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1960s  -  1970s  -  1980s  -  1990s  -  2000s

 

1963

Tony Scodwell of Las Vegas, NV, has been appointed as the road manager for Doc Severinsen, and plays first trumpet for Severinsen's symphonic pops concerts.

1966

Alf Clausen of Canyon Country, CA, the composer for the popular TV series The Simpsons, has gotten word that the Fox Network will continue the series for two more seasons. This will make The Simpsons the longest-running cartoon in television history.

1971

Drummer Timothy Laushey of Wilmington, DE, leads the Tim Laushey Orchestra backing many entertainers who perform in the area. He also teaches drums at the Music and Arts Center in Wilmington.

 

 
  Mark Small '73

1972

Bassist Bob Forbes of Woodstock, NY, cowrote the song "Upright Reggae" with reggae legend Hylton Beckford and played bass on Beckford's forthcoming release. He also plays jazz in New York City.

Singer/songwriter Ruth (Rosen) Greenwood of Princeton, NJ, released an acoustic CD titled I Won't Apologize. The disc has gotten airplay in the United States, Japan, and Canada and is available at CD Baby. One of Greenwood's songs is featured on the Sony DVD of the Fame TV series.

Maurice Richard Libby (a.k.a. "Whiteboy Slim") of Moose Jaw, SK, Canada, was nominated for Best Blues Act Award in the Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2005. His song "Krispy Kreme Woman" was a finalist in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition.

1973

Mark Small of Foxboro, MA, released the CD Fast Falls the Eventide with fellow classical guitarist Peter Clemente. The disc features settings of traditional folk songs, hymn tunes, and spirituals as well as works by Bach, Granados, Dvorak, and Pat Metheny for two guitars, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. Visit www.smallclementeduo.com.

 

 

 
Rich Falco '75  

1975

Rich Falco of Worcester, MA, received the IAJE Lifetime Achievement Award in April, joining a list of previous recipients that includes Lawrence Berk, John LaPorta, and Joe Viola. Falco is the director of jazz studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

D. Cooper Getschal of Jupiter, FL, had his song "I Don't Wanna Hear Another Love Song" reach number one on Broadjam's Country Honky Tonk top 10 chart and his song "Heaven on My Mind" reach the top 10 for the State of Florida.

Pianist/composer Brad Hatfield of Westwood, MA, cowrote the song "Sunshine," which received an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Original Song in Daytime TV for the show The Young and the Restless. Visit www.bradhatfield.com.

 

 

 
  Brad Hatfield '75
  Photo by Mathew Images

Pianist, conductor, and arranger Rob Mounsey of New York City recently made several TV appearances with Andrea Bocelli. He also arranged and conducted music for an Ella Fitzgerald tribute on Verve Records. Visit www.robmounsey.com.

Keyboardist John Novello of Valley Village, CA, and his trio Niacin, with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Dennis Chambers, released a seventh CD, titled Organik. In June, Hal Leonard released Novello's book The Contemporary Keyboardist and his instructional DVD. Visit www.keysnovello.com.

 

Guitarist and singer Celia Vaz of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released her fifth CD, Nós Quatro, with her vocal quartet. Vaz sang, played guitar, and wrote all arrangements on the disc.

1976

Composer Carl Fritsche of Eatontown, NJ, had the "Magnificat" from his Christmas cantata The Holy Child recorded by the vocal ensemble Sola Fide. Visit www.carlfritschemusic.com.

 

 
John Novello '75  

Composer Michael Levine of Topanga, CA, is the composer for the TV series Cold Case. In addition to scoring the show, he cowrote the song "300 Flowers" for the April 9 episode.

Guitarist Jeff Richman of Granada Hills, CA, has produced the Steely Dan tribute CD, The Royal Dan, for Tone Center Records. Along with Richman, the guitarists featured include Mike Stern '75, Steve Morse, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Al Dimeola '74, Frank Gambale, Jay Graydon, Elliot Randall, and Jimmy Herring.

Frank Warren of West Roxbury, MA, took second prize in the 2006 Art Song Competition for his song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano titled Chicago Poems, with text taken from the poetry of Carl Sandburg. The work will be performed next year.

 

1977

Pianist Gary Brunotte of Durham, NC, has released a CD titled Smile that is getting airplay on jazz stations nationally. The disc features Brunotte's jazz originals and three covers. Visit www.garybrunotte.com.

Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, performed with top musicians and poets at the Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival in April.

 

 
  Illja Pejovski '77

Ilija Pejovski of Skopje, Macedonia, composed and conducted 14 of his works in a jazz-symphonic concert with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra.

1978

Keyboardist and vocalist Ernie Dewing of Edgartown, MA, released the CD Lies with his band Propergander. The disc features 11 original songs recorded in Dewing's studio, Reptile Recording. Visit www.myspace.com/propergander.

1979

Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, was a participant in a panel discussion at the January IAJE Conference in New York City. Lax is a music educator at Horace Mann No. 6 Elementary School in Bayonne, NJ.

1980

Saxophonist Claire Daly of New York City completed a jazz-spoken word recording with writer Kirpal Gordon that was released in tandem with an anthology of his poetry in the spring. In April, Daly performed with Napoleon Maddox and Iswhat? at the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland.

Tonia (Nestico) King of Warwick, MA, is the host of Jazz Variations, a popular radio program that is distributed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, by Jones Radio Networks. Visit www.jazzvariations.com for information on sending CDs for airplay.

 

 

 
Abdullah Rahim '80  

Multi-instrumentalist Abdullah Rahim (formerly Larry Liberty) of Covington, KY, has toured with many established artists, including Phil Perry and ZZ Hill. He is currently performing with the Last Beboppers in Cincinnati, OH. Visit www.soundclick.com/abdullahrahim.

 

Producer Anthony J. Resta of Westford, MA, played percussion and did programming and postproduction on Perry Ferrell's recording Satellite Party at Resta's Studio Bopnique Musique in Chelmsford. Karyadi Sutedja '98 engineered the sessions. Resta and Sutedja also worked on a single by DMC and Sarah McLachlan.

Gregan Wortman of Greenville, ME, made a documentary of his trip from Maine to Montana that was webcast and picked up by Hollyflicks, an online movie store.

1981

Keyboardist Maurice Brulé of Wilmington, MA, and his band Starkey Drive released their self-titled debut album, which was produced by Rudy Guess. Visit www.starkeydrive.com.

1982

Steve Piermarini of Acton, MA, is the conductor of the Leominster Colonial Band and has released a CD titled Number 17 with the group. The material ranges from Italian marches to Gershwin tunes to movie themes. The band was the subject of an award-winning documentary film. Visit www.colonialband.org.

Composer Mark Alan Schulz of Barberton, OH, scored the documentaries Women of Akron: Another Look at History and Alpena's Empire Ship. He also wrote music for the film Imperfections.

1984

Pianist Franck Amsallem of Brooklyn, NY, released his seventh CD A Week in Paris, a tribute to Billy Strayhorn. The disc features some of Europe's finest jazz musicians. Visit www.amsallem.com.

 

 
  Michael Becker '84

Michael Becker of North Salem, NY, received an Academy Award nomination for a song he cowrote with Kathleen "Bird" York titled "In the Deep" for the film Crash. Becker has received a Grammy nomination and earned multiple gold records as a composer, producer, and engineer.

Singer Bill Champitto of Winthrop, MA, has learned that the Canadian Music Week Unsigned Artists

2006 CD will include his song "Better Every Day." Visit www.billchampitto.com.

Composer Joel Goodman of Calabasas, CA, wrote music for the documentaries Too Hot Not to Handle and Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company, and for the film the Cats of Mirikitani. Visit www.joelgoodman.com.

 

 
Pete Huttlinger '84  

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, performed during the winter NAMM Show at All-Star Guitar Night and was invited to perform in Milano and Lake Como, Italy, and at a guitar festival in Soave.

Music by Daniel Indart of Tarzana, CA, was part of the original soundtrack to the movie The Matador.

Keyboardist Derek Sherinian of Capitola, CA, is completing a new recording for InsideOut Music with guest musicians that include guitarists Zack Wylde, Slash, John Petrucci '86, and Steve Lukather, drummer Simon Phillips, and singer Billy Idol. Sherinian also recently completed a tour with Billy Idol.

Drummer Klaus Suonsaari of Weehawken, NJ, has released the CD Live in Helsinki! featuring saxophonist Scott Robinson '84 and bassist Julian Thayer '84. Visit www.klaussuonsaari.com.

1985

Charles Carlini of New York City produced a concert tribute to Les Paul in February at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles that featured top guitar talent. He is coproducing a CD for composer Ennio Morricone that features Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Roger Waters, Quincy Jones, and Céline Dion.

Drummer Alun Harries of Twickenham, England, completed a music degree from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and recorded a solo CD titled Back to Front, and a CD with the group Magic Carpet.

Singer/songwriter Mike McManus of Agoura Hills, CA, released his second children's CD, Uncle Moondog: Baloney Cake. His animated music video Uncle Moondog's New Goldfish is playing at children's film festivals nationwide. Visit www.unclemoondog.com.

1986

Guitarist Mike Brannon of San Antonio, TX, released the CD Later with guest musicians Paul Wertico (drums), Bill Evans (saxophone), Harvie S '70 (bass), and Gerry Gibbs '82 (drums).

Chris Florio of Roslindale, MA, coproduced the CD Looking Out from the Inside for singer/songwriter David Horton. Featured performers include Florio (guitar and keyboards), Kevin Cobb '81 (bass), Rodney Smith '81 and John Sands '80 (drums), Diedre Hudson '05 (vocals), and faculty member Mimi Rabson (violin). Assistant Professor Rich Mendelson mixed the disc. Visit www.passionrecords.com.

Fred Katz of Washington, DC, has been hired as an assistant professor of audio technology at American University.

1987

Guitarist/composer Mordy Ferber of Greenwich, CT, is featured on a Mel Bay Publications DVD titled Make the Tune Your Best Friend and is completing music for guitar and string orchestra. Ferber teaches at New York University.

Singer/songwriter and blues harmonica player Dave Hannon of Jamaica Plain, MA, released the EP Solid Sinnin' with his band Dave Hannon & the Solid Sinners. Visit www.davehannonband.com.

Singer/songwriter Steve Dawson of Chicago, IL, has released the CD Sweet Is the Anchor. Dawson wrote 10 of the disc's 11 pop-folk songs. Visit www.stevedawsonmusic.com.

Doug Walsh of Metairie, LA, teaches drums and percussion at Tulane University in New Orleans. He has performed with Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, and Patrick Moraz.

Guitarist Stefan Davenport of Chester, NY, operates a restaurant and jazz club in Peekskill, NY. He also performs with jazz and blues bands. Visit www.susansinpeekskill.com.

1989

Anders Bostrom of Verona, NJ, is playing 10 different flutes in the pit orchestra for the Disney musical Tarzan on Broadway.

Guitarist John Dirac of Centerville, MA, has remastered his CDs Red Hawk Will Fly; Prism: Resemblance; Centerpiece; M&M Blues; and Soliloquies.

Saxophonists Dave Guisti '89 and Aaron Loveland '99 of Boston, MA, are members of the band Ball in the House. The band's second single, "Get it Together," reached the number one spot on BurnLounge. Visit www.ballinthehouse.com.

 

 

 
  Ingrid Jensen '89

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen of Astoria, NY, released the CD At Sea with backing from pianist Geoffrey Keezer, drummer Jon Wikan, bassist Matt Clohesy, and guitarist Lage Lund. Visit www.ingridjensen.com.

 

Pianist/composer Karl Steudel of Ashby, MA, has licensed his music to the History Channel, the Food Network, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Visit www.karlmusic.com.

1990

Guitarist John Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, won in the Best Blues Artist category in Portfolio Weekly magazine's music awards for Southeastern VA, for his CD Wide Alive and Dreaming. He also played on Kevin Baiko's CD Sail Away. Visit www.johnbaldwinmusic.com.

Mike Caffrey played guitar on a European tour with Richard Muller and his "dream team super-band." The group included Omar Hakim (drums), Will Lee (bass), Hiram Bullock (guitar), and Clifford Carter (keyboards). Caffrey netted his second double-platinum album award for his production and engineering work on Muller's 2005 CD 44.

 

 
Drummer Mike Piehl '90 of Somerville, MA, bikes to a gig  

Keyboardist and vocalist Mark Ptak of Hawthorne, NJ, and his progressive rock band Advent released Cantus Firmus in February. The CD features bassist Shunji Saegusa '04 on the track "Ramblin' Sailor." Visit www.adventmusic.net.

Lisa T. Walker of Little Rock, AK, sang her song "I Still Believe" on the CD He Laid His Hands on Me by the Arkansas First Jurisdiction Mass Choir. Walker is a vocal music instructor at Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School in Little Rock.

1991

Pianist Pamela (Butchart) York of Kingwood, TX, was one of five finalists in the 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition. York and the other contestants performed at the Kennedy Center in May. Visit www.pamelayork.com.

Stephen Buckman of Newton, MA, composed and performed music for the independent horror film Eamons Road, which premiered in March. He is currently scoring the Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush and a new horror film As They Fall. Visit www.buckoproductions.com.

Denise Mangiardi of London, England, is doing postgraduate studies in composition. Her orchestral piece Little Fingers (featuring two pianos), is dedicated to New Orleans and will be completed in November. Visit www.denisemangiardi.com.

1992

Bassist Bryan Beller of Nashville, TN, performed the orchestral work The Universe Will Provide with guitarist/composer Mike Keneally and the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands in March. Beller has been working extensively with Keneally. Visit www.bryanbeller.com.

Pianist Simon Bischof of Hergiswil, Switzerland, has published a three-volume book series on arranging in piano teaching. The selections in the book draw on jazz, classical, and pop-music styles. Visit www.nepomuk.ch.

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, performed with the Istanbul State Orchestra and Chorus with violinist Alexander Markov on his Rock Concerto in April in Istanbul, Turkey. Visit www.funkyboy.net.

 

 
  Maria Entraigues '92

Songwriter María Entraigues (a.k.a. Maria Maria) of Burbank, CA, won an ASCAP Award for her pop ballad "Luchare por tu amor," which spent 19 weeks on the Billboard magazine Latin charts. Visit www.mariamariaonline.com.

 

Gregg Thompson of Rocky Hill, CT, has become a member of ASCAP with his music-publishing company Sound Torque Publishing. Visit www.soundinproductions.com.

1993

Pianist Anne Marie David of Needham, MA, had four cuts from her solo piano recording The First Morning included in the independent film Casting About. Visit www.annemariedavid.com.

Pianist James Dower of Brooklyn, NY, performed in February on the Late Show with David Letterman with R&B singer Ne-Yo.

Composer Jared Faber of Hollywood and New York City

was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Best Composer/ Musical Director category for the PBS show Clifford: Puppy Days.

Trombonist Ben Medler of Portland, OR, has released the CD Azure with bassist Dennis Caiazza and drummer Jeff Cumpston. Medler and his wife, Michelle, founded the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra education program. Visit www.medlerstudios.com.

 

 

 
Ronan Chris Murphy '93  

Ronan Chris Murphy of Los Angeles, CA, launched Veneto West Records. The label's first release, Destroying Silence, is a compilation featuring new artists and performances by Tony Levin, Mike Keneally, and Pat Mastelotto. www.venetowest.com.

 

Bassist Claudio Zanghieri of Frankfurt, Germany, released the CD Envisions featuring Tony Lakatos (saxophones), Christian Lohr '94 (keyboards), and Cristiano Micalizzi '92 (drums). Visit www.claudiozanghieri.com.

1994

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, signed with his band Pain Museum to Rock Machine Records and released the CD Metal for Life in Brazil. Chlasciak was a special guest at the annual New York Kiss Expo Hard Rock Convention in May.

Sten Hostfalt of Brooklyn, NY, released 29 Pieces for the Microtonal Guitar Live at Knitting Factory New York to rave reviews. Visit www.stenhostfalt.com.

Vibraphonist Matthias Lupri of Hyde Park, MA, released the CD Metalix with the Matthias Lupri Group. The band, which includes Jordan Perlson '04 (drums), Donny McCaslin '88 (woodwinds), Nate Radley (guitar), Thomson Kneeland (bass), and Myron Walden (woodwinds), will play at Canadian jazz festivals throughout the summer. Visit www.matthiaslupri.com.

1995

Guitarist Roland Gebhardt of Saarlouis, Germany, has released the CD Ro Gebhardt Solo, featuring his improvisations and variations on originals, standards, and works by Piazzola and Bach. Visit www.rogebhardt.com.

Michael S. Patterson of Los Angeles, CA, composed the score for This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Visit www.geocities.com/doc_absynthe.

1996

Recording engineer Eliseo Fernändez Bolland is working at Estudios Churubusco, Mexico's leading postproduction facility for film.

 

 
  Eduardo Lopes '96

Keyboardist Peter Bufano is touring with the band of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and has released a CD with his group Cirkestra titled Avventure di Pinocchio. Visit www.cirkestra.com.

Guitarist Manfred Junker of Konstanz, Germany, recorded his sixth CD, Peace of Mind, featuring 10 Junker jazz originals. Visit www.manfredjunker.

 

After earning his Ph.D. in music theory, Eduardo Lopes of Cascais, Portugal, became the head of percussion studies at the University of Évora, Portugal. He is also the musical director for the percussion ensemble the New Sharish Project.

 

 

 
Mastaneh Nazarian '96  

Guitarist Mastaneh Nazarian of Brighton, MA, and her jazz trio Kafka Pony recorded a self-titled CD of original compositions. She also teaches at Brookline Music School and is expecting her first child. Visit www.mastaneh.net.

 

Guitarist/composer Alberto Paz of Bay Harbor Islands, FL, was interviewed on WDNA radio of Miami, FL, and his music was aired.

 

Tenor saxophonist Monika Tiken-Baenninger of Zurich, Switzerland, released her first album, Orange, with her husband Majid Tiken. Their group Naghma plays music based on rhythms and melodies of North Africa as well as Latin, funk, reggae, and jazz. Visit www.naghma.ch.

 

 
  Monkika Tiken-Baenniger '96

1997

Bassist Paco Charlin of Pontevedra, Spain, released the CD Paco Charlin & the Ultimate Jazz Earth-tet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw '00, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg '88, and drummer Donald Edwards.

 

Drummer Marc Gratama of Chicago, IL, played drums and electronic percussion on the CD Well Behaved Fish, by the Scea/Grismore Group. Anthony Cox played bass on the free-bop outing. Visit www.marcgratama.com.

Drummer Marco Minnemann of Freising, Germany, has released a two-CD set of original songs titled Contraire de la chanson. Minnemann wrote and produced the music. Visit www.marcominnemann.com.

 

 
Paco Charlin '97  

Jeffrey Parks of Philadelphia, PA, is the director of performing arts programs for the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, NJ. Visit http://rcca.camden.rutgers.edu.

Composer Brian Satterwhite of Austin, TX, penned the score for the IMAX film Ride Around the World, which opened worldwide in June. The soundtrack CD of the music is available. Visit www.briansatterwhite.com.

 

 
  Ulrika Sullivan Skogby '97

Ulrika Sullivan Skogby of Stockholm, Sweden, has been touring Scandinavia as a stand-up comic and musician. She teaches voice and stage performance techniques privately and at the National Theatre in Stockholm. Visit www.ulrikaskogby.com.

 

1998

Sean Goulding of London, England, is a booking agent at the Agency Group Ltd. in London. Goulding books such acts as Juliette Lewis, CKY, and others.

 

 

 
Jaime Jamgochian '98  

Christian singer/songwriter Jaime Jamgochian of Nashville, TN, released the CD Reason to Live, featuring songs she cowrote with veteran songwriters David Zaffiro, Gary Sadler, and Sam Mizell. Visit www.jaimejam.com.

 

Saxophonist Aaron Santee of Port Washington, WI, penned two books on saxophone instruction and is completing a CD with the smooth-jazz group Shammah. Visit www.aaronsantee.com.

Electronic musician Kurt Uenala of New York City has released his music on the Memory Boy label and on the Sound of Young New York compilation. He has worked with DJ Shadow, Moby, Staind, 3 Doors Down, and many others. Visit www.myspace.com/kap10kurt.

1999

Jorge Gonzalez of Miami, FL, has engineered records for Will Smith, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, and others and composed music for the MTV and Telemundo networks. Visit www.thebureauent.com.

Guitarist and composer Rale Micic of Bronx, NY, released the CD Serbia featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell on CTA Records. Visit www.ralemicic.com.

Songwriter and vocalist Katie Miner of Franklin, TN, won two competitions on the strength of the songs from her CD Loaves & Fishes. Miner won American Idol Underground's Inaugural Faith-Based Competition and Song of the Year's November competition in the Christian/Gospel category. She was also a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Gospel/Inspirational category.

Pianist Steven Potaczek of Indianapolis, IN, and his Christian-pop band 1000 Generations released the CD To Those Who Cry. Visit www.1000generations.com.

2000

Daniel Burke (a.k.a. Walter the Orange Ocean) of Providence, RI, took third place in the We Are Listening songwriting competition for his song "Someone Who Loves You." Visit www.wearelistening.org/winners.php.

Victoria Davitt (a.k.a. Victoria Vox) of Baltimore, MD, sang and played ukulele on her new CD Jumping Flea. She toured Hawaii in December and became an endorser for the KoAloha company's Pineapple Sunday ukulele. Visit www.victoriavox.com.

Music therapist Krystal Demaine of Rockport, MA, operates a practice on Boston's North Shore and is an adjunct professor at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

 

 
  Bob Reynolds '00

Recording engineer and producer Richard Furch of Los Angeles, CA, worked with Geffen artist Butterfly Boucher and producer Brian Malouf. He has worked on several other projects, including production and mixing on the Green Room EP for Kyler England '00. Visit www.emixing.com.

Drummer Joe Goretti of New York City is performing with r&b singer Ne-Yo. The band appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Visit www.joegoretti.com.

Corbett Lunsford of Chicago, IL, has founded Mysteriam, a group of multimedia artists with whom he will produce the album Entryway. Mysterium will also produce tours, short films, and consumer electronics. Visit www.mysteriam.com.

 

Tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds of Astoria, NY, released the CD Can't Wait for Perfect on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Visit www.bobreynoldsmusic.com.

 

Singer/songwriter Laura Vecchione of Boston, MA, released her debut CD, Deeper Waters. Initial tracks were produced in Nashville by Matt Troja '00, and additional tracks were mixed in Los Angeles by Jim Scott. Tim Blane '03 sang background vocals. Visit www. lauravecchione.com.

 

 
Laura Vecchione '00  

2001

Bassist Daniele Camarda of Messina, Italy, has released dell 'incertezza, a duo recording with saxophonist Gianni Gebbia on her label Geya. Visit www.geya.it.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Carp of Brighton, MA, is completing a new CD of his songs produced by J.P. Bowersock. Visit www.jordancarp.com.

Drummer Jonathan Crocco of Paris, France, is teaching drums at two schools and performing. He has developed a theory of music notation that he calls Le Jcmetre. Visit www.drumstronic.com to learn about his theory.

 

 

 
  Daniel "Tuti" Fernández '01

Guitarist Daniel "Tuti" Fernández of Albacete, Spain, has released the CD Herencia de Flamenco y Jazz, with backing from drummer Ramón Angel Rey '99 and pianist Jon Urrutia '98, and others. Visit www.newmoodjazz.com.

 

Music therapist Paloma Duenas-Gonzalez of Miami, FL, is the director of the music therapy program at the Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale and works with children with autism and multiple disabilities.

Guitarist Francesco Guaiana of Palermo, Italy, recently performed at Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin, Germany and recorded a solo-guitar CD. Visit www.francescoguaiana.com.

Singer/songwriter Pau Sastre of Barcelona, Spain, has released the CD Highly Addictive, for Satchmo Records. Llibert Fortuny '01 played saxophone on it and Juan Pablo Alcaro '01 engineered.

2002

Guitarist Daisuke Abe of Woodside, NY, released his debut CD, On My Way Back Home, for Nagel Heyer Records. The disc contains nine of Abe's original pieces. Visit www.daisukeabe.com.

Vocalist Cliff Beach of Los Angeles, CA, and his band the Moon Crickets released the Moon Crickets LP. The band includes Brian Sturges '01 (harmonica), Tony Hampton '02 (drums), and Andy Grush '00 (guitar). Visit www.johnnymooncricket.com.

Guitarist Francisco Pais of Boston, MA, released a new CD, titled Not Afraid of Color, featuring Pais's original compositions. The Francisco Pais Quintet includes saxophonist Chris Cheek '91, drummer Ferenc Nemeth '00, pianist Leo Genovese '04, and bassist Massimo Biolcati '99.

Composer Adam Czerepinski of New York City has released his debut CD Dimensions. Visit www.adamcz.net.

Vibist Gavin McGraw of Astoria, NY, is working as a piano technician and has tuned pianos for recordings and performances for a range of jazz and pop musicians as well as film composer Carter Burwell.

 

Bassist Marco Panascia of New York City is working with piano prodigy Eldar, touring America, Japan, and Europe. Eldar's latest CD is on the Sony BMG label.

Pianist Daniela Schächter of Brooklyn, NY, has released the CD I Colori del Mare, on Splasch records. Schächter was the winner of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition in 2005. Visit www.danielaschaechter.net.

Composer Marcus Sjowall of Los Angeles, CA, won the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. He wrote a score for the 1923 silent film Souls for Sale, which aired on January 24 on Turner Classic Movies.

Saxophonist Walter Smith III of Glendale, CA, released the CD Casually Introducing Walter Smith III, featuring guitarist Lage Lund '00, bassist Reuben Rogers '94, and drummer Kendrick Scott '05. Visit www.waltersmith3.com.

2003

Dan Eppel of Cape Town, South Africa, produced a CD of African children's music called Ndiyakuthanda, Songs of Africa and an album titled Kolelo by a Tansanian group for the Eppelsauce Music label.

Drummer Darcy Macrae is playing with the national touring company of the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. Visit www.darcymacrae.com.

U.S. Army Warrant Officer Luis Santiago of Yauco, Puerto Rico, has been appointed as the commander and conductor of the 248th Army Band in Puerto Rico. He is also the band director of the Office of Youth Affairs of the Governor of Puerto Rico and played percussion on a new recording by Rique Colon '04.

2004

Candace Burnham of Boston, MA, graduated in May from Suffolk University with a master's degree in higher-education administration.

 

 
John Rode '04  

Annie Clark of Ferndale, TX, plays guitar for Polyphonic Spree. The band has shared the stage with the Roots, Franz Ferdinand, Sonic Youth, Robert Plant, Brian Wilson, and Beck, and is finishing a recording.

Joel Dean of Niagara Falls, Canada, founded the record label Deasel Music in New York City. He has worked with artists including Shayna Zaid '05, VanGore, and L. Hughes. Dean's songs have appeared in television shows and taken high honors in songwriting competitions. Visit www.deaselmusic.com.

Pamela Martinez of Boston, MA, presented a one-hour performance (with violin, piano, electronics, and voice) at the Women and Art Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Dean Radin of Groton, CT, is a product manager at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, providing product support services for three of Sennheiser's top brands.

 

John Rode of Beverly Hills, CA, was the second-place winner of the VH1 Song of the Year contest for his song "All of This Over You." Visit www.johnrode.com.

 

 

 
  Christian Scott '04

Trumpeter Christian Scott of New York City has released his debut recording, Rewind That, for the Concord label. Guitarist Matt Stevens '04, bassist Luques Curtis '04, drummer Thomas Pridgen, keyboardist Zaccai Curtis, and saxophonist Walter Smith III '02 join Scott on the disc.

Guitarist Nobuki Takamen of Hiroshima City, Japan, plans a late-June release of his CD Bull's Blues, featuring nine of his compositions. Also heard on the disc are pianist Hitoshi Kanda '04 and drummer Makoto Kikuchi '02. Visit www.nobukitakamen.com.

2005

Jordan Lee Berger of Colchester, VT, has been touring and recording with the acoustic trio Lucy Vincent, sharing the stage with Blues Traveler, Entrain, and Michael Glibicki of Rusted Root. Visit www.lucyvincent.com.

Acoustic bassist Blake Marquez of Boston, MA, together with Berklee students Samantha Sidley (vocals), Yoko Komori (piano), and Aaron Weinstein (violin), worked at New York's famed Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel in March.

 

 

 
Dawaun Parker '05  

Keyboardist Dawaun Parker of Hollywood, CA, has played keyboards and done production work for Dr. Dre's Detox album, the movie Get Rich or Die Tryin', and tracks by several other artists, including Busta Rhymes.

Alumnotes Fall 2006 1950

On July 10, C. Paul Luongo appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.

1960

Dick Stout of Rowlett, TX, is still creating music for his own enjoyment and working at Borders Books & Music in Dallas.

1967

Bob Shallue of Fairfield, CT, plays organ with a dance group from Stamford, CT, and at a church in Bridgeport. He has also written bumper music for the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show.

1974

Guitarist Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, received the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award on June 21. He also performed at the event held at the ASCAP Gallery in New York. Visit www. kenhatfield.com.

1975

Bobby Deitch of Upper Nyack, NY, is drummer and musical director of the Ray Charles tribute group, Whitley and the Hard Times Band. Deitch is also the cofounder TransMedia, the company that developed the acclaimed Internet application Glide Effortless. Visit www.glidedigital.com.

Jack Evans of Katonah, NY, released the CD Angels, Blues, and the Crying Moon with his band Reverend Zen, featuring Gil Parris '87 and James Brzozowski '78. Visit www.revjackzen@optonline.net.

1976

Frank Warren of Boston, MA, together with Ken Ueno '94, founded the Berklee Alumni Composers Consortium to provide networking, performance, and workshop opportunities across the United States. Membership is free and open to alumni composition and film scoring majors, or alumni composers of chamber music. Send an e-mail to berkleealumnicomposers@juno.com.

1977

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin completed a tour of the West Coast and Canada with New Guitar Summit featuring fellow guitarists Duke Robillard and Jay Geils. The new CD, Jay Geils-Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings, features Berklee student Aaron Weinstein on violin and mandolin.

Dominic LaCasse of Charleston, SC, is director of fine arts at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston and has published Cucina Dom's, Don't Even Think About Measuring!, a cookbook/CD package under his identity Dominic the Singing Chef.

Michael Skinner of Chicago, IL, is president of Dansr, Inc., the American importer of Vandoren musical products.

Vibist Steve Hobbs of Raleigh, NC, has been touring the United States and Italy, and was recently added to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and the BMG All Music Guide to Jazz. His CD Spring Cycle was nominated for Jazz Record of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

1979

Saxophonist James Gentry of Highland, CA, has released the CD Mystic Cowboy, a Latin-jazz CD, with the James Gentry Quintet. Visit www.jgquintet.com.

Jonathan Lax of Summit, NJ, directed the Horace Mann School Jazz Ensemble in a recent performance for Mayor Joseph V. Doria at City Hall in Bayonne, NJ.

Drummer Pascoal Meirelles of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently celebrated 40 years as a professional musician by releasing the CD Quarenta with his trio. He was also featured on the DVD Triunvirato. Visit www.pascoalmeirelles.mus.br. (use photo)

1980

Songwriter Wilson Bent of Austin, TX, produced a CD, Core Sample, featuring folk, rock, and country tunes he's written during the past 15 years.

Luke Brouillette of Natchitoches, LA, teaches jazz guitar at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He also works in marketing for a local telephone company.

Bassist Tom Covello of Lexington, KY, has shared the stage with James Williams, Don Braden, Albert King, and Hal Galper and recorded with folk singer Odetta and banjoist Bela Fleck.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann has completed a Christmas album titled One More Drifter in the Snow that features Christmas classics as well as new material penned by Mann. Visit www.aimeemann.com.

Bill Spoke of Hollywood, CA, has worked as a live performance and session drummer in Los Angeles since moving to the area in 1980. Visit www.mccmusic.com/billspoke.htm.

Bassist Eliot Wadopian of Asheville, NC, a member of the Paul Winter Consort since 1992, won his second Grammy Award with the group in February.

David Young of Decatur, GA, recently completed his degree in special education and works as a counselor in th Gwinnett County public school sysytem. His band, the Amazing Mongooses, released a CD single. Visit www.myspace.com/ amazingmongooses.

1981

Trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz of Malmö, Sweden, has just launched a new website to chronicle his activities as a musician. Visit www.andersbergcrantz.com.

Trumpeter Dennis Keating of Pahrump, NV, completed a CD titled I Love This Valley. He recently performed at clubs in Chicago and works as a freelance trumpeter and DJ in Las Vegas.

Ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison of Montreal, Canada, penned his second book, American Popular Music: Rock and Roll. Additionally, his group the Momentz released the CD Live at the Oscar. Visit www.craigmorrison.com.

Stanley Munslow of Coventry, RI, has launched a website with inspiration, tips, and other content for musicians. Visit the site at www.themusicspa.us.

1982

Singer and guitarist Karen DeBiasse of Somerville, MA, and her rock band Girl on Top released a new CD titled Cherry Blossoms Sakura. Visit www.girlontop.com. (use photo)

1983

Pianist Oscar Acevedo of Bogota, Colombia, is a music columnist for Colombia's El Tiempo newspaper. He also premiered a musical for children called Plonk, la Vida Suena.

Scott Hoffman of Wesley Chapel, FL, has been serving as the drum tech for Steve Gadd on the Paul Simon and James Taylor tours. He also played drums for Jerry Douglas, who was the opening act for Simon.

Pete Perri of Ledyard, CT, is the house pianist at Adagio Piano & Jazz Cafe in New London, CT.

1984

Drummer Russ Gold of San Francisco, CA, played in the onstage band in a production of the show Rent during August. He recently toured Ghana with the band Native Vibe and plays locally with former Huey Lewis & the News saxophonist Johnny Colla.

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, recently recorded six voice and guitar duets in London's Abbey Road Studios with vocalist LeAnn Rimes. Visit www.petehuttlinger.com.

Composer and drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz and his group El Eco, a Brazilian-Argentinian jazz ensemble, performed for a recent production of NPR's JazzSet.

Singer/pianist Barry Rocklin of Boston, MA, will perform on the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Jewel of the Seas throughout October, and in Amsterdam during the month of November. Visit www.barryfromboston.com.

1985

Arnon Palty of Haifa, Israel, won first prize for excellence in composition for chamber ensemble in an international composition competition sponsored by Israel's Ministry of Education and the city of Tel Aviv.

1986

Pianist Christian Jacob has released the CD Contradictions: A Look at the Music of Michel Petrucciani, with bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Blinker. Visit www. wilderjazz.com.

1987

Singer/songwriter Damon Carter of Framingham, MA, has released the CD This Party. He has penned songs for the Backstreet Boys, Queen Latifah, Lisa Lisa, and Cher. Visit www.damoncartermusic.com. (Use photo)

Pianist Bob Malone of Los Angeles, CA, has released a blues CD titled Born Too Late, which has received airplay on NPR and triple-A radio stations. Malone has opened for Boz Scaggs, Al Green, the Neville Brothers, and others. Visit www.bobmalone.com. (Use photo)

1989

Daniel Fisher of Plymouth, MA, serves as the director of product optimization for Sweetwater Sound and plays with Pink Voyd, a New England-based Pink Floyd tribute band.

Kevin "Tut" Kennedy-Spaien of Methuen, MA, has released the CD The Beach: A Journey in the Mind's Eye, with his wife, Eve. Visit www.disc-of-light.com.

Saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD and DVD Tenor of the Times. He is backed by Jesse Crawford (bass) and Bill McClellan (drums). Visit www.dennismitcheltree.com.

1990

Trumpeter/vocalist Kelley Bolduc of Dorchester, MA, released the CD Reggae Around the World with her band Hot Like Fire. Visit www.hotlikefire.net.

Producer/songwriter Harald Hanisch of Vienna, Austria, was nominated for the 2005 Echo award as best producer in Germany. A single he cowrote and coproduced for Christina Stürmer was certified gold in Germany. Hanisch teaches at Vienna's University of Music. (Use photo)

Trumpeter Diego Urcola of New York City has released his third CD, Viva, featuring Antonio Sanchez '97, Pernell Saturnino '95, Avishai Cohen, Jimmy Heath, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Samuels, Conrad Herwig, and others. Visit www.diegourcola.com. (Use photo)

Guitarist Sam Hooper and his group returned to America for gigs in the Boston area after playing a five-month stint at the House of Blues in Shanghai. Visit www.samhooper.com.

Bassist Paul Rogalski of Longmont, CO, has released the CD Think, Feel, Love, Listen with his band Mojomama. Visit www.mojomama.net.

Guitarist Tom Stewart of St. Petersburg, FL, released his debut CD, First Time Over, with bassist Mark Neuenschwander and drummer Sava Boyadjiev on drums. Visit www.stewartjazz.com.

Scott Trach of Brunswick, ME, is the director of music education for the Westbrook School Department. Alumni Tony Boffa and Phil Rich serve with Trach as the instrumental staff. Previously, Trach directed K-12 music education for the Portland Public Schools.

1991

Pianist Ken Berman of New York City has released a new CD titled in Mind. The disc features faculty members John Lockwood (bass) and Bob Gullotti and Yoron Israel (drums). Visit www.kenbermanmusic. com.

Bassist/composer Daniel Pearson of North Hollywood, CA, has done television promos with Clay Aiken for the singer's CD A Thousand Different Ways. His music was also placed in the feature film Because of Winn-Dixie. Visit www.danielpearson.org.

Bassist Jesse Williams of Arlington, MA, plays in a jazz quartet with guitarist Duke Robillard and endorses Thomastic Strings.

1992

Bassist Ivan Bodley of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD iBod, featuring guitarists Gil Parris '87 and Ronny Drayton and keyboardist Ben Stivers playing Bodley's jazz and funk originals as well as traditional Native American and Jewish songs. Visit www.funkyboy.net.

Guitarist David Wright of Fremont, CA, released his debut CD, Dajinosaurus, featuring his rock-fusion originals. Bassist Noboru Kinukawa played bass on the disc. Visit www.dinosaurusrecords.com.

1993

Bassist Salvatore Gnolfo of Montclair, NJ, plays with the bands Atomic Brother and Scratcher based in New York City. Gnolfo played bass on and engineered and coproduced recordings by each band.Visit www.atomicbrother.com.

1994

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of North Arlington, NJ, recently completed a European tour opening with Sebastian Bach for Guns 'n' Roses. He released the EP "You Have the Right to Remain Violent" with his band Pain Museum. Visit www.metalmike.net.

Tim Luntzel of Brooklyn, NY, played bass on and produced his band's first CD, Who Burnt the Bacon? The band, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, features Chris Cheek '91, Steve Walsh '93, Andrew Sherman '89, and Tony Mason. Visit www.luntzel.com.

Eddie Phoon of Fort Lauderdale, FL, became a U.S. citizen on June 2006. He is the event director of USA Songwriting Competition, and a judge and consultant for labels and industry conventions.

1995

Eve Buigues of Los Angeles, CA, together with Andrea Bensmiller '90 and Marika Tjelios '93, presented a multimedia show in Hollywood featuring music from the album The Prejudice of a Certain Personality Type by their band Jariya.

Jen Chapin of Brooklyn, NY, released the CD Ready with her husband and bassist Stephan Crump, drummer Dan Rieser '90, pianist Pete Rende '95, and guitarist Jamie Fox. Chapin and Crump recently had a son named Maceo. Visit www.jenchapin.com.

Alfred Hochstrasser of Bergen, NJ, won the 2006 AICP award for musical arrangement for his work on the ad spot "Tanqueray Lapland Tony."

Saxophonist Brian Kane of Cambridge, MA, was featured on a CD masterclass entitled "Sight Reading in a Swing Style" published in the July-August edition of Saxophone Journal. Backing Kane were faculty members Paul Schmeling (piano) and Whit Brown (bass).

Brian Lydell of East Brunswick, NJ, received his third Emmy Award nomination for musical direction on the daytime series As the World Turns.

Guitarist Alex Machacek of Los Angeles, CA, released a new album titled [SIC] featuring drummer Terry Bozzio. Visit www.alexmachacek.com.

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Anouschka Pearlman of Stockholm, Sweden, has released her third album My Kind of Heartbreak. The disc features Pearlman performing 13 of her original songs. Visit anouschka.net. (Use photo)

Saxophonist Mike Theiss of Seattle, WA, composed, produced, engineered, and played all of the instruments on his debut CD, Doityourselfincrimination. He performs in the Puget Sound region with Altered States of Funk. Visit www.miketheiss.com.

1996

Guitarist Peter Aguilar of North Hills, CA, has released the CD I'm on My Way with his band. The disc features eight of Aguilar's original pop-rock songs. Visit www.peteraguilar.com. (Use photo)

Guitarist Prashat Aswani has released the CD Revelation featuring nine rock instrumentals. Greg Howe engineered and produced the CD and joins Aswani on guitar on two cuts.

Julian Graciano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is compiling a three-volume compendium of tango selections.

Mark Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, and his production company cut tracks for Sony BMG artists Jewelry with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta '75. Jackson cowrote three songs for the group. Visit www.markjacksonproductions.com.

Geoff Zanelli of Santa Monica, CA, wrote additional music for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and is currently scoring the films Disturbia and Delgo. His score for Into the West won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding composition for a miniseries, movie, or special.

1997

Sarah (Re) Keating of Corolla, NC, opened the store Beach Bag Books & Music with her husband, Ken, in North Carolina's Outer Banks area.

Vocalist and songwriter Amy Ward of Franklin Park, NJ, has released her debut CD titled Twenty-Nine, featuring 10 original rock and r&b songs. She performs in the New York City area. Visit www.amyward.com. (Use photo)

1998

Keyboardist/producer Joseph Blaustein of West Hollywood, CA, composed and arranged music and conducted the orchestra for the American debut concert of the Bulgarian singer Krassimir at the Kodak Theatre. Blaustein also plays with the band Rowdy.

Drummer Adam Deitch is touring with Wyclef Jean as an opening act for Shakira. Deitch played and cowrote material with John Scofield for his Uberjam and Up All Night CDs and has played with Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Timberlake, Lauryn Hill, and others.

Guitarist Sean Meredith-Jones of Toronto, Canada, released the CD Turn Up the Good with drummer Ben Riley, bassist Michael Pellarin, and keyboardist Robi Botos. Visit www.seanmeredithjones.com.

Guitarist and composer Lupa Santiago of São Paulo, Brazil, and his quartet that includes drummer Carlos Ezequiel '99 released the CD Telescópio. Santiago serves as the coordinator and vice director of Souza Lima Conservatory in São Paulo, and Ezequiel is a faculty member. Visit www.souzalima.com. br/english/index.htm. (Use Souza Lima teachers photo)

1999

Guitarist Joe De Sa of Sherman Oaks, CA, penned two instructional books, 100 Ultimate Jazz Riffs for Guitar and Ultimate Latin Riffs for Guitar. Visit www.adgproductions. com.

George Kallis of London, England, created the score for the movie Highlander: The Source with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. The film will be released by the end of 2006. Visit www.george-kallis.com.

Carey Yaruss of Glastonbury, CT, is singing backup and is a featured soloist with Michael Amante. Visit www.careyyaruss.com.

2000

Drummer Mario Calandrelli of Venosa, Italy, played on the single "One More Blues" by fast-rising Italian artist Valentina Mey. Visit www.mariocalandrelli.com.

Bassist Paco Charlin of Pontevedra, Spain, released Paco Charlin: Jazz Frequency Group with Jaleel Shaw '00 (saxophone) and Donald Edwards '00 (drums). Visit www.freecodejazzrecords.com.

Singer/songwriter Kyler England of Toluca Lake, CA, completed her EP The Green Room Sessions with engineer/producer Richard Furch '00. Visit www.kylerengland.com.

Bassist Christoph Victor Kaiser of Heppenheim, Germany, and his trio the Jazz Pistols have released a live CD on their own Cherrytown Records label. Visit www. jazzpistols.de.

Drummer Devin Lebsack of Los Angeles, CA, completed a three-month tour with the band (hed) p.e. after the release of its CD Back 2 Base X. Visit www.devinlebsack.com. (Use photo)

Trumpeter Rashawn Ross of Brooklyn, NY, has been touring with the Dave Matthews Band since 2005. He previously played with Soulive.

Composer Jason Solowsky of Sherman Oaks, CA, has scored the feature films The Deepening, Driller, and The Silencer, among others. Visit www.jasonsolowsky.com.

2001

Vocalist Marina Elali of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has had her music placed in shows on Brazil's TV Globo and in the film If I Was You, and she also appeared in a soap opera. Elali recently released her self-titled debut album. Visit www.marinaelali.com. (Use photo)

Engineer Joachin Fernandez of Miami, FL, is working for Telemundo Internacional RTI as a music editor and remixer. The studio creates soundtracks for international soap operas.

Drummer Michael Van Dyne of Cohoes, NY, completed a 34-date U.S. tour with his band Arsis.

2002

Fabio Fonda of Genova, Italy, has released the CD Schema featuring his aural soundscapes created with synthesizers. Visit www.fabiofonda.com.

Saxophonist Jon De Lucia of Quincy, MA, released the CD Face No Face. He is backed by Nir Felder '05, Leo Genovese '04, Garth Stevenson '02, Ziv Ravitz '01, and Sumie Kaneko '02. Visit www.jondelucia.com.

Bassist Marco Panascia of Brooklyn, NY, is heard on the CD Eldar: Live at the Blue Note on the Sony Classical label. Joining Panascia and pianist Eldar are Todd Strait (drums) and guest trumpeters Roy Hargrove '89 and Chris Botti. Visit www.marcopanascia.com.

2003

Vocalist Nia Allen of Nashville, TN, has released her debut CD A New Thing. Allen won the soloist competition of the I Hear Music in the Air gospel conference and worked with Christian artist Nicole C. Mullen. Visit www.niaallenmusic.com. (Use photo)

Leah Driscoll of Windham, ME, recently sang the National Anthem before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Visit www.leahdriscoll.com.

Tim Grace of Brooklyn, NY, and his band Valeze released a five-song EP that was produced by Nic Hard. The band has performed on the East and West coasts and in Canada. Visit www.valeze.net.

Guitarist Fernando Hernandez performed with Chinese superstar Frances Yip at the Palomar Starlight Theater in California on June 3. Visit www.myspace.com/ ferniehernandez.

Justis Kao of Newbury Park, CA, was nominated in the Best Male Singer/Songwriter category for the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards. (Use photo)

Drummer Donovan Pyle of New York City has recorded tracks for a number of jingles, and was assistant engineer to Kevin Evans for Freddie Jackson's CD Personal Reflections. He plays with the band 45 High.

The song "Acrobat," penned by Jamie Rattner of New York City, was a finalist in the lyrics category of the Unisong contest. This is Rattner's fifth acknowledgment in a songwriting competition.

Drummer Mauro Satalino of Buenos Aires, Argentina, made a recording with pianist Alexandra Samsonova '02. They performed throughout Portugal and Spain this past summer.

Ivan Valles of Miami, FL, was the mix engineer for recordings by Mexican artists Armando Manzanero and Danilo Parra and producer for Brazilian artist Marta Rhaulin. Visit www.ivmmusic.com.

2004

Candace Burnham of Sylmar, CA, is serving as an academic adviser for the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

Annie Clements of Metairie, LA, plays with the platinum country group Sugarland as the bassist and background vocalist. She is featured in Sugarland's music videos and on their upcoming album. Visit www.annieclements.com. (Use photo)

Bassist Jon Ososki of Brookline, MA, and keyboardist Tae Gyun Kim '04 have released the CD Reform with their group Joint Clarity. Visit www.jointclarity.com.

Percussionist Marco Pacassoni of Fano, Italy, and his band New Vibes Trio have been touring in Germany, Spain, and Italy. The group appears on the Splash label. Visit www.marcopacassoni.com.

Eric Rollins of Plano, TX, began studying at Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles this fall.

Drummer Yotam Rosenbaum of Culver City, CA, released the CD Balance, featuring eight of his compositions with backing from violinist Mads Tolling '04, pianist Vadim Neselovskyi '04, bassist Mike Oien '04, and faculty vibist Dave Samuels. Visit www.yotamrosenbaum.com.

Guitarist Francisco Javier Vargas of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and his Christian Band Eko made their debut at a contemporary Christian music festival last July in Santo Domingo.

Violinist Lydia Veilleux of Farmington, ME, is touring with the Master Performances Company's musical The 3 Redneck Tenors. She and her brother Sam established a full-tuition, room and board scholarship for a student from Farmington to attend the Berklee String Fling 2006.

2005

Songwriter Judith de los Santos of Los Angeles, CA, released her debut album All of the Above. It was recorded by faculty member Rich Mendelson and features Jack Deboe ('06) on drums, Andres Ascanio '06 (bass), Matt Gelfer '05 (violin), and Alexander Knutsen '04, Greg Galindo '04, and Jose Portilla '05 (guitar).

Drummer Paolo Lattanzi of Macerata, Italy, released the CD Night Dancers with Aurelien Budynek '05 (guitar), Marco Panascia '02 (bass), and students Nikolay Moiseenko (saxophone) and Pau Terol (piano) playing 10 of Lattanzi's originals. Visit www.paololattanzi.com.

Georgi Sareski of Skopje, Macedonia, released his second album of original music titled SoHoHo with his group the Georgi Sareski 6, featuring Francesco Bearzatti.

Visit www.georgisareski.com.

Guitarist Chris Schreiner of Norwalk, CT, was reviewed on the Guitar Nine Records website undiscovered page. He has released two CDs, and will play with John Zorn on October 28 at the Black Rock Avant-Garde Jazz Festival. Visit www.whostheguy.com.

Singer/songwriter Arielle Silver of South Boston, MA, threw a September release party at the Lizard Lounge for her new CD somethingprettysomethingtrue on the Passion Records label. Visit www.ariellesilver.com. (Use photo)

Composer Stefano Switala of New York City wrote the score for the Italian feature film Ma L'Amore Si! It will premiere in October at the Rome International Film Festival. Switala has been actively composing for a range of different projects.

Multi-instrumentalist Kenneth Wenner of Nashville, TN, and his group the Wompus Cats released the CD Never Get Hooked. Visit www.myspace.com/thewompuscats.

2006

Guitarist Bryan Baker of New York City released his first CD, titled Aphotic. Recorded at New York's Avatar Studios by MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko, the disc includes Aaron Henry '05 (saxophone), Bryan Ladd, '05 (bass), and Nick Falk '07 (drums), and Associate Professor David Tronzo (guitar).

Steven Cielinski of Niles, IL, was the assistant tour manager for Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band tour. The lineup included Billy Squier, Sheila E., Rod Argent, Edgar Winter, Richard Marx, and Hamish Stuart. (Use photo)

 

Photo Captions:

Pascoal Meirelles '79 Karen DeBiasse '82 Damon Carter '87 Bob Malone '87 Harald Hanisch '90 Diego Urcola '90 Anouschka Pearlman '95 Peter Aguilar '96 Amy Ward '97 From the left: Cinthia Borgani '92, Lupa Santiago '98, Carlos Ezequiel '99, Maria Farinha '99, and Daniel Maudonnet '98. All are staff and faculty members at the Souza Lima Conservatory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Devin Lebsack '00 Marina Elali '01 Nia Allen '03 Justis Kao '03 Bassist Annie Clements '04 is pictured onstage with Jennifer Nettles of the platinum-selling country band Sugarland. Arielle Silver '05 Steven Cielinski '06 (right) celebrated his birthday this past summer with a little help from former Beatle Ringo Starr.