Clinics and Master Classes

Josh Shpak Clinic: Practices of the Effective Musician

Saturday / April 9, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
Monterey Conference Center Pavilion
1 Portola Plz
Monterey
CA
United States
93940
Josh Shpak Band
David Green

“I love connecting with people,” says young trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.”

This breaking of generational gaps has become somewhat of a habit for the 22-year-old Berklee College of Music student. With a wide stylistic palette of influences from classic jazz to electronica, Shpak has made himself a wanted commodity in the music world. This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavyweights such as George Garzone, Dave Liebman, and Jimmy Heath; soul legends Tower of Power; young crossover innovators like Casey Benjamin, Nir Felder, and John Daversa; and pop and opera superstar Josh Groban. A protégé of jazz icon Clark Terry, Shpak is dually driven by a great respect for the past and a drive to put his own mark on the future, saying, “Every great musician in history has been completely present in his or her own time period while using their knowledge of the tradition to drive their creative forces.”

Shpak is currently a member of Boston-based rock/funk/dance-pop band Ripe, acoustic world-jazz ensemble The Affinity Quartet, the Mario Castro Quintet, and numerous other projects. He also performs with his own group, the Josh Shpak Band, a cutting-edge modern jazz outfit that incorporates the sounds of rock, electronic, and film music with jazz. The band’s debut EP, ASTATIC, released in the late summer of 2015, features artwork by Leigh McCloskey, whose inspired inventiveness has graced the cover of Flying Lotus’s Cosmogramma and the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour.

Watch the Josh Shpak Band perform their song, "Always Gone:"

Admission: 
Free

Horn Recording Techniques Workshop

Friday / April 15, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Horn Recording Techniques Workshop
Although the quality of today's virtual horn libraries is very high, recording horn players live can be a rewarding way to achieve natural-sounding horn parts. In this workshop, we will record solo instruments and small horn ensembles, looking at methods applicable to working in contemporary styles. Along the way we will look at some of the basic equipment needed to record in both project studios and at remote locations. We will also discuss microphones and miking techniques.
 
Topics include the following:
  • Pro Tools session setup and prep
  • Required equipment
  • Microphone selection and placement
  • Mono and stereo recording
Admission: 
Free

Hank Shocklee: How to Bring the Noise and Fight the Power

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Hank Shocklee: How to Bring the Noise & Fight the Power
This interactive Q&A conversation with Hank Shocklee on music production through 40 years—past, present, and futurewill be moderated by Prince Charles Alexander, a professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department. It will be streaming live.
 
Sonic architect Hank Shocklee is a Grammy-nominated producer, DJ, composer, and remixer who has worn many hats in the music business throughout the years. He is perhaps best known for founding the group Public Enemy and for the production outfit the Bomb Squad. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most significant music and film projects of the last two decades, including artists such as Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and Slick Rick and films such as Ridley Scott's American Gangster, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Ernest Dickerson's Juice, and countless others.
Admission: 
Free

Wendy & Lisa Recording Session

Friday / April 8, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
Shames Family Scoring Stage
160 Massachusetts Avenue, Room A144
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Wendy & Lisa are a music duo consisting of Wendy Melvin and Lisa Coleman. They began working with Prince in the early 1980's and were part of his band The Revolution, before branching out on their own and releasing their debut album in 1987. In recent years they have turned their attention to writing music for film and television and have won an Emmy award.  

 
Open to all

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
 
 
 

 
 

 

Producing a Film Score with Composer David Murillo R.

Friday / April 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Producing a Film Score with Composer David Murillo R.
Award-winning Colombian composer and current Berklee student David Murillo R. will share his experiences working on an award-winning feature film project and outline the process he undertook to create and produce the film's music. Between Sea and Land, a Colombian-produced drama feature, was part of the official selection at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where it won multiple awards. Murillo's musical focus spans a wide variety of interests with a focus on composing for visual media, particularly film and interactive media. He's now completing his Bachelor of Music at Berklee, where he was awarded the Howard Shore Scholarship and the Latin American Full-Tuition Scholarship. He's studying film scoring, electronic production and design, and video game scoring, and his love for music that's integrated with pictures has allowed him to work with a diverse field of collaborators from around the world. His most outstanding projects include the award-winning productions Between Sea and Land (a Colombian feature film), Nefertiti’s Daughters (an Egyptian documentary), Prime Contact (a short film from the United Kingdom), and Beneath Paradise (a Puerto Rican documentary short). 
 
During this presentation, Murillo will discuss:
  • How to approach a director
  • What to look for in a script
  • Contractual background for a low-budget but high-quality production
  • Spotting a 96-minute film
  • Building and managing a team
  • Preparation and logistics for a 60-piece orchestral recording session
  • Editing and mixing the score remotely
  • His experience at film festivals

 

Admission: 
Free

Healthy Belting workshop with Kevin Wilson from The Boston Conservatory

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Kevin Wilson, Director of Vocal Pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory, will present an interactive clinic on Healthy Belting. Topics will include: “What is belting and how do I do it?”, understanding register, mixing, vocal health, and exercises to help keep your voice healthy and singing for a lifetime! This event is hosted by the Berklee Voice Department.

Admission: 
Free

Bob Ludwig, An event with the Master of Mastering

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
Shames Family Scoring Stage
160 Massachusetts Avenue, Room A144
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Give Peaks a Chance

Multi-Grammy winner Bob Ludwig has mastered recordings for all major record labels, on projects by more than 1,300 artists including, Jimi Hendrix, Daft Punk, The Rolling Stones, Beck and everyone else! Bob will discuss level, loudness and other things mastering. 

OPEN TO ALL

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Inside and Out: Tonal, Polytonal, and Atonal Techniques for the 21st Century Guitarist

Friday / April 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In the realm of modern jazz, fusion, progressive metal, and rock, this clinic will focus on striking a balance between in and out playing through the application of many tonal, polytonal, and atonal techniques, including the use of super arpeggios; double pentatonics; double harmonic minor; and diminished, whole-tone, augmented, and double-augmented scales as well as improvisation with the cycle of fifths/fourths and the mother chord on the guitar.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as one of Boston's best composers, Norman Zocher is a longtime professor in Berklee's Guitar Department and a faculty member in the New England Conservatory's Jazz Department. Zocher has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Medeski, Esperanza Spalding, and Dave Holland, among others, and has been a featured performer at the International Steel Guitar Convention. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group, made with his wife and fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, was featured in Strings magazine. Described by the Boston Globe as “fast-rising star of pedal steel,” Zocher has accomplished many firsts on the instrument, including being the only person to ever perform John Coltrane’s "26.2" on pedal steel guitar; he also performed the world premiere of "Giant Steps" on the E9 neck in a duo with bass legend Cecil McBee. As a theoretician, Zocher is the founder of A Grand Unified Theory of Music, which details how the harmonic series is at the root of all things musical and which has been well received within the music community through Zocher's clinics in the U.S. and Canada.

Admission: 
Free

Bassam Saba: Microtonal Arabic Music Workshop

Tuesday / April 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Bassam Saba

Bassam Saba of Lebanon is a world-renowned virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, and leading figure in Arabic music. This microtonal Arabic music clinic, produced by Utar Artun and presented by the Planet MicroJam Institute under the direction of David Fiuczynski, will introduce students to the music of the Arab world. The two-hour intensive workshop features a rigorous program of improvisation, rhythm, ornamentation, and ensemble. Musicians interested in learning about the subtleties of performing Arab music in an ensemble are encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from one of the most highly regarded Arab musicians in the world.

This event is open to all levels of professional performers and college students. All instruments are welcome.

Admission: 
Free

Imagine The Sound: The Art of Extended Technique, presented by Guest Artist Ned Rothenberg

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
1140 Boylston St, Room 2K
Boston
MA
02215

Masterclass/Lab for Woodwinds with Guest Artist Ned Rothernberg on Monday, April 11 from 1-2pm in 1140 Boylston, room 2K.

"Ned Rothenberg is absolutely phenomenal.. (He has) opened up new and unheard expressive possibilities for wind instruments." Tagespiel, Berlin

“America’s most intimate composer and improvisor”- Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

This lab is a follow-up to the classes presented in November. Bring your horn and be ready to play! Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 30 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. He’s also worked with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Evan Parker, Sting, Elvis Costello, Anthony Braxton and Anthony Jackson among a host of others.

Topics :

1. Overtone Control - the key to ‘finding your sound’ and much of extended technique.

2. Multiphonics - a system for finding them how to use them in musical context, rather than as mere

effect.

3. Tonguing, Ornamentation and Other Articulations - traditional and non-traditional approaches

4. Circular-breathing - Its Uses and Limitations; Proper Avenues of Study, and yes, he’ll show you

how....

5. The ‘Subtone-Straight Tone’ continuum - another important control center

6. Polyphony on a ‘Single Note’ Instrument - how this creates possibilites for unaccompanied solo work

and using your horn as part of the rhythm section.

7. Microtonality and Its Timbral Implications on Woodwinds - Stylistic and Non-Idiomatic Implications

All woodwinds welcome!

Admission: 
Free

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