Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Scene at Berklee: Michael League

26/02/2020

Scene at Berklee presents snapshots and stories from the hundreds of clinics, workshops, performances, and other events that take place in our community year-round.

There are a handful of artists who have amassed a kind of cult following and appreciation in the Berklee universe-hip-hop legend J Dilla, for instance, or underground R&B pioneer Micki Miller-the sorts of acts students form ensembles to explore more deeply. Judging by the packed Friday audience assembled at the Red Room at Cafe 939 for a master class with Michael League, bandleader and bassist for the Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy, it's clear his omnivorous jazz/funk/rock group has struck a similar chord with the Berklee crowd.

The session began with a performance by the college's Snarky Puppy Ensemble, which League praised enthusiastically: If my band sounded like this when I was in college, we'd be a lot better off now. League then offered a wealth of wisdom that ranged from highly practical arrangement tips ( challenge yourselves to keep a thread through everything ) to exhortations to understand each moment of a song ( every four bars you should be able to write a dissertation on ) to reflections on the 98 percent human stuff -musicianship, responsibility, and attitude-that plays a crucial role in a person's success in the music industry.

Much of League's advice centered on how to avoid appropriation in music like Snarky Puppy's, which pays homage to a diverse set of influences. If all we did was take the things we like from all these different genres and played them like a wedding band...then that A word would come up more. Ultimately, the goal is to push into new and more personally authentic ways to relate to the music that inspires them. Not being different to be different, but being different to be you, because you are different.

Learn more: Berklee's Ensemble Department offers the largest selection of ensemble opportunities of any college in the world, from Afro-pop and bebop to bluegrass and funk.

Related categories:

News

Scene at Berklee

Related Reading

DOMi and JD Beck to Perform at the Red Room at Cafe 939 The futuristic jazz duo's performance will be webcast live as part of WBGO's the Checkout-Live at Berklee multimedia concert series.

Precious Perez Draws Musical and Academic Inspiration from Agua de Valencia The singer-songwriter has released an EP inspired by her time studying abroad at Berklee Valencia.

Jazz Virtuosos on the Art of Self-Editing Saxophonist David Liebman and pianist Kris Davis offered advice to students on endings, editing, and the space between the notes.

More from Berklee Now

Most Popular

Can You Land a Successful Career with a Performing Arts Degree? In an economy that rewards improvisation and entrepreneurship, well-trained artists and musicians are equipped to thrive.

Latest

Scene at Berklee: Michael League The Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy bandleader spoke on crafting an authentic sound in a master class with the Berklee Snarky Puppy Ensemble.

Scene at Berklee: Jeff Coffin The saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band shared practical tips on gigging, getting paid, and building relationships.

Miguel Zen n Berklee Quintet Performs at the Red Room at Cafe 939 The group will perform selections from Zen ns recording career on Wednesday, March 11.

Read All

Subscribe The latest sounds, stories, and ideas, sent to your inbox weekly.

Berklee Blogs

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Instagram

Snapchat

Soundcloud

Spotify
LINK: https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/scene-berklee-michael-league?...
See more stories from berklee

North America Stories

02/04/2020

NAB Statement on Proposed Rules for Use of 6 GHz Band for Unlicensed Use

NAB Statement on Proposed Rules for Use of 6 GHz Band for Unlicensed Use WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to proposed rules by the FCC to permit unlicensed devic...

02/04/2020

Announcing EVO Zepto

data-src=/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EVO-Zepto-FB-1-1024x536.jpg alt= width=1024 height=536 class=lazyload alignnone size-large wp-image-8368 data-srcset=https:...

02/04/2020

Monetizing Streaming Video: Alternatives to Complement (or Replace) YouTube Live's Monetization Options

Part 2 of 5:In Part 1 of this series, we discussed monetizing live-streaming vid...

02/04/2020

Omdia: 2020 TV Shipment Outlook Drops 10% Due to Coronavirus

LONDON-With the impact that coronavirus is having around the world, Omdia is adjusting its global television shipment projections for 2020, estimating a nearly ...

02/04/2020

TV Antennas Used by 25% of Homes in 2019, Per Parks Associates

ADDISON, Texas-TV antennas are making a comeback, as Parks Associates reports that the number of U.S. broadband homes that had used an antenna to watch TV in 20...

02/04/2020

FCC Opens Discussion on Carriage Dispute Resolutions

WASHINGTON-The FCC has some proposed changes on the table to the rules governing the resolution of programming disputes between video programming vendors and MV...

02/04/2020

Pandemic Brings TV to the Forefront

As the coronavirus has literally brought daily life to a halt worldwide, forcing people indoors, viewers are turning to television, with viewership rates skyroc...

02/04/2020

FCC Seeks Comment on Using SFNs to Improve ATSC 3.0 Coverage

WASHINGTON-The FCC today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize its Distributed Transmission System rules to enable TV broadcasters...

02/04/2020

NFL Playoffs Add Broadcasts as Format Expands

NEW YORK-There will be more playoff football starting with the 2020 NFL season, as NFL teams voted to expand the playoff format from 12 teams to 14. This expand...

02/04/2020

Local Public TV Stations in All States Offering Remote Learning

WASHINGTON-Television stations have become a key source for education during the coronavirus pandemic, and now America's Public Television Stations reports ...

02/04/2020

The Impact of AI/ML on TV Production and Playout

OTTAWA-Trend alert: Artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) is becoming an integral part of the total TV production/playout process. AI/ML is shiftin...

02/04/2020

Jason Kilar Appointed WarnerMedia CEO

NEW YORK-Jason Kilar will soon head up WarnerMedia, as it was announced that Kilar will take over as the company's CEO as of May 1. Kilar was the founding ...

02/04/2020

Wimbledon 2020 Cancelled Over Coronavirus

LONDON-The 134th Wimbledon tennis tournament will have to wait a year, as the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have...

01/04/2020

DigitalGlue Makes Enterprise Storage Easy and Affordable with creative.space Version 1.5

DigitalGlue has announced version 1.5 of the creative.space Web App along with a...

01/04/2020

Introducing New Product Updates from AJA

AJA Video Systems has released new updates for its powerful range of production and post solutions, including new upgrades for the HDR Image Analyzer, IP Mini-C...

01/04/2020

Teradici Expands Support for Wacom Pen Displays and Tablets for Creative Professionals

Teradici , the creator of industry-leading PCoIP technology and Cloud Access So...

01/04/2020

Telestream Offers Video Engineering Guide to Color Space Paper

The cameras used today encompass different standards and color spaces. Some output to a video curve, while some shoot RAW. There are significant differences bet...

01/04/2020

Telestream Offers Disruptor Webinar Series

Telestream is offering a webinar series digging into topics including UHD, HDR, Wide Color Gamut, and OTT. Discussions will include the challenges across the pr...

01/04/2020

Colorist Walter Volpatto Elevated to CSI Fellow

Veteran colorist Walter Volpatto, CSI has been appointed to the leadership of the Colorist Society International as a Fellow. A senior colorist at EFILM in Holl...

01/04/2020

Visual Effects Society Supports All Efforts for VFX Artists to Work Remotely

Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry's professional global honorary society, issued the following statement and resources in light of the o...

01/04/2020

Obituary: Jim Houston, Two-Time Academy Award-Winning Engineer

With great sadness, the Hollywood Section of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) announces the passing of its long-time member Jim Housto...

01/04/2020

A Conversation with Seth Hallen on COVID-19's Impact on the Industry and HPA

In this turbulent time, it is more important than ever to lean into community, partnership, and trusted resources. We asked Seth Hallen, HPA president, to share...

01/04/2020

NHL Pause Binge' Dives Into Archives To Give Hockey Fans a Welcome Escape

NHL Pause Binge' Dives Into Archives To Give Hockey Fans a Welcome Escape Cloud-based workflows help producers and editors work with large video files from ...

01/04/2020

RCS Cloud-Based Services See Growing Interest as Workflows Are Forced To Change

RCS Cloud-Based Services See Growing Interest as Workflows Are Forced To Change By Ken Kerschbaumer, Editorial Director Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 5:32 pm P...

01/04/2020

Viz Mosart Update Adds Live IP Video Support within the Touch-Based User Interface

Viz Mosart Update Adds Live IP Video Support within the Touch-Based User Interfa...

01/04/2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Ncam's Phil Ventre on Compatible Updates With Ncam Reality 2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Ncams Phil Ventre on Compatible Updates With Ncam Real...

01/04/2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: LiveU's Janel Fleming on Supplying a Bevy of Live Streaming Production Solutions

SVG SportsTech On Demand: LiveU's Janel Fleming on Supplying a Bevy of Live ...

01/04/2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Cloudian's Jon Toor on Solidifying Content Security

SVG SportsTech On Demand: Cloudian's Jon Toor on Solidifying Content Securit...

01/04/2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: 3G Wireless's Gordon Capaccio on Reaching New Heights in Video Capture

SVG SportsTech On Demand: 3G Wireless's Gordon Capaccio on Reaching New Heig...

01/04/2020

SVG SportsTech On Demand: CONNECT's Gary Cooper on the New KYBIO SaaS Offering

SVG SportsTech On Demand: CONNECT's Gary Cooper on the New KYBIO SaaS Offeri...

01/04/2020

Coronavirus Update: Wimbledon Cancelled, UEFA Events Postponed Indefinitely, WTA and ATP Off Until July

Coronavirus Update: Wimbledon Cancelled, UEFA Events Postponed Indefinitely, WTA...

01/04/2020

Fox, Comcast Reach Long-Term Distribution Agreement

Fox Corp. and Comcast said they reached a long-term renewal of their distribution agreement, including retransmission of Fox's television stations. Comcast...

01/04/2020

HURRY - SAVE 50% on the Presence XT Editor!

Click here to shop! For the first week of April, SAVE 50% on the Presence XT Editor right out of the PreSonus Shop! Unlock the true power of Presence XT in St...

01/04/2020

SEVEN DAY SALE - Artist Booster Pack and VST/AU/ReWire Support are 50% Off!

Click here to Shop! This is NOT an April Fools Joke! SAVE 50% on the Artist Booster Pack and VST/AU/ReWire Support! With the Artist Booster Pack you get acc...

01/04/2020

NEWS FLASH - FIFTY-SIX Add-ons are 50% Off this Week ONLY!

Click here to shop the SALE! It's a great week to be a PreSonus customer! Start saving today through April 7 on all Cherry Audio, MVP Loops and Earthmoment...

01/04/2020

Create while you isolate! Save 30% on Studio One and Notion!!

Create while you isolate! Studio One and Notion give you all the tools you need to record, produce, and compose at home and they're both on sale for the ent...

01/04/2020

Save up to $50 on select PreSonus recording bundles

Whether you're live streaming your version of the Corona Blues or looking to finally make full productions of those songs you've been humming in the s...

01/04/2020

April 01, 2020

Your computer can help scientists seek potential COVID-19 treatments IBMs World Community Grid hosts Scripps Research project to virtually screen chemical compo...

01/04/2020

NewFronts Moved to June Amid Daunting Challenge'

The Newfronts, where digital video publishers make pitches to media buyers, have been rescheduled for June. Hulus presentation to advertisers. Originally sche...

01/04/2020

Comcast Ramps up Educational Content

Comcast has teamed with Common Sense Media to make free educational content available. There are almost 2,000 hours of titles for its Xfinity customers with ki...

01/04/2020

Syfy Sets Sharknado' Marathon For April 5

Syfy hosts a 16-hour Sharknado marathon Sunday, April 5. The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at midnight. All six franchise movies will air. The Sharknado fran...

01/04/2020

New Episodes of 7 Little Johnstons' on TLC

TLC has new episodes of 7 Little Johnstons on March 31. It is a continuation of season five for the unscripted series, about a family of seven little people. T...

01/04/2020

AXS to Air Episodes of Live From Daryl's House'

AXS TV said it will be airing episodes of Live From Daryl's House, the popular music series created by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Daryl Hall (right), with...

01/04/2020

Primetime Ratings: NBC Wins With Mostly Vibrant Voice'

NBC had the top score in Monday ratings, The Voice leading to a 1.3 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 6 share. In second was Fox at 1.0/5. Th...

01/04/2020

Syndication Ratings: Numbers Rise as Viewers Stay at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic

As expected, ratings for syndicated shows in the week ended March 22 were largel...

01/04/2020

Standard General Blasts Tegna After Bidders Withdraw

Activist investor Standard General blasted Tegna, claiming that the Tegna board has failed to hold management accountable and jeopardized opportunities to maxim...

01/04/2020

Binge These Bangers: Sage Kotsenburg s Top 10 GoPro Videos

In The Wild Mar 31, 2020 Spending more time at home than usual? We can relate. We can also help by serving up some binge-worthy playlists curated by the pe...

01/04/2020

MIX 101.5 Uses #WorkFromHome Selfies with Listeners as Fundraiser for Food Bank

MIX 101.5 staffers shared their #WorkFromHome selfies to help raise funds for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. WRAL-FM MIX 101.5 created a ...

01/04/2020

Interra Systems to Host Webinar Series Following 2020 NAB Show Cancellation

BCA Events 2012. Events 2013. BCA Events 2013 Interra Systems to Host Webinar Series Following 2020 NAB Show Cancellation CUPERTINO, Calif.-March 31, 2...