Countdown to Five Week

Here are five things you need to know as you head to Boston:

The FIVE City Music ensembles featured at five week:

  • Jazz
  • Pop/Rock
  • Choral
  • Big Band
  • Pop/R&B

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FOUR reflections on five-week from prior students:

  • “Inspirational” said Ethan Wahl from Washington, DC.
  • “Immersive” said Angus Algrant from Manhattan, NY.
  • “Enlightening” said Alyssa McDoom from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • “Liberating” said Clarke Jackson from Baltimore, MD.

THREE places you can listen to live music in Boston, Massachusetts at walking distance from Berklee:

TWO upcoming City Music events to look forward to:

The ONE most essential tool you will need as you roam the Berklee Campus: the Berklee Campus Map.

 

#5to5week Ensemble Director: Marty Walsh

As we count down to Five Week, Berklee City Music is interviewing our Five Week City Music ensemble directors. Today, we’re featuring Marty Walsh, director of the Five Week City Music Pop/Rock Ensemble.

Ensemble director Marty Walsh with Five Week student.
Ensemble director Marty Walsh with Five Week student.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Working with very talented City Music musicians.

 

What advice can you give to students to get the most out of your ensemble?

Think above all else what is right for the song. It’s not about individual performances, it’s about how the group performs as a whole

 

Many students travel from far away – what is one thing you think students should do/see/eat while in Boston?

Go to a Red Sox game. Fenway park is the classic old school baseball stadium.

 

SAVE THE DATE: August 11, 2015 at the Berklee Performance Center, 7:30pm

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Concord Music Group visits Berklee

On March 12th, Berklee alumnus Jason Linder, VP of Project Management for Concord Music Group, shared some insight on today’s music industry and where it’s headed. Concord Music Group started as a jazz record label, but over the years it began working on a new vision: introducing established legends to new, upcoming artists. They recently released an album titled Take Me To the River: Music from the Motion Picture. The album is a companion to Martin Shore’s award-winning documentary Take Me to the River that brings multiple generations of musicians together in collaboration.

Linder discussed the marketing aspects of a record company and provided a list of marketing strategies including PR, radio, new media, video, and sales. Many say that CD sales are dead, but Linder believes otherwise. Though it’s not a predominant source of income, people are still supporting artists through CD sales. Linder explained how an artist’s income is a huge indicator of who their audience is.  For example, in one week Big Sean received 17 million streams on Spotify, while Kid Rock only received 500,000 streams. This shows us that Big Sean’s audience is mostly young people who choose online streaming over hard copy.

I learned that 1500 streams of one song is equal to 1 album sale.  This means that Big Sean’s 17 million streams are equivalent to only about 12,000 albums sales. Since CD sales are plummeting with the new generation, the music industry will have to adapt or artists will no longer be able to support themselves.

Lastly, Linder discussed an internship for students here at Berklee to work with Concord Music Group in various cities around the country. It’s an amazing opportunity for students to see the nooks and crannies of the music industry and the big changes that Linder believes are on the horizon. For questions about the internship program, contact Arin Canbolat.

Grace Mann is a City Music Scholar from Boston, MA, and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music.

 

Guest Post: Feb 2015 City Music Caf Show

This post is by guest blogger J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Associate Vice President of Education Outreach at Berklee College of Music.

On Friday, February 20th, we were treated to a stellar performance at the Berklee College of Music Dining Hall by an ensemble made up of Berklee City Music alumni representing Network partners from at least four different cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, CA, and New Orleans. The group “Turn the Lights On,” led by vocalist/percussionist Henry Oyekanmi (East Bay Performing Arts Center) and vocalist Langston Theard (Tipitina’s Foundation), gave a stellar depiction of what happens when cutting edge contemporary arrangements are blended with old school flavor and a penchant for “keeping things real.”

Customarily noted as “Caf Shows,” these performances are often organized by the students and take place in the college cafeteria without cost to its audience. It is not surprising to hear bands of a very high caliber, and that’s exactly what we experienced last week. The Berklee City Music Network alumni band could have easily opened for a major act at TD Garden, the Staples Center, or the Wells Fargo Center, and I for one would have paid a decent ticket price to see them – main or opening act.

If I dare to categorize the music, I would say: neo-soul infused with funk, a taste of Middle Eastern Phrygian-olydian, jazz-a-matazz hip pop, and some slammin’ R&B vocals atop a technotronic bed. There was a balanced roster of both cover tunes and some headed-to-the-top originals. Along with Henry and Langston were City Music students Darryl Staves on drums, John Dandan on keys, Macston Maccow on “tracks,” and Yesseh Furaha Ali on sax. The group was further complimented by Berklee students Justin Perkins on bass, Willie Moore III on guitar, and Matthew Sallee, Melaner Quiroz, and Alexis Shae on background vocals. An opening ensemble made up of a number of City Music Boston students was chosen by audition and definitely established itself as an “act to follow!”

Throughout the performance, both Henry and Langston repeatedly gave shout-outs to Berklee City Music making such statements as, “… they [City Music] are the reason I’m here [at Berklee] and “they’ve made me who I am.”

If you know any of these young musicians mentioned above, commend them, because they carried the City Music banner proud and high, and are clearly demonstrating the value of a Berklee education… and they are not even out yet!

City Music Scholar Reflects on NAMM Experience

Robert Gould is a City Music Scholar from Little Five Points Music Center in Atlanta, GA, and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music.

The opportunity to perform and receive hands on mentorship by George Clinton, Moby, and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus crew was an amazing experience to say the least. George Clinton at the forefront of creativity and individuality as a musician mixed with the high level technological advancements and concepts the John Lennon Bus and Moby bought to the experience made this opportunity a life changing musical adventure I will never forget. The ability to be surrounded by music in all directions in the atmosphere set by the NAMM Conference in California made this musical encounter a surreal moment.

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As musicians and contemporary music students at Berklee College Of Music, we often are searching for innovation and desiring to be at the helm of what will mold and set a new dawn of music for our generation to enjoy. This opportunity yielded to me by Berklee City Music allowed me to see that in order to be innovative in this era we must seek for the foundations laid by George Clinton, Moby, and John Lennon who were and are all men who faced music with fearless tenacity and zeal. Creativity and technology are at the forefront of this new dawn of the entertainment industry we are entering into. This purpose driven experience connecting education, recording, and technology has exposed my mind, enriched my soul, and fueled my determination for success through my artistry. I am so honored to be an ambassador for the Berklee City Music Program.

Find Robert Online:

Soundcloud | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter

 

Tommy LiPuma at the BCMN Conference

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The three-time Grammy award-winning producer of 29 gold or platinum records, and Chairman Emeritus of Verve Music, Tommy LiPuma will be a panelist at this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference.  For decades LiPuma has been a major creative and innovative musical force and with more than 30 Grammy nominations he is one of the most successful pop and jazz producers ever.

Tommy LiPuma is a record producer, talent scout, and record company executive. A trained musician and saxophonist born and raised in Cleveland, LiPuma started in record promotion and quickly rose to become a celebrated producer and music industry leader. He has served in significant positions at almost every major record company including being the first staff producer at A&M Records and cofounder of Blue Thumb Records in the 1960s; the head of jazz and progressive Music at Warner Bros. through the ‘80s; and the senior vice president of A&R at Elektra and president of GRP and Impulse in the ‘90s. From 1998 to 2005, he was chairman of Verve Music, and chairman emeritus from ’05 through ’11.

He has worked with an incredible array of renowned musicians, including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, The Pointer Sisters, Gabor Szabo, João Donato, Hugh Masekela, Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé, Ben Sidran, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, the Jazz Crusaders, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Claudine Longet, Dave Mason, the Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, Diana Krall, Sir Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Dr. John, to a few.  Check out more of his discography here.

Don’t miss Tommy LiPuma at this year’s conference.

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Just Announced: Gladys Knight at the BCMN Conference

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Known as the “Empress of Soul,” the seven-time Grammy Award-Winner, Gladys Knight will join Ron Weisner’s panel, Remaining Fresh, Being Creative: Developing Artists for Tomorrow’s Industries, at this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles on November 2-5.

Georgia-born, Gladys Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church.  Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest, formed The Pips. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group and were replaced by Cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.

Don’t miss Gladys Knight.  Click the link to register for the Berklee City Music Network Conference.

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Calling High School Music Students: Don’t Miss the Kevin Eubanks Jam Session

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APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JAM SESSION (CLICK HERE)

High school musicians don’t miss the Jam Session led by Kevin Eubanks at Youth Power-Up Day part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, on Sunday, November 2.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY.  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

When: Sunday, November 2 from 12:00pm noon-5:00pm.

Where: California Plaza – 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Cost: FREE

APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JAM SESSION (CLICK HERE)

FREE Community Event in LA Nov 2

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New this year to the Berklee City Music Network Conference is Youth Power-Up Day, a free outdoor community evening featuring:

  • Jam Session hosted by Kevin Eubanks, former leader of the Tonight Show band – Students can apply to participate here
  • Performances by singer & guitarist Raul Pacheco of the GRAMMY-winning Ozomatli and folk/blues/punk artist Sunny War
  • Mega drum circle hosted by REMO drum makers
  • Hosted by Petri Byrd Hawkins from TV’s Judge Judy and Emmy Award Winning TV Host/Producer Tanya Hart
  • Plus performances by student ensembles and music resources for local families
When: Sunday, November 2 from 12:00 – 5:00pm
Where: California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
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At Youth Power-Up Day on Sunday, November 2, part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, there will be a jam session with Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of The Tonight Show Band.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY (Click Here).  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

Bill Withers Just Added to the BCMN Conference

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Bill Withers will join Ron Weisner on his panel on Tuesday, November 4 titled “The Challenges of Change: Remaining Fresh, Being Creative, Developing for Tomorrow’s Industries” with other guests Tommy LiPuma, Bobbie Colomby, and Ray Chew.

Withers, originally from West Virginia, recorded a number of hits including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Lovely Day.”  In 1967 he relocated to Los Angeles and financed his own demos, which led him to Sussex Records with Clarence Avant who got Booker T. Jones to produced Withers’ first album Just As I Am, which featured “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards in 1972 he won the Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  Prior to winning the Grammy the song had previously sold over a million copies and went platinum.  In 1980 he released “Just the Two of Us” with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., which later went on to win a Grammy.

In 2005 Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2006 received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award presented to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of Rhythm and Soul music.

Don’t miss out on this great event and the opportunity to interact with Bill Withers and others at the Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles November 2-5.

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