Join Grammy award winning banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck as he shares his musicality and experience as a composer, collaborator, and band leader. His work with Chick Corea, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and countless others including his innovative creation, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, have paved the way for his 14 Grammy wins and holds the distinction of being, historically, the most nominated in the widest variety of categories.
Special guests are very likely, including our Bass Dept Performance Scholar in Residence, Victor Wooten.
Hosted by Bass Chair, Steve Bailey, and American Roots Music director, Matt Glaser.
As part of Percussion Days, Ron Reid Reid will be joined by steelpan principals Joshua Joseph and Marcus Prince in demonstrating techniques for playing the steelpan, discussing video clips of steelpan performance and answer questions regarding the Steelpan lab and and ensemble here at Berklee.
Oscar-nominated film composer Patrick Doyle, composer of such films as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Brave, Sense & Sensibility, Thor, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, among more than 50 others, will present examples of his work and explain his scoring process. Beginning from theme and score sketch, through mockup, to final score with full instrumentation, he will use examples from one of his most recent films, Walt Disney’s live action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and released worldwide in spring 2015.
Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA, and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V. He has also been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish BAFTA, with the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP, and with the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes bassist and composer Riccardo Del Fra. He is the director of jazz studies at the Conservatory of Paris and has composed music for cinema and television. Del Fra was appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2003 and promoted to rank of the Order of Arts and Letters Officer in 2014. He will discuss the connection between jazz and classical music.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes special guest Chris Collins. Collins is the director of jazz studies at Wayne State University, has toured internationally as a band leader, and is best known as a contemporary mainstream saxophonist. This clinic and performance will explore the repertoire, improvisation, and cultural significance of traditional Irish music and its connections to American jazz.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) welcomes special guest Patricia Zarate for a discussion on intercultural dialogue. Zarate is the executive director for the Panama Jazz Festival. She has performed as a professional saxophonist with a variety of bands in the United States and Latin America, and has presented her research project, Music as a Tool for Social Change, throughout New England, at the Conservatory of Paris, and in many other venues. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music and a master's degree in jazz studies from New York University. Zarate currently works as outreach coordinator for the BGJI.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes Brian D. Farrell. Farrell is the director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and a professor of biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He will conduct this clinic with a discussion on improvisation in relation to species.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes special artists Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Danilo Pérez. Grammy Award winner Joe Lovano studied under Herb Pomeroy and Gary Burton, and is recognized as one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players. John Patitucci is active in Wayne Shorter's quartet, which won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. In addition, Patitucci has performed on his own and with artists such as B. B. King, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, to name only a few. He currently teaches at Berklee College of Music as an artist in residence. Danilo Pérez, also a Grammy Award winner, is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. He is the artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Join them for their thoughts on improvisation in the context of orchestral works.
As part of its seventh annual Global Jazz Summit, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute welcomes special guest, Danny Rivera, the "national voice of Puerto Rico" with a career spanning more than 50 years. Rivera shares his thoughts on improvisation as a lifelong tool.