In the album Bitches Brew, Miles Davis put together older, straight-ahead musicians, studio musicians, and young lions to invent a new form of music - fusion. In doing so, Miles provided an "agile" innovation culture, by creating a minimalist, well-defined environment and musical system framework, and then allowed the "developers" (i.e. musicians) to evolve the system. This talk looks at the framework that Miles provided, and the key characteristics that the individual innovators must bring to the table, that resulted in a ground-breaking product.
For 40 years, Charlie Berg has also been the quintessential sideman, playing drums and percussion in every musical genre from Afropop to Zydeco (except Country music). He has performed and recorded with acts as various as Don Byron, David Amram, David Byrne (The Talking Heads), Uri Caine, the Klezmatics, Byard Lancaster, Walter Beasley, and Eric Bazilian (The Hooters). Additionally Charlie has kept busy as a serial entrepreneur and CTO for the past 30 years.