Clinics and Master Classes

Self-Advocacy: Struggles and Strategies

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Self-Advocacy: Struggles and Strategies
Presented by Women, Technology and Creativity, join us for a panel discussion featuring Alison Plante, chair of Film Scoring; Bonnie Hayes, chair of Songwriting; Chrissy Tignor Fisher, assistant professor of Contemporary Writing and Production; Leanne Ungar, professor of Music Production & Engineering, and Lori Landay, professor of Liberal Arts.
 
Self-advocacy is a necessary skill in professional life in general, and in music, specifically. Women often find this especially challenging, as societal norms expect us to put others before ourselves. How do successful women manage to advocate for fair treatment and compensation without coming across as pushy or aggressive? In an open dialogue between faculty, department chairs, and students, we will explore this question through four scenarios dealing with different fields: film scoring, songwriting, producing/engineering, and higher education.
Admission: 
Free

Film Composer Lawrence Shragge: Anne of Green Gables and Thematic Development

Thursday / October 6, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
FS Room 268
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Image of Lawrence Shragge
Lawrence Shragge

The Film Scoring Department welcomes film composer Lawrence Shragge for an open presentation on Anne of Green Gables and thematic development.

With a truly eclectic career, award-winning composer Lawrence Shragge has written music for everything from feature films to pinball machines and video games, television series, movies, mini-series, Zen monasteries, theater, dance, documentaries, and commercials to musical furniture for gallery installations.

Shragge has written more than 160 scores for features films, TV movies, documentaries, and television series. His styles include ambient, intimate, roots, world music, and large orchestral scores. His selected filmography includes: Intimate Relations, directed by Philip Goodhew; The Wrong Guy, directed by David Steinberg; mini-series Son of the Dragon and Iron Road, by director David Wu; Patrolman P, directed by Ido Mizrahy; the Chinese feature Cold Steel; and the just completed coproduction Midnight Sun with director Roger Spottiswoode.  
 
A recipient of multiple Gemini Awards, Shragge garnered Emmy Award nominations for his scores from Haven, starring Ann Bancroft and Natasha Richardson, and When Love Is Not Enough, starring Winona Ryder.
Admission: 
Free

Film Composer Lawrence Shragge: Business and Career Q&A

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.
FS Room 268
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Image of Lawrence Shragge
Lawrence Shragge

The Film Scoring Department welcomes film composer and Berklee alumnus Lawrence Shragge for an open Q&A presentation on business and careers in the industry.

With a truly eclectic career, award-winning composer Lawrence Shragge has written music for everything from feature films to pinball machines and video games, television series, movies, mini-series, Zen monasteries, theater, dance, documentaries, and commercials to musical furniture for gallery installations.

Shragge has written more than 160 scores for features films, TV movies, documentaries, and television series. His styles include ambient, intimate, roots, world music, and large orchestral scores. His selected filmography includes: Intimate Relations, directed by Philip Goodhew; The Wrong Guy directed by David Steinberg; mini-series Son of the Dragon and Iron Road, by director David Wu; Patrolman P directed by Ido Mizrahy; the Chinese feature Cold Steel; and the just completed coproduction Midnight Sun with director Roger Spottiswoode.  
A recipient of multiple Gemini Awards, Shragge garnered Emmy Award nominations for his scores from Haven, starring Ann Bancroft and Natasha Richardson, and When Love Is Not Enough, starring Winona Ryder.
Admission: 
Free

Masterclass on Brazilian Music Featuring Daniel D'Alcantara

Friday / October 14, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year Daniel D'Alcantara will present a Masterclass on Brazilian music. D'Alcantara is a faculty member at Conservatório Musical Souza Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a BIN member. The masterclass will explore arrangements and performance of modern Brazillian jazz for small, medium, and large ensembles. Come prepared to participate and play.

For questions please email bin@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
FREE

Masterclass on Brazilian Music Featuring Daniel D'Alcantara

Wednesday / October 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street 1W
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year Daniel D'Alcantara will present a Masterclass on Brazilian music. D'Alcantara is a faculty member at Conservatório Musical Souza Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a BIN member. The masterclass will explore arrangements and performance of modern Brazillian jazz for small, medium, and large ensembles. Come prepared to participate and play.

For questions please email bin@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
FREE

Musical Theater: Andrew Panton Presents

Monday / October 31, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Andrew Panton

Andrew Panton, artistic director of musical theater at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will present a master class and discussion. 

Panton was a member of the team that first brought musical theater to the RCS (then the RSAMD) over a decade ago. He became head of musical theater in 2007 and then artistic director of musical theater in 2012. He has worked internationally as a director, choreographer, and vocal/performance coach, and within education has worked with students at drama schools and universities all over the world. Parton's work for television includes Tonight’s the Night, The Voice, Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir, and five years as choir director for Children in Need – all for the BBC. Panton is creative and vocal director for Susan Boyle and recently directed the U.K. and U.S. tours of her live show. 

Admission: 
Free

Songwriting Presentation: Mike Daly, Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Disney Music Group

Wednesday / October 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mike Daly

Mike Daly, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Disney Music Group and a Berklee alumnus, will give a short talk and a live pitch session, open to all Berklee students, for current projects he’s developing. The pitches will feature previously submitted songs from any attendee. This is a great chance to learn how your songs come off, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want – and don’t want – when
reviewing songs for hit recording artists. Submit your name, email, song title, and the link to ONE song at this link:   Mike will select songs at random from the list.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype

Thursday / September 29, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Rich Vreeland ’09 and Akash Thakkar ’12 via Skype
Hyper Light Drifter
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.
Presented by the Sound Design Network
 
Join us for an interview with composer Rich Vreeland ’09 and sound designer Akash Thakkar ’12, two Berklee alumni who worked in tandem on the hit indie game Hyper Light Drifter. Developed by Heart Machine, this 2-D action role-playing game pays homage to classic 8-bit and 16-bit video games, and is considered by its lead developer, Alex Preston, to best resemble a combination of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. Preston originally launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the game’s development for approximately $27,000 but ultimately raised more than $600,000, allowing the hiring of a full team of visual artists and audio specialists.
 
Rich Vreeland
Pulsing, ambient, nostalgic, oozing — these are some of the qualities critics have used to describe the film and video game music of Berklee alumnus Rich Vreeland, who is better known by his alias Disasterpeace. He is behind the recent and bold score to the horror film It Follows. He's gained a following from the independent film community, including positive reviews from Filmmaker Magazine, Moviepilot, and Entertainment Weekly. Vreeland also comes from a video game scoring background, and while he has credits for Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Hyper Light Drifter, he is perhaps best known for the 8-bit ambient soundtrack of FEZ, a popular independent game that was featured in Indie Game: The Movie. Vreeland began his college career in 2006 at Berklee and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis degree. He has completed internships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Game Lab. 
 
 
Akash Thakkar
Based in Seattle, Washington, Thakkar has extensive experience in the indie game scene as a composer and sound designer, with credits including Hyper Light Drifter, Infinifactory, Ironclad Tactics, Gnomoria, Freedom Planet, City Quest, and more. A graduate of Berklee, Thakkar has given talks at dozens of PAX events, MAGFest, PopCap Games, TEDx, and more. He is a game audio professor at the Seattle Film Institute and is constantly looking for new ways to spread his knowledge within the game industry.
Admission: 
Free

Ableton Push and Live 9 Workshop

Friday / September 30, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Ableton Push and Live 9 Workshop
Erin Barra
Join performer and music technologist Erin Barra for an exclusive and free workshop. Barra, associate professor of songwriting, will explore writing, programming, and production techniques using Ableton Push and Live 9, creating a song live on stage while replicating her workflow in the studio. The workshop will be complimented by a short performance, demonstrating Barra's unique use of technology. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from this inspiring artist and educator. 
 
Erin Barra’s boundary-breaking approach to electronic music has most recently been featured on MusicTech, Ableton.com, Sonic Scoop, Billboard, and Wired UK. Barra is a songwriter, producer, music-tech consultant, board member of Women In Music, and the creator and lead developer of Beats By Girlz, a recording arts and music technology initiative for young women. Check out Barra's music and learn more about her at:
 
Admission: 
Free

Masterclass on Brazilian Music Featuring Daniel D'Alcantara

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street (1W)
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Daniel D'Alcantara

Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year Daniel D'Alcantara will present a Masterclass on Brazilian music. D'Alcantara is a faculty member at Conservatório Musical Souza Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a BIN member. The masterclass will explore arrangements and performance of modern Brazillian jazz for small, medium, and large ensembles. Come prepared to participate and play.

For questions please email bin@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
FREE

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