Lecture

James G. Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 25, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 2011 Zafris Lecture: A&R and Artist Development Strategy for a Changing Music Industry
Featuring James Diener, CEO/President of A&M/Octone Records

Following a successful nine-year stint at Columbia Records, where he rose to become vice president of A&R and marketing, James Diener founded the independent label Octone Records. His vision was to give artists the best of both worlds—majors and independents—building success over time with less emphasis on immediate sales. Octone's holistic approach to artist development became the subject of two case studies published by Harvard Business School, and the label is now home to both platinum-selling bands such as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf, and developing bands such as K'Naan and Hollywood Undead. The label was spotlighted at the recent MIDEM conference for the branding deal it secured for K'Naan with Coca-Cola that brought the band into Coke's massively successful World Cup 2010 campaign. As the man behind Octone/A&M, Diener is clearly on the cutting edge among music industry leaders.

The Zafris Lecture is sponsored by the Music Business/Management Department.

 

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The Power of Music Therapy

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Power of Music Therapy highlights the views and accomplishments of the faculty of the Music Therapy Department. This presentation will include lecture, music, film excerpts, and discussion by Music Therapy Department faculty and invited guests.

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Meditation and Mastering the Inner Art of Performance

Sunday / April 4, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Fordham Road Studio
25 Fordham Road
Allston
MA
United States
02134

In this special two-hour seminar, Josh Summers will present both theoretical and practical meditation methods to develop the inner capacities of performance. Topics include:

  • Stress reduction and enhanced creativity. Mindfulness meditation substantially reduces stress, develops psychological resiliency, and supports physical health, from which creative possibilities naturally flow.
  • The meditative mind as precondition for the development of expertise. We fear failure; yet without failure, expertise is not possible. Knowing this and understanding how to work with the fear of failure are two very different things. Meditation develops an integrative program of "failure tolerance" to ingrain the habit of relaxed acceptance and immediate creative renewal in the face of adversity.
  • Dissolve performance anxiety and end the tyranny of perfectionism. Performance anxiety manifests as intense physical sensations and relentless negative thinking. And this anxiety is intimately linked with the tyranny of our "inner critic." Meditation weakens these inner demons and replaces them with good, reliable allies.

Since his early days as a jazz saxophonist, Josh Summers has been fascinated by the intersection between meditation and performance. He lives in Boston as a mindfulness consultant, yoga instructor, and acupuncturist. Josh recently coauthored The Buddha's Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living.

This event is presented by the Performance Division.

 

 

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Zafris Lecture: Gerry Barad

Friday / February 26, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Gerry Barad

The 2010 James G. Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management will be given by Gerry Barad, chief operating officer, Live Nation Global Touring. The title for this year's lecture is Concerts/Touring: Past, Present, and Future.

Barad will give insights gathered from his long career in the live music industry, where he has been an integral part of the acquisition, production, merchandising, budgeting, sponsorship affiliation, and execution of concert tours of some of the biggest names in live touring, including U2; Madonna; the Rolling Stones; the Police; Sting; David Bowie; Barbra Streisand; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Neil Young; Peter Gabriel; Pink Floyd; the Who; Rush; Shakira; Joni Mitchell; Paul McCartney; Bette Midler; and the Area Festival. 

Following his talk, Barad will be interviewed by professor Jeff Dorenfeld, for an in-depth discussion of the business of touring, including new uses of technology and industry consolidation.

Reception to follow.

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Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism in the Age of Obama

Wednesday / February 11, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tim Wise—one of America's most vocal and prolific anti-racism speakers and authors—presents this vital and thought-provoking lecture. Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism in the Age of Obama

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Tim Wise—one of America's most vocal and prolific anti-racism speakers and authors—gives this vital and thought-provoking lecture. Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Bob Lada: Alexander Technique for the Composing and Practicing Musician

Wednesday / March 11, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Lada has been involved with the Alexander Technique since 1984 as a student and teacher. He is assistant director at the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge and a charter member of Alexander Technique International. In private practice, he teaches both individuals and groups for performing artists, athletes, people in pain, and all who are interested in exploring themselves. He also teaches locally at the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard Extension School. 

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Zafris Lecture: Terry McBride, CEO Nettwerk

Friday / February 20, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride presents the 2009 Zafris Lecture, titled Empowerment in the Digital Music Business: User-Generated Content, Social Networks, and Monetizing "Free" on the Net.

McBride is the CEO and one of three founders of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (Canada's largest independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist and producer management), Nettwerk One (publishing), and Artwerks (graphic and fashion design).

Founded in McBride's apartment in 1984, Nettwerk has corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Hamburg, and London. Netterk Management's exclusive client roster includes Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Stereophonics, Sarah McLachlan, Sum 41, Jars of Clay, and Jamiroquai, among many others. Since its inception, Nettwerk has released over 500 albums and sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

In the past few years, McBride has spoken at dozens of international conferences about advances in digital technology, intellectual property rights and the future of music distribution. He was recently recognized as one of the 10 MIDEM Masters at this year's MIDEM conference, recognizing him as one of ten worldwide music executives who are driving the music industry forward.

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Mallory Zumbach on Creative Licensing in Music

Friday / March 27, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In 2005, Zumbach became the digital sales & marketing and synch coordinator of One Little Indian Records. She joined WCM in 2006 as the creative assistant and senior coordinator in the Strategic Marketing Department—a job opportunity she found thanks to connections made on her previous visits to WCM with Berklee's Music Business Association.

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Suzanne Hanser: Tuneful Treatments

Friday / October 2, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston
MA
United States
02114
Music not only energizes and calms us; research shows that it has powerful healing properties. Music can ease pain, lower blood pressure, and relieve anxiety and depression. It can even alleviate the symptoms of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, mitigate the side effects of cancer, and help women in childbirth.
Join Music Therapy department chair Suzanne Hanser for a fascinating discussion, punctuated with musical examples, of how the neurobiological foundations of music are leading to new treatments for a variety of health problems.
Seating is limited. Seating passes are available to the general public in the Museum of Science lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the evening of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance. For member reservations, call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday the week of the program only: 617 589-3169.
Admission: 
Free

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