Clinics and Master Classes

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

Ned Rothenberg's Strategies in Improvisation - Ear Opener

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
William Davis Room
142 Massachusetts Avenue, Second Floor
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Strategies in Improvisation

A veteran of New York’s ‘Downtown Scene’, Ned Rothenberg has travelled the world, performing improvisation with musicians from Japan, Korea, Africa, India, Tuva (know it?), Europe, and South America.  He works in contexts related to Jazz, but also many other folk and classical traditions as well as the European schools of improvisation who call themselves ‘non-idiomatic’.  He has taught the ‘avant jazz’ ensembles in the Berklee summer 5-week program for the past 4 years.  If you are interested in new creative avenues of spontaneous musical expression please check out 1 or both of these classes.  These are prototypes of courses which may be offered as regular Berklee courses in the future.

Ear Opener at 2-4PM in 142 Mass Ave, William Davis room:

Ear Opener will be a performing practices presentation and discussion where we will listen to a variety of pieces which feature different improvisational strategies and methods.  How has open playing been approached by people like Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Derek Bailey and the Art Ensemble of Chicago?  Are there stated or unstated rules about the sonic materials people use? What are the roles of equality and leadership? Where do factors of independence, imitation and orchestration fit in?  How is it integrated with preset composition?   We will discuss what the musical goals are in each case and how they deal with transitions, structure, tonality and rhythm.

Admission: 
Free

Ned Rothenberg's Strategies in Improvisation - Instant Composer's Pool

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
1140 Boylston St, Room 2Z2
Boston
MA
02215

Strategies in Improvisation

A veteran of New York’s ‘Downtown Scene’, Ned Rothenberg has travelled the world, performing improvisation with musicians from Japan, Korea, Africa, India, Tuva (know it?), Europe, and South America.  He works in contexts related to Jazz, but also many other folk and classical traditions as well as the European schools of improvisation who call themselves ‘non-idiomatic’.  He has taught the ‘avant jazz’ ensembles in the Berklee summer 5-week program for the past 4 years.  If you are interested in new creative avenues of spontaneous musical expression please check out 1 or both of these classes.  These are prototypes of courses which may be offered as regular Berklee courses in the future.

Please come with your instruments for:

Instant Composer’s Pool at 6-8 pm in 1140 Boylston, room 2Z2:

Instant Composer’s Pool is the name a wonderful Dutch ensemble but this evening it will also be the title of Ned’s ‘Strategies’ ensemble.  If you have a hunger to improvise in an open setting bring your sax and join in.  Be prepared to work AT the music and WITH your fellow musicians.  Ears are at least as important as chops!

Questions to consider: How do we start?  How do we make transitions? How do we find endings?  There will be focused exercises for each question and some conducting may be used.  Also, we will work to develop imaginative ideas how materials associated with certain instruments might be played on others, widening the normal musical roles that instruments can play.  The class itself is an improvisation, as where we go will depend on the musical interests and goals of those who attend.  Bring open ears and an open mind.

Admission: 
Free

Diversity in Show Business: Acting Beyond Stereotypes

Tuesday / April 5, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
a red theater curtain with spotlight

This two-hour workshop offers practical tools for preparing audition monologues for actors. Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students are encouraged to attend.

Preselected students will prepare and present a memorized, two-to-three–minute, contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue. Participants will receive feedback from Ana Guigui, an associate professor in the Voice Department, and Rene Pfister, an assistant professor in the Voice Department, regarding the audition process and how to select the best monologue. Our guest moderator, Susan Nelson, is the executive director of the New England local of the Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG—AFTRA), and she will be joined by local professional performers to discuss the topic of actors playing into a stereotype or acting against it. Nelson will also moderate an open conversation and Q&A with our actors, panelists, and audience members about various aspects of diversity in show business. Please come and join the conversation.

This event is cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Admission: 
Free

Singing for the Circus: Cirque du Soleil Vocalist Eirini Tornesaki

Monday / May 23, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Eirini Tornesaki

Join Eirini Tornesaki, a Berklee Online songwriting student and Cirque du Soleil vocalist, as she shares her experiences of life in the circus, an alternative musical path in the theater industry. She will also perform songs from the Cirque du Soleil production Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities and give away two tickets to its May 26 premiere at Suffolk Downs.

Admission: 
Free

Bela Fleck, with Special Guests

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

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.

Admission: 
Free

Percussion Days: Ron Reid Steelpan Workshop

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

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.

Admission: 
Free

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