Clinics and Master Classes

Arnon Palty

Monday / February 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Arnon Palty
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Arnon Palty has been chair of the Bass Department at the Rimon School of Jazz in Israel for the last 15 years; he was assistant academic director from 1994 to 1996. Since 1992, he has taught bass and bass history survey classes along with traditional and jazz harmony, advanced ear training, arranging, improvisation, and both the Blood Sweat & Tears and Frank Zappa ensembles at Rimon. He received the outstanding lecturer award for the 2008–2009 academic year.

Palty has performed and recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, Didier Lockwood, Lee Konitz, and Terri Lyne Carrington, to name just a few, as well as with the Grateful Dead/Blues Project Reunion featuring Danny Kalb and British prog rock band Ordinary Listeners. Last year, an album dedicated to Palty's big band arrangement was released by the Dave Liebman Big Band via the Jazzis record label.

A Berklee alumnus, Palty got his master's degree in jazz composition and arranging from Manhattan School of Music and his Ph.D. in jazz harmony from Bar Ilan University, Israel. He also holds a master's in creative writing from Haifa University, Israel.

Admission: 
Free

Polly Carl

Wednesday / February 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Polly Carl is the director and editor of HowlRound: A Center for Theater Commons at Emerson College. Her work at HowlRound is focused on promoting practices for the 21st century theater, based on the core principal that theater is for everyone. She is also part of the ArtsEmerson programming team at Emerson College and is developing new works for the stage in that context. She spent two years as director of artistic development at Steppenwolf Theatre and served 11 years at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7 as producing artistic director. She regularly teaches, writes, consults, and mentors. In addition to continuing to develop and produce new plays, Carl now devotes significant energy to researching innovative practices for the theater. Her Ph.D. in comparative studies in discourse and society is from the University of Minnesota.

Admission: 
Free

Igor Saavedra Bass Styles

Thursday / January 29, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Igor Saavedra
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Igor Saavedra, the great Chilean bassist, will demonstrate technical and musical concepts that stretch the limits of the instrument and the imagination.

Saavedra didn’t know what a bass was untill 1988, when he was 22 years old. Nowadays, many prestigious critics consider him an ambassador of authentic South American bass culture and one of the world’s most innovative, respected, influential, and virtuoso bassists—a pioneer of the eight-string bass.

Admission: 
Free

Drum Programming Workshop

Friday / January 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Programming drums can be one of the most difficult parts of modern production. Without a good drum foundation a great song can seem flat. This event will look at this task and tackle it from different angles using different software and hardware controllers. Come get a better handle on drum programming and get your songs to groove better.

Admission: 
Free

Music Production with Reason

Thursday / January 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Reason brings a lot to the table for the modern producer. With new features, a simple interface, and refined workflow, Reason is a powerful virtual music studio. Midi sequencing and mixing along with the ability to record audio makes Reason an easy application for both new and seasoned users alike. In this event, we will create a new production from scratch, add parts likes drum machines and synthesizers with effects, and bounce out a rough mix.

Admission: 
Free

Drum Clinic: Mike Clark

Wednesday / May 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock's band in the early 1970s. He became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock's Thrust, which garnered him an international cult following, and has performed with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, and Bobby McFerrin, among many more. He has toured and performed all over the world at many notable jazz venues and festivals.

He has been featured in DownBeat, Musician, International Musician and Recording World, Modern Drummer, and Jazz Times, among other notable publications, as well as in jazz history and method books. A former faculty member of Drummers Collective, Clark is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book, Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts, was published last year by Hal Leonard and is a best seller.

Called "the most sampled drummer in hip-hop," Clark's beats have been used on the tracks of many musicians, including NWA, Grandmaster Flash, and Prince. His numerous recording credits include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, and Eddie Henderson. As a bandleader, his release Give The Drummer Some was enthusiastically received, earning a rare four-and-a-half stars in DownBeat. His solo CD Actual Proof (2001) was met with critical acclaim, as was the 2003 acoustic jazz release Summertime, which featured Chris Potter and Billy Childs and spent many weeks on the top ten charts.

Admission: 
Free

Grupo Ôctôctô

Wednesday / January 21, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Grupo Ôctôctô, eight dazzling young musicians from São Paulo, Brazil, will present a clinic exploring the music from their newest album. Cosponsored by Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, this clinic will focus on Grupo Ôctôctô's new and unique approach to instrumental Brazilian music for woodwinds, brass, piano, and a rhythm section. They will share their methods for writing and performing contemporary arrangements of works by old and unknown composers such as Elpídeo dos Santos and others from the Império Serrano Samba School.

Admission: 
Free

Music Production Apps Showcase

Wednesday / January 14, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Your laptop is a powerful tool for music creation, with a suite of bundled software providing you with a veritable modern studio in a very portable package. In this showcase, we will record and produce a song from scratch, demonstrating what you can do with your laptop and audio interface in Pro Tools, Finale, and Reason.

Admission: 
Free

Carmen Lundy

Tuesday / April 7, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jazz vocalist/composer/arranger Carmen Lundy will present a clinic. Lundy is also an accomplished video artist.

Admission: 
Free

Jay Clayton Vocal Jazz Workshop

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this workshop, vocal innovator Jay Clayton shares her practice techniques and approach to free improvisation as well as fresh ideas for improvising over chord changes. Clayton is one of the pioneering teachers of improvised vocal music. She served as the director of the vocal department at Cornish College of the Arts for twenty years, is currently based in New York, and is on the jazz faculty at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

This workshop includes group exercises as well as opportunities to perform individually. Come ready to sing!

Admission: 
Free

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