Lecture

Kevin Augunas

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA

Producer, mixer, and engineer Kevin Augunas presents a talk for the Berklee community. In 2006, Augunas founded the independent label Fairfax Recordings, which has since relocated to the space formerly known as Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Kevin has worked with a broad range of talented artists, including the Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Last Bison, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Lumineers.

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

Willard Ahdritz

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 4:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Willard Ahdritz is the founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group Ltd. As an early champion for transparency and maximizing the value of music, Ahdritz launched Kobalt in 2000 with a business model that applied strategies from changing industry structures and management of complex information flows to the global royalty collections and rights management process. Under his leadership, the company has grown to be a Top 5 publisher in the U.S. and No. 1 independent publisher in major markets such as the U.K. and Germany.

Ahdritz has more than 17 years experience in developing and running global music publishing and record label operations at Kobalt and at Sweden’s Telegram Records and Publishing (now part of Warner Music), as well as eight years of corporate strategy and financial experience from his tenure at LEK Consulting. Ahdritz holds degrees in finance and accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business/Stockholm School of Economics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA). In 2009 Ahdritz received the BVCA’s Venture Capital backed CEO of the Year Award in London.

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

CANCELED: What’s Up with MXSups: Interviews with the Purveyors of Cool

Thursday / February 27, 2014 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

How do hollywood music supervisors discover, select, and license music for film, television, and commercials?  What new tools and submission practices could increase opportunities for independant musicians?

Join us as Berklee Music Business faculty member Andrea Johnson (see her full bio below) shares her original research as recently published in the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. Her findings are a cogent summary of interviews with seven music supervisors currently in the field who discuss their real-world obstacles and job responsibilities in licensing music. Come hear how changes in music discovery (for music supervisors) and streamlining practices in submitting musical content (for independent musicians) can escalate opportunities and revenues on those placements industry-wide in a variety of media vehicles, as well as how faculty can adapt coursework to expand career prospects for their students.

 

Andrea “Ani” Johnson, an associate professor of music business at Berklee College of Music, is an international lecturer and consultant in music licensing, marketing, and strategic management. She has recently spoken at CNN “The Lead,”  MIDEM, InHolland University, and Berklee Valencia. Previously, Johnson worked with Chris Blackwell at Island Records and Palm Pictures/Rykodisc and licensed over 30 albums for artists, including Elton John, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Fleetwood Mac. Her work with Gloria Estefan's team included restructuring their financial systems and managing royalties and licenses for their Sony Music venture. Currently, she owns MonoMyth Media, a music supervision company in the Boston market and assists artists in placing their music in locally produced films.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Laurence Albert Residency

Friday / March 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
02116

Veteran operatic bass-baritone Laurence Albert visits Berklee's Voice Department from March 6 to 8. Raised in an inner-city neighborhood in Memphis, Albert has gone on to sing an impressive repertoire of 50 operatic roles and 300 songs in seven languages internationally since his 1977 debut with the Detroit Opera. Along with Berklee Piano Department faculty member Jennifer Elowsky-Fox, he will present Friendship, Poetry, Song—A Recital on Friday, March 7. 

On the program will be Margaret Bond’s Three Dream Images, set to texts of Langston Hughes, as well as works by Wagner, Wolf, Schubert, Poulenc, and Carl Riley, the academic sssistant to the dean of the Berklee Performance Division. The recital is free and open to the entire Berklee community and the general public.

Admission: 
Free

Hearing Loss and Musicians

Tuesday / April 8, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Dr. Sharon Kujawa, director of audiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, will give a presentation on the state of the science of hearing loss.

Admission: 
Free

Check the Technique with the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection

Wednesday / February 12, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Come learn more about the Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection, the world's largest research archive of artifacts documenting the birth, growth, and history of hip-hop culture, which turned 40 this past summer.
 
This evening's video chat guests will include:
  • Ben Ortiz, assistant curator of the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection (CHHC);
  • DJ Rich Medina, CHHC advisory board member and world-renowned DJ/musician/media personality; and
  • Breakbeat Lou, CHHC advisory board member and co-founder of The Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilation series.
 
 
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Performance Anxiety and the Developing Musician

Wednesday / November 13, 2013 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Performance anxiety—physical, behavioral, psychological, and common to anyone who's taken the stage.

Long thought of as an adult problem, this session will present research regarding its development and highlight the role teachers and educational practices may play. Join us as Berklee Music Education faculty member Charlene Ryan shares her latest research with us!

 
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Style on Stage: A Quest for Authenticity

Wednesday / November 6, 2013 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Courtney Kim Benbernou

Are you what you wear? Can fashion choices create a niche for your music? How do certain pieces, like Michael Jackson's glove, become iconic?

Fashion sculptor Courtney Kim Benbernou will deliver a thought-provoking look at the relationship between fashion and the musician. Benbernou is a full-time artist with a B.F.A. in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The program will include an interactive opportunity to develop and craft individual stage looks.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Indian Cinema Centennial: 1913-2013

Wednesday / October 16, 2013 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee faculty Rekha Menon will give a presentation on the uniqueness of Indian cinema, in honor of its centennial. Indian cinema draws and captivates audiences for more than two hours of storytelling. The art and aesthetics of Indian cinema will be discussed, including scenes in the most celebrated celluloid that galvanized generations and impacted filmmaking across the globe.

 

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Performance Wellness Institute Presents

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall

The Performance Wellness Institute presents an afternoon of lectures and performances.

Admission: 
Free

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