Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming

Professor Neil Leonard was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. In June he gave a presention in the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennale.

Professor Stephen Webber released his Stylus Symphony CD/DVD, featuring Berklee faculty, staff, and students. Visit www.stephenwebbermusic.com.

Pianist and Assistant Professor Vadim Neselovskyi released Music for September on Sunnyside Records.

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

Professor Mark Walker toured with the group Oregon in March. They played two concerts with the HR Big Band of Frankfurt, Germany.

Associate Professor Jonathan Wheatley, will perform with jazz guitar greats Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden at the Sahara Club & Restaurant in Methuen, MA, on August 20.

Marco Pignataro was featured on the Eddie Gomez Quintet’s Per Sempre, featuring two of Pignataro’s compositions. They performed dates in Italy and France. 

Mitch Haupers

Mitch Haupers

Professor Mitch Haupers completed his first CD/DVD as a leader and composer, (In Came) Love, So Silent, which was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features members of the Yellowjackets and numerous Berklee faculty members.

In April, Assistant Professor Francisco Noya and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performed at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Noya also worked with the Rhode Island Philharmonic LinkUp program for children.

Professor Tony “Thunder” Smith performed with Lou Reed during a European tour and at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also presented a clinic at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Professor Eugene Friesen wrote the book Improvisation for Classical Musicians and has led numerous related workshops. His new quartet for cellos, “The Soul of the White Ant,”  premiered in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA.