Saturday, 6 September 2014

'Live at Berklee': Collegiate A Capella from Pitch Slapped, Reggae from Osiris Fire, and Indian, Middle Eastern and West African Percussion

Live, Intimate Performances from the World's Largest Independent College of Contemporary Music

The New Beatmaker is very proud to present the third in our regular series of monthly videos capturing live, intimate performances from students and alumni of the world famous Berklee College of Music.

Up first this month we have a fantastic performance from Pitch Slapped, I'll let the good folks at Berklee themselves tell it:

'Watch and listen to the arrangement and choreography that brought Pitch Slapped the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA). They perform a medley of "Take Your Time," "Radio Song," "Ain't it Fun," "Take Back the Night," "Say Something," and "Come on Over."

Pitch Slapped is a student club at Berklee College of Music. Their 2014 auditions will be held September 17-19 from 8PM-11PM at 921 Boylston St., Room 411.

Auditions: facebook.com/events/1508543872721332'
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I'm no Collegiate A Capella expert, but this is surely a wonderfully performance in anyone's book!
I'm no Collegiate A Capella expert, but this is surely a wonderfully performance in anyone's book!


Following on from that, we have reggae band Osiris Fire take it to the rooftop in a very different, but equally memorable performance of 'Shacklebreaker'.

This is an electrifying performance and serves as a perfect introduction to the band.  As a side note, check out The New Beatmaker favourite Frankie Leroux (Lowtone Society) right there in the thick of things yet again with his stellar work on the drums.  Well done guys.
Check out The New Beatmaker favourite Frankie Leroux (Lowtone Society) right there in the thick of things yet again with his stellar work on the drums. 
Be sure to check out the band on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.  I particularly enjoy the rousing 'Locked Down' which features the impassioned vocals of Frankie's Lowtone bandmate Joanna Teters (also of Mad Satta and Drew OfThe Drew fame).


Last but not least we have a wonderful performance using Indian, Middle Eastern and West African percussion.
Whether you are the proud owner of any of the instruments featured; are using samples and wondering how to make them sound more life-like, or just looking to vibe out, just sit back and enjoy.
Whether you are the proud owner of any of the instruments featured and looking to get tips on how to play; are an artist using samples of Indian, Middle Eastern and West African percussion and wondering how to make them sound more life-like in your productions, or just looking to vibe out to the gorgeous, hypnotic sounds that this instruments make, sit back and enjoy.



Here's a bit more info for you, again from Berklee themselves:

Tabla duet: "Kaida in 16-beat Tintal, Faukhabad Gharana" (Ustad Keramatullah Khan)
Frame drum trio: "A Quality of Six" (Jerry Leake)
West African Ensemble: "Fume Fume" (Maustafa Tete Addy)

berklee.edu/percussion
   
Well, another set of wonderful performances I'm sure you'll agree!  The New Beatmaker is honoured to bring you these videos in association with Berklee College of Music.
  
To check out all episodes of 'Live at Berklee' click here.

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