Panel

Technology and Jazz: Is There a Disconnect?

Thursday / April 21, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The debate about technology and its role in jazz has been going on for decades. What are the real issues, and what are the paths forward? Our panelists weigh in on the discussion. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, Andy Milne, and Billy Childs with our own Neil Leonard moderating the conversation.

Admission: 
Free

Panel Discussion on Tradition, Innovation, and Social Commentary: Jazz Composition in Context

Wednesday / April 20, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This panel will discuss the interaction among tradition, innovation, and social commentary with panelists Darcy James Argue, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, and John Clayton.

The tradition of jazz composition is rich with innovation, from revolutionizing dance music to the space-age explorations of Sun Ra to the social commentary of Charles Mingus. Ellington, often portrayed in his older years, was a young man who transformed the music of his time while drawing upon a rich tradition. His music transformed the dance hall, the concert hall, the broadcast industry, and popular music. What is the role of tradition in innovation, and what is the nexus of these forces in social commentary?

Admission: 
Free

Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations: Music as a Social Change Catalyst

Tuesday / March 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Panel member - Carla Dirlikov
Carla Dirlikov Canales

How can the arts be used to create innovative social change? March's installment of Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations explores this topic with a world-renowned panel of social entrepreneurs, concentrating on social entrepreneurship and the interplay of social change, the arts, and the startup mindset. Host Panos Panay will be joined by the following people to have a lively topical debate and answer questions. 

Former president of the New England Conservatory, Tony Woodcock is a leading pioneer in the field of arts management and music education. At the heart of his work is a dedication to positioning future generations of artists as independent innovators and community leaders. Woodcock was president of the New England Conservatory from 2007 to 2015, following a transcontinental career managing orchestras including those in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oregon; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; and the Bournemouth Symphony.

Award-winning mezzo-soprano and social entrepreneur Carla Dirlikov Canales has been praised by Opera Magazine for possessing a voice that “grabs the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality.” In 2014 she became the first singer ever to win the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon her by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor in a ceremony and concert at the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2015 she became the first opera singer to be named as one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. 

The founder of Revolution of Hope, David France is an active performer, innovative educator, and visionary leader. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program, which trains passionate, socially minded musicians to become leaders in the movement to bring Music for Social Change programs to the United States. France is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.

Julie Leven is the founder and executive and artistic director for Shelter Music Boston. In 2010 she founded this social service organization to provide an immediate positive impact with classical music performances in environments of great need. She was the first-ever classical musician to receive the Boston Neighborhood Fellow award and the first-ever classical musician to be named a Social Innovator by the nationally renowned nonprofit accelerator, Social Innovation Forum. 

As chief happiness spreader, Liz Powers is ArtLifting’s heart and soul as well as its founder. A serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work, Powers was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award at the Massachusetts State House in 2010 for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. Powers has an A.B. in sociology from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.

Admission: 
Free

Video Game Audio and Film Post-Production Panel

Thursday / February 11, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Video Game Audio Post Production Film
Hosted by the Sound Design Network, this panel will focus on working in sound for film and video games after Berklee. Alumni Rick Cody (Harmonix), Richard Gould (Skywalker Sound), and Akash Thakkar (Hyper Light Drifter) will be available to answer questions about the various jobs and work environments a sound designer might encounter after graduation.
 
Rick Cody built his early career in music by leveraging his optimistic attitude, his drive to succeed financially, and incredible accomplishments that he cites constantly (just playing about that last part; it's not true at all). But he does have a job at Harmonix Music Systems that he really enjoys and side companies and projects that continually offer some financial and creative satisfaction while keeping his skills relevant and ready for the future. In short, he's a normal person who just tries to make tomorrow a little better than today.
 
Richard Gould '14 studied film scoring and electronic production and design at Berklee. He's one of the founders of the Sound Design Network and currently works in sound editorial for the post-production company Skywalker Sound, where in 2015 he worked on Home, Crimson Peak, Monster Hunt, The Peanuts Movie, and The Revenant, among others. Gould also maintains a freelance career, writing music and creating sound for a variety of projects while writing articles for DesigningSound.org, where he serves as an editor. In March he will speak at the Game Developers Conference 2016, discussing the relationship between game developers and audio freelancers.
 
Based in Seattle, Washington, Akash Thakkar has extensive experience in the indie game scene as a composer and sound designer, with credits including Hyper Light Drifter, Infinifactory, Ironclad Tactics, Gnomoria, Freedom Planet, and more. A Berklee alumnus, Thakkar has given talks at dozens of PAX events, MAGFest, PopCap Games, TEDx, and more. He also teaches as a game audio professor at the Seattle Film Institute and is constantly looking for new ways to spread his knowledge within the game industry.
Admission: 
Free

Envisioning Music in the 21st Century -- The Future of Music From Disruption to Design.

Thursday / April 14, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Annual event featuring a panel of music industry experts, with an afternoon closed session with students and an evening panel discussion for the full Berklee community.

Admission: 
Free

12th Annual Evening With Entrepreneurs: The Internal Life of The Entrepreneur

Wednesday / October 21, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall
The Music Business/Management department proudly presents the 12th Annual Evening With Entrepreneurs: The Internal Life of The Entrepreneur, moderated by George Howard, MB/M Associate Professor. The panel will discuss their journey and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
 
Panelists:
  • Morgan First, CEO of Second Glass
  • Tatiana Moroz, Founder & CEO of Crypto Media Hub. Check out her collection of work from her extensive music career as a
    signer-songwriter and activist here.
  • Cortney Harding, Business development and partnership consultant for Revelator, and weekly column writer for Cuepoint
 
 
Admission: 
Free

Women in Engineering: Women in Tune

Sunday / October 4, 2015 / 11:00 a.m.
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Join Berklee in L.A. and Soundgirls.org for a Women in Tune breakfast discussion featuring speakers Tina Morris '97 (studio manager at the Village), April Tucker (re-recording mixer and sound editor), and Karrie Keyes (monitor engineer and mixer). Tucker's piece Women In Audio: Yes, We Exist! will be used as a jumping-off point for a conversation about sound engineering and being recognized for your work (and not your gender) in the music industry. From studios to road gigs, from operations managers to crew chiefs to venue owners, let's discuss both the sexism that runs through the music industry as well as what Tucker points out: "A silent protest doesn’t do anything to educate about a bias that we face but don’t like to talk about openly: We do exist. There’s a lot of us who do the job very well, actually." Come add your voice to the conversation and meet other women working in the industry. 

Breakfast refreshments will be served. Attendees are invited to contribute to the goodies if they'd like. Parking is available in the 1620 lot marked "Studio Parking Only," or you can find street parking.

Make sure to RSVP. For questions, email Justine Taormino jtaormino@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free; please RSVP (link above)

The Everything ARP Symposium

Saturday / November 7, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall.

The Electronic Production and Design Department announces the 2015 Everything ARP Symposium. The panelists for the event will be founder Alan R. Pearlman and former ARP employees, industry representatives, scholars, musicians, and producers.

ARP Instruments, active from 1969 to 1981, was a pioneering company in the development of the electronic musical instrument industry. The ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey helped define the sound of pop and jazz fusion music from that time, with major artists such as the Who, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and George Duke using ARP instruments to develop their signature sounds. This symposium will serve as a forum to discuss how these important instruments were developed, marketed, and used by artists. With software emulations of the 2600 and Odyssey, and Korg's recent release of a new hardware version of the Odyssey, the early achievements by ARP Instruments remain relevant to contemporary artists.

Admission: 
Free

Transcultural & Transdisciplinary Practice - Claude Grunitzky & Oliver Beer

Friday / October 2, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Presents
Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Practice - a discussion with
Claude Grunitzky and Oliver Beer

Friday, October 2, 2-5 PM

Claude Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and co-founder/chairman of TRUE. For more than 14 years, Trace was a Transcultural Styles and Ideas magazine, a new expression in culture documenting the impact of the interconnected worlds of music, fashion, film, art, politics on today's multiethnic youth. Founded in early 2000,Trace TV is now in 160 countries and has 80 million subscribers worldwide. Grunitzky is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of TRUE Africa a media-tech platform for the next thinking on culture, music, sport, innovators, lifestyle, politics, fashion, film and business in Africa and the diaspora. True aims to discover and champion young African voices through new technologies. Grunitzky is a French American Foundation "Young Leader" who has worked on media projects all over Africa, written for leading newspapers The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad, Globo, and co-produced a documentary for the BBC.

He is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Watermill Center. Watermill is a laboratory for performance founded by avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson as a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. Watermill draws inspiration from all of the arts and cultures as well as from the social, human, and natural sciences. http://watermillcenter.org

Oliver Beer was born in 1985 in the United Kingdom. He studied music before attending the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford. His personality and his background in both music and fine art led to an early interest in the relationship between sound and space, particularly the voice and architecture. He has translated his research into fascinating performances in which spectators take part by the mere fact of their presence, and he makes sculptures and videos that embody, literally or metaphorically, the plastic expression of this subtle relationship and the way the human body experiences it. Within and alongside his work with sound, Oliver Beer creates subtle and diverse sculptural, installation and film projects whose provenance sometimes seems biographical; but in which his play with universal – often intimate – concerns draws on shared emotions and perceptions.

Oliver Beer's work has been the subject of many screenings as well as solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Vuitton and Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Modern Art Oxford; WIELS, Brussels; the Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; the Hebbel Theater, Berlin. Oliver Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Foundation and the Fondation Hermès. Beer is presently in residence at Watermill Center.

All are welcome!

Neil Leonard
Artistic Director, Interdisciplinary Arts Institute
Professor, Electronic Production and Design

Admission: 
Free

How to Face Challenges Head On in a Male-Dominated Field

Wednesday / September 23, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Presented by Women, Technology, and Creativity, don't miss this panel in which several of Berklee's female faculty members discuss the challenges of being female in a male-dominated field.

  • Songwriter Chrissy Tignor Fisher, associate professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, is also a producer, recording engineer, and vocalist with a synth-pop style that she fuses with EDM and hip-hop influences. Her credits include Alex Clare, Gary Go, Bastille, and Notting Hill Music.
  • Bonnie Hayes, chair of the Songwriting Department, is a prominent songwriter and arranger who has written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Bette Midler, David Crosby, and Booker T. and the MGs, among many others. She is also a recording and performing artist, a bandleader, and a Pro Tools engineer.
  • Susan Rogers, associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department, is an American scientist and teacher who has worked as a sound engineer for several musicians such as David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, and (most famously) Prince on albums such as Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times.
  • Leanne Ungar, associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department, has engineered seven albums for Leonard Cohen and worked with the avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson on Big Science, Mister Heartbreak, and the concert film Home of the Brave. Ungar’s client list includes Fishbone, Holly Cole, Guster, the Temptations, and Vonda Shepard, among many others.
  • Alison Plante, acting chair of the Film Scoring Department, is the composer behind Treble Cove Music. Her extensive scoring credits include seven educational television series for the Annenberg Channel; History Channel specials; a documentary feature called American Meat; national TV spots; and corporate identity music for such varied companies as Duracell, Kodak, Spalding Sports, W.B. Mason, and the National Geographic Channel, among others.
Admission: 
Free

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