Clinics and Master Classes

Bruce Molsky giving free lessons on September 26-27

Monday / September 26, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Bruce Molsky will be on campus (Monday-Tuesday September 26-27th) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions. That must feel odd for a former engineer from the Bronx, who didn't begin a music career until he was forty. But folded into those strange facts is the secret to his unique genius.

In addition to a prolific solo career, performing on fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, and Mozaik, with Hungarian Nikola Parov, and Celtic giant Donal Lunny. He was on Nickel Creek's farewell tour, and performs in a trio with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and Sweden's great Ale Moller.

For more information about Bruce visit http://www.brucemolsky.com

 

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines giving free lessons on September 22-23

Thursday / September 22, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will be on campus (Thursday-Friday September 22-23rd) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Paul Rishell & Annie Raines:

Since 1992 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have been hailed as one of the world’s best country blues duos. They have recorded 6 albums together including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country (2000), and received numerous award nominations from the Blues Foundation. They have performed and recorded with John Sebastian, Susan Tedeschi, Pinetop Perkins and Rory Block. They have opened for Ray Chares, Dr. John, and Little Feat, and performed on international radio and TV shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien and A Prairie Home Companion. They continue to perform American roots music and their own compositions at festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world.

For more information about Paul & Annie visit http://www.paulandannie.com

 

Dominating The Charts Today

Thursday / September 22, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Thursday, September 22, 2016

David Friend Recital Hall

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Jeff Apruzzese (former Passion Pit bassist) will be sitting down with John Seabrook, author of ‘The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory”, discussing the future of the songwriting industry and the craft of songwriting. Going beyond music to discuss money, business, marketing, and technology, The Song Machine explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior.

Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today’s songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more.

Free Boloco while supplies last! 

Odd-Meter Workshop

Wednesday / November 16, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Doug Johnson

Faculty pianist Doug Johnson presents a workshop to explore novel ways of approaching odd-meters such as 5/7, 7/4, and 11/8. If you do not have previous experience with these meters you will find it is easier than you thought to be successful. Those with experience will be able to achieve more rhythmic variety freedom. Bring your instruments.

Admission: 
Free

On the Road with Meghan Trainor and the Untouchable Tour Band

Friday / September 23, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
On the Road with Meghan Trainor and the Untouchable Tour Band

Join us for a conversation with three members of Meghan Trainor's the Untouchable Tour band. Visiting during their Boston tour stop will be musical director and guitarist Drew Taubenfeld '06, keyboardist O’Neil Palmer ’14, as well as saxophonist and vocalist James Casey ‘06, whose additional credits also include work with J Cole, Chromeo, Ms Lauryn Hill, Trey Anastasio, Phish, and many others. 

Admission: 
Free

Pamelia Stickney, Theremin Virtuoso

Friday / September 23, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Pamelia Stickney, Theremin Virtuoso
Pamelia Stickney
Pamelia Stickney (formerly known as Pamelia Kurstin) is an American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with many artists, including David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Seb Rochford, Otto Lechner and Simone Dinnerstein, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog's Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was one of the primary test musicians. Stickney has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live, and in the 2004 documentary Moog.
 
Pamelia has also presented talks at events such as TED. Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led her to develop a "walking bass" theremin technique. Her first solo album, Thinking Out Loud, was released in 2007 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2011 the London-based label Slowfoot released Ouch Evil Slow Hop, a collaboration between Pamelia and Seb Rochford.
 
In 2013, Pamelia formed Blueblut with Mark Holub and Chris Janka. The Vienna-based trio released their first album, Hurts So Gut, on Bandcamp in 2014.
Admission: 
Free

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - the Touring Years

Wednesday / September 21, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
The Beatles’ extraordinary musicianship and charisma also made them one of the greatest live bands of all time. In The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard explores the history of the Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances. The film will be preceded by an introduction by Lauren Passarelli, professor of Guitar, and Candy Leonard, author of Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.
 
Admission: 
Free, RSVP Required

Panel Discussion on Recording Studio Internships

Tuesday / September 20, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Panel Discussion on Recording Studio Internships
This panel is presented by Daniel Cantor, assistant professor of Songwriting and owner/producer of Notable Productions, and Sean McLaughlin, associate professor of Music Production & Engineering and owner of 37' Productions, along with the Boston area Pro Tools User Group.
 
Daniel Cantor's Notable Productions is one of the East Coast's finest recording studios and is also the creative play space of music producer and composer Dan Cantor. It is housed in an impressively equipped neve-based studio in the Greater Boston area. Clients range from internationally known artists to Fortune 500 companies. Their collection of instruments and gear ranges from the ultra-modern to the exquisitely vintage. 
 
After working in Los Angeles for the early part of the decade with some notable producers (Andy Johns, Jimbo Barton, Carmen Rizzo) and artists (Rush, Elliott Smith, Marilyn Manson, Death Row Records), Sean McLauglin started 37’ Productions as a means for musicians to achieve high-quality, label-ready recordings routinely unavailable to unsigned artists.
 
Admission: 
Free

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Shelly Peiken

Monday / September 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken will speak with students about her career, her writing process, and her new book Confessions of a Serial Songwriter. Ms. Peiken is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks, and has had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film.  
 

Guitar Clinic: Robert Godin, President of Godin Guitars

Wednesday / October 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Robert Godin, president of Godin Guitars, will give a clinic and demonstration of his newest models. Robert is a longtime friend and supporter of the Guitar Department, and annual clinician in our summer Guitar Sessions.
 

Admission: 
Free

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