekar

Monday / March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ken Zuckerman
Amit Kavthekar
Image courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, presents this master class and clinic, cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, LearnQuest Academy, and the Liberal Arts Department. Zuckerman has also been called "one of the world’s most eclectic masters of improvisation.” He is a longtime disciple of sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan and has given innumerable concerts throughout India, the United States, and Europe to glowing reviews. 

A professor of Indian music and Western Medieval lute at the Basel Conservatory and head of the Ali Akbar College of Music, both in Switzerland, Zuckerman teaches Western music of the Middle Ages and North Indian classical music. In this context, he has developed methods to teach modal improvisation. Based on traditional modes, he has created a path for students of several disciplines to approach the art of improvisation with confidence and inspiration. He has been at the vanguard of numerous cultural crossover projects, including the Grammy-nominated CD India Meets Persia with tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh.

Admission: 
Free

Fractal Limit Recital and Master Class: Viewpoints on the Art of Duo

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Fractal Limit is Tatiana Parra (voice) and Vardan Ovsepian (piano). The musicians united to explore further innovative territories in the art of duo. The character of the pair’s newly written and arranged works is underlined by a duality, balancing a contrapuntal complexity with lyricism. This 45-minute recital, where Tatiana and Vardan will present material from their first album (Lighthouse), will be followed by a clinic, during which the musicians will share their approach to creating, arranging, rehearsing, and performing. Participants will be encouraged to perform in a duo format and to engage in a conversation about the art of duo.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Calarco Drum Clinic

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Drummer Dave Calarco has played with an impressive list of jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, and Joe Lovano. He has recorded and toured with the renowned baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola for over 25 years.

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Game Audio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Join Berklee student Chris Burgess of the Video Game Music Club for an introduction into game audio.  He'll discuss the skills needed to create audio for video games, roles in the industry, and tips for starting a career in game audio.  No sign up is necessary; 5 week students are welcome to attend. 

Admission: 
free

Why Rhyme? A Lyric Workshop with Pat Pattison

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Pat Pattison, songwriting professor at Berklee, will discuss rhyme, lyric writing, and how to get the most out of your songs in this workshop.

As Pattison noted in an interview with Jonathan Feist, "Songs are made for ears, not eyes. Because people listen to songs, you learn to write for eyeless ears. Rhyme creates the ear’s roadmap through the lyric ideas..."

Come learn more at this event, which is hosted by the Berklee Center in LA and Village Studios.

RSVP here.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic with with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today. The topics covered in this clinic include: improvisation skills within the Latin jazz idiom; the most representative rhythmic patterns used in Latin jazz, such as rumba, cha-cha, Brazilian samba, and tango; solo analysis and solo transcription; melodic and rhythmic interpretation through listening and practice; and ensemble performance.

Admission: 
Free

iOS: Synths & Samplers Workshop

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

It’s taken some time, but the game has changed when it comes to the world of music production on the iPad. It is now viable to use the iPad on stage and in the studio for both performance and production. We’ll take a look at some of our favorite synthesizers and samplers for the iPad as well as a few useful pieces of hardware to enhance your experience. Sign up here.

Admission: 
free

Demo in a Day with GarageBand

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Learn to produce a complete piece of music using only GarageBand. Topics will include:

  • MIDI sequencing
  • Audio recording & mixing
  • Gear and session setup
  • Exporting audio
Admission: 
free

Heather Schmid, Dr. Rafay Mehdi, Jon Finn

Monday / June 30, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer-songwriter Heather Schmid, her husband Dr. Rafay Mehdi, and Berklee faculty member Jon Finn will present a unique musical project. Their combined efforts blend classical, pop, world, blues and jazz musical sensibilities with neuroscience.

Their song "One Pakistan" has been gaining  attention in that country, Dr. Mehdi's homeland. Schmid and Medhi have traveled to to Pakistan and performed for Pakistani dignitaries both here and abroad—now they come to Berklee to tell their story.

Admission: 
Free

Sheri Sanders Workshop

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting artist and vocalist Sheri Sanders presents a workshop on musical theatre, performance, and auditions.

Admission: 
Free

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