Clinics and Master Classes

Faculty, Staff, and Partner Development Session: Strings Instruction

Wednesday / October 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Join David Wallace, chair of the String Department, as he presents a training session, highlighting the key elements of the study of stringed instruments and the technical proficiency requirements at Berklee. This session is open to all Berklee faculty and staff as well as those at Berklee articulation partner schools. The session will be live streamed on Ustream and will be available for future viewing. Please RSVP here and email partnerships@berklee.edu with questions. Lunch will be served to those who attend in person.

Admission: 
Free

Do It Yourself Guitar and Bass Repair With David Cohen

Tuesday / September 20, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Berklee alumnus and Equilibrium Guitars owner/luthier Dave Cohen as he walks through the anatomy of the electric bass and guitar, discussing how to troubleshoot the most common set-up and general repair issues, with the goal of building players’ knowledge, confidence, and self-reliance.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Guitar Clinic: Nili Brosh

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Rock guitarist Nili Brosh '09, will give a contemporary rock guitar clinic. Brosh is an international touring artist. In additionan to performing with her own band, she has made guest appearances with Andy Timmons, Stu Hamm, Guthrie Govan, the Aristocrats, and has opened for Yngwie Malmsteen on his 2013 Spellbound U.S. tour. She recently released her second album, A Matter of Perception, featuring a heavyweight rhythm section including Virgil Donati, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann, Stu Hamm,  and Aquiles Priester. 

Admission: 
Free

Drum Recording Techniques

Thursday / September 15, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Drum Recording Techniques

Recording drums is fun but often challenging. In this workshop, we'll help you learn how to choose the right mic, determine proper mic placement, and record with anywhere from one to four mics. We'll also discuss audio interfaces, drum setup, phase considerations, and basic mixing techniques.

Admission: 
Free

Interview with Composer John Powell via Skype

Friday / September 16, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with Composer John Powell via Skype
John Powell is an English-born, Los Angeles-based composer, best known for his scores for animated films including the Academy Award-nominated score for How to Train Your DragonRioShrek (cocomposed with Harry Gregson-Williams), and the Ice Age films. In addition to composing film music for animations, Powell has also scored live-action films, such as the Bourne films, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Italian Job. Powell continues to be a prolific composer in the modern film-scoring community and is a true master of orchestration and thematic composition.
Admission: 
Free

Sheila Jordan Q&A session feat. Professor, Lisa Thorson

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sheila Jordan is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, she is also in demand worldwide for her stimulating vocal workshops. A superb scat singer, Sheila received the Jazz Masters Award 2012 from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest honor in jazz music in America. Upon moving to New York City in the early ’50s, Jordan sang in clubs and at jam sessions with some of the city’s jazz giants, including Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols, and Charlie "Bird" Parker. She also studied with the renowned Lennie Tristano. In 1952, she married Parker’s pianist, Duke Jordan. Ten years later, she made her acclaimed first recording, showing her vocal finesse on a ten-plus minute version of “You Are My Sunshine” on George Russell’s album The Outer View. Thanks to Russell, she released her first album, Portrait of Sheila, on Blue Note, the first female vocalist to record for the label.

Admission: 
Free

Mario Criales: The Function of the Bass in the Joropo Llanero

Tuesday / November 15, 2016 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mario Criales

The  joropo llanero music from Colombia and Venezuela catches the attention of many musicians around the world. For this reason, in 2012, bassist Mario Criales decided travel to los Llanos Colombo-Venezolanos, the place where you find the pure traditions of this music. His main plan was to adopt the language and make a conceptual and theoretic work about rhythms, melodies, and harmonic structures, work that was made in collaboration with Oscar Stagnaro. Criales was contacted to make a modern app where people could study and learn this musical genre by exercises on "Play Alone," a method used on most jazz and Afro-Cuban books. For this clinic, Criales will show the funtionality of this book and the abilities that can be demostrated by the bass player. 

Admission: 
Free

Folkloric Rhythms for the North of Argentina

Tuesday / October 11, 2016 / 1:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Manu Sija and Franco Pinna will present and demonstrate the most important rhythms of the North of Argentina.

Admission: 
Free

Will Kennedy: 2016 Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Master Class

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Will Kennedy

This concert is the culmination of the three-day Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Program, featuring Will Kennedy. If you have met Kennedy or have seen him perform, you understand that inspiration and Will Kennedy are inseparable, if not synonymous. Whether during his many years as a member of Yellowjackets or one of the many artists he has recorded and toured with, Kennedy has always been credited for being the inspirational drive in the music. His musicality and finesse are legendary among the “who’s who” of the jazz world and beyond.

Admission: 
Free

Claude Kelly '02 and Chuck Harmony "Louis York"

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

After fifteen Saturdays spent in a studio, surrounded by bad Chinese food and good times, Louis York was born. The musical creation of Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Ledisi) and Chuck Harmony (Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Chrisette Michelle, Rihanna, Fantasia), their first album is not one genre. Or influence. Or thought. Or message. It’s an exploration of it all. When stepping behind the mic for the first time in their careers, the Grammy nominated songwriter and producer decided to throw out every rule the business had told them to follow. It doesn’t matter how long, how many transitions or how many genres. Kelly and Harmony found themselves searching for one thing, and one thing alone – GREAT music.

Music they’re proud to introduce to the world. Music they believe does their rhythmic predecessors proud. And the two have tapped into their eclectic backgrounds and respective New York and St. Louis upbringings to do just that. Every vocal you hear is straight from Claude’s pipes. And every sound a product of Harmony’s hands. Their music truly comes from their hearts, written for the love of music and nothing else.

CLAUDE KELLY ’02:  Claude Kelly was born and raised in the heart of New York City where he was exposed to music at an early age. As a child, he found his way into the church kitchen during service and managed to turn pots, pans and a ladle into a makeshift drumset. From there he was hooked. He went on to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, receiving a degree in music business and management. He parlayed his knowledge of the business and love for music into a successful career, which was jumpstarted when he found himself in the studio with Akon and Whitney Houston. From there he’s written hit singles for Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Jesse J, Bruno Mars and countless others. Today, for the first time, he's standing behind the mic as the vocal element of Louis York. He and Chuck Harmony, the other half of Louis York, also founded the music collective, Weirdo Workshop, in 2014
 

Admission: 
Free

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