Lecture

BerkleeICE Creative Catalyst Series: Exploring the Interplay of Music and Science

Monday / March 23, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Juma Speaking
Calestous Juma
Image courtesy of the artist

This is the inaugural event of BerkleeICE's Creative Catalysts series, designed to catalyze and explore the commonalities between art, science, and the entrepreneurial mind. The kick-off event pairs, on stage, three Berklee chairs (Steve BaileyBonnie Hayes, and Sean Jones) and three world-renowned scientists (Calestous Juma, Jané Kondev, and Sujata Bhatia) to explore, in an improvisatory format, the interplay between music and science centered around three themes: sustenance, resilience, and transcendence.  

BerkleeICE advisory group member and Babson Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project founder Daniel Isenberg will moderate this session of the Creative Catalysts, adapted from the World Economic Forum’s Creative Spark series he helped launch in 2014. This unique experience and format will push the boundaries of creativity, performance, science, and innovation closer together.

PROGRAM (subject to change)

7:30–7:45 p.m.            Introduction and welcoming remarks (Roger H. Brown, president of Berklee; Panos Panay, director of BerkleeICE; Dan Isenberg)

7:458:15 p.m.            SustenanceBonnie HayesCalestous Juma, audience experience

8:158:20 p.m.            Jam

8:208:50 p.m.            ResilienceSteve BaileySujata Bhatia, audience experience

8:508:55 p.m.            Jam

8:559:25 p.m.           TranscendenceSean JonesJané Kondev, audience experience

9:259:55 p.m.           Performers, observers, catalyzers

PARTICIPANT BIOS

Dan Isenberg has been a professor at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, and Babson, and has been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author (Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, Harvard 2013), and policy advisor (entrepreneurial-revolution.com). He has moderated numerous innovative and unique activities at Davos and other World Economic Forum events. Isenberg is on the advisory board of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and is currently founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project.

Bonnie Hayes wrote the hit songs “Have a Heart” and “Love Letter” from the acclaimed Bonnie Raitt album Nick of Time. She has also written songs for Cher, Bette Midler, David Crosby, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, Booker T. and the MGs, and many more. Hayes produced the Gospel Hummingbirds’s Grammy-nominated 1992 album Steppin’ Out and toured with pop-punk icon Billy Idol. She scored a college radio hit with the 1980s cult favorite “Shelley’s Boyfriend,” which also appeared with another of Hayes’s songs in the 1983 motion picture Valley Girl. She is chair of the Songwriting Department at Berklee.

Calestous Juma is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also directs the center's Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; serves as faculty chair of the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program; and is the faculty chair of the Innovation for Economic Development executive program. Juma is a former executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and founding director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been elected to several scientific academies, including the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and won international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies. His latest book is The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (Oxford), published in 2011. 

Steve Bailey, an influential six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, is chair of Berklee's Bass Department. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years. A partial list of Bailey's extensive recording and performance credits include projects with Paquito D'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Lew Tabackin, Victor Wooten, Dave Liebman, Claudio Roditti, Hank Jones, Michel Camilo, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Kilauea, Jethro Tull, Jon Anderson, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Larry Carlton, Emily Remler, Kitaro, Tab Benoit, Chris Duarte, Mel Torme, and Johnny Witherspoon.

Jané Kondev is a theoretical physicist who works on problems in molecular and cell biology. He is a recipient of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and he has coauthored a prize-winning book on the physics of living cells. He teaches at Brandeis University, where he is the chair of the Physics Department and the codirector of the graduate program in quantitative biology. Last year he was one of 15 newly appointed professors of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In his research, he combines mathematical explorations with experiments on biological molecules and living cells with the goal of uncovering the basic principles of life.    

Sean Jones is a world-class trumpeter and composer who has released four albums on Mack Avenue Records and is featured on the Grammy Awardwinning album Turned to Blue by Nancy Wilson. With each new project he adds a new style to his repertoire—modern bop, funk/soul, gospel—and on Kaleidoscope, his latest release, he showcases the music and voices of top-flight singers. This show will feature a brief set by Jones and his band that will segue into jam sessions with Berklee students. He is chair of Berklee’s Brass Department.

Sujata K. Bhatia is a lecturer on Biomedical Engineering at Harvard, as well as an associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received an M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then worked from 2003 to 2011 at DuPont. She is an expert in bioadhesives for wound closure, minimally invasive medical devices, and tissue regeneration. Sujata is the author of Biomaterials for Clinical Applications, and has served on panels and committees for the National Academy of Engineering, NASA, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
 

Tickets are available by invitation or by signing up via Eventbrite.

The Roots of Reggaeton with Wayne Marshall

Wednesday / March 4, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Wayne Marshall
Wayne Marshall
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Wayne Marshall will discuss the history of reggaeton, from its roots in Jamaican and Panamanian reggae to the genre's transformation in Puerto Rico's hip-hop scene and circulation across Latin America and the world. Connecting musical aesthetics to intense debates about race, nation, and gender, Marshall will demonstrate how the shapes and forms of reggaeton have changed over the years, highlighting the ways that Spanish-language rap over Afro-Caribbean rhythms have underpinned a remarkable cultural and economic youth movement. 
 
Marshall's research and teaching focus on the popular and dance music of the Americas and the world, Afro-diasporic cultural politics, musical publics, and media technologies. He teaches music history courses in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music and the Harvard Extension School. A self-described techno-musicologist, Marshall authors a blog and has written numerous articles and one "genuine, physical book."
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Conversations about the Red Bull Music Academy

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 3:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Red Bull Music Academy lecture concept is meant to give students an inside look at the unique music academy experience, this year touching down in Paris, through a conversation-style lecture with RBMA alumni artist Jesse Boykins III and Red Bull studios chief engineer / academy lecturer Chris Tabron.

Through the lecture, panelists will discuss their individual experience in the academy and how it shaped their creative and professional development as an artist.

Jesse Boykins III - RBMA alumni/participant

Chris Tabron - Red Bull Studios NYC Chief Engineer

Moderator - Michael Bierylo, Electronic Production & Design Chair

Red Room, Cafe 939, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Scholarship Portfolio Workshop: Renewing Your Berklee Scholarship

Tuesday / February 24, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Media Lab - 150 Mass. Ave
Boston

If you are renewing your Berklee scholarship you likely have some questions about submitting your renewal. In this workshop, staff from the Office of Scholarships and the Learning Center will be on hand to explain the process, outline the requirements and discuss any technical considerations. Bring your questions to this session to have them addressed and assist you in submitting your best scholarship portfolio renewal.

Please sign up to reserve your place today:

https://learningcenter.berklee.edu/signup/class/scholarship-portfolio-workshop-renewing-your-berklee-scholarship

Under the Hood: Vocal Mechanics with Clare McLeod

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Clare McLeod
Clare McLeod
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Your sound is the result of a dynamic process in which several parts of your body interact. In this session, you'll develop your understanding of the structures that make up the quality of your voice and strengthen your versatility. This is a session for any voice user who wants the lowdown on achieving consistent results. You'll target specific strategies for extending range and take the fear and guesswork out of singing. Operating from a thorough understanding of how the voice works, Clare McLeod will help you deepen your connection to your instrument, your material, and your audience. Gain confidence in your ability to deliver performances you will be proud of.
 
McLeod graduated from Berklee in 2004 and is now an assistant professor in the Voice Department. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she holds a certificate of figure proficiency from the Estill Voice Training System and is a certified master teacher candidate. In addition to teaching at Berklee, she presents voice clinics regularly in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Austin, Texas and continues to study developments in the field of voice research.
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

CANCELED: Ruth Blatt: What Rockers Can Teach Startups

Wednesday / January 28, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Ruth Blatt
Ruth Blatt
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CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Ruth Blatt will speak about what rockers can teach startups. She writes about popular music for Forbes.com’s leadership channel, using research on management and entrepreneurship. Blatt shows a different side of musicians and music industry professionals by taking them seriously as navigators of their own careers, as leaders of small businesses, and as part of self-managed creative teams. She has a Ph.D. in management and organizations from the University of Michigan and has taught entrepreneurship to MBAs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has written for TheAtlantic.comPsychology Today, and Wired.com, and is currently writing a book about the history and production of rock concerts.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: A Tribute to Maya Angelou

Tuesday / January 27, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States
CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Berklee's reVERB poets present a celebration of poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou's life and words. Angelou rose to prominence with the publication of her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards, before passing away last year.

Admission: 
Free

MLK Keynote Presentation with Chuck D

Friday / January 23, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck D
Keynote speaker Chuck D

Berklee's 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration focuses on intersectionality in society. This keynote presentation will feature Chuck D, best known for his work with seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, along with Angella Dozier Henry, mother of DJ Henry and founder of the DJ Dream Fund. A short meet and greet in the Berklee Dining Hall will follow the event.

The presentation will include a panel discussion with Chuck D and Berklee faculty members Matt Jenson, Omar Thomas, and Carolyn Wilkins, as well as Janicanne Shane from Berklee's Student Activities Center. Berklee faculty, staff, and students will share thoughts on police brutality, environmental justice, gender equality, and LGBTQIA civil rights.

In addition, the event will feature musical performances by Nedelka Prescod, Omar Thomas, and others; Thomas will present excerpts from "We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements."

Admission: 
Free

We Are the World: Social Entrepreneurship with George Howard

Wednesday / December 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
George Howard
Have you ever wondered if you could gauge the success of your career or business not based on profit and return but based on a positive return to society? Do you have big dreams of carving out a niche in the music industry for a model built on pursuing innovative solutions to social problems? If so, you might be a social entrepreneur!
 
Come learn more about what that means and how to leverage the tools of entrepreneurship for a better world in this lecture with Berklee faculty member George Howard, sponsored by the Stan Getz Library.
 
Howard is an associate professor of management at Berklee, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, copyright law, and leadership. He is the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Howard has an MBA and a JD and is the former president of Rykodisc, manager of Carly Simon, and an original cofounder of TuneCore. He advises a range of clients, both inside and outside the entertainment business, on how to integrate technology into strategy in order to increase awareness and revenue. Howard is also a columnist for Forbes and a frequent contributor to the New York Times

 

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Insights in Sound: Visually Impaired Musicians' Lives and Learning

Tuesday / December 2, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dr. David Baker
Chi Kim
Presented by the Stan Getz Library and the Music Therapy Department, special guest David Baker of the University of London will share information about the longstanding traditions of blind musicianship across the world and the life experiences of today's visually impaired musicians. Following Baker’s presentation, Berklee faculty member Chi Kim will briefly describe the Assistive Music Technology Program for Visually Impaired Students at Berklee.
 
Baker has a bachelor's from University College, Cardiff and a master's of music and a doctoral degree from Reading University. He is a trumpeter and associate of the Royal College of Music, London. His recent pursuits have embraced research into musicians' life histories, visual impairment and music making, music service provision, conceptions of musical ability in primary school, and playing by ear. Baker has published articles in journals such as the British Journal of Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. He currently works as a visiting research associate in the Department of Culture, Communication, and Media at the Institute of Education, University of London.
 
Kim has a bachelor of music degree from Berklee as well as a master of music degree from New York University. He is currently an assistant professor in the Music Therapy Department at Berklee, teaching assistive music technology to students, enabling them to record audio or write scores using computers. 
Admission: 
Free and unticketed

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