Visiting Artist Events

Performers, engineers, and music business professionals are among the industry experts who visit Berklee to offer clinics and master classes about the business and art of making, recording, promoting, and composing music. Often only open to the college community, these visits are opportunities for Berklee students and faculty to get an intimate and inside perspective of the industry.

Kenny Werner and Billy Childs Master Class

Tuesday / February 25, 2020 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States

Presented by the Harmony and Jazz Composition Department and the Effortless Mastery Institute, Billy Childs and Kenny Werner conduct a special master class.

Admission: Free

Directed Study Seminar: Sound Icon Reading Session

Wednesday / March 4, 2020 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Boston, Massachusetts–based group Sound Icon reads works by student composers.

Admission: Free

Chinese Tradition Music: East Meets West

Wednesday / March 4, 2020 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Chinese Tradition Music, an ensemble that combines Chinese and Western music, performs a concert that includes solo, duo, and small ensemble.

Admission: Free

Directed Study Seminar: Sound Icon Reading Session

Wednesday / March 11, 2020 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Boston, Massachusetts–based group Sound Icon reads works by student composers.

Admission: Free

North and South Indian Percussion Solos and Rhythm Theory

Monday / March 23, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

At this master class and clinic, presented by associate percussion professor Jerry Leake, learn about North and South Indian percussion solos; merging rhythm theory and practice; compositional forms; and improvisations.

Admission: Free

Visiting Scholar Ensemble Concert: Billy Childs—Into the Light

Monday / March 23, 2020 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115, United States

Billy Childs, the 2019–2020 Ken Pullig Visiting Scholar in Jazz Studies and a Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger, presents an ensemble that includes students from the Harmony and Jazz Composition Department. The ensemble is co-led by professor Daniel Ian Smith.

Admission: Free

Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves: Choro Workshop

Monday / March 30, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Virtuoso clarinetist Anat Cohen and 7-string guitar virtuoso Marcello Gonçalves share their mastery of Brazilian choro music with interactive explorations of the rhythms, song forms, and melodies of this exhilarating style.

Admission: Free

Master Class/Clinic on Indian Classical Music

Monday / March 30, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02115, United States

Join us for a master class/clinic on Indian classical music, presented by a renowned artist from India.

Admission: Free

Choro Carioca, with Rogério Souza and Daniel Migliavacca

Wednesday / April 1, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

This lecture and concert, led by Brazilian musicians Rogério Souza and Daniel Migliavacca, addresses the repertoire of three essential choro composers from Rio de Janeiro: Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, and Ernesto Nazareth.

Admission: Free

Antônio Carlos Jobim’s Music, from 1947 to 1995

Thursday / April 2, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

In this session, presented by Alfredo Cardim, we examine Antônio Carlos Jobim’s compositions before and during the bossa nova years.

Admission: Free

Master Class with Mike Stern

Wednesday / April 8, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Mike Stern ’75, a renowned jazz guitar virtuoso and six-time Grammy nominee, will be on campus to share his concepts of improvisation, technique, and harmony.

Admission: Free

Vicki Genfan

Thursday / April 16, 2020 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Playing her own percussive technique of slap-tap acoustic guitar, Vicki Genfan will share her concepts for developing right-hand technique, songwriting, and improvisation.

Admission: Free