Clinics and Master Classes

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Tuesday / March 22, 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 form—result in live, through-composed jams that could be transformational to one’s musical awareness. Bring your axes.

Admission: 
Free

Visiting Artist Kuk Harrell

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Shames Family Scoring Stage
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Shames Family Scoring Stage

160 Mass. Avenue

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

With five GRAMMY Awards and a Global Globe nomination, Kuk Harrell has made his mark on modern pop music. The famed music producer, songwriter and vocal producer, has collaborated with industry greats including Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jessie J, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. 

In 2007, Harrell's composition and production talents on Rihanna’s record- breaking hit “Umbrella,” earned him a GRAMMY Award for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration".  This opened which opened the door for several other nominations and awards, including a 2008 GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary R&B Record for his work with Mary J. Blige on "Growing Pains", a 2010 GRAMMY for Song of the Year for Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies," a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture-Drama for “I See You," the theme song for the James Cameron directed film, "Avatar," a 2011 GRAMMY award for Best Dance Recording for "Only Girl (In the World)”, and a 2014 GRAMMY award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”. Harrell has continued his work in the film industry as well, serving as the vocal producer for Sony Pictures’ 2014 feature film “Annie”, working with the actors; including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale, and working with Jessie J on “Flashlight” for Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2”.  In 2015, Harrell produced the self-titled album for the a capella group Pentatonix, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.  This year, Harrell continued his vocal production for Rihanna working on all songs from her new platinum album “ANTI”, and once again collaborated with Jessie J for FOX’s “Grease Live!” special.  Harrell has also launched a new partnership with Kobalt Music Group, signing writers, producers and artists through his Suga Wuga Music imprint.

 

Percussion Days: Mark Walker and the Panamerican Trio Featuring Alain Mallet and Oscar Stagnaro

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

As part of Berklee's Percussion Days events, this clinic will focus on Latin rhythms applied to the drum set in a jazz context. You will also learn what's happening in the rest of the ensemble as well as the form and structure of the music, the rhythmic language and phrasing of each style, improvisation, and more.

Admission: 
Free

Clinic: Declaration of Performance Major (Voice Principals)

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

In this interactive clinic, presented by the Voice Department, students will learn about the application process and audition/interview requirements to Declare as a Performance Major (Voice Principal). Watch a live audition, ask questions, and find out what it's all about!

Admission: 
free

Gadi Sassoon: Working for Hire - Knowing What Your Client Wants

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
Rm. 440, 161 Mass Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Whether you’re producing music for film, video games, a recording artist, or advertising, one of the most important skills you’ll need to develop is being able to understand and deliver exactly what your client needs in any given situation. In this session, visiting artist Gadi Sassoon will share some of his experiences working with high end clients though his association with Ninja Tune.

You’ll learn how to prepare and position yourself to market your skills and how to effectively work with a client once you’ve landed a gig. Gadi will present case studies of projects he’s worked on and answer questions about making the transition from student to working professional.

Admission: 
Free

Lulacruza

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Lulacruza

Lulacruza, an electronic folk duo operating at the junction of the modern and the ancient, blending shamanic and ritualistic influences with folk and electronic music, presents a performance and clinic.

Lulacruza is Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia and Luis Maurette from Argentina. The two met in 2005 at Berklee College of Music and bonded over a deep connection with ritual music. They soon formed Lulacruza with Ortiz serving as songbird and playing native instruments from a wide spectrum of cultures. Maurette complements her with electronic processing and sequencing as well as percussion and charango. For their live show, they recently incorporated Pablo Paz (Argentina) on bass, electronics, and percussion.

Lulacruza has performed in over 50 cities in five countries and is rooted in the transformational and electronic music festival scene in the United States, playing at Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Decibel and Chicago World Music Festival. They’ve shared the stage with top musicians such as Thievery Corporation, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Beats Antique, Juana Molina, and Dakha Brakha, to name a few. In 2007, they were chosen as Today’s Top Tune on Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. They have released six albums: Do Pretty! (2006), Soloina (2008), an EP of remixes called Canta (2009), Circular Tejido (2011), Esperando el Tsunami: Visual Album (2015), and Orcas (2015). 

Admission: 
Free

Building Your Web Portfolio

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
An artist’s website is an essential tool for promotion, serving as both portfolio and business card. Whether you are a composer, songwriter, engineer, or performer, there are several technologies you can leverage to your advantage online. Presented by Elise MacDonald from the Career Developement Center and Blair Pershyn from the Learning Center, this clinic will look at some of the many choices available for you to build a site and craft your online presence. We'll examine template-based site platforms such as Wix as well as audio/video sharing tools such as Soundcloud and YouTube. Along the way, we’ll also discuss social media and getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile.
Admission: 
Free

Rui Penha - Lecture on Spatium and Ambisonics

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

Spatium is a set of free, open source and modular software tools for sound spatialization using ambisonics. Spatium adds spatialization features for multiple DAWs and MaxMSP. Join us for what will be a fascinating lecture and listening session

http://spatium.ruipenha.pt

Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC.

More info at http://ruipenha.pt
 

Admission: 
Free

Presentation on Software Development for The Concert for 100 Mobile Devices

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Rm. 404, 161 Mass Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha will make a presentation on the software development for the forthcoming Concert For 100 Mobile Devices presented by the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI).

Rui will explain how the software will allow the audience to perform new interactive works using the a.bel application running on iOS devices (iPhones/iPads). The concert will begin with a rehearsal with audience participation and will conclude with a performance of mobile compositions by BIAI students Nikhil Singh, Blake Adelman, Sakura Tsuruta, Landy Gao, Peder Barratt-Due, Ian Duclos, Lee Gilboa, Jonathan Koh, and composers Carlos Guedes (NYU Abu Dhabi), Rui Penha (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Portugal) and Neil Leonard (Artistic Director, BIAI).

Rui was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC.

More info at http://ruipenha.pt
 

Admission: 
Free

Gadi Sassoon - Listening Session and Demo Derby

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Electronic Production and Design Department, is hosting an artist residency with EPD Alum Gadi Sassoon, a.k.a Memory 9. Gadi is an in-house composer and music director for JIM Bespoke, part of Ninja Tune. During his visit, Gadi will be making class visits as well as giving presentations open to the entire EPD community.

Listening Session and Demo Derby With Gadi Sassoon

A big part of producing music and getting paid is being able to work with a client to understand what a project needs, and coming up interesting, creative solutions. In this informal listening session, visiting artist Gadi Sassoon will play some examples of his work and present case studies on how the pieces were developed. Students should bring examples of their own work for a critique during this session

Gadi Sassoon

Gadi Sassoon is a composer working for Just Isn’t Music, Ninja Tune’s publishing arm, specialised in electronic music and orchestral writing. He holds a BA in Music Synthesis and Composition from the Berklee College of Music and an MA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University. Sassoon has published several solo records as Memory9, and regularly collaborates with high profile recording acts in the UK and the US. His work has been heard on games, TV shows, adverts and trailers worldwide. He has realised sound installations for museums and galleries in Italy, the US, the UK, Germany, Spain and China, and has lectured at Berklee, Milan’s European Design Institute and the Shanghai Normal University.

 

Admission: 
Free

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