Music Business Chops
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studioexpresso is pleased to host demo evaluations with Circle of Songs during MBC 2004
Come meet with special guests and top talent from our community. visit studioexpresso's booth at each event and sign up
to get your demos heard by industry.

L-R: Sanderson, Masson, Lee, Fontano, leisawitz, D Gross

Wentz, J Gross, Sardina, Morenco, Allen, Sayadian Dodge

Music Business Chops is facilitated by acclaimed management coach John Stiernberg, author of Succeeding in Music. half-day business intensive for pro audio and music professionals is produced by Giovanna Imbesi and David Schwartz: Special thanks to: Val Pippin, Keyboard/EQ;Ken Rose,AFM; Jenna Leigh, Circle Of Songs and Tom Menrath, GcPro
(L-R pictured above).

Gallery of Events in Progress Here!

san diego -- Sat. May 15th Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-481-9022

rogers masson -- Rogers has produced and mixed music for a wide variety of artists and styles from Rock to Bluegrass, Punk to Jazz. He enjoy working both in stereo and 5.1 -- mixed the Marilyn Manson DVD "Death Parade with guest appearances by Ozzy/ Sharon Osbourne and Eminem. He produced and mixed Trusting Lucy's new CD Lightyear. Also mixed and was music editor for PBS's "The Smith Family." Most recently, Masson produced, mixed and engineered The Cribb's new release, The Wilson Square and produced the 45EP for North Carolina local heroes, Senatobia
alan sanderson --Sanderson has worked with some of the world's most recognized artists and producers in the music industry. Alan's career began as assistant engineer at OceanWay studios where he worked with many grammy award winning artists and producers -- Don Was on The Rolling Stones "Bridges to Babylon", Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach on "Painted from Memory", Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac on ,"Say You Will" to name a few. Alan was chief engineer from '99 to 2001 at the legendary Cello studios and worked on projects with Ken Allardyce on the Weezer "Green Album", Ethan Johns on Ryan Adams' "Demolition", Richard Perry on Rod Stewart's "Great American Songbook" and Bill Bottrell. He recently relocated to the San Diego area, working now as a freelance engineer, serving mostly independent artists and record labels. Alan is also chief engineer at San Diego's premier studio, Studio West. greg stricklin -- Greg is the co-founder/CTO of UMN (Unsigned Music Network). Founded in 2001, Unsigned Music Network is a community for unsigned musicians offering many services from daily, live radio to marketing and promotional support. It is one of the largest music broadcasters online. As a successful musician and songwriter since 1979, Greg's vision in Unsigned Music Network is to help struggling musicians with the knowledge derived from his own music career and to find the best unsigned bands out there. deej delorenzo is Exec VP/General Manager, of San Diego's Rolling Thunder Studios, emerging as THE premier recording facility in Southern California boasting an awesome range of state of the art and vintage equipment. deej has extensive Record Company background and has worked in the A&R Dept of Chameleon/Elektra and Polygram for over a decade. She is also in charge of Rolling Thunder Records. claris sayadian-dodge - Since 2000 studioexpresso has established itself as one of artists' premier production resources. Claris Sayadian-Dodge is founder and president of studioexpresso, the artists' gateway to world's top music makers. Through C management, an affiliated company, she represents a choice group of producers and composers. Ms. Dodge's clients include: Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Luis Miguel, Ringo Starr, Alejandro Sanz, Goo Goo Dolls and numerous Grammy winning and chart topping producers, mixer/engineers and composers.

los angels - Mond. May 17 Platinum Live - 11345 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA (818) 753-1171 (323) 468-1770

rafa sardina -- As a mixer/engineer, Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic client list to include: Macy Gray, Jessy Moss, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow. He took his fourth latin gramy this year for engineering Alejandro Sanz' latest cd and just finished mixing an album for a Universal Music artist. Rafa enjoys developing and producing new artists in his private ProTool HD studio, After Hours. jeff gross --Jeff produced and engineered two "live" records for Mickey Champion, a 79 year-old blues singer who has worked with Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. He has written music for cnn, fox, mtv and Baywatch and most recently the theme song for the film PoolHall Junkies. Jeff has played with Carly Simon, Dwight Yoakam & Al Stewart. He and Grammy winning engineer partner, Matty Spindel have formed Red Road, to develop new music . nominated Ardeshir Farah (Strunz and Farah), Garrison Star , Johnny Spine Shank (Spine Shank). rogers masson -- see San Diego. claris sayadian-dodge - see San Diego.

san francisco - Tuesday, May 18 Studio Z -- 314 11th Street San Francisco, CA 94103-4314 P: 415.252.7666 or 415-252-7674

janice lee
-- With over 20 years in the industry, Lee has witnessed first-hand the impact of digital technology on the already ever-changing world of pro audio (think pre-ProTools, pre-CD) and its effect on the music industry as a whole and how hit records are made. Janice Lee began her career in the music industry at the San Francisco's legendary Automatt Studios (Santana, Herbie Hancock, Journey, Huey Lewis & the News, Starship, to name a few). Janice managed Tarpan Studios (owned and operated by Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden) in San Rafael, CA in the 80s and served as Production Coordinator for all projects produced by Walden through 1998. Credits include Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Steve Winwood, to name a few. Janice developed long-standing industry relationships with producers, engineers, artists and musicians, as well as the record label executives, artist managers, songwriters and publishers, attorneys and business managers. Janice continues to manage and consult with facilities and production companies in the Bay Area, as well as represent composers and recording artists and their music publishing and licensing interests. Currently she manages Paul Stubblebine Mastering and Coast Recorders in San Francisco.
brooke wentz -- Wentz has music supervised numerous independent and documentary films, television shows, and film soundtracks since 1989. She headed up the music department for ESPN networks throughout the world and was Manager A&R Administration for Arista Records. She is critically acclaimed for her creative work as a producer of over twenty-five recordings of world music, including the Billboard award-winning "Global Meditation," "Africa: Never Stand Still," "Voices of Forgotten Worlds," and "Global Divas." She was music producer for "Times Square 2000," New York City's 24-hour millennium celebration and was an on-air radio host for ten years on NPR and related stations. Through her business, the Rights Workshop, Ms. Wentz represents issues relating to licensing, publishing, and digital rights, and gives frequent seminars on music and copyright issues. A native San Franciscan, Ms. Wentz is President of Other Minds, Inc., and sits on the board of the Stern Grove Festival and NARAS's Governor's Board.

sacramento - Wednesday, May 19 - EMPIRE -1417 R Street @ 15th Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 448-3300
jenna lee -
Jenna is founder of Circle of Songs and began her music career as a singer, songwriter, and performer with many songs featured on hit TV shows such as Dawson's Creek and Real World. Her major label experience led her to become an advocate for emerging musicians and songwriters. Jenna's mission at Circle of Songs is to strengthen quality control in today's music industry, providing members with easy access to reliable resources and equal opportunity for distribution and marketing. Cookie Marenco As Producer/Engineer, Morenco is one of Northern CA's most prolific audio pioneers, and part of the team who first delivered music on the Internet for worldwide promotion, Cookie is best known for her audio engineering skills. She has engineered or produced five Grammy-nominated albums and has several gold records under her belt. Her credits include Tony Furtado, Charlie Haden, Buckethead, Max Roach, Mark Isham, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more than 100 Windham Hill projects.

portland - Friday, May 21st Lola's - 1332 W. Burnside, 2nd floor Portland, Oregon 97209 ph 503-225-0047
dave allen - -- Long before Napster was a household word, Dave was a Net music pioneer as partner of back in 1995. He went on to become GM, Los Angeles division He has served as Intel's director of business development for AudioPort and was founding member of critically acclaimed post-punk band Gang of Four and the new wave band Shriekback. Along with Matt Wright he runs Portland-based culture and music site,

seattle - Sunday, May 23rd JULEP - 2022 Boren Avenue (@ Denny) Seattle, WA 98121 206-623-9003
jeff leisawitz
-- Under the guise of Electron Love Theory Jeff Leisawitz is an award winning independent artist and electronic music producer based in Seattle. He's worked for radio stations, web sites and magazines in various capacities and has placed his music on MTV, VH1, and Fox as well as a number of multimedia projects, corporate videos, and indie films. Currently, Jeff is the president of, a company that uses a revolutionary digital music distribution technology to empower independent artists to sell their music online. david gross ( seattle) -- As keyboardist and in-house audio post engineer and sound designer at Microsoft for the past six years, David has created the 'ring tones' for the Pocket PC Phone Edition and the Microsoft Smart phone. He also composed original surround sound music tracks for the Windows Media 9 Surround demos.You could say that David Gross is a meat and potatoe kind'a musician who digs the Atkins diet! Give or take 20 years as keyboardist and 10 years as composer for corporate videos, animations and music libraries (staff composer for the PowerHouse and Abaco Music libraries), David knows a thing or two about how to get in shape, musical shape, that is! His works have been used by NBA, TNT, TBS, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Disney World, to name a few. When asked about what he likes to do, he replies: "Primarily I'ma a B3/clavinet funk guy."

"This should be a fun day to recharge and connect with old friends and meet new ones. To me good business is based on valuable relationships, and music business is no different. studioepxresso's Demo Evals were well-received during last year's "business chops" (check out the event here). In fact we ran out of time to listen to all the great artists who signed up. So, this year, each city will have a music expert to host the studioexpresso demo eval and we will allow ample time to meet and listen to most of you during MBC 2004" -- claris sayadian-dodge, founder/president of studioexpresso.

We invite you to visit studioexpresso studio spotligths here -- If you're in Sacramento, Seattle and Portland, please send us your suggestion for top facilities and we'll be happy to showcase it:

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