Berklee Roots Weekend: Bluegrass, Blues, and Beyond
Learn from Berklee faculty and some of the world’s leading roots musicians, like Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, and Darol Anger.
You’ll play and explore in depth a wide variety of roots music styles, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, and acoustic jazz. Through participation in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, you will be developing your improvisational and reading skills.
|Program length:||Three days|
|Program dates:||Friday, June 26, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015|
|Housing: Move in starting: Move out by:||$510 Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years old and older|
Instructors include Berklee's renowned faculty and acclaimed visiting artists.
Bruce Molsky is the world's premier old-time fiddler and the defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music. A passionate folklorist, Molsky plumbs the depths of American folk traditions and shines light on the tunes sleeping there.
Fiddler, composer, producer, and educator Darol Anger is at home in a number of genres, some of which he helped invent. Exceptional for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band.
Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, he has inspired a generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.
A chart-topping jazz guitarist with a love for rural music, Matt Munisteri swings hard through his multi-faceted explorations of 20th century American music.
In an eclectic career featuring stints playing with bluegrass legends and acoustic innovators alike, in both his playing and his teaching, Joe Walsh has always been focused on tone, timing, and taste.
An exceptional virtuoso of the blues harp with an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, Annie Raines's playing spans styles from acoustic country blues to hard-edged electric Chicago blues.
With more than 40 years of experience as a performer, teacher, and torchbearer of the country blues tradition, Paul Rishell is a soulful player with complete mastery of his music.
Violinist, musical instigator, and director of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee, Matt Glaser ties his diverse background in jazz, classic country, swing, and bluegrass into a unique approach to improvisation.
Progressive bassist Viktor Krauss has brought his unique sound to a long list of collaborations with greats in the jazz, bluegrass, rock, and pop worlds.
One of the most in-demand harpists internationally, Maeve Gilchrist explores improvisation using her folk roots in a contemporary setting.
This program welcomes players of any level of experience, including beginners, on acoustic instruments including violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and harp.
Daytime classes will take the form of ensembles, master classes on instrumental proficiency, and lectures on core musical concepts from the Berklee curriculum. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams. In addition to participating in an ensemble, students will choose from a host of classes, including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Introduction to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Introduction to Ear Training.
Watch Berklee American Roots Music students and faculty perform live: